Vans - Legal Counsel, Creative & Marketing

Costa Mesa, CA
Full Time
Job #: R-20190613-0103 Exp.: 7+ Years
Counsel, Creative & Marketing: Become the Newest Member of the Vans Family
In this role, you will work across the Vans organization, providing legal guidance on a wide variety of issues to cross-functional teams and to associates at all levels, including Vans senior leadership. You will have an opportunity to develop trusted and strategic relationships with the business, deeply understanding Vans strategies and initiatives in order to help advance them from a legal perspective. You will provide leadership and support to the legal team and the business in the management of risk in all areas of the business, with a focus on Creative & Marketing. You will also work closely to collaborate with VF legal team members to support team initiatives, as well as the Vans brand around the world.

How You Will Make a Difference:
In this position, you will provide support for a broad range of legal matters arising in the footwear/apparel space and in retail environments. Specific duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Be the go-to legal advisor and a strategic business partner for the Creative and Action Sports Marketing teams.
  • Structure, draft and negotiate a wide variety of contracts, including complex contracts, for example, sponsorship agreements, athlete agreements, ambassador agreements, creative services agreements, production services agreements, media, content and entertainment agreements, licensing agreements, executive producer agreements, director agreements, talent and model releases, writer agreements, agreements with vendors and nondisclosure agreements.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally to create and implement process, tools, templates and training for efficiency, consistency, learning and empowerment, with a focus on Creative & Marketing, including to support content creation and clearance and manage third-party clearances and licensing ( e.g., music, stock images, software, etc.) in connection with content creation.
  • Provide creative and practical legal and commercial advice and counsel to business clients on a wide array of business and contractual issues while coordinating with other Legal team members and stakeholders as necessary, building trusted advisor relationships and collaborating effectively across all levels of the organization.
  • Provide general legal support for Vans legal team/General Counsel, including assisting with general corporate and commercial research, analysis and advice on a wide range of business and legal issues, managing legal risks and assisting with key transactions and projects.
  • Provide sound dispute and risk management and, post-escalation, active oversight and management of litigation. Your unique and diverse experiences and background enable you to provide differing perspectives to fuel our global growth. Additionally, you are inclusive by nature and you value differing points of view.

Skills for Success:
  • Years of Related Professional Experience: 7+ years of relevant legal experience, combination of firm and in-house experience preferred
Educational/ Position Requirements:
  • J.D. and member of the bar in good standing in at least one US jurisdiction
  • Experience working with a wide variety of contracts
  • Experience with creative, media/entertainment, marketing and content (including digital)
  • Experience with licensing, privacy and intellectual property a plus
  • Business affairs and business development experience a plus
  • Experience with action sports a plus
  • Experience working in the retail and/or footwear and apparel industry a plus
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, self-starter environment and capability of developing and maintaining effective, professional and collaborative relationships amongst internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including multiple cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects at the same time effectively and efficiently, remain flexible, manage clients’ expectations and appropriate communications in a demanding environment, and think strategically and act tactically in prioritizing, re-prioritizing and following through with all tasks, assignments and jobs in a timely manner while anticipating needs and responding to changing demands.
  • Skilled and experienced with drafting and negotiating complex contracts.
  • Must be able to evaluate issues from legal and business perspectives and provide clear, practical, strategic, creative, balanced and business-oriented advice to business clients.
  • Must be customer-focused with strong interpersonal attributes and listening skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, judgement and problem-solving abilities.
  • Team player with a positive attitude, self-confidence, enthusiasm and excellent interpersonal, communication (verbal and written) and negotiation skills.
  • Detail, goal/results and solutions-oriented.
  • Independent, self-motivated, professional and proactive with a strong work ethic and sense of pride and accountability in work.
  • Intellectual curiosity, engagement and desire and ability to learn and develop new skills.
  • Must act with the highest level of character and personal integrity.

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