IP Counsel to EF Education First in Lucern, Switzerland

EF Education First is a global leading international education group focusing on language, academics, educational travel, and cultural experience. EF’s mission is to open the world through education and has for more than 50 years helped millions of people learn a language, discover the world or earn an academic degree. EF is privately held, has three divisions divided into fourteen business units and is associated with several not-for-profit organizations, including the well renowned Hult International Business School. EF has over 530 schools and offices in over 50 countries and employs over 45,000 staff, faculty and teachers.

The EF Group is an entrepreneurial non-hierarchical business with tremendous growth prospects and is characterized by its dynamic, well-educated and international employees. In today’s increasingly complex and interdependent world EF’s mission is more relevant than ever.

We are now looking for an ambitious Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel who wants an exciting job in a very international environment.


In this role you will be responsible for managing the intellectual property portfolio of the EF Group, which includes 1 100 trademarks, 2 000 domain names, and patents as well as copyrights and other unregistered rights, and advising the EF Group on a broad range of IP related matters.

Reviewing and advising on IP related agreements and liaising with external counsel would also be part of your tasks. For this purpose you need to have a solid knowledge and experience from working with IP, including litigation, maintenance and enforcement of registered and unregistered rights in an international environment.

EF is experiencing a strong growth in all business areas and you would work within a very interesting, entrepreneurial and ambitious business environment. The role offers a fantastic opportunity to join a truly global organization with good prospects for both personal and professional development.

Profile and Qualifications

We are looking for highly adaptable, commercially minded lawyers with a strong drive, commercial understanding, high integrity, excellent communication skills, and an ambition to evolve with the role as the business grows. You must demonstrate a strong ability to solve IP related practical problems and adopt a pragmatic approach and common sense to align the requirements with the needs of the business. Our environment is strongly driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and you thrive on challenges in a fast-paced work place.

We are looking for candidates that are analytical and structured, but also driven, service-minded and prone to take initiative and responsibility. The right candidate will have to take commercially sound decisions working closely with the operational team.

The successful candidate must have a Swedish law degree with strong academic record, and approximately 7 years of relevant experience from working in an in-house IP department or as an intellectual property advisor.

Please note that you must have excellent skills, both in spoken and written English, as the role requires the ability to communicate with stakeholders globally as well as with external counsels.

Application and Enquiries

We are working with Sharp Recruitment on this project. Please feel free to contact Zarina Virsholm on +46 733 99 07 27 or, for questions regarding EF and/or the position.

All applications will be reviewed and interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Applications, consisting of an introductory letter and CV in English, a copy of your law degree and all other relevant certificates, should be sent by e-mail to: as soon as possible.