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Sr. Legal Counsel

Position: Legal Counsel

Location: Westbury, NY

Are you looking for the next step in your legal career?  We have an exciting opportunity available where you can exercise your skills, support a major player in manufacturing and lead a team of skilled professionals!  Currently we are seeking a Sr. Legal Counsel for the Americas who will report directly to the Head of Operative Law (General Counsel) for the Surface Solutions Segment. This seasoned professional will be responsible for supporting and managing all legal issues within the Oerlikon Group's subsidiaries in North and South America.  Take the opportunity to create a forward thiking and focused culture while supporting M&A topics, proving guidance and truly partnering with the business!


  • 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

We expect

  • 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.
  • 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 international commercial/contractual law 
  • Experience in personnel/team supervision
  • Business experience in other positions a plus
  • Record of strong academic, professional and personal achievement

About us

Oerlikon is a leading global technology Group, with a clear strategy of becoming a global powerhouse in Surface Solutions, advanced materials and materials processing. The Group is committed to investing in value-bringing technologies that provide customers with lighter, more durable materials that are able to increase performance, improve efficiency and reduce the use of scarce resources. A Swiss company with over 100 years of tradition, Oerlikon has a global footprint of over 15 000 employees at 186 locations in 37 countries and sales of CHF 2.85 billion. Sustaining growth and improving profitability in 2018: order intake to increase up to CHF 3.4 billion, sales to around CHF 3.2 billion, and the EBITDA margin to improve to around 15 % (after investments).

Oerlikon Metco enhances surfaces that bring benefits to customers through a uniquely broad range of surface technologies, equipment, materials and services. With a dynamically growing network of locations worldwide Oerlikon Metco serves industries such as aviation, energy, oil & gas, automotive, industrial and other specialized markets. Join us and become a part of our future oriented, international team!

Statement of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: Oerlikon Metco is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. It is the policy of Oerlikon Metco to provide for and promote equal employment opportunity in employment compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination based on age, race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, Vietnam Era Veteran status, genetic predisposition, or carrier status. Oerlikon Metco is committed to assuring equal employment opportunity and equal access to services, programs and activities for individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of our company to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to enable such individual to perform the essential functions of the position for which he/she is applying or in which he/she is employed. Further, it is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation for religious observers.

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