In short

As a team member of the On Legal team, you take ownership in a broad range of day-to-day topics in the areas of trademarks, designs, patents, etc.

For this new and exciting role, we are looking for a passionate, business-oriented, pragmatic, and proactive IP professional who has a demonstrated ability to independently manage diverse and complex responsibilities, while maintaining priorities and proactively anticipating topics.

Your Mission

  • Legal Expertise and Advice: Utilize your strong background in intellectual property law, with a particular focus in trademarks, unfair competition law and copyrights, as well as design and patent litigation. Experience in handling IP-related legal matters, such as prosecution, enforcement, and litigation, is crucial. Provide general legal advice to internal stakeholders, such as to the Marketing Team, regarding the use and creation of IP
  • Leadership: Lead and guide a growing team of IP professionals, providing guidance, mentorship, and inspiration. Your strong leadership skills will be instrumental in overseeing our company's IP strategy and operations
  • Strategic Thinking: Develop and implement comprehensive and innovative IP protection strategies by analyzing the competitive landscape, identifying potential risks, and proactively mitigating them through strategic planning
  • Communication and Negotiation: Effectively communicate complex IP concepts to various stakeholders within the organization. Your excellent communication skills will be vital in handling IP-related agreements, licensing deals, and resolving disputes through strong negotiation
  • Collaboration and Relationship Building: Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including R&D, marketing, legal, and executive teams. Build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders, such as law firms, IP offices, and industry associations, to ensure effective IP portfolio management
  • Brand Protection: Development, implementation and oversight of brand protection measures
  • Global Perspective: Demonstrate experience in managing international IP portfolios and working with diverse legal systems and jurisdictions
  • Continuous Learning: Stay updated with the latest developments, industry trends, and best practices in IP management. Your commitment to ongoing learning and professional development in the ever-evolving field of intellectual property is crucial
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Your story

  • 10+ years experience as IP attorney/ specialist in a cross-cultural, cross-functional global/regional environment ideally gained within the sports or consumer goods industry and/or in a law firm
  • Strong background in intellectual property law, including expertise in trademarks, designs, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Proven leadership skills, with the ability to inspire and mentor a team
  • Strategic mindset and the ability to develop and implement comprehensive IP protection strategies
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills to interact with stakeholders at all levels
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities to address complex legal and business challenges
  • Collaborative nature and the ability to build relationships with diverse teams and stakeholders
  • Innovative mindset with a passion for identifying and protecting innovative ideas and technologies
  • Experience in managing international IP portfolios and navigating diverse legal systems
  • Commitment to continuous learning and staying updated with the latest developments in IP management
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About the Team

Working out of our brand new office in Zurich, the On Legal Team supports all business units across the globe in their daily endeavours. Being part of the Legal Team at On means to be an entrepreneurial minded self-starter, who is not afraid of venturing into unknown territory and working autonomously and with a high degree of proactiveness. Our mission is to provide the global organisation with business-oriented advice to help and enable On to grow internally and externally. You will be part of a team of lawyers and paralegals and report directly to the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary of On.

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What we offer

On is a place that is centered around growth and progress. We offer an environment designed to give people the tools to develop holistically – to stay active, to learn, explore and innovate. Our distinctive approach combines a supportive, team-oriented atmosphere, with access to personal self-care for both physical and mental well-being, so each person is led by purpose.

On is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a work environment that is fair and inclusive, where all decisions related to recruitment, advancement, and retention are free of discrimination.

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What to expect

We want to set everyone up for success, so here’s the lowdown on how we hire. Our process is a two-way street – bringing you into our culture, while helping us learn how you think.

Our full process can last about eight weeks from application to offer, because we care about getting it right. These steps explain how we usually do things.

Before you get started, feel free to consider if you want to work with us. Strange question? Well, we give people a lot of space to navigate their day-to-day and that style isn't for everyone. We want you to be passionate about what you do and be sure this is the right fit. Because when skills and passion combine – it creates that 'Wow' moment.