Corporate Counsel in Meguro, Japan

Want to be part of a revolution in digital entertainment? We’re Audible, an Amazon company, and we’re the leading digital provider of spoken word entertainment. Every day, millions of people around the world choose to be more entertained, informed, and educated by listening to over 200,000 fascinating stories, original programming and non-fiction titles on their smartphones and tablet devices with Audible.

Since we first started in 1995, our mission has been to unleash the power of the spoken word, providing a breath-taking range of titles that includes best sellers, non-fiction and classics, for people who love to read and people who love to be read to.

As Corporate Counsel, you will be a key member of Audible’s global legal team providing support to Audible’s cutting-edge digital spoken audio production and retail business. You will work closely with Audible’s Japan businesses and other Asia Pacific businesses on a variety of transactions as well as provide day-to-day legal advice.

This is a broad based in-house legal role, with responsibility across a range of legal issues and demands, for all aspects of the business, but with a particular focus on content licensing and on work required to launch new services.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Principal duties include structuring, drafting and negotiating licensing, distribution, technology and other commercial agreements, and providing ongoing legal counseling in general legal areas such as commercial law, antitrust, copyright, consumer law and contracts law.

  • You will handle regulatory and consumer affairs issues, including privacy issues and marketing materials review and clearance.

  • You will assist with implementation, training and enforcement of Audible’s compliance policies in Japan and the Asia Pacific region, including Audible’s business conduct policies.

  • Audible innovates rapidly, and the ability to effectively drive legal review and participation in new product and service launches is key.

The candidate will have primary responsibility for supporting Audible’s business in Japan and therefore preference will be given to candidates who are able to speak and write in both Japanese and English, including the ability to undertake legal negotiations in both Japanese and English and the ability to draft, review and amend both Japanese and English language legal documents.

The role will be based in Audible’s offices in Tokyo.

Qualified candidates must possess exceptional analytical and communication skills, and be capable of providing sound, practical, and well-informed advice to senior business leaders in response to complex and rapidly changing conditions. Qualified candidates must also demonstrate consistent sound judgment, even in ambiguous situations, and be able to help senior business leaders navigate sophisticated and novel rights, media, technology and commercial issues. The successful candidate must be enthusiastic, and enjoy working hard and being challenged.

  • Outstanding academic qualifications and fully qualified lawyer in Japan (bengoshi preferred) or the United States or other common law jurisdiction.

  • 4+ years overall practice experience, including at least 2 years commercial or transactional experience in a law firm.

  • Extensive professional experience in Asia including experience in handling and negotiating contracts in Asia with large multinational corporations, banks, financial institutions or governmental agencies.

  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in digital and Internet media and publishing.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with savvy and demanding business partners.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

  • Excellent Japanese language skills a must.

  • Light travel may be required.

  • Fluency in English or another Asian language with the ability to undertake legal negotiations in the language and the ability to draft, review and amend legal documents in the language.

  • Experience in book publishing, distribution and sale or TV or feature film development, production and distribution.

  • Work experience with a leading consumer internet company.

AMZR Req ID: 458119

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