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Spectrum Brands utilizes a Shared Services model that enables resources to be leveraged across the organization. The Shared Services team is made up of information technology, human resources, indirect sourcing, finance & accounting professionals that support all business units. Shared services teams are headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin but have members across the country.
The Senior Litigation Counsel will lead the litigation function at the company and be responsible for managing litigation and claims on a worldwide basis, will oversee the Company’s responses to governmental and regulatory investigations and proceedings, and will ensure that appropriate policies and training programs are in place for risk management. Litigation and case management experience in one or more of the areas of products liability, intellectual property, and advertising claims is required. The Senior Litigation Counsel will report directly to the Spectrum Brands SVP General Counsel.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Proactive litigation management and coordination of outside counsel
Oversee claims resolution process both within the Company and with outside insurance carriers
Coordinate responses to governmental investigations, proceedings and enforcement actions
Manage the consumer product safety and regulatory compliance function
Oversee employment litigation, compliance programs and policy development
Manage staff in claims management and consumer product safety compliance
Manage litigation budget and work to minimize outside counsel expense levels
Support divisional general counsels and intellectual property group in litigation matters, regulatory compliance and risk management
Support policy development and training and education of employees relating to litigation and risk
Education and Experience Profile
J.D. from an ABA-approved law school required with excellent academic credentials preferred.
Admission (or ability to be admitted) to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.
The qualified candidate will have 10+ years of litigation experience in a corporate or law firm setting. Substantial experience in the consumer products industry and/or in managing large portfolios of cases and claims is preferred.
Possess sound business and legal judgment
Strong leadership skills with the ability to influence internal and external stakeholders and guide decision making
Effective supervisory management skills with the ability to oversee projects delegated to subordinates and outside counsel
Willingness to be flexible and adaptive, with the ability to operate and be an effective leader in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
Demonstrated ability to implement legal strategies in order to meet business goals
Manage litigation issues in a manner that protects the best interests of the company, as well as the company’s integrity, reputation, assets, officers, and employees, while ensuring the company operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations
Maintain the highest standards of ethics and professional integrity
Ability to manage a large portfolio and variety of claims and projects
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact effectively with executives and employees at all levels within the organization
Exhibit initiative and assertiveness including the ability to work with minimal supervision
Working conditions are normal for an office environment.
Must be willing to travel a moderate amount within the United States.
The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this job/classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
Additional Salary Information: We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package
Spectrum Brands Holdings, a member of the Russell 1000 Index, is a global and diversified consumer products company and a leading supplier of consumer batteries, residential locksets, residential builders’ hardware, plumbing, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn and garden and home pest control products, personal insect rep...ellents, and auto care products. Helping to meet the needs of consumers worldwide, our Company offers a broad portfolio of market-leading, well-known and widely trusted brands including Rayovac®, VARTA®, Kwikset®, Weiser®, Baldwin®, National Hardware®, Pfister®, Remington®, George Foreman®, Black + Decker®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature’s Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, FURminator®, IAMS® and Eukanuba® (Europe only), Healthy-Hide®, Digest-eeze™, Littermaid®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, Hot Shot®, Black Flag®, Liquid Fence®, Armor All®, STP® and A/C PRO®. Spectrum Brands' products are sold in approximately 160 countries. Spectrum Brands Holdings generated net sales of approximately $5.04 billion in fiscal 2016. For more information, visit www.spectrumbrands.com.