Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company founded in 1973. At a time when all life on earth is under threat of extinction, we aim to use the resources we have—our business, our investments, our voice and our imagination—to influence changes needed to protect our planet. A registered B Corporation and founding member of 1% for the Planet, Patagonia is recognised internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $145 million in grants and in-kind donations to thousands of grassroots environmental groups around the world.
We are in business to save our home planet. You’ll be helping us achieve this by providing legal analysis and advice on a broad range of topics to support the operations of Patagonia Europe Coöperatief U.A., a subsidiary of Patagonia Works. Key focus for this role will be advising the business on EU laws relating to data protection, corporate sustainability, ecommerce/digital legal issues, commercial agreements, product distribution (wholesale and retail), as well as employment matters and other local laws that impact a global, outdoor apparel and food company.
As the Regional Legal Counsel EMEA, you will be a part of the broader management team for Patagonia Europe and the Patagonia’s global legal team based in California with a reporting line to General Manager of Patagonia Europe and a dotted line to the Associate General Counsel in California.
• Advise on compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and other regulations governing the Company’s use of personal data.
• Advise on existing and developing corporate sustainability regulations, including supply chain due diligence laws, circular economy directives, as well as product claims, and product safety and labeling laws.
• Partner with EMEA Finance and Sales teams business teams to draft, review and negotiate contracts, including leases, distributor agreements, partner store agreements, license agreements, and documents of any kind that create legal obligations, rights, or responsibilities for Patagonia EMEA.
• Partner with EMEA Finance and Sales teams to evaluate, advise on, and implement changes with respect to the company’s Ecommerce strategy, product distribution strategy and wholesale dealer relationships for Patagonia EMEA.
• Partner with the EMEA People & Culture Team and U.S. People and Culture and legal teams on employment issues & with Director of finance and operations on business operational issues.
• Work with Patagonia’s global brand protection team based in the U.S., to coordinate and manage Patagonia’s intellectual property enforcement in Europe and throughout the Middle East and Africa as needed, including anti-counterfeiting efforts, online marketplace take-down procedures, and working with local customs.
• Review marketing materials, labeling, advertising, social media, athlete sponsorships, etc. for compliance with local law.
• Manage outside counsel to advise as needed to support the business.
• Act as a member of European business’ management team as a business partner to support Patagonia Europe’s financial and operational goals and strategies.
What we’re looking for:
• European bar membership and experience advising on EU Directives and Regulations European specific organizational structuring experience
• Minimum 7 years of experience, ideally with a background in EU data protection law and experience working in-house for a global company. Experience with EU corporate sustainability regulations, as well as experience on related policy issues is a plus
• Fluency in English. Fluency in additional languages (e.g. German, French, Italian) is preferred
• A love of the outdoors
• A passion for saving our home planet and making a positive impact through your work
• Proven experience managing multiple projects and conflicting demands
• Able to work well under pressure and deadlines
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively across all parts of the business to achieve results that are in line with Patagonia’s unique and dynamic culture
• Ability to work both independently and as a team and build relationships with internal clients
• Demonstrate initiative, be conscientious and provide complete follow-thru in all areas of responsibility
• Ability to gather appropriate input and make clear, well-reasoned decisions
• Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to remain flexible to change within the work environment and scope of responsibility
Other important details:
• This is a full time position, based in Amsterdam
• We have a hybrid work model, working from home for maximum 3 days per week
• We strive to make unbiased decisions and to offer a great experience to every person who applies for a role at Patagonia. Our interviews include standardised questions that focus on the aspects that are important for success in the role. For some roles there will also be a practical assignment, where you can showcase your skills
Note: Below is only an indicative list and may change at the time an offer of employment is made.
• Events and workshops with environmentalists, change-makers, educators and sports ambassadors.
• Taking part in employee-lead groups such as Sports, Internal Communications, Footprint, Pride, Pata Parents and Events, or create your own!
• Ongoing unique learning and development opportunities such as our own programme Earth University and workshops in anti-racism, core sports, among others.
• Possibility to apply for an Environmental Internship (spending time away from your regular job to work for an environmental group, while being paid your regular salary) after one year of employment
• Option to participate in our 1% for the Planet grants council, being trained and empowered to review and make funding decisions on the grant applications from environmental groups.
• We have dog-friendly offices where employees can bring their furry friend to work.
• We are an activist company and have policies in place to support employees that want to engage in activism.
• All employees interns and their families have access to our Employee Assistance Programme, designed to provide third party, confidential support on a wide range of topics relating to emotional, behavioral and social challenges
• All employees and interns have access to Unmind, our workplace mental health platform.
• Possibility to schedule your work hours flexibly (compensating missed hours during the week) to do volunteer work, care for loved ones, enjoy the outdoors, or spend more time to pursue your passions.
• After 1 month of employment, it’s possible to work remotely from another location in EU/EEA, UK or Switzerland for up to 12 weeks per year (pro-rated for less than 1 year).
• Fully paid maternity leave (duration varies by country). After nine months of employment, we offer 12 weeks of partner leave and 12 weeks of adoptive leave. Pro-rated for part-time employees.
• Access to Patagonia discounts and sample sales, as well as discounts at other outdoor and value-aligned companies.
• Plus other benefits specific to each region.
At Patagonia, we commit to becoming an anti-racist company that leads by example. This means doing the work to be inclusive and equitable, across all aspects of our business.
Every person who applies to join Patagonia receives equal employment opportunities, and we value a welcoming environment where each member of our EMEA team feels included, respected and empowered, regardless of their race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, civil status, national origin, disability or age.
At Patagonia, we strive to have inclusive representation within our organisation and embrace a diverse mix of talent to contribute to our culture. We actively seek applications from Black and People of Colour (BPOC) and other underrepresented groups.
As we are in business to save our home planet, we can only do this together.
Please make sure that your CV and cover letter are in English.
Disclaimer for recruitment agencies:
Thanks for your interest in supporting us for this role, but we don’t accept unsolicited CVs from recruitment agencies
Founded in 1973, Patagonia is an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, California. A certified B Corporation, Patagonia is in business to save our home planet. In a time when all life on earth is under threat of extinction, we aim to use the resources we have—our business, our investments, our voice and our imagination—to influence changes needed to protect our planet. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $104 million in grants and in-kind donations to date.
We’re always looking for motivated people to join us in our European offices or retail stores. We’re especially interested if you love spending as much time as possible in the mountains or the wild, feel more at home in a base camp or on the river than an office, and have a passion for something outside of yourself, whether for surfing or opera, climbing or gardening, skiing or community activism.
Learn more about who we are and apply to our positions via our website: https://eu.patagonia.com/nl/en/eu-jobs.html