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Counsel Digital & Technology

Philip Morris International UK

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


PMI Vision

It’s Time to Unsmoke.

There is no question that the best choice for men and women who smoke is to quit cigarettes and nicotine altogether. But many people don’t. In any given year, about 9 out of 10 men and women who are already smoking will continue: those people deserve access to, and information about, better alternatives. That is why we’re building PMI’s future on smoke-free products and focusing our efforts in switching adults, who choose to continue smoking, to our smoke-free products.

In order to achieve this, we are focused on 6 strategic priorities:

  • Developing a long-term product and ecosystem portfolio,
  • Building societal support of smoke-free products,
  • Growing our smoke-free product categories to scale,
  • Delivering product launch & customer service agility,
  • Achieving cost and cash leadership, and
  • Maintaining leadership in conventional cigarettes.

About Our Vision

We’ve built the world’s most successful cigarette company, with the world’s most popular and iconic brands. Now we’ve made a dramatic decision. We will be far more than a leading cigarette company. We’re building PMI’s future on smoke-free products that are a much better choice than cigarette smoking. Indeed, our vision – for all of us at PMI – is that these products will one day replace cigarettes.

Why are we doing this? Because we should … We understand the millions of men and women who smoke cigarettes. They are looking for less harmful, yet satisfying, alternatives to smoking. We will give them that choice. We have a commitment to our employees and our shareholders. We will fulfill that commitment by pursuing this long-term vision for success. Society expects us to act responsibly. And we are doing just that, by delivering a smoke-free future. … And because we now can. Success in the cigarette business gives us the resources to pursue our ambitious vision. Thanks to the imagination and perseverance of thousands of people at PMI, we have developed breakthrough products that are smoke-free and enjoyable.

About IQOS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the marketing of our flagship electronically heated tobacco system, IQOS, as a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP), which represents a historic opportunity for public health. In doing so, the agency found that issuing an exposure modification order for the IQOS Tobacco Heating System (THS) is appropriate to promote the public health, and is expected to benefit the health of the population as a whole.
This decision demonstrates that IQOS is fundamentally different from combustible cigarettes, and a better choice for adults who would otherwise continue smoking. It follows a review of the extensive scientific evidence package PMI submitted to the FDA in December 2016 to support its MRTP applications.

The FDA’s action authorizes the marketing of IQOS in the USA with the following information:
* The IQOS system heats tobacco but does not burn it.
* This significantly reduces the production of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals.
* Scientific studies have shown that switching completely from conventional cigarettes to the IQOS system significantly reduces your body’s exposure to harmful or potentially harmful chemicals.

In April 2019, the agency authorized IQOS for sale in the U.S. through issuance of premarket tobacco product application marketing orders, that deemed marketing the product to be appropriate for the protection of the public health. Now, the FDA has concluded issuing an IQOS exposure modification order is appropriate to promote the public health, and is expected to benefit the health of the population as a whole, taking into account both users and nonusers of tobacco products. Notably, the FDA’s issuance of an exposure modification MRTP order does not mean IQOS is FDA-approved. FDA does not ‘approve’ tobacco products. Further, the FDA’s decision does not mean IQOS is risk-free.

The FDA’s decision is consistent with earlier conclusions of other leading regulatory and scientific bodies, including in the U.K., Germany, and the Netherlands, which have found that the product emits lower levels of harmful toxicants. Furthermore, the FDA’s MRTP authorization shows that IQOS is a fundamentally different product than combustible cigarettes, and must be regulated differently, as the FDA has recognized.

As of March 31, 2020, PMI estimates that approximately 10.6 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to IQOS. We believe that this decision can help to further accelerate the transition of U.S. adults away from cigarettes. We, along with our licensee Altria, are committed to guarding against unintended use and fully support FDA’s focus on protecting youth.

Role Summary

A lawyer within the PMI Digital & Technology legal team who will be effective in exercising seasoned judgment, providing guidance and specialist subject matter legal support primarily to PMI’s global Information Technology (IT) function. The Counsel – Digital & Technology will also generally have responsibility for performing a variety of moderately complex to complex legal tasks in support of specific business projects and day-to-day business requirements on a range of IT sourcing projects and contract negotiations, and various digital marketing and advertising matters. The Counsel – Digital & Technology will be required to build relations by providing training, developing guidelines and toolkits with business clients in the PMI IT and Procurement functions as well as other functions responsible for the marketing and deployment of PMI products. . Reporting to the Senior Counsel – Digital & Technology and also supporting or working together with two other Counsels in the team, the Counsel – Digital & Technology will require a person of vision, integrity, commitment, maturity, judgment, and meticulosity.

