Corporate Counsel 

LOCATION: Avon / Ohio (US-OH), United States | BRAND: Bendix | REQUISITION ID: 1232 | JOB GRADE: 18 

 

Want to help shape tomorrow?  At Bendix we’ve been doing it for 90 years…setting the standard with advanced dynamic solutions that drive improved commercial vehicle performance and safety.  We’re part of the Knorr-Bremse Group, the global leader in braking technologies. As part of our team, you’ll collaborate with a world of talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. You’ll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences, partnerships, and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Innovation is part of our DNA. Achievement drives our culture. Learn more today! www.bendix.com/careers

 

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Position Title:              Corporate Counsel

Reports To:                 Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary                       

Date Last Revised:     April 16, 2020

 

                                                                                                                                   

Position Summary:

 

This position is a key member of the Knorr-Bremse Group (“KB”) North American Truck Business and its North America Legal Department supporting the company with a varied   

 

Essential Functions:

 

  • Develop strong partnerships with the KB Truck business leadership and internal clients to assist with executing its strategic plans and achieving its aggressive growth targets while managing risk. 
  • Support the legal functions for all North American Truck operating units of Knorr-Bremse Group, and participate as a member of the KB North America and global KB Group Legal Department.
  • Handle the review, drafting and negotiating of all types of contracts, agreements, letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, leases and licenses impacting various areas of the business, including project contracts, public procurement and bid opportunities.  Identify and counsel on all applicable risk-shifting provisions in various contracts in accordance with KB Group guidelines, including principles of antitrust compliance. 
  • Support the North American Truck operating units of Knorr-Bremse Group in establishing, administering and training on comprehensive business and legal processes, in particular with respect to governmental and regulatory compliance requirements and  programs of the KB Corporate Compliance Policies and  organization.
  • Support sourcing contracting processes, including assisting with drafting and assist with negotiating supply contracts; support the drafting of standard PO terms and conditions; provide counsel and advice in evaluating disputes with suppliers under the UCC; and drive process for timely and cost-effective dispute resolutions.
  • Provide counsel and advice to the Truck business in developing strategic relationships, including drafting and negotiating transaction documentation and supporting legal due diligence with respect to mergers and acquisitions and alliances with strategic partners as applicable.
  • Coordinate internal efforts and direct outside counsel to efficiently and cost-effectively handle evaluation and management of litigation activities; manage approved litigation budgets.  Drive conflict resolution processes, including alternative dispute resolution as applicable. 
  • Support HR labor and employment legal matters and HR compliance issues. 
  • Support annual insurance and risk-management internal or external audits as applicable.
  • Assist in drafting/proposing, maintaining and updating business and Legal department policies and procedures for the KB Truck organization.
  • Additional responsibilities as requested or required.

 

Knowledge:

 

  • Knowledge of general commercial contract law and knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).  Familiar with the design and manufacturing processes used to produce respective system components.
  • Familiarity with managing general corporate governance, record books, drafting corporate minutes, preparing resolutions and the like.
  • Familiarity with regulatory and/or internal compliance laws, policies and procedures.

 

Experience:

 

  • 4+ years of broad-based legal experience as in-house counsel with a multi-national corporation and/or with a law firm with international practice.   Experience with manufacturing, transportation and public bid law a plus.
  • Certificate of Licensure:  Member in current good standing with at least one state bar association, with eligibility to be admitted by “corporate counsel” waiver into State of Ohio as required.

 

Skills:

 

  • Ability to work independently within a fast-paced, global manufacturing and supply business environment that services the truck industry.
  • Strong leadership, management, client service, mentoring, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • As a member of a global Legal team, ability to function effectively with senior executive, operational and functional management and at all levels of the global organization.  
  • Ability to provide sound legal and business judgment while driving the execution of multiple projects in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to distinguish relevant facts, assimilate and analyze supporting facts and apply legal principals to risk analysis and business options.
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly translate into lay terms and effectively communicate legal advice that affects business opportunities and drives practical solutions.
  • Ability to prioritize work and demonstrate a strong bias for action within a dynamic work environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills, including and the drafting, reviewing and negotiating of various commercial contracts and agreements.  Exceptional negotiation skills.
  • Deep experience with general commercial contract law and knowledge of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). 
  • Experience with public and private procurement bidding and contract processes.
  • Experience managing litigation matters to resolution, outside counsel and budgets. 
  • Experience with conflict resolution, mediation and arbitration matters. 
  • Ability to manage internal compliance programs and reporting obligations as required.
  • Ability to forecast and manage internal and departmental budgets as required.
  • Ability to train business partners and leadership on applicable compliance, contracting, best practices and risk-shifting as applicable.
  • Experience with general corporate antitrust matters and compliance.
  • Experience managing or supporting in-house HR labor and employment matters a plus.
  • Experience with mergers & acquisitions, divestitures and the management of due diligence and electronic data rooms a plus.
  • Commitment to high standards of quality and ethical behavior.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft® Office™ suite of products, including Word™, Outlook™, PowerPoint™ and Excel™.

 

Education:

 

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited U.S. law school, and currently admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. state with eligibility to be admitted by “corporate counsel” waiver into State of Ohio as required. 

 

 

Position Requirements: 

 

  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally as required.  Estimated travel less than 30%. 

 

  • The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

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What does Bendix have to offer you? 
- Work/life balance that includes Paid Vacation & Holiday Paid Time Off 
- 401k Plan with Company matching 
- Retirement Savings Plan
- Educational Assistance Program (Tuition Reimbursement)
- Wellness Program and incentives
- Telework policy
- On-Site Fitness Center
- On-Site Cafeteria with Healthy menu options
- Health and Welfare Insurance Benefits that start on your 1st day of employment:

Company-Paid Benefits:
- Basic Life Insurance
- Basic Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
- Short Term Disability
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Employee-Paid Benefits:
- Medical and Prescription insurance
- Dental insurance
- Vision insurance
- Supplemental Life Insurance Plans
- Supplemental AD&D insurance for Employee and Family
- Long Term Disability
- Accident Plan
- Critical Illness Plan
- Hospital Indemnity Plan


Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron