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Senior Legal Counsel


Peterborough, GB

Job Family:  Legal
Country/Region:  United Kingdom

Senior Legal Counsel 

About Coloplast
Coloplast develops products and services that make life easier for people with very personal and private medical conditions. Working closely with the people who use our products, we create solutions that are sensitive to their special needs. We call this intimate healthcare. Our business includes Ostomy Care, Continence Care, Wound & Skin Care and Interventional Urology. We operate globally, and our organisation is about 12,000 people strong.


Our culture
There is purpose to what we do. Most of us want to work for a company that makes a difference. Well, at Coloplast you can. We are ambitious, and we work together to achieve the best results. In these unusual times we are working hard to keep things as normal as possible for our customers, but we are also focused on our people and what we can put in place to continue to make Coloplast a Great Place to Work. No matter where you work you will be in an environment that has a genuine family feel.


About you
Do you want to work for a market leading company that is driven by making a difference to people’s lives? Are you motivated to deliver a high professional service? If you are, then this opportunity will be of interest to you.


The role
We are looking for an experienced legal professional who has the passion, drive and commitment to support our business, to make an impact and become a trusted advisor. You will be part of a global team, whilst supporting a specific region, namely the UK and Ireland.


You will be an experienced in-house legal professional who has sound judgement, is self-motivated and has the credibility to be a valued partner to the business. You will have the ability to look at the bigger picture through a strategic lens whilst also building a detailed understanding of our policies and processes and delivering all aspects of an in-house legal role. On a daily basis you’ll be sitting right ‘in the thick of things’ with the business areas you support. 


Aspects of the role include

  • Advise on legal opportunities and risks and safeguard the business through proactively identifying, monitoring and mitigating risks 
  • Partner with business leadership and act as a true business partner to senior leadership and other key stakeholders. Take a proactive approach towards the business in advising on legal aspects
  • Maintain and enhance Coloplast’s legal standards and procedures and ensure compliance with them. Design and manage global, regional and local templates, policies, processes and procedures. Ensure governance processes exist 
  • Develop internal training material and communication specifically targeted at business units, markets and/or functions 
  • Support the commercial team by providing timely legal advice. Advise on all areas of law across primarily the UK & Ireland region and interact with public bodies regarding legal issues on a variety of topics including commercial contracts, marketing, promotional material, procurement, public affairs, litigation
  • Proactively and independently communicate to senior leadership and other stakeholders on legal matters and projects, and influence critical decision making
  • Prepare, review, and negotiate a wide variety of contracts and agreements for the assigned business areas
  • Assess legal risks across the Region and business and develop appropriate, optimum, risk mitigation strategies in collaboration with the business and other support functions including business continuity planning
  • Independently communicate with external third parties (government, competitors, distributors, customers, trade groups, outside counsel) regarding investigations, legal claims, compliance related matters, best practices, and contract negotiations
  • Integrate with the business to provide sound, practical legal guidance and solutions, often in situations that are ambiguous and undefined
  • Work cross-functionally on various projects in support of the Coloplast agenda. Liaise with other legal teams, and related functions globally and locally, such as Compliance, Intellectual Property, Finance, Regulatory Affairs, Medical Affairs, etc.
  • Conduct work with high integrity and responsibility
  • Keep up with current changes on all relevant areas of law

Personal Characteristics to be successful:

  • Ability to work on strategic, tactical and operational levels and ability to execute on decided initiatives
  • Impactful, influential, and solution-oriented
  • Excellent business understanding and acumen
  • Preferably experience within the medical device sector
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
  • Sound judgement and ability to analyse situations and information
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a commercial outlook to their work
  • Responsive and proactive approach that balances commercial interests and risk
  • Excellent written, verbal, presentation, and IT skills, with the ability to express complex information and processes in a clear, concise, and compelling manner
  • Team player and highly cooperative with good networking skills
  • Full proficiency in English


Experience and Qualifications required:

  • Masters in law
  • UK Solicitor/attorney-at-law with 7 years relevant experience
  • In-house experience from the private sector


Pursuing an ambitious growth agenda, Coloplast develops and markets products and services that make life easier for people with intimate healthcare needs. Employing about 12.000 people and with products available in more than 143 countries, we are one of the world´s leading medical device companies. We are constantly growing our business and always looking for new ways to move forward – we explore, learn and look for new ways of doing things.


Coloplast is committed to being an inclusive organization, where people bring their differences to work each day, fulfil their potential and have a strong sense of belonging because – and not despite – of their differences. We therefore encourage all qualified candidates to apply regardless of gender, age, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious belief or physical ability.


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