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Title:  Legal Director

Job ID:  23277
Country:  USA
City:  Teaneck
Professional area:  Legal
Contract type:  Permanent
Professional level:  Experienced

JTI is a leading international tobacco company with operations in more than 120 countries. We’re the global owner of world-renowned brands such as Winston, the number two cigarette brand in the world, and Camel (outside the US). Our global brands also include Mevius, LD and Natural American Spirit, and we manufacture the internationally recognized Logic e-cigarette brand and Ploom Tech, a major brand in the heated tobacco category.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, we employ over 45’000 people across the globe. We were recently awarded Global Top Employer for the fifth consecutive year with regional Top Employer Certification in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, Africa and the Middle East. This is recognition of our outstanding talent strategy, energizing culture and commitment to learning and development.

We are a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies. For more information visit

Position Purpose


Advise our business units on all legal matters affecting the US tobacco business with the aim of achieving corporate/commercial objectives in a matter that ensures compliance with the law and appropriate management of legal risk. Acting as a member of the management team for the US tobacco markets, the incumbent will support all functions to find the most optimal way to execute company strategies and goals in order to sustain the business growth.


This position is located in our Teaneck, NJ Office.


Responsibilities and Requirements

  • Advising on all challenging and complex matters including commercial law and instructing external counsel and advisors where necessary.
  • Building and maintaining strong working relationships within the Market, Region and HQ, and understanding in full business needs and strategic plans so as to provide pro-active and valued advice and to enable the company to operate in a manner that is compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Work closely with all other functions and provide ongoing legal and strategic advice on legal issues to manage and mitigate legal risk.
  • Develop, deploy and manage legal policies and procedures and training as required by HQ, the Region or as necessary for the US business. This includes but is not limited to establishing and refining internal procedures and programs to help ensure compliance of company's activities with the applicable laws and global guidelines as well as development of an internal contract management system ensuring an efficiency of the process.
  • Advise on the complex regulatory regime in the US, including FDA legislation, regulation and guidance as well as all other applicable regulations and regulatory measures
  • Provision of advice to business to ensure compliance of JTI products’ packaging layouts / marketing materials / consumer programs etc. with the applicable legal requirements, federal and state law as well as company policy
  • Ensure appropriate corporate governance is in place for JTI's US group companies
  • Govern and manage relationships with external legal advisors including management of legal budget
  • Ensure the timely and efficient management of litigation instituted by or against the company
    Qualifications and Experience
  • JD from accredited law school or equivalent education; admission to a state bar (with the ability to become licensed as in-house counsel in NJ if not otherwise licensed in NJ)
  • 6+ years of practice in a top law firm or both in a top law firm and in-house
  • Fluency in English with excellent verbal and written communication skills


Enjoy a competitive salary commensurate with the experience and responsibility requirements.
Excellent employee environment with a competitive benefits package including:

  • Bonus 
  • Annual Merit Increase 
  • Healthcare 
  • Dental 
  • Paid Time Off 
  • 401k Plan + Company Contributions 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Disability
  • Tuition Assistance

Nearest Major Market: New York City

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