Stamford CT, United States


Legal, Ethics & Compliance



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PMI’s Vision Delivering a smoke-free future. We’ve built the world’s most successful cigarette company, with the world’s most popular and iconic brands. We will be far more than a leading cigarette company. In 2016 we made a dramatic decision to purposefully replace cigarettes. We’re building PMI’s future on smoke-free products that – while not risk-free and which are addictive - are a much better choice for adults than continuing to smoke. There is no question that the best choice for men and women who smoke is to quit tobacco and nicotine altogether. But despite the known health risks, many don’t. In any given year, about 9 out of 10 people who smoke will continue to do so: they deserve access to, and accurate information about, better alternatives to smoking. That is why we’re building PMI’s future on replacing cigarettes with smoke-free products and focusing our efforts in switching adults, who would choose to continue smoking, to our smoke-free platforms. In addition, we also evolving our portfolio to include products outside of the tobacco and nicotine sector, in wellness and healthcare. Our progress has been remarkable and as of December 31, 2022, PMI's smoke-free products accounted for around a third of our total net revenues, were available for sale in 73 markets, and PMI estimates that almost 25 million adults around the world are now using our smoke-free products. For more information on our vision and corporate purpose visit:   Role Summary PMI is embarking on the next step in its exciting transformation. Whilst we have been listed on the New York Stock Exchange and our HQ has been in the United States since 2008, for the first time ever, we are entering the U.S. market. Following the acquisition of Swedish Match in 2022 and our acquisition of businesses comprising Vectura Fertin Pharma in 2021, as well as our forthcoming 2024 take back of our IQOS business from our current distributor, we are significantly expanding our operations in the United States. This will require enhanced communications capabilities to deal with the challenges and complexities of the U.S. market. An Attorney within PMI’s Legal, Ethics & Compliance (“LEC”) Department who will be effective in exercising seasoned judgment and providing guidance to business and functional leaders across the organization with a primary focus on supporting PMI’s Global Communications function in building and executing impactful, accurate, non-misleading and lawful narratives, consistent with Company positions, and in building an understanding of the company’s core mission of tobacco harm reduction, the smoke-free category, and the science behind smoke-free products. The Senior Counsel – Global Communications will require a person of vision, integrity, commitment, maturity, judgment, and meticulosity, as well as one with leadership experience and attributes. The role-holder will report to the Assistant General Counsel, Global Communications, who is based in London, but will also be part of the wider Litigation and Investigations team (“L&I team”), many of whom are also in Stamford. Responsibilities will include: effectively building and maintaining strong external and internal relations at a senior level; providing guidance and strategy recommendations to business and functional management and LEC Department colleagues; with other members of the LEC Department, providing trusted business partnership and counselling on decisions of importance to the Company and, as appropriate, contributing to the corporate strategy planning process; maintaining responsibility for legal, policy, and reputational issues connected to corporate and scientific communications; demonstrating an inclusive, consultative and thoughtful approach to achieving cross-functional alignment on issues; 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 LEC Department colleagues to help drive continual process and policy improvements; contributing to and ensuring delivery on LEC Department business goals and the overall business plan of the Company, ensuring that LEC Department implements leading practices and operates at the highest ethical standards and developing emerging talents in the organization, including in the field of media and communications law; and supporting the wider L&I team in protecting the Company from legal, reputational and financial risks. Key Responsibilities: • Partners with internal clients in Global Communications (primarily but not exclusively in the Americas region) to create proactive strategies designed to avoid or minimize exposure to legal liability and reputational harm whilst maximizing the potential for positive outcomes. • Supports the wider Global Communications law and L&I team with global projects and strategic initiatives. • Drafts, reviews and assists in negotiation of contracts (e.g., client-agency, supplier/media owner, production, sponsorship, events, confidentiality, and intellectual property licenses and agreements). • Provides solution orientated legal advice in areas of communications and media law, including but not limited to advertising and claim substantiation, regulatory compliance, defamation/litigation, free speech, dealing with media enquiries and where necessary seeking corrections, reputation and crisis management, responding to critics, rights of privacy and publicity, and other media and social media matters. • Reviews external