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This is a generalist position and will require a broad-based legal and business skill set and the ability to apply legal knowledge and skills to new situations and issues. This position will primarily provide legal support for J. M. Huber Corporation’s Huber Engineered Woods LLC (“HEW”) business headquartered in Charlotte, NC. This position will also provide support, as directed, for other Huber business units. Some travel may be required, e.g., to HEW plant sites, to the Huber’s headquarters in Atlanta, GA, and to other locations in connection with litigation. This position will work collaboratively with the HEW General Counsel, who is based in Charlotte, and the in-house IP lawyer assigned to HEW, who is based in Atlanta.
Depending on background and experience of the candidate, specific activities may include:
Draft and review contracts, including procurement (capital equipment, construction, raw materials), sales, distribution, and non-disclosure agreements. Support sales and procurement teams to negotiate and enter into agreements with third parties; review and amend commercial agreements; provide legal advice relative to contracts and commercial law (including distribution arrangements)
Provide advice and counsel regarding sales promotion programs and other business growth initiatives, including Robinson-Patman and other antitrust issues
Provide advice and counsel regarding marketing/advertising programs, including the review of advertising materials for, among other things, FTC compliance and ownership of the necessary intellectual property rights in such materials’
Assist other support functions such as safety, environmental and human resources in handling matters to ensure compliance with applicable laws and Huber’s principles
Interface with other functional areas and assist in group-wide initiatives such as compliance or ethics programs
As assigned, evaluate and manage product claims, litigation proceedings and other legal issues and matters
Develop and provide legal training to internal clients
Work effectively with outside counsel and manage them in a cost-conscious manner in compliance with Huber’s outside counsel policy
Streamline intake for legal advice and implement legal review tools and processes (e.g., templates or self-help tool kits) to enhance efficiency of the legal function and ensure client satisfaction
Enable the business to achieve its targets while at all times respecting Huber’s principles and applicable laws; assist in embedding these principles into the business processes and decisions
As assigned, support other Huber business units on specific matters or projects
J.D. degree from an accredited law school; admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction; and admitted or able to be admitted to practice law in NC
At least 3 to 5 years’ experience as a licensed attorney
Experienced in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts and terms and conditions of sale and purchase and in assessing and balancing legal risk in day-to-day transactions; able to provide business-oriented, pragmatic advice to maximize business opportunities
Familiar with prioritizing diverse legal matters in a fast-paced environment
Show good judgment in handling legal issues and in seeking assistance as needed
Able to work autonomously without direct supervision
Good communication skills, both oral and written
Demonstrates a good work ethic, organizational values, and professionalism
Maintains confidentiality and protects sensitive data at all times
Works collaboratively and supports efforts of team members
Demonstrates exceptional customer service and interacts effectively with administrative staff, peers, and superiors
Facility with Microsoft Office suite of products (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Working knowledge/experience in the following areas:
Marketing and Advertising Law
Intellectual Property Law
Corporate transactional experience
Technical background or degree or advanced knowledge in a business discipline (e.g., finance)
Post-undergraduate work experience
Combination of law firm and in-house counsel experience
J.M. Huber Corporation (“Huber”) is one of the largest privately held, family-owned companies in the United States. With approximately $2.3 billion in sales and 4,000 employees worldwide. We’re driven to make everything we touch better. From the everyday products you use and food you eat, to the home you live in, and the environment we share, tomorrow will always be better with Huber in it!
Our Huber Engineered Woods business creates innovative specialty products—AdvanTech® subflooring and subfloor adhesive, and ZIP System® roof and wall sheathing—that provide residential and commercial builders with improved performance, easy installation and greater strength.
At Huber, we believe that different cultures, ethnicities, faiths, ages, sexual orientation and genders make us stronger. And we will continually strive to make Huber’s inclusive culture better, a place where our people feel empowered to share their ideas and know that they will be heard and valued.
To learn more visit www.huber.com and check out “Life at Huber” and “I Belong at Huber” under Careers.