New York, United States


Legal, Ethics & Compliance



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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 platforms. In order to achieve this, we are focused on 6 strategic priorities: • Developing a long-term product and ecosystem portfolio, • Building societal support of RRP, • Growing our RRP platforms 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 in the U.S. 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 US 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.   Role Summary This role is for a Senior Counsel in PMI’s Litigation and Investigations Group. PMI’s Litigation and Investigations Group is responsible for managing the defense of product liability litigation of behalf of Philip Morris International Inc. and its affiliates (PMI) globally, managing other litigation of company-wide significance, leading and conducting internal investigations, and providing litigation support services. This role requires an experienced attorney who will be effective in exercising seasoned judgment and providing guidance to business and functional leaders across the organization with responsibility for performing a variety of moderately complex to complex legal matters and leading teams and projects including managing outside counsel who litigate matters on behalf of the company on a wide range of litigation matters including complex commercial, consumer, employment, personal injury, securities, and regulatory litigation.. • Key Responsibilities:Partners with internal clients to create proactive strategies designed to avoid or minimize exposure to legal liability. • Helps business partners understand the risks and consequences of the given situation. Effectively communicates the consequences and develops alternatives to manage identified risks. • Identifies and analyzes legal issues, drafts key documents, 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 in the noted areas of law and assists internal clients in implementing policies and procedures in response thereto. • Mentor others in area of expertise and develops more junior staff. • Maintains a culture with a high degree of emphasis on dignity, respect, and inclusion. Litigation: • Help oversee and manage PMI’s product liability and regulatory litigation caseload and other cases of company-wide significance focusing primarily on non-US jurisdictions. • Develops and executes with other members of PMI’s Litigation & Investigations group PMI’s litigation strategy, manage discovery obligations, manage outside counsel, determine proper case disposition, and monitor litigation budgets. • Evaluates and manages pre-litigation disputes arising from the use of PMI products. • Leads or participates in significant internal investigations. • Assists in the identification, selection, and management of outside counsel to assure legal services are rendered to PMI that are results-oriented, timely, competent, and cost efficient. • Prepares regular summary and update memos and presentations on litigation activities. • . • Works with other functional groups in the Legal & Compliance Department as needed that have expertise in the subject matter of the litigation. • Anticipates and mitigates potential legal problems within the organization as they pertain to special litigation matters and develops strategies to avoid costly litigation and reduce potential areas of risk. • Provides legal risk analysis of Company policies and initiatives. • Carries out other duties as assigned. 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. Leading Teams • Demonstrates superior leadership skills reflected by a team-oriented style, a passion for collaboration and consensus. • Motivates and inspires team to deliver high quality legal advice. • Drives the appropriate level of external benchmarking of best practices. • 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 business. • Demonstrates integrity and commitment to the highest ethical standards and personal values. Knowledge and experience desired to undertake this role • Juris Doctor (law degree) from an American Bar Association accredited Law School required or international equivalent. • Currently admitted in good standing to practice law in at least one state in the United States or international equivalent. • At least seven years of concentrated litigation 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 corporate laws, regulations, and best practices. • Demonstrated successful leadership and collaboration with colleagues and ability to develop business solutions with effective presentation of business risks and anticipated outcomes. • Previous experience with life sciences or 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 & Leadership • Demonstrated track record of success in leading 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. • Demonstrated superior leadership skills reflected by a team-oriented style, a passion for collaboration and consensus. • 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, leading 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. Work hours regularly exceed 40 plus hours per week. Position requires a passionate, motivated, driven individual with a proven ability to get the job accomplished. #LIJobs