Legal Counsel, Intellectual Property and Marketing

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Gildan is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of quality family apparel, including t-shirts, fleece, polos, underwear, socks, sheer hosiery and shapewear.  Sold in over 50 countries, our family of brands includes Gildan®,  Gold Toe®, American Apparel, Anvil®, Comfort Colors®, Alstyle, Secret®, Silks®, Kushyfoot®, Secret Silky®, Peds®, MediPeds® and Therapy PlusTM, complemented with licenses for Under Armour and Mossy Oak. Through our vertical integration in manufacturing, we control every step in the process of producing our apparel, from raw materials to finished products.  We operate more than 25 facilities in North America, Central America, the Caribbean Basin and Bangladesh, employing over 48,000 employees.  We leverage our entrepreneurial spirit, our empowered employees and a fundamental belief that operating responsibly is the only way to create value in everything we do.

To learn more about Gildan and its corporate citizenship practices and initiatives can be found at www.gildancorp.com and www.genuinegildan.com, respectively.

The Opportunity

Gildan is looking for a legal counsel to join its head office team in downtown Montreal. This position is part of a team of four attorneys, including the Vice-President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, three paralegals and an administrative assistant. You will report directly to the Director, Legal Affairs, and help support all the divisions of the company on various legal matters related to marketing law, regulatory law, and intellectual property law, at the international level. 

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Provide legal advice to the Marketing, Merchandising and Sales Departments on all marketing initiatives deployed by the company to promote its products (advertising, packaging, labelling, contest and sweepstakes, promotions, etc.)
  • Assist in managing the international trademark portfolio and advise the company on all intellectual property matters, to ensure the strategic protection and defense of its assets;
  • Provide legal advice on regulatory compliance requirements at the international level, including product safety compliance, as well as data privacy compliance;
  • Provide legal advice to the Communications and Social Responsibility Departments on the company’s internal and external communications;
  • Support the Corporate Marketing and Communications Departments in the review of all agreements relating to marketing, communications and intellectual property matters (licenses, broadcasting agreements, agency agreements, sponsorship and endorsement agreements, etc.)
  • Assist the Director, Legal Affairs, in managing litigation files, in collaboration with the retained law firms; and
  • Support the company in special projects.
     

Profile & Core Competencies

As our ideal candidate, you:

  • Have been called to the bar in a Canadian province or in the United States;
  • Possess 2-4 years of relevant experience in marketing (or regulatory) law and intellectual property law;
  • Have excellent spoken and written communication skills in English and French, with the ability to interact effectively with employees at all levels within the organization;;
  • have strong analytical and synthesis skills, and great attention to details;
  • Demonstrate a strong capacity to work on a large volume of files at the same time and meet tight deadlines in a complex business environment;
  • Possess sound business and legal judgement, are resourceful, motivated and dynamic;
  • Are recognized for your interpersonal skills, leadership and your ability to work in teams in a changing environment;
  • Are available to travel for work occasionally.

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