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Lead Patent Counsel - Waters (Part-time 50%)

Lead Patent Counsel - Waters (Part-time 50%)

Vittel, FR

Vittel, FR

Nestlé is 308,000 employees strong and are driven by the purpose of enhancing the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. With more than CHF 91,4 billion sales in 2018, we have an expansive presence with 413 factories in more than 85 countries. We believe our people are our most important asset, so we’ll offer you a dynamic international working environment with constant opportunities for development; Want to learn more? Visit us at www.nestle.com
 
Nestlé Waters, part of Nestlé, is the number one bottled water company worldwide. We are present in most distribution channels with a large portfolio of 51 unique brands including Nestlé Pure Life, our No 1 bottled water brand, Perrier and San Pellegrino. We’re passionate about creating shared value for society in all kinds of ways, from providing careers and benefits to communities where we operate to environmental stewardship – most notably responsible water management, lightweight packaging and advancing recycling. As a valuable part of our team, you’ll receive competitive total rewards package – something that will provide you with the support you need to thrive both inside and outside work. It’s not just the work that you’ll find fulfilling here through. As you build a career with us, you’ll receive exactly the kind of benefits you’d expect from a leading name in healthy hydration.
 
The Nestlé Product Technology Centre (NPTC) Nestlé Waters - located near the Vittel and Contrex bottling plants in France - is where Nestlé Waters' top technical and scientific experts work side by side, making this a leader water research centre.
 

Position Snapshot


Location: Vittel, France
Company: Société des Produits Nestlé SA  
Type of contract: Permanent - Part-time contract
Attractive package, caring management, flexible working hours or remote work, allow you to evolve in a pleasant environment. You benefit from training throughout your career, aimed at promoting your development towards different roles within the Group.

Position Summary

Part of the Nestlé Group Legal & Compliance function, Legal R&D enables and protects Nestlé R&D Innovations through pragmatic legal services and business-driven intellectual property (IP) protection.

As the Lead Patent Counsel for Waters R&D, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and delivering the IP strategy for Nestlé Product Technology Center (NPTC) Waters, which drives discover, develop and deploy activities for our premium and local waters brands.

NPTC Waters is the dynamic R&D structure based in France, which develops the products, processes and packaging that will delight our consumers today and tomorrow, combining unique scientific and technological knowhow to outstanding manufacturing excellence. 
 

A day in the life of...

•    Be a Legal R&D IP Business Partner for the leadership team of the NPTC Waters.
•    Develop, implement and deliver on the Waters IP Strategy together with the R&D Counsel and IP Analysts, and in close partnership with the R&D teams.
•    Lead business-driven patent filling and prosecution, freedom to operate assessments and oppositions of 3rd party patents, as well as defend against 3rd party oppositions.
•    Manage the Waters patent portfolio with business-alignment and rigorous cost management 
•    Advise on IP matters in R&D collaborations, including contributing to the drafting of R&D agreements.
•    Enable new and accelerated approaches to develop new consumer-centric products, while ensuring adequate protection under tight timelines. 
•    Partner with the Legal R&D Litigation Lead on any category-specific IP disputes.
•    Promote passion for IP across the Waters category, through awareness, training and communication
•    Drive awareness and enforcement of Nestlé technical IP in Waters through our markets
 

What will make you successful

•    Fully qualified patent attorney in a major IP jurisdiction, with a background in food science / chemistry. 
•    Prior experience with developing business-driven IP strategies. 
•    10+ years post-qualification professional experience with patent drafting, prosecution and FTO assessment. 
•    Experience in international filing and enforcement strategies and leveraging IP rights beyond patents.
•    Experience in R&D contract drafting, in particular IP-related clauses 
•    You are service-oriented, pragmatic and hands-on, as well as a true team player able to successfully collaborate with Legal R&D colleagues around the globe.
•    Leadership experience is an asset
•    Fluent in French and English, any other language is an asset

If you are ready for an exciting professional experience filled with unique challenges and opportunities, we look forward to receiving your application.
Whoever you are, wherever you come from, we are convinced that diversity and performance go hand in hand: we pay the same attention to all applications.
The inclusion of differences is Nestlé in France's strength.
We are signatory of the Diversity Charter and the Charter of l’Autre Cercle.
#inclusivecompany #WeAreNestle

