Nestle Legal Counsel, Employment Law in Arlington, Virginia

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POSITION SUMMARY:

This position will be responsible for (i) identifying risks, developing business-focused solutions, and managing legal exposure, (ii) ensuring compliance with Company policies, and (iii) promoting best practices with regard to risk management and fiscal responsibility in all areas of employment law, including direct-store-delivery and distribution models. This role reports to the Managing Counsel, Employment Law, but will also take direction from the Division General Counsel for Sales, the SVP and General Counsel, and Business and HR Leadership teams.

The Legal Counsel, Employment Law will work closely and collaboratively as part of the Employment Law Team, as well as with their legal colleagues at the Company, other Nestlé affiliates in the U.S. market, and Human Resource teams to provide counseling, advice and solutions on all areas of employment law at every step in the employee life cycle. Strong focus on and support of Nestlé’s Direct Store Delivery system and other Go-to-Market strategies. This role works with Human Resources and business leaders to identify and manage business risk through providing practical solutions. This position will also review, edit and streamline policies and procedures in an effort to ensure policies are both practical and enforceable. The ideal candidate will build strong relationships with every member of the organization and can effectively collaborate with key stakeholders in order to solve intricate problems.

This position is also responsible for overseeing sensitive internal investigations, audits, complaints, EEOC, DOL and other administrative charges as well as pre-litigation claims and litigation subject matter expertise. This position also provides periodic legal training and legal updates. Regular business travel is required.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES :

  • Provide legal support for varying Direct Store Delivery (“DSD”) efficiency projects, as well as provide advice on varying compensation structures for hourly & commissioned employees.

  • Support internal restructure and/or reorganizations as the DSD business continues to grow.

  • Day-to-day employment law counseling and advice for Nestlé and affiliated companies.

  • Identify risks and trends, and develop proactive strategies and solutions for HR.

  • Enable and remove obstacles to support HR and business partners – frontline focus to ensure Nestlé wins in the marketplace.

  • Manage docket of administrative charges, pre-litigation claims, investigations and audits.

  • Provide subject matter expertise in support of litigation counsel with respect to employment-related litigation as needed.

  • Provide training and other updates to stakeholders and ongoing training on pertinent topics, including changes to employment laws, risk assessments, legal trends, and compliance.

  • Other duties, tasks, special projects, and responsibilities as assigned.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Position operates under minimal supervision.

SUPERVISION GIVEN:

In addition to routine client counseling, may provide guidance and direction to support staff.

REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM EDUCATION LEVEL :

  • JD from accredited law school required.

  • Current membership in good standing in the Virginia State Bar or the ability to become Registered In House Counsel in Virginia.

  • Minimum of 4-6 years of experience as an employment lawyer, in-house counsel experience preferred.

  • Experience with litigating and counseling on employment matters in the areas of discrimination, disability accommodation, hiring, performance management and discharge, whistle blower, wage and hour, Department of Transportation compliance, organizational re-design and other labor and employment issues.

  • Experience drafting and/or advising on sales incentive programs and varying compensation structures.

  • Experience drafting employment-related contracts, executive summaries, forms, memoranda and pleadings, persuasive arguments, clear summaries of legal and regulatory requirements

  • Ability to concisely interpret compliance requirements into action plans for Human Resources and provide support to implementation.

  • Experience investigating and/or advising investigations of employment-related matters.

  • Excellent communicator with the ability to engage with and influence stakeholders across the company and at all levels of the organization.

  • Self-starter with willingness to take on special projects.

  • Background representing large, complex businesses and working with all levels of leadership.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

  • At least 2-3 years of prior in-house experience supporting DSD model and/or distribution network, as well as Account Selling teams.

  • Prior in-house experience with a large, matrixed organization

  • Experience with food, beverage or other consumer products industry is a plus;

  • ERISA experience a plus

SKILLS:

  • Substantial understanding of all relevant legal topics

  • Strong drafting and negotiation skills

  • Strong research and analytical skills

  • Ability to gain trust at and work with all levels of organization

  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment

  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking skills

  • Must have strong problem-solving and decision-making skills

  • Excellent communication (both verbal and written) and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to prioritize workload and self-manage projects, handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines

  • Strong ability to manage a complex environment of multiple stakeholders with competing priorities

  • Must be detail-oriented

  • Must possess good presentation and training skills

  • Good business judgment and initiative; consistently demonstrates high-initiative

  • High initiative and a proven ability to achieve results

  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)

  • High ethical standards

Job: Legal/Compliance

Organization: Nestle USA

Title: Legal Counsel, Employment Law

Location: VA-Arlington-Arlington

Requisition ID: 18007003

The Nestlé Companies are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers and are looking for diversity in qualified candidates for employment: Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran.