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Corporate Governance, General Commercial/Contracts, Risk Management
Provide overall leadership and management of all corporate and commercial legal matters, including Legal Affairs and Trade Compliance & Governance. Trade Compliance & Governance includes all aspects of import/export licensing, security, ethics and compliance programs for AWPC
Provide legal advice to AWPC Senior Management and multiple departments within AWPC and AW SpA including, but not limited to, Sales and Marketing (AWPC), Commercial Business Unit (AW SpA), Customer and Product Support (AWPC and AW SpA), Training (AWPC and LHD), Import/Export (AWPC), Human Resources (AWPC) and Supply Chain (AWPC).
Manage the company commercial insurance programs including: Aircraft Hull and Liability, Non-Aviation General Liability, Business Auto, Crime, Fiduciary Liability, Workers Comp, Foreign Workers Comp, Business Interruption, Property and Environmental Impairment, Products Liability, Travel Accident, Marine, Excess Liability and Foreign package. Liaison with Leonardo Finmeccanica and LHD for all global programs. Oversee renewal and claims. Advise all departments within AWPC regarding coverage parameters and risk management best practices.
Prepare legally effective contracts to be proposed to outside parties including, but not limited to, aircraft purchase agreements, aircraft maintenance program agreements (COMP and CPA), consignment agreements, aircraft leases, nondisclosure agreements, service center agreements and facility leases. Discuss goals of the contracts with requesting departments, prepare drafts for review and comment; incorporate requested changes before final versions are prepared; and incorporate any changes that might result from negotiations.
Review contracts proposed to AWPC by third parties to ensure compliance with company protocol before they are accepted and signed by company executives; recommend and negotiate changes that would benefit the company; and identify and negotiate items that could negatively affect the company. Provide interpretation of existing company contracts as issues arise regarding rights and responsibilities under legal documents.
Monitor all company litigation; gather and compile all the internal documentation related to each case as required during the discovery process; act as liaison with outside counsel; attend hearings, motions and meetings regarding each case on an as-needed basis; and inform company officials of the status, likelihood of success, settlement negotiations and disposition of cases.
Support the sales department with contract review and customer relations. Ensure contract compliance. Oversee preparation of aircraft sales and delivery documentation and coordinate closings as needed. Coordinate preparation of FAA and International Registry documents related to aircraft sales/title transfer/deregistration.
Perform Corporate Secretary function pursuant to Delaware corporate law and Company parameters. Maintain corporate records and prepare ad hoc reports for management review and decision-making purposes.
Monitor developments in the law that have the potential to affect the company and its operations. Perform legal research necessary to evaluate corporate actions and advise company management of the legality of these actions.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Juris Doctor degree from an accredited US law school
Continuing legal education as mandated by state bar
Minimum of 10+ years of legal experience as general counsel or senior managing in-house counsel of a corporation, preferably in the aviation industry.
Aviation experience is required, including the areas of compliance, sales, product support, finance and insurance business operations and contracting.
Experience in legal interpretation and oversight of government contracts in a DoD environment is required.
Experience representing aviation manufacturers is strongly preferred.
Experience interacting with Board operations and advising of various issues such as corporate governance and fiduciary duties, ethics and compliance, and strategic transactions
Experience with compliance-related issues and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and enforce compliance and legal policies and procedures.
Proven track record of strong negotiation, communication, organizational, and people management skills
Domestic and international travel will be required
Competencies & Attributes:
A demonstrated ability to be an effective leader within an established legal department
Strong negotiation, communication, organizational and people management skills
Personal credibility and the ability to articulate legal positions and strategies concisely and quickly, in a manner that is useful and easily understood by the client
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels of the organization
AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation (AWPC) is a premier US helicopter manufacturer.? AWPC is home to AgustaWestland's second and critical AW139 final assembly line.? Our state of the art manufacturing facility is based just outside Lower Bucks County, conveniently located outside Southern New Jersey and Center City Philadelphia.? AWPC's operations also support the expanding fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters in North and South America.?