Japan Legal Counsel (Head), JP & APAC (4602)

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Published:   2021/10/08


Full time




¥ 25,000,000




Head of Legal - Japan Counsel 

Hiring situation/story: 

  • 1st hire into legal department
  • Reports to Global legal Head
  • Stand alone legal role. Director level. Possibility to manage a Legal team on company expansion 


  • As a key partner to the business
    • Provide pragmatic and timely strategic and operational counsel to company Management on local legal, compliance, transactional and commercial issues.  In that regard, draft and review proposed business/legal arrangements and contracts for the relevant expertise areas in the countries of responsibility
    • Advice on local labor issues and negotiate with external parties on behalf of the Company, where needed or appropriate, in close coordination with the Head of Legal International and HR teams and support preparation and review of legal documentation as required
    • Review product related and disease awareness materials, advise on appropriate strategy and language for scientific, commercial and business documentation and communications according to local laws and Company standards, ensure local legal support to local pricing and reimbursement and access activities and new product launches
    • Provide advice and legal support on application and maintenance of all authorizations, permits, licenses, contracts and communication needed for local operations, including importation, manufacturing and marketing of products and implementation of product recalls where needed
    • Assist as necessary with corporate secretarial matters and ensuring compliance with local regulatory requirements
    • Assist Compliance with the interpretation of Company global, regional and local policies and procedures and help ensure compliance by local teams
    • Assess, supervise and manage external legal counsels as appropriate and in line with the budgets provided, ensuring advice is timely, cost-effective and of consistently high quality As a member of the Legal International Team and Global Legal Expertise Area
    • Proactively identify emerging legal and compliance risks in Japan, develop and lead appropriate plans to address and manage the risk
    • Monitor changes and developments in the local legal and regulatory environment, keep regional/local management and other Legal and Compliance colleagues apprised of significant developments and trends
    • Partner closely with the Head of International Legal and other members of the Legal and Compliance organization to identify and advance business priorities, projects and share ideas and best practices
    • Actively lead or contribute to legal projects, issues and priorities as identified from time to time by the Head ofInternational Legal, and collaborate with other Legal colleagues to ensure alignment with Regional and Global strategy and goals;
    • Contribute to enhance Legal team alignment and effectiveness and to determine and pursue team’s goals and outcomes