Head of Corporate Legal

Miami, FL

The Corporate Legal team is tasked with providing legal advice and support to all divisions within FIFA. The Head of Corporate Legal is a broad role. The successful candidate will have overall responsibility for the delivery of these key aspects of the Legal & Compliance Division’s delivery of services to FIFA in the operation of its day-to-day business and supporting, where required, specific areas connected with the delivery of FIFA’s tournaments. As well as managing a team of four, the successful candidate will build relationships with internal stakeholders and provide excellence in the delivery of those services by following a solutions-based approach.


These are your key tasks:

  • Contracting in the supply of goods and services to FIFA (costs contracts), reviewing and drafting contracts
  • All legal matters relating to FIFA’s corporate/institutional activities
  • The activities and administration of FIFA’s subsidiaries, including the FIFA Foundation and FIFA+
  • Joint venture projects, acquisitions and incorporations, including document review and drafting
  • FIFA’s internal governance provisions to ensure robust compliance with processes and directives 
  • Advising internal stakeholders on the legal aspects of their procurement activities
  • Litigation and disputes
  • Managing external counsel where necessary and associated budgets
  • Working with Finance in the areas of insurance and audit


YOUR PROFILE

  • We work hard at FIFA.
  • We are dedicated, ambitious and innovative.
  • And we respect our values. Always.


For all roles, we seek talented people with an entrepreneurial spirit and a global mindset.


The specific competencies we require for this position are:

  • Fully qualified to practice law (registered on the roll / admitted to the bar of the relevant jurisdiction) having completed academic and practical training
  • 10+ years of legal practice PQE
  • Substantial professional experience of working with and drafting legal documents in English 
  • Excellent negotiation, drafting, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Enhanced expertise: 5 years expertise "on the job" in a corporate law environment in an in-house legal department or a reputable law firm
  • Demonstrable interest in or experience of sports
  • First class written and spoken English language skills, consistent with drafting and negotiating complex, high value and nuanced English language agreements
  • Ability to provide and communicate effectively practical and solutions-based legal advice 
  • Excellent negotiation, drafting, problem solving and analytical skills
  • Structured, reliable, well-organized with a strong eye for detail 
  • Ability to work as part of a high-performing team, fostering collaboration, driving results, and ensuring the successful achievement of organizational goals
  • Proactive, with a strong sense of personal responsibility with an ability to work autonomously on a wide variety of projects
  • Resilient with an ability to competently handle a large workload amid rapidly shifting priorities
  • Open-minded team player with an affinity for working within a variety of cultures and excellent communication skills
  • High degree of professionalism and confident demeanor
  • Ability to be a good ambassador for FIFA in all manner of external facing situations, including during contractual negotiations, external workshops and during FIFA competition-related assignments
  • Ability to create, develop and maintain strong and reliable relationships with FIFA senior management as well as external legal and commercial counterparts
  • Willingness to operate outside of comfort zone
  • Takes initiative to reflect on how to improve and develop working styles and methods to assist the organization and internal clients
  • Native level English (or equivalent), consistent with requirement to draft and negotiate complex and nuanced English language agreements and advice
  • Proficiency in any other FIFA language (French/Spanish/German) is an asset but not necessary
  • Proficient in Word / PowerPoint / Excel
  • Willingness to travel


PERKS & BENEFITS

The biggest benefit of a career at FIFA is the privilege to work for the beautiful game and create something that matters.

 

Alongside that privilege, we also offer some extra perks and benefits:

  • Health insurance: We offer generous medical, vision, and dental insurance coverage.
  • Continuous learning: We care about your development and encourage internal mobility, offering a variety of training and education to help achieve it.
  • Retirement: We offer generous 401(k) employer contributions.
  • Vacation: Maintain a healthy work/life balance with a generous vacation allowance.


We are FIFA, the global governing body for football.


Our vision is to make football truly global, diverse and inclusive, for the benefit of the entire world. The last FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 attracted more than 5 billion viewers and the last FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023 was the greatest-ever FIFA Women's World Cup that inspired millions of girls and women around the globe. The opportunities for growth are exciting.


We are a modern organisation with over 850 passionate employees who are Living Football every day. Our headquarters are based in Zurich, Switzerland, and we have offices in Miami and Paris, plus eleven regional offices from New Zealand to India, Congo, Panama and Paraguay.

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