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Caselton Clark

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Group Patent Manager, Aalst


Job Description:

Ontex is a consumer goods company who specialise in smart hygiene solutions for all ages. They design, manufacture and distribute a range of products to retailers and healthcare providers in over 110 countries. They employ 8,000 people globally, are listed business on Euronext Brussels and part of the BEL20® index. Through contract manufacturing and own product development Ontex has a reputation as a business that can respond quickly to industry trends through cutting edge product development.

We are proud to be working exclusively with Ontex who are looking to appoint a Group Patent Manager, based at the R&D facility in Aalst, about 30 minutes North West of Brussels. This site houses around 180 employees whose focus includes R&D, quality control, ICT, legal, HR, supply chain, procurement, marketing & sales.

This reports directly in to the Group Head of IP and you will support the company's growth strategy and be given the opportunity to take control of a business unit, managing a portfolio of patents.

Responsibilities of the Group Patent Manager include:

·A full range of patent advisory services: monitoring, searches and analysis (prior art and FTO) patentability opinions, patent drafting, filing and maintenance, licensing (in and out)
·Identification of patent worthy inventions during development and initiate and supervise the patenting process
·Identify and communicate evolution's and new development opportunities in sight of the existing patent landscape
·Managing disputes and litigation within the patent law area
·Provide training to the Company's research and business community
·Managing outside advisors and service providers in relation to all the above
·Develop and maintain strong business partner relationships and collaborative models with the stakeholders in the Company's corporate functions and business divisions
·Develop and maintain a network of relevant authorities, regulators and other external stakeholders
·Contributing to the deployment of best practise

Key requirements:

·Work effectively in an international and multi-cultural environment
·Manage complex projects and lead cross-functional project teams
·Possess a "can do" attitude without compromising on quality and integrity
·Ability to make sound judgment calls
·Business orientation and commercial awareness combined with solid risk management skills and authority
·Clear and effective communication skills
·True team player
·Some experience in the development and implementation of IP management initiatives, driving process improvements, resource and change management will be an advantage
·International travel
·Excellent knowledge of English; working knowledge of Dutch and/or French and/or Spanish is a plus

Applicants who hold a technical degree in material, mechanical sciences or chemistry are invited to apply. Whilst a fully qualified patent attorney is preferable, if you are part qualified attorney and looking for a change then this may suit you as you will be fully supported through qualifications.

In return Ontex will offer you:

·A competitive salary and compensation package
·The opportunity to work with a nationally listed organisation
·Management of a global portfolio of patents
·A highly professional working environment and the chance to develop your career

To apply: Please email with your CV or call 0207 559 6702 for more information.

Caselton Clark are a specialist Intellectual Property Recruitment agency based in London. We work in partnership with the Perry Clayman Employment Agency on Patent and Trademark vacancies in the UK and across Europe.

For our latest vacancies please visit or contact us on 020 7559 6702.

Please contact Stephen Gill on +44 (0)20 7559 6702, or email for further details.

Caselton Clark in partnership with the Perry Clayman Recruitment Agency

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