GroupM| Group Head - Legal

Finance & Commercial Mumbai, India


Position at GroupM

Overview of job  

 GroupM is the world’s largest media investment company and are a part of WPP. In fact, we are responsible for one in every three ads you see globally. We are currently looking for a Group Head - Legal to join us. In this role, you will be a part of In-House legal team, a shared resource, working across all agencies, divisions, group companies and catering to almost 20 brands of GroupM. You will be encouraged and expected to handle designated work independently. In short, you will get a lot of freedom to handle work while you’ll get support from seniors in navigating tricky situations and sticky wickets. We're looking for a talented and highly motivated lawyer to support our rapidly growing and evolving businesses. You should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with broad responsibilities, but with strong command over legal subject like contract law, media and entertainment law, company law, data privacy law, commercial law and intellectual property laws pertaining the media and entertainment industry. You should have strong drafting, negotiation and legal analytical skills.  Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) with the ability to interact with clients, senior business personnel and stakeholders in the systems. Self-directed and highly motivated attitude coupled with an ability to lead and work collaboratively in a high performing team.  

 At GroupM APAC, our people are our strength, which is why fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion is important to us. 

 Reporting of the role 

This role reports to: Legal Head – South Asia 

 3 best things about the job: 

  • GroupM indulges in wide variety of business and you get to learn work covering all these businesses
  • You get to experience and enjoy glamour of media & advertising industry up close and personal
  • Being an MNC, GroupM ensure best industry practices and encourages work – life balance for its employees.

In this role, your goals will be: 

In three months: 

  • Get clarity on core business and be familiar with templates, policies of the organizations

In six months: 

  • Handle contract review, drafting and negotiations independently

In 12 months: 

  • Handle designated verticals independently (if any assigned to you) or the work /functional areas assigned to you. Team management wherever necessary. Overall understanding of the Legal department functions. You will need to work as per the requirement of the team and needs to be flexible/open to take projects independently as and when assigned to you. 

What your day job looks like at GroupM: 

  • End to end closure of contract independently, negotiation of client, vendor and partner contracts, advising and counselling the business & commercial operations of the organization, by giving pro-active, professional, competent solution and creative legal support to minimise the risk exposure of the organization.
  • You will collaborate with local business leaders, commercial leaders as well as with supporting areas (Finance, Admin, Accounting & HR) advising on legal risks, business strategies and other issues related to the Company’s businesses.
  • You will be required to work as part of the teams and take on projects, assignments in addition to the daily day job.
  • You will be required to work independently as well as part of the teams and take on projects, assignments in addition to the daily day job.
  • You will be required to be part of the litigation team and supervise the team’s work as and when required. 
  • You will be required to identify and escalate issues to your manager timely and appropriately.
  • You'll need to bring negotiation and drafting skills and business sense to deal with multiple functional teams in a rapidly scaling business.

What you’ll bring: 

  • A solid experience in corporate work
  • A definitive level of confidence in drafting, vetting, negotiating agreements,
  • Reasonable experience of handling litigation
  • The ability to identify and escalate issues timely and appropriately to the seniors in the team.
  • Team player
  • Looking for great learning opportunities and challenging work

Minimum qualifications: 

  • Law graduate from a recognized university/college
  • 8 + years’ relevant experience post completion of law graduation in professional practice and/or in in-house experience in contract management, company law, contract law, commercial law, media and entertainment law.
  • Prior knowledge of media industry can be an added advantage

About GroupM

GroupM - GroupM leads and shapes media markets by delivering performance enhancing media products and services, powered by data and technology. Our global network agencies and businesses enable our people to work collaboratively across borders with the best in class, providing them the opportunity to accelerate their progress and development. We are not limited by teams or geographies; our scale and diverse range of clients lets us be more adventurous with our business and talent. We give our talent the space, support and tools to innovate and grow.

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 About India

2020 brought opportunities for brands to innovate because of which we saw an evolving media stack. The growth of digital is set to soar high because of changing consumer habits. With approximately 500 million smartphone users, low-priced data plans, 45 to 50 million e-commerce shoppers, approximately 60 OTT offerings and a young population, India is a mobile-first internet market. It is also one of the top 10 ad spend markets in the world and is set to climb the ranks. Global big tech corporations have made considerable investments in top e-commerce/retail ventures and Indian start-ups, blurring the lines between social media, e-commerce and mobile payments, resulting in disruption on an unimaginable scale.

At GroupM India, there’s never a dull moment between juggling client requests, managing vendor partners and having fun with your team. We believe in tackling challenges head-on and getting things done.

GroupM is an equal opportunity employer. We view everyone as an individual and we understand that inclusion is more than just diversity – it’s about belonging. We celebrate the fact that everyone is unique and that’s what makes us so good at what we do. We pride ourselves on being a company that embraces difference and truly represents the global clients we work with.