Purpose and overall relevance for the organization
Credibility is one of adidas’ strategic focus areas within ‘Own the Game’, adidas’ strategic business plan 2021-2025. Partnerships will play an important role in achieving credibility for adidas’ brand propositions, adidas Performance, Sportswear and Originals – merging the best of adidas’s DNA and that of its partners, like Stella McCartney, Y-3 and others. In addition, license partners allow adidas to complement its footwear and apparel range with key accessories, e.g. headphones, eyewear and watches. As Director – Legal Counsel Licensing you will support adidas in achieving this long term strategy while protecting adidas’ interests. You act as a trusted advisor to the organization in all relevant product related design services and licensing matters, in particular on short and long term design service agreements and IP license agreements (in/out/cross). You will also be engaged in adidas’ efforts to enter the Metaverse and other Web 3.0 applications and work on licensing matters related to the Metaverse/Web 3.0 and NFTs.
Own the legal aspects related to design services and licensing matters to enable adidas to achieve its long term strategy while protecting its interests in line with internal policies, templates and principles.
Drive and lead the aligment between stakeholders in assessing legal and business risks and opportunities to enable fact based decision making on design services and licensing matters.
Drive and lead the negotiations on design services and licensing agreements to enable adidas to achieve its long term strategy while protecting its interests in line with internal policies, templates and principles.
Contribute and support on ensuring compliance with internal policies, templates and principles with regard to design services and licensing matters.
Contribute and support on the development of strategic business initiatives and improvements with regard to design services and licensing matters.
Drive and lead the identification and implementation of relevant initiatives and improvements (e.g. creation of new templates) to ensure efficient Global Legal – Global Functions and Operations processes in close alignment with the wider Global Legal team.
Contribute and support on the development and roll out of strategic programs, trainings and materials for stakeholders as appropriate.
Support local legal counsel(s) on any design services and licensing agreements in line with internal policies, templates and principles.
Manage the delivery of legal services through external counsel where needed.
Senior Director - Legal Counsel - Global Functions and Operations
Other corporate functions (other Global Legal teams, Tax, Finance, etc.)
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Enthusiastic, flexible, positive and international mind set representing adidas values.
Experienced strategic thinker with confidence and speed in execution.
Strong background in international contract and IP law, drafting, negotiation and business counselling and good understanding of the business mechanics behind IP licensing. Knowledge of IP licensing for the purpose of Web 3.0/NFTs is preferred.
Quick learner, open to acquire additional knowledge through training and ‘learning by doing’.
A strong sense of legal business management and administration with the ability to make practical evaluations of risk.
Ability to work independently and manage and prioritize a substantial and diverse workload.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills required. Must be fluent in English.
Requisite education and experience / minimum qualifications
Law degree in a civil and/or common law jurisdiction, with local legal professional admission in good standing.
7+ years of relevant law firm or corporate counsel experience in commercial law with a focus on international contract law, IP and licensing.
Preferably experience with multinational companies with multi market teams.
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