Sr Paralegal I GBR in MVW London Regional Office at Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Date Posted: 1/16/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Are you ready to grow your dream career while making others' vacation dreams come true? Marriott Vacations Worldwide is a world premier organization for Vacation Ownership with resorts at destinations around the globe. Join our team and help deliver unforgettable experiences that make vacation dreams come true.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Senior Paralegal is part of MVWC’s EUME Law Department team, based in London, reporting to Regional Counsel EUME.  

The EUME team’s primary functions are to provide legal support relating to (1) the management of MVWC’s five resorts in Europe: and (2) the sale of MVWC’s vacation ownership products from sales centers in Europe and the Middle East.  

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate previous experience of working independently on multiple legal matters, preferably in various jurisdictions, under supervision of a solicitor (or equivalent in another jurisdiction). 

The role requires written and spoken fluency in at least Spanish, with Italian or French in addition to Spanish preferred.

The role may require some supervision of other paralegals.   

CORE WORK ACTIVITIES

Legal Skills and Responsibilities

  • Draft and negotiate high-value contracts with third party vendors for various business areas including sales & marketing, resort operations and IT.
  • Understand how to manage risk in contracts including analysis of insurance levels and indemnity wording.
  • Comprehend and utilize complex legal terminology and perform legal research (with the assistance of outside counsel where necessary) to identify issues and prepare suitable advice for internal clients.
  • Review and analyze complex legal documents and correspondence with thoroughness and accuracy and summarize for business clients’ use.
  • Instruct outside counsel where relevant and approved by Regional Counsel.
  • Summarize outside counsel advice for internal client review.
  • Provide drafts to Regional Counsel of legal advice to clients.
  • Review sales and marketing collateral to ensure legal compliance with applicable laws.
  • Draft powers of attorney for sales teams.
  • Keep up to date with regulatory issues relating to various business areas.
  • Apply legal skills and knowledge across multiple European jurisdictions. 

Business Knowledge

  • Understand MVWC’s business areas in order to assess legal/regulatory impacts on those areas and in order to provide appropriate legal advice.
  • Understand the Law Department’s business strategies and his/her role in achieving these.
  • Identify resources to get the job done including external counsel in multiple European and Middle Eastern jurisdictions.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of all MVW product lines.

Managing Execution

  • Demonstrate ability to work independently on substantive tasks and work as part of a team.
  • Accumulate/compile data and information and assimilate it using own thought process (as opposed to transcribing someone else’s thoughts or notes).
  • Approach work with a sense of urgency and purpose, establish realistic timelines, commit to deadlines to complete projects.
  • Allocate time and resources effectively by monitoring and prioritizing own work flow to maximize results, handling multiple matters and assuming responsibility for delivery of finished work product.
  • Maintain computer systems knowledge (Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Follow through on inquiries, requests and complaints – goes the extra mile and willing to work extra time to resolve issues when necessary.
  • Overcome obstacles to accomplish challenging objectives and solve problems as necessary.
  • Interact and developer relationships with outside entities such as government offices, regulatory agencies, translation services providers and law firms.
  • Utilize, create, or establish procedures to be able to organize, coordinate and retrieve documents.
  • Accumulate specific and detailed knowledge and understanding of moderately complex issues in various legal practice areas.
  • Understand specific legal aspects of assigned work and how it relates to overall project.
  • Hold self-accountable for achieving results.
  • Assist in implementing changes.
  • Contribute to team results; collaborate on daily priorities and maintain smooth flow of work product.
  • Cope with change effectively; welcome constructive criticism and input.
  • Maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct.
  • Understand the importance of preserving client confidence and privileged/sensitive communications.
  • May become responsible for mentoring and training other paralegals.

Working with Others

  • Treat people fairly, with dignity and respect and is a role model.
  • Work to make sure goals are met in a manner that does not disadvantage other associates or groups.
  • Demonstrate business ethics and personal integrity.
  • Demonstrate active listening skills and form responses by striving for “Win – Win” results.
  • Pro-active and valued participant on teams and exhibit commitment to the team goals.
  • Encourage open communication and deal directly with problems.
  • Motivator for positive results.
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships with other employees and departments.
  • Partner with and assist others to promote an environment of teamwork and achieve common goals.
  • Actively listen to and consider the concerns of other employees, responding appropriately and effectively.
  • Handle sensitive issues with tact, respect, diplomacy and confidentiality.

Learning and Applying Personal Knowledge

  • Search for methods and sources to improve and increase skills and knowledge as identified.
  • Strive to perform at the highest level and to expand the paralegal role in the delivery of legal services, as appropriate.
  • Share “best practices” with less experienced paralegals.
  • Independently seek to enhance own skills level and knowledge.
  • Constantly strive to “raise the bar” on standards to produce more and consistently higher work.




Physical Tasks

  • Enter and locate work-related information using computers and/or other methods.
  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 10 pounds without assistance.




Policies and Procedures

  • Maintain confidentiality of proprietary materials and information.
  • Protect the privacy and security of customers and co-workers.
  • Follow company and department policies and procedures.
  • Research questions and problems; refer complex issues to supervisor.
  • Protect company tools, equipment, machines, or other assets in accordance with company policies and procedures.
  • Perform other reasonable job duties as requested by supervisors/management.

CRITICAL COMPETENCIES

  • Excellent employment record and references with minimum of 2 years relevant legal work experience, preferably in an international company and ideally in the tourism/leisure or consumer sector.
  • Law degree required (not necessarily in English law) and further legal education (for example, Legal Practice Course in England or equivalent overseas) preferred. 
  • English and Spanish spoken, and written fluency required, Italian or French in addition to Spanish preferred.