Legal Counsel

Location Nyon, Switzerland
Posted 29/03/2018
Closes 20/04/2018
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Legal, IT, HR, Finance & Procurement
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Job information:

Division / Unit: Legal Affairs / Marketing Legal Services
Contract type: Permanent
Start date: 01.05.2018
Location: Nyon


This position is a mid/senior-level Legal Counsel position to provide the legal support for UEFA's internal and football competition related ICT and technology needs. The position will need to liaise and work day to day with UEFA's ICT unit, UEFA.com team and Digital Production team.


- Providing legal input & advice in relation to:
o UEFA.com - operational legal support in relation to the development and operation of uefa.com (including development of apps, hosting arrangements, and specific website activities - but excluding media rights or sponsorship commercial programme-related matters);
o Digital Media Production/Platform - all supply and related agreements to support the development of an OTT media platform by the Digital Production team of UEFA Events SA's Marketing Division;
o Corporate and event (football competition) related ICT supply and implementation - all supply and related agreements (excluding consultant hire) to support the needs of the ICT unit of UEFA's Services Division. This includes all procurement tenders and contracts for the supply of ICT services and hardware and will require continuing liaison with the ICT unit; and
o Assist the Senior Legal Counsel in the provision of legal support primarily in relation to the technical supply and production needs of UEFA's TV/Media Production unit.

- Protecting UEFA's larger/overall interests from a business affairs perspective;
- Cooperating and communicating with other lawyers within the Marketing Legal Services unit (and other units of the Legal Affairs Division as needed) to ensure the coordination and consistency of UEFA's policies and compliance with UEFA commercial programmes and projects;
- Reporting to the Head of Marketing Legal Services.


Experience required:
A qualified practising commercial lawyer with between 5 and 7 years of post-qualification working experience.
Main criteria include:
- strong basic core legal technical knowledge and skills, ideally trained with a leading law firm;
- strong contract drafting and negotiation skills and experience;
- expertise and specific working experience in relation to ICT services and hardware supply agreements and procurement;
- experience of GDPR and related matter is not required (UEFA's Data Protection Officers work within other units), however familiarity with issues may be advantageous.

- Law degree or, if not law, a first undergraduate degree together with relevant law conversion course
- Law school/postgraduate legal professional qualification
- Current legal practising certificate/membership of legal bar association

- English / Native speaker

Additional requirements:
- Excellent drafting, negotiating and oral communication skills in English. Other languages than English are a plus (but not a prerequisite).
- Project management/organisational/time management/prioritising skills - experience in successfully and consistently delivering multiple projects and workflows with competing priorities and tight deadlines on a proactive basis, without sacrificing quality of legal work or assuming undue risk.
- Team spirit - cooperates well with colleagues; offers help and support to others to reach common goals; takes initiative to develop team spirit; remains available and helpful even at tense and stressful times
- Client orientation - always shows respect to clients (colleagues, superiors, national associations, clubs, etc.); agrees on deliveries and expectations with clients; meets clients' expectations; gets positive feedback from clients; has full confidence of clients; anticipates wishes.
- Professionalism - reliable and committed to meeting quality standards and consistently meeting deadlines; respects budgets; good at planning and anticipation; focuses on efficient implementation; follows up after completion; assumes responsibility for own actions; acts as an example for others.
- Good judge of risk and situations.
- Flexibility (working hours and availability).
- Familiarity with sports/football is not required but may be advantageous.


The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football in Europe.

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