Legal Job opening : Legal Counsel at Syngenta

About Company

Syngenta is one of the world’s leading agriculture companies. Our ambition is to help safely feed the world while taking care of the planet. We aim to improve the sustainability, quality and safety of agriculture with world class science and innovative crop solutions. Our technologies enable millions of farmers around the world to make better use of limited agricultural resources. Syngenta is part of Syngenta Group with 49,000 people in more than 100 countries and is working to transform how crops are grown. Through partnerships, collaboration and The Good Growth Plan we are committed to accelerating innovation for farmers and nature, striving for carbon neutral agriculture, helping people stay safe and healthy and partnering for impact. To learn more visit www.syngenta.com and www.goodgrowthplan.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Syngenta.

Description

Role Title: Legal Counsel, India

Functional Area: Legal Department

Reports to: Country Legal Head, India

Job Responsibilities

Responsible for all Legal related matters of and provide Compliance support to Syngenta India, such responsibilities to include but not limited to the following:-

  • Initial contact point for Syngenta India’s Business and Functional teams for all Legal and Compliance matters.
  • Provide preliminary guidance on contract risk – assess whether the contract needs to be referred to Legal Counsel and respond on basic questions regarding contract form, counterparties, templates to be used and company policy requirements
  • Manage selection of and engagement with external counsels in accordance with global Syngenta Policies
  • Provide initial assessment of any intellectual property questions and follow up as needed to support any subsequent work by IP Counsel
  • Collaborate with the Security Function on counterfeit and other product security issues to ensure rapid action against strategically significant infringements of Syngenta’s intellectual property
  • Labor law: Support the Human Resources function on employee disputes and disciplinary action as well as supporting negotiations with the labor union and related issues
  • Review marketing materials and communications for compliance with company policies and basic legal risks
  • Support legal and policy questions regarding distribution and customer relationships and contracts – maintain contract templates for key business relationships consistent with global guidance
  • Train Syngenta India team on company policy requirements where those policies are owned by Legal/Compliance. Manage any questions from the Business team regarding those policies
  • LTO Risk mitigation: Maintain close coordination with key stakeholders to support regulatory outreach and advocacy drives to proactively defend Syngenta India’s License to Operate
  • Corporate governance: Work with local company secretarial team and external counsel for filing and registration requirements including local corporate law requirements of all Indian subsidiaries
  • Manage and monitor litigation cases, manage day-to-day litigation requirements and external counsel. Develop a pro-active strategy to minimize litigation costs and risks.
  • Provide input on Legal and Compliance risks associated with the Indian Business to the Country Leadership Team (CLT) and the global Legal Function
  • Support internal and external audit requirements around Compliance and Legal matters
  • Track the legal environment to alert stakeholders to key changes in laws on matters such as employment, safety and environment, anti-corruption, anti-competition and agribusiness
  • Provide initial assessment of emerging third party disputes and provide guidance to the Business on managing the legal risks
  • Communicate to the Indian CLT and general employee population new Legal and Compliance policies and changes to existing policies
  • Support internal investigations as requested by the Region Compliance Officer from time to time
  • Support periodic global reporting requirements on litigation and other topics as required; and
  • Participate in regional and global Legal Department activities consistent with other members of the APAC Legal Department
  • Provide M&A, due diligence and special project support as may be required

Qualifications
Experience required for the role

  • At least 10 to 12 years post qualification experience (PQE) as a lawyer in a reputable international law firm or as in-house counsel in an international MNC, either in or outside India

Critical Knowledge And Education Required For The Role

  • At least a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Ability to condense complex legal concepts to simple explanations. Strong legal drafting skills in English;
  • Experience with data protection and privacy, corporate governance and Compliance an advantage
  • Agriculture/agribusiness industry experience an advantage but not a pre-requisite

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