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Legal Counsel - Latin America

Apply now Job no: 609653
Work type: Permanent
Location: Panama
Categories: Legal & Patents, South & Central America, Individual Contributor

Broad Content of Role:

Fantastic opportunity due to business expansion in Latin America for an experienced Lawyer with strong contractual and commercial experience to take a regional counsel role based in our regional headquarters in Panama. Cochlear has recently established direct operations in Colombia and Mexico. There is a broad range of international work. This position is to provide support and guidance to the Latin America sales region. You will also support on global projects, policies and other key business areas.  It would be great if you have experience in a life science environment in private practice or in-house.  This is a first-time role and would suit an energetic candidate with a “can do attitude”. Must be an English and Spanish speaker and Portuguese would be advantageous.


Company/Commercial Legal Support

  • Provide pragmatic and solution focussed advice in a timely manner
  • Draft and negotiate commercial contracts for the purchase or supply of goods and services
  • Draft and maintain legal templates
  • Provide preliminary advice in respect of disputes arising from commercial contracts/in course of business
  • Assist in managing any litigation arising in liaison with external counsel
  • Establish a contract management system
  • Establish a Legal Services webpage

Distributor management

  • Provide pragmatic and solution focussed guidance and advice to managers in distributor operations 
  • Draft and negotiate distribution agreements

Privacy/Direct to Consumer and Online

  • Provide pragmatic and solution focussed guidance and advice to key contacts in the business

Corporate Governance/Compliance

  • Maintain compliance policies and other policies for which Legal take the lead
  • Deliver training on compliance policies
  • Be pro-active in raising compliance issues
  • Add value to the analysis of business risk/decision making process

 Company Secretarial

  • Administer company secretarial filings/records for regional legal entities
  • Ensure timely filings in relevant countries   

 Other support areas

  • Provide support to corporate and global finance projects/initiatives as and when required
  • Provide support across the region as needed in respect of Research agreements
  • Support to Management of external counsel - liaise and work with external counsel in order to achieve satisfactory and cost-efficient delivery of services

 Education and Experience:

  • Qualified lawyer / attorney with at least 6+ years relevant experience in-company or in a law firm
  • Educated to degree level
  • Ideally would have experience in Life Sciences, B2C, privacy, consumer marketing
  • General commercial experience within a global matrix organisation would be advantageous
  • Be organised, pragmatic and enjoy working with autonomy but as part of a team
  • Be articulate and approachable
  • Strong interpersonal skills; effective relationship building and influencing skills
  • Effective listening and good communication skills – written and verbal
  • Strong project management skills along with the ability to prioritise in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to continuously develop expertise
  • Language skills: Excellent spoken and written English and Spanish; knowledge of Portuguese would be advantageous but not essential
  • IT – proficient user of Microsoft office - PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Outlook

Region-specific Requirements:

  • Regular travel within the region and occasionally to Europe


Cochlear’s mission is to help people hear and be heard. Around the world, more people chose a Cochlear-branded hearing implant system than any other. Our employees tell us that the number one reason they enjoy working for Cochlear is the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives. Learn and grow with us as we tackle the most complex challenges in helping people to Hear Now. And Always. Cochlear is the global market leader in implantable hearing solutions including cochlear implant systems (CI) and bone conduction hearing systems (Baha™)

Equal opportunities

Cochlear is committed to providing equal opportunities to avoid unlawful discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief or age.  In line with our corporate ethics and statutory obligations we strive to ensure that the work environment is free of harassment and bullying and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect - this is an important aspect of ensuring equal opportunities in employment.

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