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Assistant General Counsel, Converse

Converse is the story of a sneaker that started on the court and moved to the stage and street. We’re a company ready for change and that’s who we hire: the most malleable, the most innovative, and the most creative. Our clothes and sneakers have been worn by rebels, rockers, rappers, artists, thinkers, and individuals. So that’s why we hire individuals. So we’re speaking the same language.

Legal, Converse I, Corporate Services, Converse


As an Assistant General Counsel of Converse Inc., a Nike, Inc. subsidiary, you will drive and implement the legal strategy in support of Converse. This role will report directly to the General Counsel of Converse, and will support, advise and influence an extensive range of legal matters for Converse, including, but not limited to:

  • Interacting with cross-functional legal and business teams involved in the marketing, sale, licensing and distribution of products and services; and addressing substantive legal issues related to the marketing, sale, licensing and distribution of products
  • Identifying legal issues, providing analysis of enterprise risks, creating and implementing solutions structured to achieve business objectives efficiently
  • Anticipating internal and external business issues and recommending product, process or service improvements
  • Coordinating Legal’s support of a variety of marketing, digital, consumer, social media, commercial, sales, procurement, and strategic and integrated marketplace initiatives
  • Advising, counseling and influencing business stakeholders on:
  • Legal and regulatory matters associated with their commercial and functional operations
  • Product launch, marketing and distribution strategies
  • Preparing and delivering training programs designed to enhance compliance, manage risk, and discover and unlock opportunities
  • Leading and influencing business stakeholders regarding the resolution of potential and pending issues
  • Selecting, retaining and managing outside legal counsel to ensure high-value, cost-effective representation
  • Supporting other business and legal needs and initiatives, as necessary
  • Fostering a diverse and inclusive corporate culture

  • A Juris Doctor degree or an international equivalent
  • Member, in good standing, of at least one U.S. state bar and, if not already a member in good standing in the Massachusetts state bar, a willingness to commit to membership in the Massachusetts state bar
  • Minimum of 7+years’ experience within a major law firm or corporate legal department, with primary emphasis on corporate, transactional, marketing, general business and commercial law
  • International business experience, including product and territory licensing and distribution agreements
  • Ability and experience leading cross-functional business and legal teams and related projects
  • Proven experience working closely and collaboratively with worldwide counterparts in developing business strategies and in performing technical legal analysis focused on maximizing and creating business opportunities and minimizing material risks
  • Extensive experience with the marketing, sale and distribution of consumer products and services is preferred
  • Seasoned communication skills – ability to influence at a variety of levels and across functions in a complex matrix organization are required
  • Ability to lead, inspire, manage and positively influence others is required
  • Ability to recognize and elevate complex and/or controversial issues to senior management in a timely and effective manner
  • Ability to recognize and elevate complex and/or controversial issues to senior management in a timely and effective manner
  • Must be a strategic thinker with a strong tolerance for ambiguity, risk, and organizational transformations
  • Must have business deal-making and negotiation acumen
  • Must be able to quickly process, negotiate and draft complex legal agreements and documents
  • Must be a team player, have a positive attitude and a sense of humor
  • Must have a passion for the Converse and Nike brands

Converse is more than a company; it’s a worldwide advocate for self-expression. This belief motivates our employees, permeates our working environment and inspires our products. No two of us look or think exactly alike. We are each one-of-a-kind. Individually and as a culture, we have the freedom to create and grow professionally. Generous benefits packages only sweeten the experience. From Boston to Shanghai, from Brand Design to Finance, Converse is a brand that celebrates the unique and creative people of the world. Together, we’re different.

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