Mars UK • Montpellier, Herault, France

Senior Legal Counsel - Regulatory/Food Law (F/M/X)

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

Job Description

Contract: Permanent

Segment: Royal Canin

Location: Aimargues (30 min from Montpellier), Paris, London, and Amsterdam. This role is also open to other countries in the EU.

This role is dedicated to providing senior in-house legal counsel on food law and regulatory issues to the Royal Canin business globally. This role serves as an embedded specialist resource for the Royal Canin business unit to advise on food law and regulatory related matters.

What are we looking for?

  • At least 7 years of experience in food law legal and policy matters, either in-house, in a governmental agency, or in private practice.

  • Previous experience in Food Law is mandatory for this role, preferably in Europe.

  • Ability to practice law in at least one jurisdiction within the European region.

  • Demonstrated understanding of policy and regulatory issues facing the business.

  • Global mindset and ability to handle the intricate dynamics between local and global teams.

  • Excellent communication skills in English. French would be a plus but not mandatory.

What would be your key responsibilities?

  • Work with R&D, Q&FS, Corporate Affairs, Marketing and the Royal Canin Legal team to develop policies, strategies and interpretations of laws, regulations and issues related to food law, in support of business priorities and initiatives, products and services, consistent with global Mars, Incorporated policies.

  • Advise on questions of compliance with laws and regulations related to products and services, including issues related to marketing claims, labeling requirements, and food safety laws, among others.

  • Interface and influence Senior Functional and Business leaders to ensure fully informed decision-making through advice on food law-related risks and opportunities related to innovation, products, services, manufacturing, etc.

  • Engage in PRIMP or CALM teams as necessary providing specialized legal expertise, including working with business leaders in determining incident responses.

  • Deliver food law training as needed to Legal teams and other key audiences in other functions.

  • Provide strategic guidance to internal Public Affairs teams and cross-segment regional public policy groups on proposed food laws and regulations.

  • Regular interactions with the Mars Global Food Law team.

What are the advantages of working at Mars?

  • At Mars, we believe in a relationship of mutual trust, dignity and respect between our company and Associates that is more meaningful than the standard employer/employee relationship.

  • As Associates, we can expect to be respected, supported and valued as individuals, to be treated fairly and equitably.

  • The opportunity to learn and develop, taking charge of your own career across Mars.

  • As this is a new role for Royal Canin, you will be able to contribute to its shaping and evolution.

  • A unique and ideal work environment to become the leader in health through nutrition for cats and dogs!

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Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave

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Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
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