Head of Legal Affairs

December 23, 2021
CHF7'500 - CHF9'500 / month

Job Description

Position Overview:

As head of the legal business unit, this position leads the Legal team, performs complex legal work for Kainjoo, and involves close association and coordination with senior management. The Director, Legal Affairs is part of the Legal and Finance team and works across all functional departments and Kainjoo business units. The Director is the primary person responsible for managing legal issues faced by Kainjooo globally. Working closely with the management team, global colleagues and outside counsel, the Director manages contract and regulatory compliance, helps develop and implement global policies and procedures, provides research on and coordination of establishing operations in new jurisdictions, ensures compliance with the organization’s governing structures (CH and international), advises on global employment issues, takes lead in identifying and addressing potential legal issues and risks for current activities, operations and strategic initiatives and manages litigation. The Director, Legal Affairs reports to the Managing Director and supervises the Legal Affairs staff. Interaction is required with management, staff, and outside parties.


  • Provide legal representation to the Organization, support the work of the Organization and manage the full range of legal strategies and responsibilities for Kainjoo legal entities in CH and EU jurisdictions
  • Set the strategy and goals for the Legal team in alignment with the larger organizational goals
  • Lead complex legal projects that span legal, business, and functional boundaries (e.g., cross geographies, subject matter areas, jurisdictions, organizations and business models)
  • Provide counsel to staff in all departments on a variety of complex issues. Identify, research, and analyze legal issues that affect the Organization and its activities at the local, state, federal and international levels associated with the Organization’s activities, ongoing operations, and strategic initiatives, including but not limited to, revenue diversification, and jurisdictional and programmatic expansion. Develop and implement staff-friendly plans, systems and procedures
  • Develop and provide trainings on legal issues, processes and policies to multi-level audiences in all departments in Country Offices and Global Offices of Kainjoo’s Customers
  • Supervise Legal Affairs staff and oversee a department that can appropriately support Kainjoo utilizing a mix of paid staff, interns, paid outside counsel, pro bono outside counsel, volunteers and support from other organizations
  • Develop and manage the legal department budget
  • Special projects and other duties, as assigned



  • Minimum of 10 years of experience including significant professional experience as a transactional attorney
  • JD from an accredited institution with active bar membership, preferably Geneva or Lausanne.
  • Experience advising senior management of complex, international organizations
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated ability to understand complex legal concepts and analysis and translate those to non-lawyers to create practical processes, guidance and training
  • Prior success building relationships and communicating with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrable legal analytical skills, general business acumen and expertise in several of the core areas of work listed below:
    • Compliance and rules applicable to pharma organisations in the US and in foreign jurisdictions
    • Contract review and management in the US and in foreign jurisdictions
    • Employment law
    • Corporate governance
    • Enterprise wide risk mitigation
    • Intellectual property, content management, licensing
  • Strong project management skills with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong teamwork and client service skills; experience exercising influence and managing change while having an open and inclusive tone; solution-oriented
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, growth-oriented global or regional organization
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to work through challenging situations
  • Occasional flexibility in working hours to accommodate Kainjoo international locations (linked to Customers presence)
  • Administratively self-sufficient with demonstrated skill with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Google Workspace Suite and Notion

Strongly preferred:

  • Expertise in working with Pharmaceutical companies
  • In-house experience
  • International experience

To be successful as a member of the Kainjoo team, you will also:

  • Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact a dynamic consulting firm
  • Be an innovative and creative thinker; you’re not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Have a strong work ethic and require minimal direction
  • Work well independently as well as part of a team
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment