Job Description

Senior Counsel Employment Law Contracting Support

Location: London

Career Level:   Senior Manager

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. With our thought leadership and culture of innovation, we apply industry expertise, diverse skill sets and next-generation technology to each business challenge.

We believe in inclusion and diversity and supporting the whole person. Our core values comprise of Stewardship, Best People, Client Value Creation, One Global Network, Respect for the Individual and Integrity. Year after year, Accenture is recognized worldwide not just for business performance but for inclusion and diversity too.

“Across the globe, one thing is universally true of the people of Accenture: We care deeply about what we do and the impact we have with our clients and with the communities in which we work and live. It is personal to all of us.” – Julie Sweet, Accenture CEO

Job Summary:
The Senior Legal Counsel, Employment Law Contracting & V&A acts as legal advisor on Employment law issues in relation to Accenture’s contracting and V&A practices. He or she advises on strategic matters relating to Accenture’s contracting approach in respect of people solutions and HR matters, including effective risk mitigation planning. He or she provides employment law support on new complex deals carrying the largest and most complex people related risks in outsourcing, ventures and acquisitions. He or she helps to lead strategic initiatives and development of tools and know-how designed to enhance employment and labour law risks in the context of acquisitions, client deals and integrations.


Key Responsibilities
• Provide operational and strategic support to deal teams and to Sales & Delivery (Legal), Mobilisation, Solution Architects, CDTS and deal leadership on bid submissions and contract negotiations when addressing the HR solution of client deal constructs (e.g. outsourcing, build-operate-transfers, client captive acquisitions, client joint ventures etc.), particularly on the risk management, on the transition of staff into Accenture or its partners/subcontractors.
• Provide operational and strategic support to deal teams and V&A HR and V&A Legal on acquisitions and ventures in respect of risk analysis of target in light of due diligence undertaken, transition and retention of acquired personnel, contracting approach in respect of employment and HR related matters (including strategic input to negotiations and guidance on contractual documents), integration and post-merger planning
• Assure the quality of Employment Law delivery on new complex client and V&A deals by providing Employment Law support appropriate to needs, and integrating external support as required
• Manage and lead strategic employment law projects and development and deployment of technological tools in relation to contracting and V&A
• Coordination with attorneys in the MU Employment Law teams in respect of delivery of deal support and advising HR, Legal and management as appropriate.
• Act as senior point of contact and coach/mentor for MU Employment Law teams on significant and complex deal-specific employment law issues
• Manage and oversee outside counsel relationships with law firms, including managing the budget
• Stay abreast of legal developments affecting the company, its clients, and industries and synthesize the information to incorporate it into company’s practices in relation to contracting and V&A

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Qualifications

Education Requirements:
Education: Law Degree / Juris Doctor required.
Work Experience: Experience in practicing employment law. Strong experience with Contracting and V&A and with advising management of large companies

Work Requirements: Limited travel required, mostly within Europe

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

• In depth knowledge of multi-jurisdictional employment law aspects of outsourcing, acquisitions and joint ventures both in respect of contractual content and negotiation strategies and HR/employment related issues
• Strong experience in managing and delivering employment law projects, especially those with global reach
Familiarity with industrial relations and collective issues (including consultation), particularly across Europe.
• Ability to work closely with wide range of personnel, including frequent interaction with top-level executives.
• Ability to work with personnel both internally and externally across the world.
• Superior drafting and negotiation skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strategic thinker, ability to influence, strong executive presence
• Able to present innovative, original solutions
• Responsive and follows through on commitments
• Strong time management, prioritization, and organizational skills
• In depth knowledge of labor and employment law
• Demonstrates sound judgment, ability to prioritize and make decisions, and identify risks before they materialize.
• Good executive presence and the ability to work effectively with business leaders, partners from law firms, and the senior legal officers of Accenture’s clients.Limited travel required, mostly within Europe Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
• In depth knowledge of multi-jurisdictional employment law aspects of outsourcing, acquisitions and joint ventures both in respect of contractual content and negotiation strategies and HR/employment related issues
• Strong experience in managing and delivering employment law projects, especially those with global reach

Familiarity with industrial relations and collective issues (including consultation), particularly across Europe.
• Ability to work closely with wide range of personnel, including frequent interaction with top-level executives.
• Ability to work with personnel both internally and externally across the world.
• Superior drafting and negotiation skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Strategic thinker, ability to influence, strong executive presence
• Able to present innovative, original solutions
• Responsive and follows through on commitments
• Strong time management, prioritization, and organizational skills
• In depth knowledge of labor and employment law
• Demonstrates sound judgment, ability to prioritize and make decisions, and identify risks before they materialize.
• Good executive presence and the ability to work effectively with business leaders, partners from law firms, and the senior legal officers of Accenture’s clients.

What’s in it for you

At Accenture in addition to a competitive basic salary, you will also have an extensive benefits package which includes 30 days’ vacation per year, private medical insurance and 3 extra days leave per year for charitable work of your choice!

About Accenture

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Closing Date for Applications 31/12/2021

Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected applicable law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

COVID-19 update:  The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until travel restrictions change, interviews will continue to be conducted virtually. 

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