Antitrust Compliance Counsel

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4th August 2022
BCL Legal is delighted to partner with The JD Group, one of the North West's largest and most successful listed businesses. The company has once again posted record revenues, and continues its phenomenal growth globally. JD Sports Fashion Plc (JD) is a leading FTSE 60 international multichannel retailer of sports, fashion and outdoor brands. Established in 1981, with a single store in the North West, JD now operates internationally in over 32 territories. The JD Group has over 3,400 stores across a number of retail fascias and embraces the latest online and instore digital technology, providing it with a truly multichannel and international platform for future growth. They combine globally recognised brands such as Nike, adidas, Puma and The North Face, with strong private labels such as Pink Soda and Supply & Demand. JD has a dynamic, forward thinking culture and working environment, at the cutting edge of retail and technology. It also has an impressive and ongoing track record of making acquisitions, and it is committed to improving and maintaining high levels of corporate governance. Role - Antitrust Compliance Counsel (5+ years' PQE) JD seeks to hire an Antirust / Competition Law solicitor to join its fast-paced Group Legal Team. As JD's first Antitrust Compliance Counsel, you will report directly to the Head of Legal Compliance (a newly created role) and you'll play a key role in JD's management of antitrust / competition law compliance risk on a global basis. Working closely with business stakeholders from across the JD Group, you will help establish an antitrust compliance culture and be responsible for identifying and advising on legal antitrust risks, merger control, designing and implementing an antitrust compliance programme, investigating suspected antitrust breaches, monitoring compliance with antitrust laws, and continually improving antitrust compliance measures. The role of Antitrust Compliance Counsel is an important new role for JD Group, and you will be instrumental in developing, delivering, monitoring, advising and training on antitrust and competition law matters. This includes merger control work, high profile projects involving suppliers, engagement with competition agencies globally, leading on high profile antitrust litigation projects, instructing external panel firms, "horizon scanning" for future antitrust trends/regulatory developments, and generally promoting an antitrust compliance culture within JD (and the JD Group). About you: We are looking for candidates who can provide expert advice, guidance and strategy to the Company's Senior Management Team and Board on all areas of antitrust compliance to best protect the Company's interests and minimise exposure to legal risk and regulatory breaches. Applications are encouraged from UK qualified solicitors with at least 5 years' PQE. You must possess solid knowledge of EU and UK competition law, experience in managing merger control filings and antitrust investigations, and demonstrate that you can understand how to manage legal compliance risks and requirements of compliance systems. Existing experience in, or supporting, a customer facing industry sector would be beneficial, with prior in-house experience (especially in retail) of particular interest. Location: The JD Group office is situated in Bury, Greater Manchester. Hybrid working is available and applications from lawyers based in other areas of the UK are welcomed. As JD Group is an international business, an element of international travel is required in this role. If you have experience in the areas above, and you are a qualified lawyer from an international practice and/or large in-house organisation, please get in touch for a confidential discussion with Alison McKee or Craig Wilson at BCL Legal.
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