SENIOR LEGAL COUNSEL - COMPETITION & REGULATORY

Job Description

Salary: Competitive

Want to do the best work of your life? Make your mark at Europe’s leading media and entertainment brand. A workplace where you can proudly be yourself; our people make Sky a truly exciting and inclusive place to work. This role is an exciting opportunity to join the specialist legal team providing competition law and regulatory advice and support to Sky in the UK and Ireland, inputting into key business decisions and strategies across Sky’s broad range of fast-moving businesses. This role offers the opportunity for a wide variety of high-quality, challenging work of a standard rarely found outside private practice. What you'll do: * Advise the business on all aspects of competition law and how it affects Sky across a range of behavioural and transactional matters, including advising on horizontal and vertical agreements, assisting with Sky’s response to investigations and reviews, and supporting commercial teams in negotiations and M&A activity, as well as communicating complex legal concepts to senior partners in an easy-to-digest manner that aids decision-making; * Advise on many aspects of economic and other forms of regulation affecting Sky, including in relation to new product launches, access to Sky’s satellite platform, communications services (broadband, talk and mobile), and broadcast and content regulation; * Assist with the development of Sky’s regulatory strategy across a broad range of sectors and issues, working with other teams at Sky and outside counsel and consultants to prepare internal and external submissions on matters of strategic importance to Sky implementing that strategy, and including responding to proposals for new legislation and policy interventions; * Participate in the management of Sky’s relationship with regulators, including Ofcom and the Competition and Markets Authority, and supporting other teams at Sky engaging with governments and other agencies in respect of competition law and regulatory matters; * Prepare and deliver training to the business and the wider legal team on various aspects of competition law and regulation affecting Sky; * Support the Director of Legal and Head Counsel in prioritising key workstreams and managing the team’s resources, as well as taking an active role in supervising junior members and in developing the skills and expertise of the team as a whole; * Work closely with commercial, finance and legal colleagues in the UK and Ireland, collaborate with colleagues in Italy, Germany, and Austria, as well as the wider Comcast / NBCU Group, to deliver great products and services to Sky customers; and * Be an active member of the wider Legal & Business Affairs department, contributing to an inclusive and diverse work environment that really ‘believes in better’. What you'll bring: Professional Experience Essential: * Solid post-qualification competition law and/or regulatory experience, particularly advisory and compliance experience at an established law firm, in-house legal team or regulator (7+ years pqe minimum) Desirable: * Proven experience and/or understanding of UK legal system * Relevant industry competition law or regulatory experience * Excellent tertiary academics, e.g. 2.1 or better at a respected establishment and/or excellent track record in employment, e.g. top 20 law firm Skills Essential: * Strong verbal and drafting skills, including the ability to provide clear and concise advice, accommodating a wide range of styles including legal analysis and advocacy * Proven ability to analyse complex data, excellent prioritisation skills and an understanding of what’s urgent and important to partners, together with an openness to expanding your skills across a broad range of sectors and issues * Strong communication and people skills, a passion for Sky’s business and good commercial awareness, and an ability to operate independently when vital Desirable: * Ability to think laterally and identify strategic, customer-focused solutions * Ability to engage with and use technology to communicate effectively and efficiently with different audiences and ‘work smarter’ Behavioural Style Essential: * Intellectually curious * Collaborative great teammate * Proactive * Ability to adapt quickly, be open-minded and “own it”. Desirable * An optimistic outlook * Eager and willing to get involved in team initiatives and projects Team Overview Legal As a team, we pursue the highest standards and demonstrate commitment, integrity and judgement. We exist to add real value by sustainably providing the highest quality business-focussed legal expertise that keeps Sky competitive. Through our work we help to bring better content and innovation to all of our customers, better connecting them to more of what they love. Our vision is to create the Legal team of the future, together – operating at the heart of Sky, famous for adding value. The Rewards: There's a reason people can't stop talking about #LifeAtSky. Our great range of rewards really are something special, here are just a few: * Sky Q, for the TV you love all in one place * A generous pension package * Private healthcare * Discounted mobile and broadband * Access a wide range of exclusive Sky VIP rewards and experiences How you'll work: We know the world has changed, and we want to offer our employees the chance to collaborate at our unique office spaces, whilst enjoying the convenience of working from home. We've adopted a hybrid working approach to give more flexibility on where and how we work. You'll find out more about what this means for this role during the recruitment process. Your office base: Osterley: Our Osterley Campus is a 10-minute walk from Syon Lane train station. Or you can hop on one of our free shuttle buses that run to and from Osterley, Gunnersbury, Ealing Broadway and South Ealing tube stations. There’s also plenty of bike shelters and showers. On campus, you’ll find 13 subsidised restaurants, cafes, and a Waitrose. You can keep in shape at our subsidised gym, catch the latest shows and movies at our cinema, get your car washed and even get pampered at our beauty salon. Inclusion: At Sky we don’t just look at your CV. We’re more focused on who you are and your potential. We also know that everyone has a life outside work, So we're happy to support you as much as we can with flexible shift patterns. We are a Disability Confident Accredited Employer, and welcome and encourage applications from all candidates. We will look to ensure a fair and consistent experience for all, and will make reasonable adjustments to support you where appropriate. Please flag any adjustments you need to your recruiter as early as you can. Why wait? Apply now to build an amazing career and be part of a brilliant team. We can’t wait to hear from you. To find out more about working with us, search #LifeAtSky on social media. Just so you know: if your application is successful, we’ll ask you to complete a criminal record check. And depending on the role you have applied for and the nature of any convictions you may have, we might have to withdraw the offer

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