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Senior Legal Counsel

32857

London, GB, NW1 8TT

Legal
London
Full-Time

Unleash your potential in a place you belong!

At ViacomCBS Networks International (part of ViacomCBS), we have an iconic portfolio of brands, like Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel 5, Comedy Central and many more, reaching more than 3.8 billion subscribers in 180+ countries and territories, via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties,  in 40 languages. 

Come and join a culture where content, people and ideas merge. An exciting and open place where your talents can truly thrive and where our employees make it unique. You could be the next addition to our incredible team!
 

As part of our department, you will: 
•    Manage a wide variety of commercial transactions at VCNI including:
-    Negotiating and drafting complex, strategic streaming distribution agreements with a focus on hard bundle offerings. Overseeing other distribution deals which are executed locally.
-    Negotiating and drafting ad tech agreements pertaining to the region and overseeing advertising agreements executed locally.
-    Collaborate with the US domestic BALA team, as required on commercial agreements pertaining to the region.
-    Negotiating and drafting other key operational and related commercial issues, including marketing, social, technology/digital, trademark licensing, intercompany arrangements, NDAs, letters of intent, term sheets and related work on M&A transactions (along with corporate and local teams).
•    Rapidly identify and assess potential legal, compliance and commercial risks, which require legal analysis. Propose viable solutions to achieve business objectives while skillfully managing legal and practical business considerations. 
•    Assist in the preparation, implementation and administration of Paramount-wide legal policies, procedures and best practices across multiple international jurisdictions with regard to commercial transactions.
•    Assist in the creation of templates and checklists for use across multiple jurisdictions.
•    Maintain and foster effective relationships with corporate, HQ, divisional and cluster groups.
•    Direct and supervise legal agreements which strengthen the company’s overall position.
•    Assist in maintaining oversight of external law firms for internal legal requests and ensure that monitory spend is aligned with the company’s cost efficiency goals.
•    Keep abreast of developments and trends in the legal industry and across relevant markets.
•    Assist in the dissemination of best practices across the BALA function. 
•    Lead, mentor and develop team members. Actively contribute to team and group meetings.  
That’s why we want you to have:

Our ideal candidate should fit perfectly with our values, but apart from that, you have: 
•    Degree in law, and minimum of 7-12 years of experience in a large law firm and/or media company. Legal qualifications in more than one jurisdiction is preferred but not required. 
•    Experience in transactions over multiple jurisdictions with a strong working knowledge of broadcast regulations and practices in Europe. 
•    Current Bar/Law Society membership required. 
•    Excellent communication. Must be fluent in English (written and verbal). Additional European languages are preferred but not required.    
•    Wide experience in TV and streaming distribution deals (including app agreements), ad tech deals, general advertising deals, privacy, social, technology agreements, music rights and collecting societies. 
Additional Qualifications:
•    Have detailed and comprehensive knowledge of complex multi territory transactions and business strategies.
•    A highly sophisticated ability to engage in legal research, analysis and reasoning.
•    A high level of experience in drafting, negotiation managing large transactions. 
•    The ability to present complex legal concepts in simple and clear language for effective communication to all levels of the business. 
•    The ability to proactively resolve and escalate legal risks and impediments by providing clear, tailored and concise advice and action plans.
•    Proactive ability to identify, assess and communicate risks and proposing viable and relevant solutions for the business to consider.
•    Sound business judgment, social intelligence and flexibility/adaptability to lead multifaceted matters which may have conflicting deadlines and incomplete facts.
•    Proven ability to identify, prioritize and resolve legal issues efficiently.
•    Work collaboratively with cross functional teams to achieve business objectives. 
•    Be an analytical and independent problem solver acting with integrity.
•    Ability to work flexible and/or long hours when necessary and to travel internationally.
•    Acts in an ethical manner and adheres to the Paramount code of conduct at all times. 
•    Authentic leader, empathic and compassionate with a strong desire to build and maintain a positive and inclusive culture respecting and valuing diversity and cultural differences.
•    Strive to contribute to providing the wider Paramount business and stakeholders with the best legal and commercial service possible.
•    Entrepreneurial spirit, with a growth mindset and a proactive approach to challenges. Significant drive, adaptability, resilience, and energy to build, grow, and deliver results.
Why should you choose us?
Our company is full of challenging jobs within a multicultural environment. We are proud of having an unique and friendly atmosphere but here are more reasons why you should work with us: 
•    Market-leading professional development opportunities
•    Challenging job in a multicultural environment
•    Unique and friendly atmosphere
•    Market-leading professional development opportunities
•    Competitive salary tailored to your skills and experience
•    Flexible compesation: healthcare…
•    Young/young at heart & diverse audiences
•    Creativity & cultural connection
•    Premium Global Brands at scale
•    Hybrid working model
•    Others
 LEADERSHIP PRIORITIES 
•    MOVE PARMOUNT FORWARDS - Lead as a content entrepreneur - Be a change maker; foresee change before the need to change arises - Keep pace with what is happening at the edges to remain relevant and lead the business into the future 
•    LEAD WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE - Lead with bravery, empathy and honesty - Communicate a clear vision that inspires and empowers teams to be accountable for results - Build a high performing team culture that nurtures talent and develops leaders for the future
•    COLLABORATE ACROSS THE ORGANISATION - Innovate by bringing together diverse individuals with varied experiences and perspectives to solve problems creatively - Build constructive relationships across a wide network of stakeholders, functions and teams - Create highly participative teams, welcoming an open exchange of views 
•    INNOVATE - Demonstrate agility and flexibility - Possess a traveler’s exploratory nature and an innate curiosity to go beyond one’s defined work role - Develop resilience and comfort to ambiguity and change as a way of being. Make decisions in the face of incomplete information and course correct as one experiments, to drive the business forward 
•    DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION - Lead with openness to, and appreciation of, individual differences and diverse perspectives - Reflect the belief that diversity of inputs increases the quality of decision - Provide an inclusive workplace and constantly seek feedback - Challenge the status quo and be intensely curious


