Legal Counsel

The Job’s mission

Be part of the Legal team and assist in legal affairs pertaining to the Foundation and its activities.

Key activities & accountabilities

Contracts drafting, review and negotiation, notably:

  • Contractual arrangements with partners for chair allocations, sponsoring of research activities or equivalent
  • Act as escalation point for legal questions relating to suppliers contracts management, review or drafting
  • Act as a back-up for complex contracts with corporate clients to support the dedicated legal resource
  • Prepare and maintain template agreements, and provide internal training when need be

Act as the legal point of contact for dedicated projects

  • Fundraising projects, including potential representation of the school with external parties (e.g. with high profile alumni)
  • Regulatory-driven projects (e.g. GDPR implementation project)
  • Innovation related projects (e.g. development of new pedagogical tools)

Other activities 

  • Compliance support: e.g. review of promotional literature / communications, identifying needs for policies or guidelines to support the day-to-day activities (e.g. use of material for commercial purposes), providing timely support for ad hoc queries and questions
  • IP-related matters: e.g. advise on copyright matters

Ideal profile

  • Law degree
  • Common law would be a plus
  • Admission to the bar not required
  • At least 5 years of working experience in a legal function
  • Previous experience in fund raising activities and non-for-profit / private foundations sector would be a plus
  • Full English proficiency, French desired, other language as a plus
  • Attention to details and accuracy, as well as excellent analytical skills
  • Strong drafting skills (e.g. contracts, policies, minutes, etc.)
  • Contract negotiation skills and experience
  • Team spirit and willingness to contribute to a team’s effort
  • Strong communication skills
  • Highly organized and self-reliant, with a strong sense of ownership

About IMD

IMD is a top-ranked business school based on the shores of Lake Geneva in Lausanne, Switzerland. We are the experts in developing leaders and transforming organisations through high-impact executive education. IMD’s unique environment enables the recruitment of the best people to meet its objectives.

How to apply

If you have the above skills and would like to work in our challenging environment, please send your complete application file (letter of motivation and resume in English, copies of your work certificates and diplomas) to