SENIOR IN-HOUSE LEGAL COUNSEL

Ansell

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Job Information

Ansell is a leading global provider of protection solutions. Our company designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of protection solutions that meet the ever-changing needs and demands of our markets and industries. Protection is our primary concern as millions of people around the world depend on Ansell in their professional and personal lives.

Our vision is to create a world where people can enjoy optimal protection against the risk they are exposed to. Whether at work or during their leisure time, people require the right protection for the right application. After all, what better guarantee is there than increased safety, security and productivity than through adequate protection.

GENERAL SUMMARY & SCOPE OF POSITION

The Senior In-House Legal Counsel will take a prominent role in providing legal advice in support of strategic objectives of Ansell management (as directed) and assume responsibility for proactively managing (and to a degree, designing) and executing Ansell’s approach to transactions, commercial engagements and certain other global initiatives. The selected individual will support the changing needs of Ansell’s global business in delivering high value, timely and cost-effective legal services to Ansell’s management and employees.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SPECIFIC ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Primary responsibility for providing legal counsel to directed areas of the company in connection with the day-to-day, routine business operations;
  • Primary responsibility to provide commercially-minded, legal advice to internal stakeholders in connection with Ansell’s global and domestic business operations.
  • General commercial work including drafting, reviewing and negotiating a large variety of documents and agreements.
  • Partner with stakeholders to drive strategic initiatives.
  • Advise on a broad range of legal topics: including corporate and commercial law matters, contract law and agreements, labor and employment matters and policies, claims / product liability issues, data privacy, regulatory frameworks, corporate social responsibility, litigation and others as applicable.
  • Develop strong working relationships and work in close collaboration with various levels of management to assess and manage risk and to help implement strategic objectives.
  • Work with other internal advisory functions (for example compliance, finance, insurance, IT, HR and tax experts) to provide commercially-relevant advice and guidance.
  • Provide legal support and company secretarial services to the Ansell Group entities as required (e.g., managing minutes, officers, directors, etc.)
  • Assist in litigation management and reporting.
  • Assist the Deputy General Counsel & Global Compliance Officer to develop and implement compliance programs, policies and training as needed, based on legal and regulatory requirements, industry standards and best practices.
  • Conducting and arranging internal legal training to colleagues in the Law Department and throughout the business to help grow the knowledge of fellow colleagues.
  • Oversight of components of Ansell’s intellectual property portfolio.
  • Various degrees of domestic travel and internationally will be required for this position
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

Education & Licensing

Juris Doctor (or equivalent law degree).
Admitted and member in good standing with the New Jersey bar or qualify for limited in-house counsel license.

Experience
  • Minimum 2+ years of corporate advisory/transactional experience at a law firm or in-house legal department (greater experience valued and will be factored into determination of title/grading along with demonstrated skills).
  • Commercial business acumen.
  • Experience with M&A or complex commercial transactions preferred.
  • Experience with international business preferred; experience with B2B businesses and/or multinational companies strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated competency and comfort in counseling of senior management/leadership.
  • Working basic knowledge of compliance programs, including experience rendering preventative legal advice and counsel.
  • Familiarity with intellectual property and capability to oversee portfolio activity is a plus.
Key Skills & Characteristics Required For Success
  • Proven and effective written and verbal communication and excellent interpersonal skills essential.
  • Self-starter who is resourceful and able to work effectively independently as well as take a collaborative, team-oriented approach. Must have a “roll-up your sleeves” attitude and drive to push projects and issues to conclusion.
  • The highest level of personal integrity, ability to exercise discretion and judgment with the highest level of confidentiality and tact.
  • Superior ability to interact with all levels of management (and personnel from different geographies, countries, and cultures) and to effectively analyze and explain legal concepts in a clear and straightforward way.
  • Excellent business judgment with an ability to pro-actively engage with business colleagues to find practical solutions and partner with them to implement desired action plans.
  • Ability to assess legal, practical and business risks.
  • Well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills; high attention to detail.
  • Ability to identify, prioritize and resolve legal issues quickly and effectively and work under pressure.
  • Ability to manage a diverse array of legal & business matters pertaining to the company.
  • Creative problem solver who is able to deliver clear, strategic advice to clients in a timely manner.
  • Eagerness and ability to quickly learn commercial, operational and legal issues associated with Ansell’s business.
  • Strong desire to be part of an international company and build an in-house career.
  • Be able to adapt with the evolving needs of the business.
  • Proficient with technology including with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint Teams and Outlook.

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