Nestlé is 308,000 employees strong and are driven by the purpose of enhancing the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. With more than CHF 91,4 billion sales in 2018, we have an expansive presence with 413 factories in more than 85 countries. We believe our people are our most important asset, so we’ll offer you a dynamic international working environment with constant opportunities for development; Want to learn more? Visit us at www.nestle.com
 
Nestlé Waters, part of Nestlé, is the number one bottled water company worldwide. We are present in most distribution channels with a large portfolio of 51 unique brands including Nestlé Pure Life, our No 1 bottled water brand, Perrier and San Pellegrino. We’re passionate about creating shared value for society in all kinds of ways, from providing careers and benefits to communities where we operate to environmental stewardship – most notably responsible water management, lightweight packaging and advancing recycling. As a valuable part of our team, you’ll receive competitive total rewards package – something that will provide you with the support you need to thrive both inside and outside work. It’s not just the work that you’ll find fulfilling here through. As you build a career with us, you’ll receive exactly the kind of benefits you’d expect from a leading name in healthy hydration.
 
The Nestlé Product Technology Centre (NPTC) Nestlé Waters - located near the Vittel and Contrex bottling plants in France - is where Nestlé Waters' top technical and scientific experts work side by side, making this a leader water research centre.
 

Position Snapshot


Location: Vittel, France
Company: Société des Produits Nestlé SA  
Type of contract: Permanent - Part-time contract
Attractive package, caring management, flexible working hours or remote work, allow you to evolve in a pleasant environment. You benefit from training throughout your career, aimed at promoting your development towards different roles within the Group.

Position Summary

Part of the Nestlé Group Legal & Compliance function, Legal R&D enables and protects Nestlé R&D Innovations through pragmatic legal services and business-driven intellectual property (IP) protection.

As the Lead Patent Counsel for Waters R&D, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and delivering the IP strategy for Nestlé Product Technology Center (NPTC) Waters, which drives discover, develop and deploy activities for our premium and local waters brands.

NPTC Waters is the dynamic R&D structure based in France, which develops the products, processes and packaging that will delight our consumers today and tomorrow, combining unique scientific and technological knowhow to outstanding manufacturing excellence. 
 

A day in the life of...

•    Be a Legal R&D IP Business Partner for the leadership team of the NPTC Waters.
•    Develop, implement and deliver on the Waters IP Strategy together with the R&D Counsel and IP Analysts, and in close partnership with the R&D teams.
•    Lead business-driven patent filling and prosecution, freedom to operate assessments and oppositions of 3rd party patents, as well as defend against 3rd party oppositions.
•    Manage the Waters patent portfolio with business-alignment and rigorous cost management 
•    Advise on IP matters in R&D collaborations, including contributing to the drafting of R&D agreements.
•    Enable new and accelerated approaches to develop new consumer-centric products, while ensuring adequate protection under tight timelines. 
•    Partner with the Legal R&D Litigation Lead on any category-specific IP disputes.
•    Promote passion for IP across the Waters category, through awareness, training and communication
•    Drive awareness and enforcement of Nestlé technical IP in Waters through our markets
 

What will make you successful

•    Fully qualified patent attorney in a major IP jurisdiction, with a background in food science / chemistry. 
•    Prior experience with developing business-driven IP strategies. 
•    10+ years post-qualification professional experience with patent drafting, prosecution and FTO assessment. 
•    Experience in international filing and enforcement strategies and leveraging IP rights beyond patents.
•    Experience in R&D contract drafting, in particular IP-related clauses 
•    You are service-oriented, pragmatic and hands-on, as well as a true team player able to successfully collaborate with Legal R&D colleagues around the globe.
•    Leadership experience is an asset
•    Fluent in French and English, any other language is an asset

If you are ready for an exciting professional experience filled with unique challenges and opportunities, we look forward to receiving your application.
Whoever you are, wherever you come from, we are convinced that diversity and performance go hand in hand: we pay the same attention to all applications.
The inclusion of differences is Nestlé in France's strength.
We are signatory of the Diversity Charter and the Charter of l’Autre Cercle.
#inclusivecompany #WeAreNestle

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