EF Education First is looking for an IP Counsel in Switzerland
EF Education First is a global leading international education group focusing on language, academics, educational travel, and cultural experience. EF’s mission is to open the world through education and has for more than 50 years helped millions of people learn a language, discover the world or earn an academic degree. EF is privately held, has three divisions divided into fourteen business units and is associated with several not-for-profit organizations, including the well renowned Hult International Business School. EF has over 530 schools and offices in over 50 countries and employs over 45,000 staff, faculty and teachers.
The EF Group is an entrepreneurial non-hierarchical business with tremendous growth prospects and is characterized by its dynamic, well-educated and international employees. In today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world EF’s mission is more relevant than ever.
The EF Group is looking for an ambitious Intellectual Property (IP) counsel who wants an exciting job in a very international environment.
In this role you will be responsible for managing the intellectual property portfolio of the EF Group, which includes trademarks, domain names and patents as well as copyrights and other unregistered rights, and advising the EF Group on a broad range of IP related matters. Reviewing and advising on IP related agreements and liaising with external counsel would also be part of your tasks. For this purpose, you need to have a solid knowledge about and experience from working with IP, including prosecution, maintenance and enforcement of registered and unregistered rights in an international environment. You also need to have a strong drive, high integrity, excellent communication skills and an ambition to evolve with the role as the business grows. You must demonstrate a strong ability to solve IP related practical problems and adopt a pragmatic approach and common sense to align the requirements with the needs of the business. Our environment is strongly driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and you need to enjoy challenges and thrive in a fast-paced work environment.
You should be a bright, highly adaptable and commercially minded lawyer with approximately 5 years of relevant legal experience preferably gained at an intellectual property advisor or in-house IP department. You should have an excellent command of English, both written and spoken, as the role requires the ability to communicate with stakeholders globally as well as with external counsel in our corporate language English. A university law degree is a requirement. Furthermore, Swedish and German language skills would be considered a merit.
EF is experiencing a strong growth in all business areas and you would work within a very interesting, entrepreneurial and ambitious business environment. The role offers a fantastic opportunity to join a truly global organization with good prospects for both personal and professional development.
If you are interested in this position, please submit your application in English [HERE], along with a CV, a copy of your law degree and all other relevant certificates no later than 31 January 2018. Interviews may be conducted continuously.