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Assistant Legal Counsel – Korea

at Diageo

Posted: 10/2/2019
Job Reference #: 2599048

Job Description


Reporting Location
Seoul Office



Type of Job

External Job Description
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with over 200 brands, old and new, large and small, global and local - the depth and breadth of our product portfolio across beer, wine and spirits is second to none, with brands sold in 180 countries, at almost every price point in every category. We're a young company born from an incredible entrepreneurial legacy. The success of Guinness, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray and many more, over hundreds of years, led to the formation of our company in 1997.

North Asia is a market that thrives on diversity and transformation. Our ambition is to transform our participation and extend our leadership of the International Beverage Alcohol segment in Korea. Specifically, we will diversify the business, from being a Local Whisky & TOT channel-centered and dependent operation; to being an IMC with significant & vibrant whisky, and growing premium beer businesses, with an RTC giving us access to the key sales channels of the market.
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Reporting to the Legal Counsel, the Assistant Legal Counsel (ALC) is part of the Asia Pacific Legal team. The ALC interacts across the Korean businesses with employees at every level and from every function. The ALC is supported by the Legal Assistant. The Korean legal team routinely becomes involved in major strategic projects and the full spectrum of day-to-day operations
What is the culture like?
We are an organisation that creates products that are part of celebrations, and our culture reflects this. Our culture is rooted in a deep sense of our purpose and values, our personal connections to our brands, our relationships and our passion to win in the marketplace. Our values are not just words on a page. They underpin our business and guide how we work: we are passionate about our customers and consumers and want to be the best. We give each other the freedom to succeed and value each and every person’s contribution. Pride is a source of energy for our company. We work hard so we can be proud of what we do, and how we do it. 
What you will need to accomplish in the role: 

Work with the Legal Counsel Korea (direct line manager) in managing legal relations across the Korean region and where called upon in Asia generally.

Proactively manage day to day legal affairs for the Korean business across both the supply and demand functions of Diageo Korea, anticipating and responding to the legal needs of each function. Such work will include:
  • Drafting/negotiating a range of commercial contracts including procurement, sponsorship and intercompany agreements;
  • Reviewing marketing and advertising promotions, product labels and innovation product development;
  • Competition law issue advice and training;
  • Dealing with commercial disputes, litigation, regulatory, governance and HR issues.
Work with the legal team and the CC&E manager to engage the Korean business about the importance of building and maintaining a compliance culture, and to provide employees with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve this.

Effectively participate in a legal team capable of delivering world class legal services.

What you need to bring to the table:  
  • LL.B or equivalent
  • 4 years PQE
  • Admitted to practice law in Korea
  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills
  • Clear, concise communicator – orally and in writing
  • First-rate commercial experience (mid-level) gained either in private practice or in-house
  • Broad experience of a variety of commercial contracts and negotiation techniques
  • Broad intellectual property and trade practices (competition law) experience/knowledge

External Job Title
Assistant Legal Counsel – Korea


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