YOUR TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The primary responsibilities of this role, Law Clerk, are to:
The law clerk / paralegal is responsible to the Bayer Canada LPC organization including managing litigation support, records management and contract systems; conducting corporate commercial law projects; analyzing (using legal training and organizational knowledge), responding to and triaging LPC related queries from all divisions/business functions; and ensuring day-to-day requirements and projects are completed and prioritized according to required timelines, risks are identified and managed, and operational legal and compliance needs of the Canadian organization are met.
The law clerk / paralegal provides commercial, e-discovery, contract, corporate and legal project management for the Law, Patents and Compliance department in Canada, coordinated with global Law Patents and Compliance colleagues, including creating, developing and being accountable to the organization on processes, procedures, trainings, communications and strategies that create value, increase efficiency, strengthen business partnerships and reduce risk.
Responsible for receiving, analyzing using legal training, responding to and triaging incoming issues relating to all areas of activities of the corporation, assigning to relevant lawyers if needed, directing colleagues to self-service tools, and responding directly to questions without further supervision as appropriate.
Researches law, investigates facts, analyzes using legal training and prepares and maintains legal documents such as contracts, corporate documentation, advertising, disputes, and other legal agreements for review, approval, and use by the department and others in the organization.
Responsible for the receiving, reviewing, gathering responsive information from the business colleagues, and responding to government access to information requests usually without further supervision, or managing the companies’ responses to government information requests.
Primary point person for Bayer in Canada to prepare drafts and/or complete selected template agreements and to direct colleagues to appropriate service centre resources including Contract Centre and LPCX. Ensure LPC processes and procedures relevant to the department are up to date, accessible, communicated and followed by department colleagues.
Manages legal invoicing, RfPs, payment processes and tracks department budgets.
Maintains and monitors lists of commercially relevant patent portfolio (for key dates and next steps) and Trademarks list to support system of trademark notice on packaging and materials as permitted by law.
Litigation and e-discovery
Works with local, global and external law colleagues on file management for all litigation matters, including receiving, analyzing, reporting and tracking service of claims, preparing and revising chronologies and memos of fact/timelines, ensuring that all matters are prioritized, managed on budget, reported to global systems and appropriate internal and external legal support is available.
Independently manages internal hold, collection, and third party review of all aspects of the e-discovery process for all matters including litigation and anti-trust files. Including managing and coordinating with internal and global colleagues, external counsel and selecting and managing third parties to ensure efficient and complete data/document collection from identified custodians and document discovery follows legal requirements.
Manages the legal hold database for Canada, including collaborating with Managers and internal and global IT to ensure that they are aware of and follow requirements, new holds are put in place and departing employees’ data/documents are persevered and/or collected and new employees are placed on appropriate legal holds.
Collaborates with internal and external members of the local and global litigation team and working with internal clients, Bayer legal colleagues in Canada, U.S. and Germany and external law firms and suppliers of expertise e.g. e-discovery experts.
Other Projects and Processes
Maintains local instance of global processes and is responsible for ensuring proper operation of systems, communication and education/ training the Canadian organizations on key legal processes including contract management processes, records management and retention processes and corporate secretarial processes.
Responsible for determining, tracking and managing files and statutory deadlines for government, litigation, matter management and policy requirements.
Works as a key member of the LPC Canada team to provide or take instruction and direction, and arranging, leading or participating in meetings with clients/internal and external lawyers.
WHO YOU ARE
Your success will be driven by your demonstrations of our LIFE values. More specifically related to this position, Bayer seeks an incumbent who possess the following:
Legal education such as Bachelor’s degree and/or college diploma with Law Clerk certification
5-10 years of direct work experience in a Law Clerk capacity, either in private practice or in house
Extensive experience in communication with clients, both oral and written.
Proven experience managing client relationships up, down and across the organization.
Proven experience in analysis and management of critical processes.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and with a team to further company’s objectives.
Demonstrated legal and business judgment to add value to business partners beyond legal instruction.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively, working proactively and on own initiative.
Ability to balance competing tight timelines and priorities.
Commitment to professionalism and unwavering attention to detail.
Superior computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications.
Are you looking for a new challenge where you can show your passion for innovation? Are you interested in working as part of a global team to improve people’s lives? Then send us your online application including cover letter, CV and references.
Bayer welcomes applications from all individuals, regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, physical characteristics, social origin, disability, union membership, religion, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any unlawful criterion under applicable law. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and avoiding discrimination.