In-house Commercial Lawyer

Lausanne, Switzerland · Legal


We are seeking a lawyer with experience of commercial and corporate matters to join the general counsel in providing business-legal advice, support and input to our management and teams in a wide variety of matters.

Based in the Lausanne head office and helping to cover matters arising in the group’s international operations, this position will report to the group general counsel. The successful applicant will be involved in a wide variety of matters requiring legal input. The position involves working closely with all sectors of the company, including senior management, Editorial and Publishing, IT and Software Development, Data Management, HR, Finance, Product Management, Communications and Sales.

You need to be a self-starter who takes initiative and can maintain professionalism and business understanding in a fast-paced, international environment.


Established in 2008, Frontiers is a leader in high-quality, open-access publishing of rigorously peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly research articles. It has become one of the world’s most-cited scientific publishers through its innovative and ground-breaking approaches to high-quality scientific publishing. It has a mission to make scientific advances available to all, without paywalls.

Legal matters arising can include:

  • Intellectual property issues – copyright, licensing, trade marks, confidentiality.
  • Matters arising out of articles submitted or published – copyright, intellectual property of subject-matter, defamation, input on ethical issues etc.
  • Data Protection – ensuring our processes and initiatives comply with data protection laws; advising on data protection aspects of all new initiatives, training and advising colleagues.
  • Software licensing.
  • Procurement.
  • HR issues – employment agreements, employment policies, advising HR on all legal aspects of people management, policies, disciplinary procedures.
  • A wide variety of commercial contracts.
  • Intra-group agreements.
  • Tax issues (tax expertise is not required, but tax awareness is important).
  • Dispute resolution.


  • Law degree in Swiss law or that of another OECD member country.
  • Advantage but not essential: bar qualification (or equivalent) in Switzerland or another OECD member country.
  • Not less than two years’ experience working in an in-house legal department or a top-level business-law firm. Candidates with greater experience are also welcome to apply.
  • An interest or specialization in any of the following would be an advantage: scholarly publishing, new technologies, licensing.
  • Ability to work, advise and draft contracts flawlessly in English.
  • Knowledge of other languages is an advantage but not essential.

We are looking for someone

  • Dynamic, flexible, open, engaged and hard-working.
  • Sound judgment in interpersonal contacts and business matters.
  • High integrity.
  • Business understanding; a can-do attitude and the ability and willingness to combine legal ability and business understanding to help find practical solutions.
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail, but always remembering the big picture.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to work well with people from across the business and with diverse national, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Please send your application and covering letter in English.

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