Regional Senior Employment Counsel (1yr FTC)

London, UK

Ranked as #12 on Forbes’ List of 25 Fastest Growing Public Tech Companies for 2017, EPAM is committed to providing our global team of 25,900+ EPAMers with inspiring careers from day one. EPAMers lead with passion and honesty, and think creatively. Our people are the source of our success and we value collaboration, try to always understand our customers’ business, and strive for the highest standards of excellence. No matter where you are located, you’ll join a dedicated, diverse community that will help you discover your fullest potential.


Regional Senior Counsel (EMEA/APAC Employment Law) required by EPAM Systems for a one-year fixed term period (maternity cover), this role will be based in our London Liverpool Street HQ.
As the successful candidate you report to our Deputy General Counsel to provide employment law advice for our EMEA/APAC business.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a senior employment lawyer to obtain further experience working in a fast paced, exciting global organization.


  • Provide day to day advice on a broad range of labor and employment matters across the EMEA and APAC region, including recruitment, employment contracts, consultation and disciplinary processes, performance management, collective agreement interpretation and application, personnel leasing, terminations, working time, leaves of absence, dismissal claims, and other statutory obligations;
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with business and HR leaders throughout the EMEA and APAC regions;
  • Develop, revise, and implement best in class employment documents, policies, practices and scalable training solutions;
  • Drive good business results from difficult ER situations by successfully managing ER issues, pre-dispute conflicts and assist with managing employment related litigation;
  • Draft, review and manage best in class employment templates (such as employment contracts, termination agreements, contractor agreements, employee handbooks and policies) and assist with drafting and negotiation questions, as necessary;
  • Review, amend and assist with negotiations on other people related contracts (such as payroll agreements, vendor agreements, agency agreements);
  • Draft, review and assist with the implementation global employment and compliance policies;
  • Develop, implement and conduct training on employment policies and programs;
  • Partner with representatives of other departments, including human resources, on internal investigations;
  • Assist with the development and management of global privacy compliance policies and procedures, working closely with cross-functional partners and the wider legal team when needed and providing proactive guidance on global privacy and data protection laws and Brexit;
  • Advise and oversee all people-related issues arising from local data privacy laws and GDPR obligations, such as DSARs, deletion requests, privacy notices, data processing agreements;
  • Apply for, oversee and manage personnel leasing licenses and related queries;
  • Assist with the development of country work rules, works councils, labor/management committees, sexual harassment committees and other country specific items, and consultation with employees and/or employee delegates;
  • Advise on people related issues in M&A and other business transactions and help oversee and manage post-acquisition mergers;
  • Liaise, instruct and oversee external counsel, as required;
  • Supervise and manage a junior employment lawyer.


  • Qualified senior employment solicitor or lawyer, preferably from any jurisdiction in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Poland or Hungary;
  • Significant post qualification experience in employment and labor law (around 8-12 years’ PQE, but candidates with more or less PQE who can demonstrate that they have equivalent levels of skills or knowledge will be considered);
  • Previous in-house experience and managing a regional multi-jurisdictional legal function essential;
  • Experience of working in IT or professional services industry an advantage;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills;
  • Highly motivated and committed with the ability to build and develop rapport with HR and the business;
  • Professional, calm under pressure, well organised, proactive and able to grasp concepts quickly;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and enjoys the challenge of working in a dynamic and busy environment;
  • Additional European language (Hungarian, Polish, Spanish) an advantage;
  • No agencies please;
  • Available to start in February 2019.

We offer

  • Competitive compensation depending on experience and skills;
  • Opportunity to work on leading edge platforms, working in a fast-paced, agile, software engineering culture;
  • Knowledge-sharing with colleagues from EPAM's global tech communities;
  • Regular performance feedback and salary reviews;
  • Opportunities for professional growth.