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Jan 13, 2021

Richmond, US, 23223

Associate General Counsel

At Scandinavian Tobacco Group empowerment comes naturally.

This job provides you with a unique opportunity to demonstrate your excellent legal and analytical skills in an international business environment where you will be relied upon to assist the business in maneuvering the sea of regulation and bringing commercial projects ashore. If you are the kind of person who likes to do the same thing every day, this job is probably not for you. We look for smart people who are ready for continuous challenges and happy to go that extra mile – every day.

Solid legal advice to all parts of our business

As a member of the US Legal function, you will provide legal support for Scandinavian Tobacco Group companies in the United States, including Cigars International, the largest online retailer of premium cigars in the United States, General Cigar Co., the largest distributor and manufacturer of handmade cigars in the United States, and Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane, a US distributor of its own brands of roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco and small cigars. You will be drafting and reviewing contracts for many different purposes in co-operation with the business and you will be involved in various cross-functional project teams such as sales & marketing, retail, operations, finance or the management team, thus contributing to the success of the business. Together with other members of the legal team you will be involved in the ongoing task of ensuring compliance across the group.

Our tasks include all such legal matters that arise in a large business in a regulated industry, including:

  • Contracts with commercial and other partners as well as suppliers across the world
  • Advising (and occasional training of) colleagues in state and federal legal and regulatory matters such as
    • intellectual property
    • marketing and advertising
    • data protection
    • competition and antitrust
    • selected employment and labor matters
  • Corporate law, e.g. in corporate structural changes, mergers and acquisitions
  • Commercial real estate
  • Dispute handling
  • Coordinate with and manage outside counsel


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, plus current license to practice law in either Pennsylvania or Virginia (or eligibility for admission by waiver)
  • 3+ years of experience working as an attorney in a law firm and/or government agency, preferably with additional in-house experience
  • An ability to provide legal counseling with a business mindset, work across functions, and provide practical business-minded solutions
  • Self-motivation, self-discipline, and be results-oriented with an ability to manage priorities and workflow
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team and handle both small and large matters with equal effectiveness and enthusiasm
  • Experience focused on commercial law and ideally including experience in one or more of the following areas: management-side employment law, commercial real estate, contracts, and regulatory matters (e.g., FDA, OSHA)
  • The ability to develop substantive expertise relating to law and regulations pertaining to the cigar/pipe tobacco industry
  • Excellent research and writing skills  
  • The ability to interpret and communicate (verbally and in writing) the substance of legal matters to individuals at all levels of the organization, including those without a legal background


The position will be based out of our Bethlehem, PA office or Richmond, VA office, with occasional travel required.



About the department

You will join the dedicated US Legal department in the US offices and be based in either Richmond, VA or Bethlehem, PA. Our US Legal team consists of 3 lawyers supported by an administrative assistant. The legal team counsels and provides services to all of Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s US businesses.  We are busy and continue to have exciting and important tasks ahead of us.



We value our employees and in addition to our competitive salaries, we offer a comprehensive benefits package to our talented team members including: 


  • Comprehensive Health Care, Vision and Dental Plan
  • Flexible spending account
  • Disability Plans
  • Basic & Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Additional Supplemental Benefits
  • Paid Vacation, Paid Time Off (PTO) days, Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan including a generous company match
  • Company Pension Plan


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law or our policies.

Nearest Major Market: Richmond