Global Legal Director, Scotland

When a five-year-old boy was blinded in one eye after a regular eye exam failed to spot a retinal detachment, his father set out to support eye care professionals and their patients by revolutionising retinal imaging. As a result Optos was founded in 1992 with the goal to make a patient-friendly device to quickly capture the entire retina.

Today, optomap® is used in over 25,000 locations globally and offers single-capture, ultra-widefield retinal images of unrivalled clarity. The optomap image shows upto 82% (200°) of the retina in a single-capture and supports finding, documenting, and managing pathology. The clinical value and practice benefits of optomap are documented by more than 2,500 peer-reviewed publications.

Optos operates across the world from two primary locations in Dunfermline, Fife and Marlborough, Massachusetts. 

Our devices help our customers to save sight and that gives real purpose to the amazing work we do at Optos every day. All of our people share a common mission – to save sight and save lives – and that makes our workplace a positive and forward-thinking environment.

We also now benefit from being part of the larger Nikon group, which means greater opportunities, without losing the culture of a collaborative, fast-paced and innovative scale-up.

THE OPPORTUNITY – Global Legal Director / Head of Legal

Optos are looking to recruit an in-house legal professional to strengthen it’s internal expertise and to enhance its’ legal and compliance activities. The person will be the global lead on legal activities. 

The role will be based in Dunfermline reporting to the CEO and the Board, working closely with other functions across the organization in particular Finance, Regulatory, and IP.

Key responsibilities:

Legal Advice & Guidance:

  • Provide high quality legal guidance to management and the wider Optos organisation, as well as interaction with relevant departments within Nikon.
  • Working across the business to advise on a wide range of legal and related commercial matters.
  • Monitor changes in relevant laws and regulations affecting the company and interface with regulatory authorities as needed to address compliance matters.
  • Pro-actively identifying legal/regulation-related risks by conducting research on changes to relevant law/regulations worldwide.

Legal Strategy and Compliance:

  • Develop and implement legal strategies that align with Optos’ overall objectives.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards (worldwide)
  • Identify legal risks and propose strategies to mitigate potential liabilities.

Contract Negotiation and Drafting: 

  • Oversee the negotiation and drafting of a wide range of contracts, including, but not limited to, commercial agreements, partnerships, and vendor contracts.

Corporate Governance: 

  • Advise on corporate governance matters and ensure compliance with corporate policies and regulations.
  • Responsible for reporting on compliance areas, including but not limited to, GDPR, competition, and other compliance trainings.

Dispute Resolution:

  • Manage and resolve legal disputes, including litigation and alternative dispute resolution methods.

Legal Team Leadership:

  • Lead and mentor a team, fostering a collaborative and high-performance work environment, including management of a US based Legal Director.

Management of external law firms/lawyers:

  • Responsible for managing relationships with external law firms across different jurisdictions.

The person specification is as outlined as below :

  • Fully Qualified Lawyer with circa 7+ PQE.
  • Significant commercial and corporate legal experience either in-house (preferably within a public company) or in private practice;
  • Strong commercial contracts background. 
  • Strong knowledge of UK corporate governance, regulatory frameworks, and compliance requirements;
  • Track record of delivering pragmatic risk-based legal advice to support the organisation to meet its legal obligations
  • Excellent communication skills with experience of working across organisations and building strong relationships. 
  • Knowledge of the medical devices / life science sector would be advantageous and desirable but not essential. 
  • Flexibility to be able to deal with a range of legal issues;
  • Capability to work with the business at all levels.

On Offer:

On offer is a highly competitive executive level salary and benefits package including pension and bonus.

To Apply:

For a confidential discussion about this position, to request the full job description or to apply, please contact:

David Thomson- Director

Office Number: +44 (0) 131 450 7164

Mobile: +44 (0) 775 380 9223


Please note that this position is being handled exclusively by Thomson Legal and any 3rd Party applications will be forwarded to Thomson Legal.

David Thomson

Founder and Director of Thomson Legal Recruitment Company- award-winning legal consultant and a veteran of the legal recruitment market.