OpenText Corp. Senior Employment Counsel in Reading, United Kingdom

Senior Employment Counsel

Ref#: 14686

Function: Legal

Location: United Kingdom, Reading

OPENTEXT - THE INFORMATION COMPANY

As the Information Company, our mission at OpenText is to create software solutions and deliver services that redefine the future of digital. Be part of a winning team that leads the way in Enterprise Information Management.

The Opportunity:

A rare opportunity has arisen for an Employment Counsel to cover the whole spectrum of employment law for all of OpenText’s operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). This is a new role, so the successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the delivery of a best in class service with acquired knowledge and expertise

The role will report to the SVP & General Counsel based in Reading, UK and can be based either in OpenText’s office in Reading, UK or in Munich, Germany.

Accountabilities:

-providing high quality, practical legal support to OpenText with a focus on international HR/employment matters

-managing litigation and pre-litigation disputes in close collaboration with OpenText’s local in-house counsel, as well as external legal counsel

-developing and reviewing employment contracts and policies

-conducting internal and external investigations together with HR and/or OpenText’s compliance function

-delivering thoughtful, fit-for-purpose advice to HR on day-to-day issues (including grievance, performance and conduct management, terminations, leaves of absence, compensation and benefits) in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment

-working with OpenText’s employee relations function in addressing all matters related to collective employment law and our works councils in France, the Netherlands and Germany

-providing support for various corporate initiatives and projects requiring International employment law expertise, such as cross border mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, divestments and outsourcing

-Delivering legal updates and training to HR and business managers with a view to educating and managing risks across the organization

What it takes:

-Flexibility, resourcefulness, adaptability - candidates must be comfortable working in a fluid environment and eager to delve into new areas as needed, and undertake projects in diverse fields

-Open, collaborative team approach - must be able to work independently, but at the same time it is imperative that candidates are consummate team players

-Analytical with strong problem solving skills – must be detail oriented but not lose sight of the bigger picture

-Communication Skills - superb written and oral communication skills

-Client Orientation - a business minded lawyer who is responsive to client needs and brings a clear, pragmatic, solution driven sensibility, coupled with sound judgment.

-Hands-On Approach - roll-up-the-sleeves lawyer with a "can-do" attitude

-Good academic background

-Must have extensive experience and knowledge in international individual and collective employment laws, in particular English, German and French laws.

-Previous in-house background desired (but not essential)

-Strong interpersonal skills

-Fluency in English as well as in German and preferably French.

At OpenText we understand and value diversity in our employees and we are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We hire the best talent regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sex, age, veteran status or sexual orientation. We draw on our diversity and collective genius as we continue to shape a better future for our customers and be the Best Place to Work for our employees- nothing is off the table at OpenText. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process please email