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VP, Assistant Corp General Counsel (GC) - Employment Law (Hybrid in Charlotte, NC - Full Relo)

LOCATION: 

Charlotte, NC, US, 28208

REQ ID:  41886

Sealed Air designs and delivers packaging solutions that protect essential goods transported worldwide, preserve food, enable e-commerce and digital connectivity, and help create a global supply chain that is touchless, safer, less wasteful, and more resilient. 

Our people are entrepreneurial innovators and problem solvers committed to bringing unique insights and solutions to the needs of our customers, stakeholders, and society. At SEE, we are creating a community of inventors, problem solvers, and future makers that are passionate about fulfilling our purpose.

Sealed Air generated $5.5 billion in sales in 2021 and has approximately 16,500 employees who serve customers in 114 countries. To learn more, visit www.sealedair.com.

Job Summary

 

Reporting to the Company’s General Counsel (the “GC”), the Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - Employment will be responsible for managing the Company’s employment and labor related legal matters, proactively supporting the Company’s People and business teams, and assisting the GC in enhancing the performance of the legal team. 

 

Given the broad nature of this role, the successful candidate will need to have a strong intellect, a proven track record of global labor and employment experience and a natural ability to collaborate with and support a senior management team as well as matrixed functions within our Company. Critical to this person’s success will be his or her ability to “hit the ground running,” focusing on critical priorities and issues, and earning the confidence and trust of the GC and business leaders throughout the Company.

 

Leadership Behavior Drivers for Success: 

 

Acts with a Strategic Mindset – Must believe in our purpose and be able to align to team and organizational strategic priorities; must be able to create, translate, and execute a litigation strategy that promotes innovation and aligns with company goals.
Adaptive Decision Maker – Must be able to anticipate and interpret changes likely to impact litigation matters related to the Company; envision the future; help establish strategic priorities.
Deliver Performance – Must hold self and others accountable for performance and results; must be able to coordinate execution by setting appropriate pace and have ability to evoke ownership and accountability, streamline processes/structure and reallocate resources quickly and flexibly; must be able to delivers flexible and business-oriented solutions.
Inspirational Leader– Must be able to energize, set the tone and inspire trust and a sense of direction, purpose and excitement for the litigation team; must have outstanding business acumen and be a commercially-minded leader with sound judgment, able to provide timely and appropriately risk-balanced advice and guidance to senior leaders; must possess unquestioned commitment to integrity and ethics, and demonstrate a firm commitment to establishing and upholding Sealed Air’s values and culture.
Customer Focused – Must be able to put serving clients as the central focus of the Litigation team by understanding their needs, creating distinctive value and building meaningful relationships.
Talent Builder – Must be able to develop talent, foster growth within the organization, and develop a high-performing litigation team.
Change Champion – Must act as a proactive role model and change champion for the benefit of the organization; must act with a continuous improvement mindset. 

Job Responsibilities

 

Day to day job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

  • Serve as a key legal advisor to our People and business teams on U.S., multi-jurisdictional and global labor and employment, employee relations and policy related matters and provide advice and legal support related to compliance with the myriad of global, federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the workplace. 
  • Provide legal, strategic and business advice and support on day-to-day employee relations matters, such as recruiting, hiring, performance, discipline, grievances, separations, terminations, investigations, and alleged misconduct or noncompliance with Company policies or processes.
  • Managing and driving the strategy of the company’s labor and employment litigation and claims, including working with outside counsel and internal teams to develop and execute effective litigation/claim management strategies while providing proactive legal advice to mitigate present and potential future risk and exposure. 
  • Assisting and/or advising on sensitive internal employment related matters and investigations, including potential violations of Company policies and interacting with/responding to agency or regulatory authorities.
  • Drafting and advising employment related agreements and documents, including confidentiality, settlement and employment agreements, as well as in connection with commercial and strategic transactions.
  • Provide counsel and strategic guidance to cultivate strong collaborative relationships with labor unions and works councils.
  • Provide legal support and guidance with respect to compensation and benefits related matters, such as FLSA and compensation and equity incentive plans. 
  • Support the GC and Chief People Officer as required with respect to executive compensation and governance related matters, including SEC disclosures, governance and Board (or its committees) support as necessary.
  • Develop, execute and enhance global employment and other related training programs and initiatives in an effort to promote global and other applicable best practices.
  • Advising on international/global related data privacy matters as well as responses to third party, regulatory or agency surveys, questionnaires and requests related to Company compliance with policies and/or applicable laws.
  • Provide legal and business support of the Company’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and priorities.
  • Assisting the GC and legal team in enhancing overall team operational excellence and performance initiatives and processes, such as law firm analytics, selection and management to minimize legal spending while maximizing positive outcomes.
  • Advising and assisting the legal team as necessary on a variety to other complex legal matters, such as compliance, litigation, commercial contracts, SEC disclosure, etc. 
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders at all levels to effectively minimize legal risks, while supporting and assisting in the achievement of the Company’s business and strategic objectives.
  • Proactively identifying legal risks and develop mitigation strategies to protect the interests of the Company.
  • Analyzing new business concepts and provide appropriate legal guidance.

Key Deliverables

 

  • Lead the legal team employment practice and enhance the service offerings and capabilities of the in-house employment team. 
  • Establish credibility and operate as a strategic consultant to executive/senior leaders and board of directors (or its committees).
  • Develop governance and legal initiatives to reduce corporate legal risk. 
  • Identify opportunities for cost reduction and ensure efficient usage of external counsel and other partnerships.
     

Qualifications

 

  • BS/BA from an accredited college/university; Juris Doctorate from a national accredited law school with an Active license to practice law as in-house counsel and in good standing
  • 15+ years of progressive labor and employment experience, ideally gained through a combination of large law firm and in-house roles; preferably in the manufacturing or industrial industry in a large global company.
  • Prior leadership experience leading or managing employment, labor or litigation matters or team. 
  • Prior experience serving as a trusted advisor to senior/executive leadership teams/leaders or a committee of the board of directors, with a proven ability to guide them through sophisticated employment, legal, business and related matters.
  • Prior experience conducting sensitive, internal, government or related investigations and developing employment and compliance related training programs and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated business acumen, strong analytical skills, and the ability to grasp important business, legal, and financial issues facing the Company.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills, with the ability to build strong relationships across functions and to communicate effectively with senior business leaders, as well as other professionals and colleagues at all levels of an organization.
  • Highly creative and strategic mindset and approach to litigation; anticipating future business, competitive, and legal risks and looking for creative solutions and opportunities.
  • Exceptional judgment and ability to quickly assess business challenges, make timely, pragmatic recommendations under pressure, and identify, prioritize, and resolve issues quickly and independently.
  • Ability to thrive in a dynamic, innovative, and highly-matrixed corporate organization.
  • Prior experience advising on a broad range of other complex legal matters, such as data privacy, litigation, commercial contracts and SEC governance.

Requisition id: 41886 

Relocation: Yes  

The Company is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants for employment and to all employees, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, protected disability, veteran status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state or local laws.

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WHY WORK AT SEALED AIR?

It is our responsibility to leverage what we have to affect positive and meaningful change for our communities and planet using Sealed Air’s global resources and expertise.

Corporate sustainability. It’s about improving the lives of people around the world by addressing pressing needs in the communities where we and our customers operate.

Customer Success. Meeting our customers' needs. At Sealed Air it’s more than a goal, it’s an integral part of our business practices, our innovative solutions, and our values.

Leaving our communities better than we found them through dedication of time, talent and resources.


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