Employment Lawyer for South Europe - IT industry
Cognizant
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
hace 13 horas

Job Summary :

In this role you will support the legal, HR and business functions by providing and coordinating employment law advice, training, and creating standard documentation, performing legal research, overseeing litigation and pre-litigation matters with outside counsel as well as helping to advise on enterprise-wide, global matters and projects, as needed.

You would be reporting directly to the Associate Director Employment Law EMEA, based in France.

What will be your main responsibilities?

  • Provide operational and strategic support to the regional HR teams, including general remedial advice and advice on specific projects.
  • Oversee and provide support in relation to litigation and pre-litigation matters, in conjunction with the HR team, the wider business and outside counsel.
  • Provide operational and strategic support to HR and executives in relation to works councils, employee representation and trade union matters.
  • Stay abreast of legal developments relevant to the business and contribute to the development and provision of relevant training, internal guidelines, policies and knowledge dissemination.
  • Manage ad hoc employment law projects, advising HR and management as appropriate.
  • Manage and oversee outside counsel relationships with law firms including managing the budget.
  • Act as legal advisor on employment issues to executives, including other members of the legal team.
  • Make recommendations and escalate material employment law issues when appropriate.
  • Provide operational and strategic support to our in-house commercial lawyers, HR teams and business teams on deals.
  • Advise on and assist with the employment law aspects of any acquisitions, including post-acquisition integration.
  • Advise on and assist in relation to any collective employment law rights and obligations.
  • Education :

    Must be a fully qualified lawyer, either admitted or eligible to be admitted to a regional bar (to the extent permitted for in-house counsel) who has specialized in employment law for a significant portion of their career in Spain, France, Portugal or Italy.

    Requirements

    Employment lawyer, preferably qualified in Spanish or French law but we also consider applicants qualified in Italy or Portugal for provision of employment law advice in our Southern European locations this currently would primarily focus on supporting France and Spain, with Portugal and Italy (and other jurisdictions) as and when required.

  • Approx. +4 years' of professional qualified experience either obtained in another in-house role or reputable law firm.
  • However, experience outside this range will also be considered if the person demonstrates the appropriate skills, experience, and judgement.

  • Ability to work independently and proactively without being micro-managed . Must be pragmatic with a can-do attitude and able to exercise sound judgement and common-sense.
  • Ability to follow and apply policies and guidelines and support our ethics and compliance program.
  • Fluent spoken and written English and either Spanish or French (with the other language a strong preference) must be able to read and draft documents / emails in business and legal English and be able to give verbal explanations in English where necessary.
  • Ability to work closely with wide range of people (internally and externally) across the world, including frequent interaction with senior leadership
  • Ability to build relationships and networks within an organization.
  • Superior negotiation and litigation skills together with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Able to act as a strategic thinker and produce innovative solutions
  • Responsive and rigorous
  • Strong time management, prioritization and organizational skills
  • Significant experience in full range of employment law matters, including (but not limited to) :
  • Collective employment rights
  • Employment terms and conditions, employment rights and employee management (e.g. pay and benefits, variable compensation, working time, termination rights, performance management, redundancy procedure, re-organizations)
  • Equality and diversity matters (including discrimination legislation and family rights)
  • Grievances and disciplinary matters
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Outsourcing (including offshoring and near-shoring), Acquired Rights Directive, transactions / M&A
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