Tokyo, Japan


Legal, Ethics & Compliance



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THE ROLE We are looking for a motivated, positive minded, and results-driven corporate counsel to join our Law team in Tokyo. As part of the small but dynamic legal team you will take a prominent role in working cross-functionally as well as with regional and global colleagues in the Law Department. You will advise on all legal aspects relating to the successful commercialization of our smoke-free products such as applicable consumer laws, competition law, data protection compliance, and labor law issues. The work includes legal reviews of commercial materials, contract drafting, conducting trainings, and preparing risk assessments as well as guiding other functions to ensure compliance with PMI’s policies and practices, including the collaboration with our global Operations Center in Switzerland. KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES ? Provide timely and best-in-class legal advice on a wide variety of commercial activities in a fast-paced environment, in line with applicable legal requirements (occasionally including unsettled areas of laws), company policies, and commercial objectives through both internal and external resources. ? Participate in cross-functional project teams to identify legally and policy compliant solutions to commercial initiatives; lead Law Department-driven projects. ? Contribute to building the Law Department capabilities by actively sharing issues of common interest, including critical legal questions, legal developments, and best practices in advising colleagues and optimizing workflows. ? Ensure best-in-class legal services by managing outside counsel effectively and efficiently. ? Contribute to the Law Team’s objectives such as by implementing departmental plans, providing expert advice in line with the team’s work allocation plan, and reviewing commercial and corporate initiatives. ? Lead Law-driven training initiatives; prepare and provide trainings on legal and policy matters to PMJ colleagues. QUALIFICATIONS ? College/University degree ? Qualified to practice Law in Japan (bengoshi) or bar admission in another jurisdiction ? 5 (minimum) to 10 years of relevant practice (e.g., corporate and commercial law, competition law, data protection law, employment law) ? Experience in private practice and multinational corporation is preferred ? Excellent written and verbal communication skills, both in Japanese and English ? Enthusiastic and motivated self-starter with a strong drive for results ? Team player, curious and positive mindset; sense of humor ? Fast learner with solid understanding of the laws of Japan ? Consumer centric, flexible, pragmatic, and comfortable dealing with ambiguity ? Passion for collaboration and relationships characterized by credibility, respect, and trust. ? WHAT WE OFFER Our success depends on the people who give their best every single day with a sense of purpose and an appetite for progress. We offer: • Competitive salary and benefit package • Being part of a highly motivated and collegial team in an inclusive, diverse culture, where everyone’s contribution counts • Accelerated learning experience in a global and very dynamic business environment • The satisfaction of solving cutting edge legal issues • Taking pride in delivering our promise to society: to improve the lives of a billion smokers across the globe while leading the industry into a smoke-free future • Flexible work arrangement (hybrid model and half-day Friday). JOIN A GLOBAL MARKET LEADER Philip Morris International 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 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. 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. PMI's smoke-free product portfolio includes heat-not-burn products, nicotine-containing vapor products and oral nicotine products. As of September 30, 2021, PMI's smoke-free products are available for sale in 70 markets in key cities or nationwide, and PMI estimates that approximately 14.9 million adults around the world have already switched to IQOS and stopped smoking. For more information, please visit and PMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.