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Head of Legal

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BerryWorld Varieties Head of Legal Hybrid £130,000 per annum plus benefits.

Robert Walters is excited to be partnered with BerryWorld in search for the Head of Legal. BerryWorld Group (“BWG”) is a leading soft fruit marketing company, supplying fresh berries on a global scale to supermarkets and food service businesses. BerryWorld Varieties (“BWV”) are a division of BWG are responsible for the development and management of the group’s proprietary genetic resources, as well as plant supply to their global stakeholders.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Legal for BWV. This is a unique chance to lead and shape the legal function in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

About the role

As Head of Legal, you will be at the forefront of our organisation's legal function. You will lead a dedicated team, providing strategic direction and ensuring that all legal matters are handled effectively.

You will have the opportunity to head the legal department and advise the Senior Leadership team.

Some of the main responsibilities for the Head of Legal will be:

  • Advising and supporting the BWG and BWV Senior Leadership teams.
  • Responsibility for delivery of legal outputs and services to the business, through leadership of the legal division within BWV.
  • Delivering support for all legal and commercial matters including general contractual matters, marketing, internal and external communications, contractual and IP dispute management and IP management
  • Engaging with a network of legal counsel domestic and international on IP and contract management.
  • Registering and maintaining and enforcing BWG IP worldwide.
  • Assessing and managing risks, claims and conflicts, including litigation, to achieve outcomes aligned with the company’s values.
  • Responsibility for legal spend.
  • Providing commercially focused and practical legal guidance on compliance with various laws and regulations.
  • Coordinating with internal stakeholders to ensure ensuring legal compliance
  • Managing a small Legal team
  • Providing strategic and commercial legal advice to the business.

About you

  • The ideal candidate will be a U.K qualified Solicitor or Barrister with minimum of 7 years PQE gained In House or Private Practice.
  • With expertise in Intellectual Property and Contract law.
  • Experience with matters relating to produce, agriculture, horticulture supply chain, with an understanding of industry specific intellectual property and commercial matters is desirable but not essential to the role.
  • Intellectual property protection and licensing expertise specific to plants, breeder and variety rights would be beneficial.

You will also have:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • Good internal and external stakeholder management perspective
  • Strong management experience
  • Strong organisation skills
  • Experience in a similar leadership role

About the organisation

BerryWorld is renowned for its commitment to excellence and innovation. Based in Hertfordshire the role offers hybrid working with 2 days a week in the office. This is an excellent opportunity to join a positive, passionate and genuine team.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, then please apply or contact Nisha Jassi at Nisha.Jassi@Robertwalters.co for more information.

Robert Walters Operations Limited is an employment business and employment agency and welcomes applications from all candidates

Contract Type: FULL_TIME

Specialism: Legal

Focus: Commercial Law

Industry: Legal

Salary: Up to £130,000 per annum

Workplace Type: Hybrid

Experience Level: Senior Management

Location: Hertfordshire

Job Reference: 51024603

Date posted: 20 May 2024

Consultant: Nisha Jassi

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