 

Everything else! 
We offer an inclusive environment where you can really be yourself and find your niche. You’ll get to work alongside streaming platforms you can be proud of, with content that touches millions of lives. Plus, you can learn about the things we’re doing to make the industry more sustainable, and enjoy lots of perks: 

  • A monthly streaming fund  
  • All the health and financial benefits you’d expect, and some you wouldn’t  
  • Flexibility to own the way you work 
  • Mental health activities and support 
  • All manner of BBQs, socials and events 

97% of our recent hires would recommend ViacomCBS to their friends and family, so what are you waiting for? Get your application in and find out more about the recruitment process here - UK Recruitment Process Information

Our Values: 
Our values are intertwined and work together to drive the business outcomes we seek, and once combined we believe these will power our company forward. 

  • Optimism & Determination | We share a positive belief that we can navigate and thrive in the landscape ahead 
  • Inclusivity & Collaboration | We embrace new and diverse voices, act with care and work together to capture opportunities and manager through challenges  
  • Agility & Adaptability | We think entrepreneurially, are resilient in change and move quickly to anticipate and create what’s next 


ViacomCBS is an equal opportunity employer

At ViacomCBS, the spirit of inclusion feeds into everything that we do, on-screen and off. From the programming and movies we create to employee benefits/programs and social impact outreach initiatives, we believe that opportunity, access, resources and rewards should be available to and for the benefit of all. We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer and we take our responsibility in safeguarding children and adults seriously. We work hard to ensure that everyone with whom we engage receive equal protection from all types of harm or abuse, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity; an obligation we take very seriously.  

To ensure, we are an exemplar in the field of safeguarding individuals, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria of the role applied for and for those who are successful in receiving an offer for roles that interact with children, completed background checks will be required prior to joining. 

Should you need any support during the recruitment process, please advise your recruiter or email UK.recruitment@vimn.com where we will support your request as suitably possible.  

Additionally, we are proud to partner with a number of incredible communities and if you need any support; either in the application process, the interview process, the onboarding process or day to day, our amazing partner Evenbreak can provide additional help and advice. Find out more at https://hive.evenbreak.co.uk 

Paramount believes in creating environments that allow our primary focus to remain on providing entertainment, education and information to our millions of viewers around the world. As part of this commitment to health and safety, Paramount requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to the agreement reached between the Company and the applicable Union.