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Reporting to the Vice President & General Counsel, Corporate Development, in Johnson Controls’ Glendale, Wisconsin Headquarters, the Legal Director will be a key leader responsible for supporting Johnson Controls’ inorganic growth plans for the Company’s Power Solutions and Buildings, Technologies & Solutions businesses.
The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. This position may also perform other duties as assigned.
Works hand-in-hand with the Vice Presidents of the Corporate Development Organization (“CDO”) and other business leaders to ensure a coordinated corporate development function, leveraging capabilities within the organization and within the policies, parameters and strategies set by the General Counsel of Corporate Development
Gains the trust and respect of the Company’s senior management by serving as a pragmatic and strategic partner in business and legal decisions
Reports on projects and opportunities, results, issues and concerns to General Counsel of Corporate Development at all stages of a transaction, from concept to closing
Develops and maintains an expansive network with relevant stakeholders throughout the organization both to navigate within a heavily matrixed organization to foster collaborative decision making and gain consensus and internal approvals, and to avoid organizational disconnects
Utilizes and leverages capabilities within the organization to deliver timely and effective legal solutions
Provides upfront structuring advice with respect to contemplated domestic and cross-border acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and minority investments in private and public companies
Drafts and negotiates a wide variety of agreements – investment banking and due diligence provider engagement letters, confidentiality agreements, definitive purchase and sale agreements, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, transition services agreements
Provides advice with respect to assessing both legal risks and reputational risks arising out of contemplated transactions
Provides significant cross-functional collaboration with operational and functional leaders, line of business lawyers, compliance, tax, finance, treasury, risk management, labor and employment, real estate, benefits, IP, IT, litigation, EHS, corporate & securities, IR, Communications
Advises on market standards for various approaches to issues
Effectively manages and oversees utilization of outside counsel to provide cost-effective legal services
Juris Doctorate from top U.S. law school; minimum 12-15 years of progressive M&A experience in top tier law firm and at least 8 years of experience in-house with global publicly traded company, with proven M&A experience
Ability to identify and escalate issues timely and appropriately
Fluency in navigating within heavily matrixed organization
Excellent organizational and influencing skills
Strong analytical skills and demonstration of high degree of sophisticated judgment
Ability to balance large volume of deals simultaneously
Outstanding project management skills and ability to perform effectively under strict time constraints
Ability to “own” projects, take initiative, ability to find solutions that balance legal and commercial requirements
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 130,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to ...sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.