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The Counsel – Compensation & Benefits position is a collaborative partner with Lead Counsel and the Department’s business partners. As a member of the Legal Staff, Counsel manages his/her cases and other assignments in an efficient, effective, and solution-focused manner. Counsel creates and manages a budget for all matters handled by outside counsel and supports a culture of legal compliance and excellence through his/her work. Counsel is critical to helping move the Legal Staff and the business towards successful completion of objectives.
The Counsel – Compensation & Benefits position is a position that will:
Provide advice and counsel to management, Human Resources, and Labor Relations regarding compliance with existing laws and new legislation relating to Compensation and Benefits
Provide advice and counsel on issues such as state and federal regulations relating to executive compensation, health and welfare benefits and pensions, union relations and contract negotiations, and drafting employment agreements and policies
Cost-effectively manage benefit and pension litigation/other costs and interface with outside counsel
Provide advice and counsel on pension investment management issues
Provide advice and counsel on global pensions administration, with a particular focus on the US, Canada, and Europe, including support for pension trustee boards and fiduciary committees
Support regional business unit lawyers on international compensation and benefit matters
Drafting and presenting client training on pensions and benefits issues
Provide advice and counsel in other business areas and work on legal projects to improve business policies and processes
Support and contribute to Corporate & Finance team's annual objectives
Qualifications & Experience:
6-10 years of executive compensation and benefits experience; law firm training strongly preferred, prior in-house or government experience is a plus but is not required
Ability to sit “first chair” on projects and inspire a cross-functional team to high performance
Demonstrated commitment to compliance, integrity, and quality
Demonstrated experience providing legal advice in a highly regulated environment
Demonstrated experience identifying and resolving legal issues quickly and effectively and the ability to make on the spot risk calls
Demonstrated experience prioritizing conflicting demands from multiple business clients in an extremely fast paced environment
Ability to collaborate, build relationships, gain credibility, and partner effectively with others up and down a matrixed organization
Self-directed, solution-focused individual with a strong work ethic and the ability to collaborate cross-functionally to achieve enterprise-wide results
Ability to strategically guide the organization through change and inspire others to get involved and solve problems
Knowledge and experience in key legal trends that impact the business
Ability to respectfully speak up, exchange feedback and boldly share ideas without fear
Strong oral and written communicator with an aptitude for critical thinking and succinctly presenting the best course of action
Excellent computer skills, including advanced use of Microsoft Office Suite
Knowledge and understanding of automotive industry environment and business needs is a plus
Law degree from an accredited college or university
Admitted to practice in at least one jurisdiction in the United States and, if not admitted in Michigan, the ability to qualify for in-house counsel status in Michigan
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
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