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Diageo Sr. Legal Counsel - Secondment in Mexico City, Mexico

Job Description :


  • This role has primary responsibility for leading the agenda which includes supporting and advising front office areas in Diageo Mexico.

  • The key function is proactive legal counseling and support to the business in Commercial, Supply and strategic areas to drive the business agenda in a very complex, regulated and restrictive environment.

Purpose of Role:

Critical role supporting the Mexico Legal Director performing general legal work for the Mexico IMC, including in particular:

  • Acting as Business Partner of front office areas, by giving an optimal and timely legal support, understanding the priorities of each internal customer.

  • Assessing the impact of any legislation and ensure that Diageo’s policies and processes are aligned to such regulations.

  • Being an active leader, including contacting with all the relevant authorities in order to challenge and drive policy aligned with Diageo’s values, growth drivers and strategy.

  • Reviewing, preparing certain documents, letters and contracts. Summarizing contracts for input into the Contracts Management System.

  • Managing the status and listing agreements with customers and clients.

  • Enable Diageo and Mexico to deliver objectives creatively, legally and ethically.

  • Preserve value (financial and reputational) by minimizing the risk of value leakage and litigation and maintaining compliance with laws and Diageo’s Codes, especially the commercial and marketing implementations.

  • Leading and delivering trainings to the IMC front office in connection with policies under the scope of the legal team.

  • Acting as Case Manager, in order that all breaches where legal is involved are managed on time, and on a fairly basis, building a culture of discipline.

  • Fully comply with our “Global Legal Compliance Non-Negotiables for Market Lawyers”.

  • IMC Champion of Data Privacy and Antitrust agendas.

Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to Diageo Mexico´s operation, specifically, creating possibilities utilizing functional experience to advance possibilities to real outcomes and accelerating processes.

  • Act as role model.

  • Ensure good commercial, supply, advertising and compliance, including training.

  • Accountable for end-to-end legal spend and own any budget variance.

  • Lead all the business agenda (all projects).

  • Management of key stakeholders (CR Director, Mkt Director, Commercial Director, General Manager,

Top 3-5 Accountabilities:

  • Function as a highly effective, pragmatic legal and business adviser and make unique value-creating contributions to Diageo Mexico.

  • Minimize legal risk by being involved in key projects, guiding resolution of issues and proactively creating an environment where risk is avoided (monetary and reputational).

  • Ensure that the Legal Function is an integral part of the Diageo Mexico business (including visibility in market) so it receives appropriate commercial and other functional inputs.

  • Responsible for drafting and reviewing complex contracts.

  • Achieve the right balance between hands on “doing” of legal work, managing external lawyers and training of staff on relevant topics.

Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • Strong law and commercial/regulatory background especially in the negotiation and documentation of commercial contracts and regulatory matters.

  • Excellent understanding of Mexican regulatory framework.

  • Track record of effectively managing and leading a team, as well as stakeholders.

  • Strong influencing and coaching skills.

  • Ability to work confidently and stand ground with senior managers.

  • Mexico qualified lawyer with at least eight years of experience.

  • Diageo leadership capabilities

  • Spanish and English speaker

  • Strong commercial and pragmatic approach.

  • Strong analytical, drafting and negotiating skills.

  • Effective interpersonal/communication skills.

  • High level of professionalism, integrity and commitment.

  • High level of security.

  • Ability to express legal concepts and opinions in clear, practical and commercial manner and to flex style to suit context-

  • Must be able to take the initiative and to work independently and with the external lawyers.

  • Must be able to deal with large and diverse workload and be able to manage multiple demands from individuals both within and outside of the team at any one time.

Functional capabilities:

  • Legal knowledge and technical skills.

  • Advice & Counsel to sales, marketing and other areas

  • Situation Analysis.

  • Right judgment, influence, conscience

  • Negotiation skills

Leadership Capabilities:

  • Find solutions

  • Grow yourself

Worker Type :

Fixed Term Contract (Fixed Term)

Primary Location:

Mexico City

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Ever since Arthur Guinness took out a 9,000 year lease on a Dublin brewery, some 250 years ago, we became a business that is defined by the character of the people who work here. It took immense character from Alexander Walker to convince the captains of every ship in the port of Glasgow to take crates of Johnnie Walker to the four corners of the world. Today, nothing’s changed.

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