Description:

Background & Purpose of the Job:
This is an opportunity to join one of the world's leading consumer products companies – one regularly rated as among the most admired, most innovative, and most socially responsible multinational enterprises. Unilever plc, headquartered in historic Unilever House in London, employs 150,000 professionals, and operates in more than 190 countries around the world. Unilever has been doing business for nearly a century, and its brands include some of the most iconic and beloved names in personal care, home care, beauty, and nutrition, including Dove, Hellman's, Knorr, Ben & Jerry's, Magnum and more. Our brands are used by 3.4 billion consumers every day. Unilever is a purpose-led, future fit organization with an unparalleled commitment to sustainability and superior performance.

Unilever's legal function plays a critical role in the company's continued success. Serving as professional advisors, gatekeepers, and strategic business partners, Unilever's legal team enables the company to be fearless and act with confidence, speed, and agility. The legal function has a wide range of subject matter expertise who collectively guide Unilever's business groups and functions on laws, regulations, and Unilever's Code of Business Principles.

Who You Are & What You'll Do:
Substantial eDiscovery expertise is a key requirement for the eDiscovery Senior Counsel / Associate Director position. The primary responsibility is to ensure the seamless execution of Unilever's eDiscovery processes, both internally and with our vendors / outside counsel. This position requires the ability to translate the technical requirements of eDiscovery into easily understandable terms and to work constructively with both technical and non-technical stakeholders across the business. We're seeking team players that have a passion for using technology to solve problems in new and innovative ways.

The position reports into the Associate General Counsel, Global Litigation. This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, but proximity to Unilever's U.S. headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ is desirable.

What You'll Need to Succeed:
  • Assist attorneys, paralegals, litigation managers and outside counsel with eDiscovery matters, and collaborate with litigation support vendors and the records & information management function
  • Provide input on technology options to respond to specific discovery needs
  • Assist in execution of eDiscovery operational tasks, including collections, evidence management, data processing, review support, and productions
  • Maintain oversight of eDiscovery vendors
  • Provide guidance and training to outside counsel as needed
  • Assist in the remediation of technical errors that may arise in data processing and review platforms (e.g., Relativity)
  • Update and maintain internal documentation/playbooks by reviewing internal protocols and standard methodology, and then refreshing appropriately as new releases of software are published or as new data sources become available
  • Contribute to regular briefings on new technology and process improvements with regard to eDiscovery, especially with the advent of AI

Required Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of experience in all aspects of the eDiscovery lifecycle including document collection, evidence management, data processing, review support, and production
  • Thorough knowledge of the litigation discovery process and the EDRM workflow
  • Ability to perform complex searches in Microsoft Purview
  • Knowledge of how to perform advanced searches/analytics in Relativity; generate Search indexes; and set up workflows, permissions, and Case Dynamics
  • Ability to manage document review vendors and assess their respective performance, ensuring they meet service level agreements (e.g., productivity and costs)
  • Advanced hands-on experience with Technology Assisted Review / Active Learning, including ability to create and troubleshoot Active Learning projects in Relativity
  • Ability to write scripts for workflow improvements, utilities, and/or data manipulation
  • Demonstrated ability to generate complex productions out of Relativity
  • Ability to advise expertly on technologies including Microsoft Office Suite, M365 Purview, collaboration platforms (Microsoft Teams) and other data applications
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
  • Ability to balance multiple concurrent projects and requests
  • Ability to work as part of a team and sustain collaborative relationships with all stakeholders
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong project management skills

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 3+ years of experience at a leading eDiscovery vendor/consultancy
  • Experience in an information technology (IT) environment, preferably including understanding of how databases are set up and designed
  • Continued education on evolving technology (including generative AI), legal requirements, and best practices
  • Relativity Certified Administrator (RCA) certification
  • Law degree