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Peabody Energy seeks to hire a new Vice President, Corporate Governance and Securities & Assistant Corporate Secretary, to be located at its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. The VP will be responsible for providing support and legal advice on a range of legal matters, with primary focus on SEC and corporate governance, executive compensation and compliance with corporate and securities laws and regulations. The role will also include responsibility for, and deep involvement with, company-wide matters on a global basis pertaining to compliance and legal operations. The role requires strong leadership capabilities together with a keen ability to manage risk while driving business results and solutions that further the company’s strategies. The VP will report to the Chief Legal Officer. The VP, in conjunction with the Legal leadership team, will play a leading role in the continued development and operation of the legal department. The successful candidate will leverage skills as a strategic business partner and work with colleagues to interpret and provide creative business solutions as permitted under applicable law. Together with the Legal department’s leadership team (one SVP and three VPs), providing advice and support to the Legal department in the absence of the CLO. ?
Providing day-to-day advice and support with respect to all securities matters, including ’33 and ’34 Act compliance. ? Monitoring corporate governance and developments, as well as monitor compliance with NYSE and/or other listing requirements as they relate to governance practices and related disclosures including equity plan approvals and notifications, press release policies, etc. ?
Keeping abreast of proposed and existing legislation and regulations, and coordinate compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as well as NYSE corporate governance roles and listing requirements. ?
Preparing and supporting the preparation of reports filed with the SEC and other regulatory agencies such as Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8K, proxy statements, annual reports to shareholders and others. ?
Supporting company governance practices, including public company board, committee and shareholder meetings. ? Managing governance for Peabody’s domestic and international subsidiaries. ?
Identifying applicable domestic and international laws and regulations and providing interpretations and advice regarding the impact and requirements thereof on company compliance with securities and governance laws, regulations and best practices. ?
Assisting in driving operational and cost efficiencies in the legal department through technology, and workload management between in-house and outside counsel. ?
Interfacing with the Board of Directors, and providing support, advice and counsel on board matters and concerns. ? Participating in protecting the company by establishing and recommending risk and compliance standards and expectations while creating/supporting opportunities and paths to allow the company to execute strategy to the fullest extent. ?
Any other duties assigned by the CLO.
Experience: 15+ years of direct, relevant legal experience in SEC, governance and legal operations, while practicing in the law department of a corporation or major law firm servicing corporate clients. Prior in-house and international experiences are strongly preferred. The successful individual will demonstrate a record of providing substantive/technical legal advice and support to a senior management team and business leaders, as well as a history of building strong relationships and possess a collaborative working style.
Excellent academic credentials and a J.D. from a highly-regarded law school
Bar Admission in good standing approved by a State Bar Association.
Possessing an MBA from an accredited business school is also a plus although not required.
Required Experience and Personal Traits
The VP must be an experienced attorney with the legal background and interpersonal skills sufficient to function successfully in a visible and legally challenging position. Experience in the energy or mining-related industries is advantageous.
Possess a proven record of professional excellence and achievement with 15+ years of direct, relevant legal experience in SEC, governance and legal operations, while practicing in the law department of a corporation or major law firm servicing corporate clients. ?
Prior in-house and international experiences are strongly preferred. ?
Demonstrate a record of providing substantive/technical legal advice and support to a senior management team and business leaders, as well as a history of building strong relationships and possess a collaborative working style.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities ?
Must have strong executive presence, organizational savvy, and strong strategic thinking capabilities. ?
Must have strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to interface effectively throughout the organization – from the coal face to the boardroom Maturity, discipline, self-motivation, confidence, and ability to provide business counseling with excellent interpersonal skills and strong business ethics and integrity ?
Ability to read – critically – financial reports and statements ?
Capable of assuming responsibility for a wide variety of work as a self-starter, under the supervision of the CLO Capable of maintaining independence of judgment and advice while developing constructive relationships with business personnel. ?
Functions well as a business partner to multiple businesses in a decentralized organization ?
Energetic, prepared to “roll up his/her sleeves” to do whatever task needs to be done to achieve the desired result while effectively handling pressure and prioritizing demands
Must have the ability to deliver timely work product, have strong attention to detail, be capable of providing clear instructions and guidance to Legal team members, set priorities among multiple projects and manage expectations with respect to deliverables and deadlines, focusing on client needs with a commitment to quality and service. ?
Someone who is highly proactive about tackling complex issues critical to the Company’s growth and future; someone who is a courageous leader and willing to raise alternative views. ?
Unquestioned integrity, credibility and judgment.
Internal Number: 8185BR
About Peabody Energy
Peabody is the leading global pure-play coal company and a member of the Fortune 500, serving power and steel customers in more than 25 countries on six continents. The company offers significant scale, high-quality assets, and diversity in geography and products. Peabody is guided by seven core values: safety, customer focus, leadership, people, excellence, integrity and sustainability.