Corporate Counsel m/w/d (60-100%)

Karger Publishers is a worldwide publisher of scientific and medical content based in Basel, Switzerland. Connecting and advancing health sciences since 1890, Karger has been continuously evolving, keeping pace with the current developments and shifts in research and publishing. The publishing house is dedicated to serving the information needs of the scientific community, clinicians and patients with publications of high-quality content and services in health sciences. Karger Publishers has 240 employees and is present in 15 countries around the globe.

Within our "Corporate Office" we are looking for a conscientious and agile

Corporate Counsel m/w/d (60-100%)

In this role, you will be instrumental in ensuring Karger's business interests are founded on a sound legal basis, negotiating and defending them. In addition, you are the central internal contact person for legal issues of all kinds. You report directly to the Chief Operating Officer (COO).


This multifaceted role includes:

  • Monitoring legal and regulatory developments in publishing at national and international level incl. self-regulations and development of Open Science/Open Access.
  • Development of internal guidelines, directives and model documents
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts in solution-oriented exchanges with Karger business units and external contracting parties
  • Contract management
  • Risk control/management and supervision of the internal control system (ICS) in cooperation with our Head of Finance & Insights
  • Case-related support of the organization, mainly in the areas of copyright and IT law (project contracts, licences), contract law, labour law and compliance (e.g. data protection law) as well as compliance with internal guidelines and directives
  • If necessary, conducting/coordinating litigation in cooperation with specialised law firms in Switzerland and abroad
  • Contributing to the creation of modern working conditions for all Karger employees
  • Helping to organise and conduct specialist training and information events

Qualification and experience required:

  • Successfully completed studies in law
  • Profound professional knowledge and several years of experience in the relevant fields of law; a focus on copyright law is advantageous
  • Quick perception, ability to work under pressure, motivation, communication skills and high willingness to provide services
  • A careful, solution-oriented and pragmatic way of working
  • Fluent (written and spoken) in both English and German; other languages are an advantage
  • Confident handling of MS Office packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

What we offer:

  • A work environment where personal development and responsibility are highly valued
  • Modern offices that contribute to innovation and collaboration
  • Flexible working hours and generous remote work arrangements
  • Centrally located workplace
  • Benefits of the Swiss social system

If you would like to take on the challenge this role presents, we look forward to receiving your application.