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Realize new levels of autonomy and professional ownership. At Ulta Beauty, our legal team provides clarity and continuity in ways that have made our growth a seamless venture, with keen insights that have opened up new and previously unexplored areas of opportunity. Through superior leadership and work that continually challenges, you’ll have the chance to help set strategic direction through ethical and collaborative thought and practice.
At Ulta Beauty, you’ll discover few companies as ambitious. Few environments as dynamic or inspiring. Live out your legal aspirations with an organization that understands the true capacity of effective legal acumen.
Bolingbrook, Illinois Headquarters; remote candidates will be considered
THE IMPACT YOU CAN HAVE:
As Counsel II-Employment, you will partner with the Senior Counsels-Employment and other members of the Legal team to provide legal support to Human Resources and other business teams at Ulta Beauty. This includes day-to-day employment law advice and counseling, wage and hour compliance support, benefits direction, and risk management guidance. The Counsel II-Employment will also be responsible for managing outside counsel with respect to charges of discrimination, demand letters and employment litigation, as well as assisting with/managing commercial litigation, as needed.
The ability to develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with business partners at all levels across the enterprise as well as with colleagues on the Legal Services team is a must. The ideal candidate for this role will have in-house and/or law firm experience supporting retail businesses, strong business acumen, excellent counseling skills, the ability to take a strategic and business-focused approach to complex employment issues and an entrepreneurial mindset. This is a unique opportunity to join an outstanding in-house legal team and work at one of the nation’s fastest growing beauty retailers.
CORE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
Manage employment-related claims and litigation including the management of outside counsel
Handle discovery for litigation matters including collecting and reviewing documents, providing guidance to outside counsel and engaging in strategy discussions with outside counsel
Deliver high quality, cost-effective legal advice to the company in the area of employment law
Provide accurate and timely guidance on a wide range of employment-related areas, including leaves of absence, investigations, hiring/discipline/terminations, wage and hour compliance, and benefits in order to manage risk across the business
Stay on top of constantly changing federal, state and local labor and employment laws throughout the country
Review and update policies and guidelines as needed in partnership with Human Resources and other business units
Review bonus plans, compensation guidelines, summary plan descriptions and separation agreements
Draft, review and negotiate employment related documents in support of business objectives
Prepare training modules on a range of employment-related topics
Manage projects and matters from inception through resolution and implementation
Deliver all legal services using a consultative approach and model accountability and responsiveness by communicating proactively and meeting service commitments timely
Develop relationships across the Company and externally that enable you to be a true strategic partner to Ulta Beauty’s business teams – become a “go-to” Legal Services team member
Maintain a focus on cost control and operational excellence in implementation of specific objectives supporting strategic imperatives. Provide services within established budgets and communicate project costs to business partners for transparency
Support special projects as assigned by the Senior Counsels including but not limited to compliance, litigation management, reporting and other strategic projects
THE ESSENTIALS FOR SUCCESS:
Qualified candidates will possess a JD and excellent academic credentials. Additional requirements include:
Admitted to practice in the state of Illinois (for remote candidates admitted to practice law in states other than Illinois will be considered)
5 - 10+ years of relevant legal experience in a reputable law firm and/or in-house legal department (combination is preferred)
Litigation and litigation management experience (experience with litigation in California is a plus)
Demonstrated functional and technical expertise in all employment related legal practice areas related to the business and employees of a large national retailer
Experience writing statements of position for charges of discrimination, participating in mediations and handling/managing litigation from start to finish
Experience drafting, negotiating and implementing employment related agreements, policies, guidelines and related documents
Proven ability to effectively manage multiple matters simultaneously and flexibility to shift focus and priority as business needs change while also consistently maintaining strong attention to detail, accuracy and quality
Demonstrated ability to work independently, exercise outstanding judgment, meet concurrent deadlines and manage time effectively
Positive energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, confidence, and ability to work collaboratively as well as cross-functionally in a fast-paced environment are a must
Other position requirements:
Employment law experience with retail corporation(s) preferred
Some travel may be required
About Ulta Beauty
Ulta Beauty (“Ulta”) is the largest beauty retailer in the United States and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin, hair care products and salon services. Since opening its first store 30 years ago, The Company has grown to become the top national retailer providing All Things Beauty, All in One Place™. Ulta offers more than 20,000 products from more than 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points. Ulta also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring hair, skin, makeup and brow services. Ulta is recognized for its commitment to personalized service, fun and inviting stores and its industry-leading ULTAmate Rewards loyalty program, which boasts over 30 million members.
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