Responsibilities willl include:
  • Effectively building and maintaining strong relations both within the wider Marketing & Deployment legal team and with business clients;
  • Providing guidance and recommendation of digital media and technology strategy for all PMI projects, products, policy, and practice for the family of PMI products to the general counsel and senior management;
  • With the General Counsel, Associate General Counsel - Corporate, and other members of the legal department, providing trusted business partnership and counselling on Digital & Technology decisions of importance to the Company and, as appropriate, contributing to the corporate strategy planning process;
  • Maintaining responsibility for designated practice areas as determined by the General Counsel;
  • Demonstrating an inclusive, consultative and thoughtful approach to achieving cross-functional alignment on issues internally;
  • Ensuring that legal services provided are cost-effective, practical, strategic, and consistent with the company’s philosophies while creating an environment of collaboration with business partners and Law Department colleagues to help drive continual process and policy improvements;
  • Contributing to and ensuring delivery on Law Department business goals and the overall business plan of the company, ensuring that Law Department implements leading practices and operates at the highest ethical standards and developing emerging talents in the organization, including in the field of corporate law.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Partners with internal clients in IT sourcing to create proactive strategies designed to avoid or minimize exposure to legal liability.
  • Helps business partners accurately understand the risks and consequences of the given situation or course of action.
  • Effectively communicates the risks and the consequences and develops alternatives to manage identified risks.
  • Identifies and analyzes legal issues, drafts and maintains key IT contract templates including outsourcing agreements, IaaS / SaaS / PaaS agreements, software license agreements, consultancy agreements, software development agreement, system integration agreements as well as other documents, guidelines, etc.
  • Build relations with other compliance functions relevant to IT projects including Data Privacy and Infosec teams,
  • presents clear recommendations and ensures legal compliance as it relates to the noted areas of law.
  • Stays current with legal developments, best practices and benchmarks primarily in the areas of technology and technology sourcing law and assists internal clients in implementing policies and procedures in response thereto.
  • Maintains a culture with a high degree of emphasis on dignity, respect, and inclusion.

Critical Skills
  • Serves as primary business partner to IT function for all activities, including the negotiation of key IT contracts.
  • Support all digital media & technological engagement activities, including PMI’s initiatives involving the use of online advertising and social media.
  • Provides legal advice and support for all digital media projects, including the development of PMI websites and applications, associated legal issues, and their connectivity to PMI devices.
  • Provides legal advice and support for all Global Technology & Systems Design, Development, Build, and Implementation Projects.
  • Provides legal advice and support for structuring and negotiating deals with suppliers for the delivery of any global technology related goods or services projects – with a particular specialism in IT outsourcing.
  • Advises on projects involving the use of innovative technology – such as artificial intelligence, connected devices (IoT), blockchain.
  • Stays ahead of legal developments in the technology and digital sector and advises the PMI business accordingly, in particular with a view to reflecting any necessary changes into PMI policy and practices.
  • Familiar with all legal issues associated with the development and use of software – including issues associated with intellectual property rights and open source software.
  • Identifies and mitigates legal risk associated with products under development.
  • Provides support for execution and ongoing support for major transactions documents and corporate governance functions.
  • Maintains effective working relationships with outside counsel.
  • Support marketing & deployment engagement activities.
  • Provide cross-functional legal support for product launch and branding projects.
  • Stay current on complex digital and technological legal issues to provide timely and thoughtful advice on potential risks.
  • Demonstrates a team-oriented style, a passion for collaboration and consensus.
  • Motivates and inspires team to deliver high quality legal advice.

Business Acumen
  • Quickly grasps key drivers of the business and industry and quickly become immersed in the most important business issues facing the company.
  • Demonstrates strategic, innovative, creative and inquisitive frame of mind, with strong business acumen and judgment.
  • Speaks fluently in lay terms to a range of audiences.

