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Head of Legal, ISS Denmark

Head up the legal team, support the commercial strategy and drive the corporate governance and compliance agenda

ISS Denmark is looking for an experienced and talented attorney-at-law to head the Legal team and assist with a wide range of legal matters, in particular commercial contracts, corporate governance and compliance. The position is located in Søborg, Denmark.

As Head of Legal you have the general counsel responsibility for ISS Denmark, including full responsibility for the commercial legal agenda – and you are a trusted advisor for the country executive management team.

You report to the CFO and are part of the Business Support Management Team. You will cooperate closely with local business units and other support functions as well as regional and global stakeholders. Therefore, the role is characterized by extensive collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders, and by a high degree of responsibility and autonomy.

The ISS Legal team is one of the core support functions in ISS Denmark and plays a key role in advising top management, driving corporate governance and the compliance agenda as well as supporting the commercial strategy, including drafting and negotiating local and regional outsourcing agreements.

The Legal team consists of 6 legal professionals who collaborate closely on a wide range of legal topics. In order to get the full potential from each contract, the legal team plays a vital role for the organization.

Key responsibilities:

  • Overall responsibility for the Legal function:

Responsibility for developing the professional legal competences across the organization, and within the Legal team, resulting in a support function that contributes with solution-oriented legal advice.

  • Local, regional & global outsourcing contracts:

ISS has been successful in entering into local, regional and global facility services contracts with multinational companies. This requires active participation and a commercial delivery approach. Therefore, Head of Legal brings strong commercial skills to the table when drafting, negotiating and interpreting commercial contracts.

  • Corporate governance, risk management and compliance:

Responsibility for policies and compliance processes that addresses potential risk management issues, especially when handling commercial offers and negotiations.

  • Developing and implementing tools, templates and processes in cooperation with the business to ensure alignment and proper legal basis for end-to-end sales, transition and delivery on contracts.

The ISS Legal team operates based on the following set of core values: integrity, top quality advice, commercial understanding and solution focus, responsiveness, and expedient delivery. The culture is characterized by high performance, responsiveness and a sense of urgency. Hence, Head of Legal is expected to deliver on time with a pragmatic and positive “can-do” attitude.

The successful applicant has a strong legal background and a proven track record of leading a Legal team.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • MSc in Law with grades at the top/high end.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience from a recognized Law firm.
  • Preferably experience from an in-house legal function within a large Danish company.
  • Experience with working with local, regional and international contract negotiations.
  • Experience with managing a team of legal professionals.
  • Experience with outsourcing and/or the facility service industry is a plus.
  • Fluency in English and Danish both written and spoken.

You must have a solid business acumen and commercial insight, and have the ability to bridge legal and commercial objectives. You are a strong communicator who can present complex legal matters in a clear and simple manner. As Head of Legal, you must be able to build and maintain working relationships beyond the Legal function on all levels in the organization and externally.

Your strong interpersonal skills and abilities as a great listener gives you the ability to provide genuine guidance, presenting customers and business partners with “win-win” situations as well as providing professional and legal push back in complex negotiation situations.

As a manager, you must be able to lead a support function team of legal professionals, ensuring the best possible teamwork, legal support and advisory. You will set the direction and prioritize tasks using your strong team skills combined with the courage and strength to constructively express a (final) opinion.

You must be a true team player with a positive mind-set and a proactive, can-do attitude.
You come across as robust and confident with a result-oriented attitude based on strong drive and execution skills.

ISS Denmark offers you an exciting and challenging position with exposure to high level stakeholders across the organization. You will become part of a global company with an emphasis on leadership and personal development.

For more details about the job or the company, please contact Account Director Peter Juul, Unique Human Capital on M: +45 40 31 99 29.

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