Legal Job Opening: Legal Counsel at Diageo, Gurgaon & Kolkata

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer – a business built on the principles and foundations laid by the giants of the industry is looking to hire a Legal Counsel for their Gurgaon and Kolkata Office.

Job Description :

Desirable Qualification & Work Experience:

Minimum 8 years’ Post Qualification Experience (PQE) from a reputed law school or university in India.

Experience in the litigation department of a law firm or a reputed corporate (preferably in the manufacturing sector) is essential.

Knowledge of Indian excise/ tax legislation will be an added advantage.

High level of professionalism, integrity and commitment.

Strong knowledge of international anti-bribery legislation (US and UK) and ensuring complete adherence to their provisions.

Experience in business partnering to senior executives demonstrating the ability and desire to provide pro-active, pragmatic advice in furtherance of the business agenda.

Demonstrated ability to navigate in legal environments where laws can be unclear and judicial system not always robust and/or negative.

Previous experience in effectively and efficiently managing legal budgets (especially external counsel spends) with pronounced stress on productivity.

Work remotely with external law firms and lawyers in multiple locations across India.

Complete and independent ownership of critical matters and deliver effective results for the Company.

To consistently deliver great performance through brilliant execution and being thorough and applying a high standard at the workplace.

Areas of responsibility:

Legal Business partnership :-

Instil confidence in senior leadership teams in delivering pragmatic and timely legal advice and support.

Act as a Project Manager for the litigation cases and ensure effective tracking of the matters with regular and timely updates to stakeholders.

Litigation management:-

Proactively manage and take responsibility for all matters handled.

Develop and implement the Company’s litigation/dispute resolution strategy incl. plan for active case management. This will entail revisiting the merits of all matters and charting the best approach whether it be to settle or proceed/ continue with litigation.

Assess the merits of a case and identify the dispute resolution alternatives; engage stakeholders to understand and own the likely outcomes of claims.

Reason with stakeholders to help them understand and endorse the approach of using appropriate external lawyers whenever required.


Manage legal budget with respect to disputes with a focus on reducing spends.

Review the capabilities of external counsel in all fields and jurisdictions and seek to rationalize the external counsel driving cost savings and in the interest of effective responses.

Leadership Responsibilities:

Being authentic – standing up for what you feel is right and important; demonstrating high integrity and being honest and open at all times. Effectively building trusting relationships and motivating others to achieve common objectives.

Being a solution generator – thinking in the future, anticipating trends and opportunities, being imaginative in finding business solutions and driving opportunities; develops and applies a great understanding of the business to your work.

Demonstrate a willingness to grow/ develop and be open to receiving feedback.

Best Suited for someone who is able to:

Organised and structured in his/ her approach in handling work

Manage multiple stakeholders and deliver results under pressure and tight deadlines.

Move between the strategic big picture and detail-oriented analysis.

Demonstrate an owner’s level of pride and accountability for the success of Diageo.

Connect strongly with Diageo’s purpose and values. Uses this to inspire themselves and others.

Act as a model for ethics and compliance, contributes to Diageo building our reputation as one of the most trusted and respected companies.

Travel at a short notice to manage notices/ complaints/ court cases

Barriers to Success in Role includes inability to:

Influence key stakeholders.

Manage time and prioritize effectively.

Work hard and deliver timely results.

Analyze litigation cases and advocate a coherent strategy for improvement.

Be consultative in approach and receive feedback.

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About the Company:

We are a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer. We produce an outstanding collection of over 200 brands – old and new, large and small, global and local – that are enjoyed in more than 180 countries around the world.

Diageo was created in 1997 but our business is built on the principles and foundations laid years before by giants of the industry – Arthur Guinness, John Walker, Elizabeth Cumming and many more. Today, we stand on the shoulders of these giants and, inspired by their ideas, philosophy and audacity, act with the same entrepreneurial spirit and determination.

Our ambition is to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world. We are in a strong position to achieve this due to our scale, the geographical diversity of our business and our desire to continuously improve our performance.

We are a business built and sustained through innovation, and developing new ideas is crucial to our growth strategy. We’re proud to have more than 30,000 pioneering people worldwide growing our business and nurturing our brands, creating new products, new categories and new experiences for consumers.

We have more than 30,000 talented people working together to grow our business and nurture our brands. We are committed to their professional and personal development and ensuring that Diageo is a great place to work.

We have a diverse and vibrant workforce. We look for people with a wide variety of personalities, experiences and perspectives to create a stimulating and rewarding working environment where everyone can flourish.

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