communications to ensure compliance with Federal and State laws, rules and regulations, as well as coherence and consistency with Company positions and policies. • Helps business partners understand the risks and consequences of the given situation. Effectively communicates the consequences and develops alternatives to manage identified risks and seize possible opportunities. • Anticipates, identifies and analyzes legal issues, drafts key documents, presents clear recommendations and ensures legal compliance and consistency with Company positions as it relates to Global Communications initiatives. • Working with the L&I team and local law team, manages representation of the Company’s position before federal, state and local government agencies and/or in litigation, regarding the noted areas of law. • Stays current with legal developments, best practices and benchmarks in the noted areas of law and assists internal stakeholders in implementing policies and procedures in response thereto. • Mentors others in area of expertise and helps develop more junior staff. • Maintains a culture with a high degree of emphasis on dignity, respect, and inclusion. • Prepares regular summaries and updates on Global Communications activities and any associated potential issue, whether reputational, policy related, or legal. • Makes recommendations on how to address potential issues and on outside counsel retention decisions for Global Communications matters, with a focus on company risk, opportunity, and cost-effectiveness. • Works with other functional groups in the LEC Department as needed that have expertise in the subject matter of the issue at hand. • Manages outside counsel effectively as needed to advise internal clients on identified issues. • Presents well-written and well-reasoned views. • Prepares documents to support the Company's initiatives and interests. • Manages assigned projects to completion. • Helps motivate and inspire team to deliver high quality legal advice. • Carries out other duties as assigned and required from time to time. • Acts as a team player and role model for the legal function, encouraging collaboration and standards of excellence. Business Acumen • Quickly grasps key drivers of the business and industry and able to 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 well considered recommendations and business decisions based on facts and mastery of the legal and regulatory environment. • 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 style with a passion for driving results, and unquestioned integrity. • Highly collaborative team player and an appreciation of the power of inclusivity. • Ability to unlock transactions on the finish line through the right mix of diplomacy and firmness. Building Relationships and Using Influence • Demonstrates outstanding communications skills, including presenting to, advising and educating internal colleagues 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. • Fosters internal and external relationships characterized by inclusion, 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. • Finds appropriate platforms to disseminate subject matter expertise to colleagues in the organisation. 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 requiring the highest degree of attention to preserve confidentiality. • Must be able to operate calmly 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 planning and communicating in a dynamic environment. • Proven ability to work independently and multi-task in a fast-paced environment. • Strong project management and follow-up skills. Knowledge and experience desired to undertake this role • Juris doctor (or higher) and licensed to practice law in one or more states in the United States. • At least seven to ten years of concentrated experience in industry or private practice which demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and applied understanding of legal issues related to communications and media, whether in the context of litigation, transactional, and/or regulatory work. • Previous experience with media/communications, FMCG, life sciences or technology industry preferred. Experience of working in a highly regulated industry is desirable. • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, handle multiple, conflicting priorities while managing a substantial workload and client expectations. • 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 review and revise transactional documents in English at first-rate level. • Proven ability to think strategically and exercise sound judgment. • Ability to oversee complex projects to successful completion in an organized, efficient, and effective manner. • Ability to 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. • Demonstrated successful collaboration with colleagues and ability to develop business solutions with effective presentation of business risks and anticipated outcomes. 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. • PMI operates a flexible work policy known as Smart Work which allows employees to work from home but requires at least two days per week in the office averaged over a month (excluding business trips, vacation leave and other authorized absences). • Other business trips, both within and outside the United States, may be required from time to time. Expected salary range: $205,000.00 - $319,000.00 per year, varies based on experience, along with comprehensive benefits package that includes bonus, stocks and 401k. #LI-HYBRID