Location:  Belfast
The Lead Knowledge Lawyer for Consumer Goods & Retail (the "Group") will manage and execute legal content projects, training and knowledge initiatives for the Group within the context of the Firm's knowledge strategy.
The Group’s over 1,500 lawyers advise and help a diverse range of clients in four primary subsectors: (i) consumer goods (including food and beverage, cosmetics, tobacco, FMCG), (ii) luxury and fashion, (iii) retail (including traditional retail and e-commerce) and hotels, resorts and tourism. Globally recognized as the #1 industry expert in consumer staples, food and beverage, apparel retailing and retail, the Group is performing cutting-edge legal work around CG&R hot topics such as digitalization (e-commerce, big data, social media), advertising and labelling and the influence on consumer behavior and engagement from demographic, social media and sustainability issues. Keeping up with the trends and ahead of the curve, the Group speaks the industry language and understands the business challenges that allows them to anticipate the legal changes having an impact on the clients.
To ensure that Knowledge support, content and projects meets the needs of the Group and the Firm’s wider Client & Market and Knowledge strategies. To make first-class knowledge easily available to lawyers, increasing the quality, consistency and/or cost-effectiveness of the advice that the Firm gives its clients. This includes:
Knowledge and Expertise
  • Current awareness and commercial/industry know-how. Deeply understand clients' industries and businesses and use that knowledge to optimize opportunities for knowhow creation, current awareness updates including client alerts and connecting business and industry knowledge relating to the Group to broader Firm initiatives. Monitor and spot forward-looking Group issues and trends and translate their legal impact to clients and lawyers in a commercial way. Possess a fundamental understanding of the work performed by the Firm's other practice and industry groups in order to connect their work to the Group and vice versa.  Enhance internal awareness of Group-specific issues and equip lawyers to talk about them irrespective of their practice group
  • Lawyer requests. Be a sounding board and trusted advisor to lawyers on complex legal issues and devise systems for capturing and analyzing lawyer enquiries in order to produce knowhow to address gaps
  • Know-how development. Work with PG and Service Line Knowledge Lawyers to ensure a core foundation of IG knowledge is in place for the Firm's key markets and jurisdictions, ensuring this is leveraged where possible. Ensure that know-how best practices are being followed throughout the Group and contribute to developing them. Ensure that this know-how is readily and easily accessible by fee earners
  • Training. Devise a training plan linked to the Group's business strategy and identify opportunities for using different media and collaborate with the Learning and Development team. Link the Group's training program to broader Firm training initiatives
  • Client-facing knowledge.  Set the agenda for thought leadership campaigns and other client-facing initiatives after discussion with key stakeholders and alignment with the Group's strategy, advocating industry-focused analysis, not just “news." Identify ways to structure work and work output to produce tangible products, including training, for lawyers and clients
  • Policy initiatives and capacity-building. Work with the Group on policy initiatives and lobbying, including offering training and knowledge sharing sessions, responding to consultations and generally maintaining good channels for dialogue with political and governmental individuals and bodies
  • Service Lines. Ensure that the Firm's Service Lines are adapted for delivery to the Group's clients
Service Orientation
  • Relationships. Promote an integrated, "one global team" mind-set among the Knowledge team and implement and influence the knowledge culture throughout the Group. Establish and nurture long-term relationships with key decision-makers across the Firm to help achieve results and coach and facilitate the building and establishment of long-term relationships by members of their team.  Ensure that Knowledge work for the Group is recognized and rewarded. Connect the Group's work with the work of Knowledge Lawyers in other practice and industry groups for wider benefit
Work Management
  • Operations and innovation. Redefine the Group's Knowledge services and best practices and promote them among lawyers in the Group.  Promote an innovative and quality-focused mind-set and challenge the team to consider how to deliver services more effectively and efficiently.   Promote greater use of offshore Service Centers, integrated use of project managers and other technology tools to manage costs and improve efficiency in the Group
  • Systems. Act as an internal champion for Knowledge systems, ensuring the engagement of all lawyers in the Group. Identify and implement Knowledge system changes (technological and behavioral) needed in order better to deliver legal content
  • Strategy, alignment and integration. Build and implement a comprehensive global Knowledge Plan for the Group. Align the Group's Knowledge Plan with its business plan, the Firm's strategic framework (including the Client and Market Strategy), the Knowledge strategy and the Industry Groups' strategy. Create a single joint community among fee-earning lawyers, Knowledge Lawyers and other Knowledge and business professionals within the Group and across countries and regions.  Emphasize and illustrate the cross-practice group nature and impact of Group knowhow

Experience Required

Skills and Experience:
  • Law degree
  • Current license to practice law (or eligibility for one)
  • Extensive post-qualification experience as a practicing lawyer with direct involvement in the consumer goods and retail area
  • Excellent English language skills (verbal and written) and the confidence to communicate in a multi-cultural, multi-level environment
  • Experience working directly with senior counterparts on strategy and execution
  • Excellent time management and organizing skills; ability to prioritize and manage time to meet deadlines
  • Strong word processing and spreadsheet skills
  • Experience in or willingness to learn document automation and other legal technology
  • Extensive post-qualification experience in commercial/trade law is desirable