Tokyo, Japan


Legal, Ethics & Compliance



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Mandatory Requirement: Bengoshi | Japanese Attorney-at-law Qualification PURPOSE OF THE POSITION At PMI and PMJ, we’ve chosen to do something incredible. We’re totally transforming our business and building our future on smoke-free products with the power to improve the lives of a billion smokers worldwide and the ambition to ultimately replace cigarettes. PMJ is leading this effort in one of our most dynamic markets at a fast pace and in an exciting and diverse work environment. As we transform our industry, we are transforming our business to be more consumer focused, innovative, forward leaning, and agile. We are looking for a business oriented, 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 PMI Law Department. You will advise on all legal aspects relating to the successful commercialization of our smoke-free products such as on applicable consumer laws, including the Premium and Misrepresentations Act, the Civil Code, and laws relevant to digital activities. The work includes legal reviews of commercial materials, contract drafting, conducting trainings, and preparing legal 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 and our headquarters in the United States. ACCOUNTABILITIES Accountability 1 Provide timely and best-in-class legal advice on a wide variety of commercial activities in a very fast-paced environment, in line with applicable legal requirements (occasionally including unsettled areas of law), company policies, and commercial objectives through both internal and external resources. Accountability 2 Participate in cross-functional project teams to identify legally and policy compliant solutions to commercial initiatives. Accountability 3 Partner with global subject matter experts, regional and cluster legal to ensure consistency in quality legal advice. Accountability 4 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. Accountability 5 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. Accountability 6 Lead Law-driven training initiatives; prepare and provide trainings on legal and policy matters to PMJ colleagues. REQUIREMENTS • College/University degree. • Qualified to practice Law in Japan (Bengoshi / 弁護士). • 5 to 10 years of relevant experience in private practice at either a Japanese or foreign-based major international law firm); additional experience in multinational corporation welcome. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, both in Japanese and English. • Enthusiastic and motivated self-starter with a strong drive for business results based on diligent legal assessment. • Tolerance to and resilience against an extremely fast-paced working environment. • Ability to make well-thought-through and balanced decisions in situations of uncertainty. • Team player, curious and positive mindset; sense of humor. • Fast learner with solid understanding of the laws of Japan. • Consumer centric, flexible, and agile, pragmatic, and comfortable dealing with ambiguity. • Attention to detail. • 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 PMI is the world’s leading international tobacco company, with six of the world's top 15 international brands and products sold in more than 180 markets. In addition to the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, including the number one global cigarette brand, and other tobacco products, PMI is engaged in the development and commercialization of Reduced-Risk Products (“RRPs”). RRPs is the term we use to refer to products that present, are likely to present, or have the potential to present less risk of harm to smokers who switch to these products versus continued smoking. We have a range of RRPs in various stages of development, scientific assessment, and commercialization. Because our RRPs do not burn tobacco, they produce far lower quantities of harmful and potentially harmful compounds than found in cigarette smoke. For more information, see and PMJ is an Equal Opportunity Employer. #LI-WA1 #LI-DNP #LI-DNI