Executing for Results
  • Demonstrates the detail orientation and the technical, planning and project management skills to ensure flawless execution.
  • Takes initiative and operates with a sense of urgency, decisiveness and responsiveness.
  • Possesses strong work ethic with ability to handle a fast-paced vigorous schedule.
  • Able to solve problems and offer creative solutions.
  • Anticipates and proactively addresses emerging issues.
  • Makes nuanced recommendations and business decisions based on facts and the culture of the constituents served.
  • Marshalls the appropriate level and mix of resources as required by circumstances.
  • Demonstrates self-motivation and initiative to prioritize work and otherwise perform the job with minimal supervision.
  • Holds oneself to the highest standards of accountability.
  • High energy and drive, a charismatic and positive management style with a passion for driving results, and unquestioned integrity.
  • Highly collaborative and an appreciation of the power of inclusivity.
  • Ability to unlock transactions on the finish line through the right mix of diplomacy and firmness.
  • Acts as a team player and role model for the legal function, encouraging collaboration and standards of excellence.
  • Finds appropriate platforms to disseminate subject matter expertise to colleagues in the organisation

Building Relationships and Using Influence
  • Demonstrates outstanding communications skills, including presenting to, advising and educating executive leadership as well as engaging with external stakeholders.
  • Possesses the gravitas and executive presence to be effective with the executive team of a sophisticated multinational public company.
  • Able to convey complicated topics and issues in a straightforward and concise manner, and to tailor communication style to different audiences.
  • Maintains established relationships with external legal resources characterized by credibility, respect, trust.
  • Develops and maintains a strong network of relationships inside and outside the organization to support the objectives of the Board, CEO, and the business.
  • Demonstrates integrity and commitment to the highest ethical standards and personal values.

Knowledge and experience desired to undertake this role

  • Juris doctor and licensed to practice law in a locale where PMI operates.
  • At least five years of concentrated experience which demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and applied understanding of area of expertise; both in house and major law firm experience preferred.
  • Solid working knowledge of applicable regulations, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated successful collaboration with colleagues and ability to develop business solutions with effective presentation of business risks and anticipated outcomes.
  • Previous experience within technology industry preferred.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple, conflicting priorities while managing a substantial workload and client expectations.
  • Experience of working successfully in a highly results-oriented and performance-driven environment with a focus on excellence.
  • Robust interpersonal, networking, public speaking, and writing skills, with the confidence and credibility to act quickly, communicate effectively with diplomacy and civility, and command respect of both internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to draft transactional documents in English at first-rate level.
  • Proven ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to oversee complex projects and lead them to successful completion in an organized, efficient, and effective manner.
  • Ability to lead and work in a multi-disciplinary setting to achieve consensus.
  • Extreme attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain an appropriate perspective regardless of the delicacy or pressure of a situation.
  • Ability to travel as necessary.
  • Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and preserve the integrity of information and processes.

Business Contribution/Impact

  • Demonstrated track record of success in high-performance teams.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to handle company confidential information and data requiring the highest degree of attention to preserve confidentiality.
  • Must be able to operate in a dynamic environment with a demonstrated ability to handle crises.
  • High energy and drive, a charismatic and positive management style with a passion for driving results, and unquestioned integrity.
  • Strong organizational skills reflected by motivation toward planning and communicating with high performance teams in a dynamic environment.
  • Proven ability to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong project management and follow-up skills.

Work Environment/Physical Requirements

  • Normal office environment for a mission driven, high impact team.
  • Position requires a passionate, motivated, driven individual with a proven ability to get the job accomplished.

PMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer PMI Global Services Inc. and PM Global Brands Inc. are a subsidiary of Philip Morris International Inc. Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation in the tobacco industry to create a smoke-free future and ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company, its shareholders and its other stakeholders. PMI is a leading international tobacco company engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, as well as smoke-free products, associated electronic devices and accessories, and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the U.S. In addition, PMI ships versions of its IQOS Platform 1 device and consumables to Altria Group, Inc. for sale under license in the U.S., where these products have received marketing authorizations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) pathway; the FDA has also authorized the marketing of a version of IQOS and its consumables as a Modified Risk Tobacco Product (MRTP), finding that an exposure modification order for these products is appropriate to promote the public health. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. PMI's smoke-free product portfolio includes heat-not-burn and nicotine-containing vapor products. As of September 30, 2022, PMI's smoke-free products are available for sale in 70 markets in key cities or nationwide, and PMI estimates that approximately 13.5 million adults around the world, excluding Russia and Ukraine have already switched to IQOS and stopped smoking.

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