Vacancies Legal Counsel
Surface Solutions Segment | Schaumburg

Function:        Legal Counsel (Operations Americas)

Reports to:     Head of Operative Law

Location:       Schaumburg, IL - includes travel

Effective:        01.08.2017

Job holder:     N/A

Position Summary:

The Legal Counsel Operations directly reports to the Head of Operative Law of Oerlikon. The position is responsible to support the Head of Operative Law in the management of all legal issues within the Group, especially the Surface Solutions Segment (“OSS”) subsidiaries in the Americas Region (North and South America).


Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Act as main entry point and contact window for defined operative legal issues as well as management and escalation of said issues;
  • Provide commercial legal support to the OSS businesses’ locations in the Americas Region in day-to-day business activities including but not limited to: contract drafting, negotiation, review and administration as well as risk identification and mitigation;
  • Main liaison point between business and external counsel in defined fields and management of said relationships;
  • Provide support to OSS businesses with respect to compliance and regulatory legal affairs (e.g. employment, tax and customs law etc.) and support business with corporate administration of legal entities and other subsidiaries;
  • Assume role as compliance officer for defined OSS legal entites in the Americas Region,
  • Monitor developments in legislation and legal practice in relevant jurisdictions;
  • Serve as Corporate Secretary of defined OSS legal entites in the Americas Region;
  • Management of defined legal team in OSS’ Americas Region


Knowledge & Skills Summary:

  • Excellent and proven skill at drafting and negotiating contracts in an international business environment;
  • Fluency in English required and preferably also in German, any other languages a plus;
  • Highly developed cultural sensibility, with the proven ability to work efficiently and effectively in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent communication skills: ability to communicate and obtain results across all management levels;
  • High energy team player and builder with ability to develop cooperative relationships across different business fields within and outside of the areas of responsibility;
  • Interpersonal and consultative traits providing credibility with all levels of management across multiple functions;
  • High level of self-motivation, resourceful, mature and independent individual;
  • Flexible working attitude (able to accept flexible working hours), good at multi-tasking and able to provide on time results;


Education and work Experience:

  • Advanced university degree in Law (JD, Master of Laws or equivalent) and bar admission, additional international post-graduate degree (LLM or MBA) welcome;
  • 5 years’ experience as in-house counsel in the field of manufacturing/engineering or equivalent experience in a law firm specializing in commercial/contractual law in an international context;
  • Experience in personnel/team management;
  • Business experience in other positions a plus;
  • Record of strong academic, professional and personal achievement







Advertised Since
Cecilia Vocke
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