employment law counsel


About the Company

PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 130 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest global apparel companies. We have over 30,000 associates operating in over 40 countries with over $8 billion in revenues. We own the iconic Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

PVH Europe

PVH Europe is home to the global headquarters of Tommy Hilfiger and the European offices of Calvin Klein. The company is founded on a dynamic and fast-paced work environment that’s fueled by passion, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Tommy Hilfiger

Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands, internationally recognized for celebrating the essence of “classic American cool” style. Founded in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger delivers premium styling, quality and value to consumers worldwide with a breadth of collections including Hilfiger Collection, Tommy Hilfiger Tailored, men’s, women’s and kids’ sportswear, Tommy Hilfiger Denim, accessories, and footwear. In addition, the brand is licensed for a range of products, including fragrances, eyewear, watches and home furnishings. Tommy Hilfiger, which was acquired by PVH Corp. in 2010, has more than 17,000 associates worldwide and an extensive distribution network in over 115 countries and 1,600 retail stores. Global retail sales of the Tommy Hilfiger brand were US $6.5 billion in 2015.

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein is a global lifestyle brand that exemplifies bold, progressive ideals and a seductive, and often minimal, aesthetic. We seek to thrill and inspire our audience while using provocative imagery and striking designs to ignite the senses.

Founded in 1968 by Calvin Klein and his business partner Barry Schwartz, we have built our reputation as a leader in American fashion through our clean aesthetic and innovative designs. Global retail sales of Calvin Klein products exceed $8 billion in 2015 and were distributed in [over] 110 countries. Calvin Klein employs over 10,000 associates globally. In 2003, we were acquired by PVH Corp., one of the largest apparel companies in the world.

Position Description

The PVH Europe Legal Department is based in the PVH Europe headquarters in Amsterdam. Currently, the main activities relate to brand protection, intellectual property, contracts, and corporate and compliance matters, related to the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein businesses in the EMEA+ region. For brand protection the department acts as the first point of contact for Tommy Hilfiger worldwide and for Calvin Klein in Europe. Intellectual property matters relate to trademark infringements, trademark clearance and licensing and co-branding. The contractual work and corporate and compliance matters mostly relate to distribution, supply chain, real estate, IT, privacy, M&A matters, anti-trust, marketing, promotions and licensing. In light of the rapid global expansion of our directly operated businesses and in order to improve internal management and reporting, employment law is being added to the scope of the PVH Europe Legal Department’s responsibilities. The person filling the position will work in close collaboration with the PVH Europe Human Resources Department, PVH Corp. Legal Department and local business managers and outside counsel.

The Employment Law Counsel position will be based in Amsterdam. The successful candidate will be joining an international, dynamic, fun and close-knit Legal team of 20 people under the leadership of the Vice President, Legal Affairs of PVH Europe, and will also closely work with the Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Employment and Litigation of PVH Corp., and the PVH Europe HR Department. The Employment Law Counsel will report to the VP Legal Affairs of PVH Europe. The Employment Law Counsel in collaboration with internal partners and outside counsel, is expected to: 

  • Advise on all employment law-related matters for PVH Europe.
  • Develop and implement scalable and appropriate regional employment policies, programs, and systems and work with the PVH Corp. team on global employment policies, programs, and systems to ensure compliance with laws in applicable European jurisdictions.
  • Work with HR to draft, implement and update local requirements related to works councils, unions, internal regulations, work rules, and other region-specific employment compliance requirements.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and training on a broad range of employment law aspects of recruiting, hiring, compensation, wage & hour, contingent workers, HR practices, performance management, organizational transformation, and terminations.
  • Proactively identify, assess, and manage employment law risk, and offer practical, creative solutions to business partners of PVH Europe.
  • Work closely with the PVH Europe HR team to manage and support HR compliance, employee escalations, internal investigations, audits, pre-dispute conflicts, and employment law claims.
  • Oversee and coordinate the work of outside counsel to ensure that the handling and resolution of claims and litigations are consistent with PVH Corp. values and business practices.
  • Ensure internal partners receive effective, business-focused employment law support that is consistent with PVH values.

Position Requirements

  • Qualified lawyer, with at least five years of relevant legal experience in employment and labour law
  • Dutch employment law degree and in-house experience within Europe at a U.S.-based public company are a must
  • Proven ability to influence, effect, and manage change.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong and productive working relationships and partnerships with HR partners, business managers, and legal colleagues.
  • Ability to work with diverse and multi-faceted teams in meeting corporate goals and initiatives.
  • Ability and willingness to travel within Europe (with some regularity) and globally (infrequently).
  • Excellent communication skills and advocacy (spoken and written);
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is required; Fluency in Dutch, both written and spoken, is strongly preferred. Competency in other European languages is desirable but not required.