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Senior Corporate Counsel, Americas

Summary

Salary
Starting salary will be determined based on experience and credentials
Team
Legal
Location
Chicago, IL, USA

About us

Dyson is a global technology enterprise. We’re growing fast and our ambition is huge – more categories, more locations and more people. Dyson launched in the US in 2002, and since then operations have grown exponentially. Our US headquarters is based in Chicago's Fulton Market neighborhood with additional offices located in Aurora, Illinois and Ann Arbor, Michigan. We also have employees working in field sales, our service centers, and in our growing number of Dyson Demo Store’s across the country. 

About the role

Our Americas Legal team seeks an experienced attorney with strong expertise in marketing/advertising law, litigation, and consumer product issues.  This role requires a technically excellent and pro-active lawyer to provide legal advice to various Dyson business groups.  This is a role with high responsibility and that provides an excellent opportunity to develop your skills and contribution as part of a dynamic and ambitious in-house legal team.  As Senior Corporate Counsel, you will report directly to the Americas General Counsel and partner regularly with the Marketing, PR, and Sales teams and the Americas and global Legal Team members to provide a wide breath of legal services.  This Senior Corporate Counsel position will be dedicated to providing legal support including, but not limited to, day-to-day advice on marketing communications across all media, assistance on a number of litigation matters and competitor challenges, risk management guidance, dispute resolution, consumer product issues and contract negotiations.  

The ability to develop and maintain positive and effective relationships with business partners at all levels across the enterprise as well as with colleagues on the Legal team is a must.  Ideal candidates for this role will have in-house or law firm experience supporting consumer products and/or retail clients, strong business acumen, excellent counselling skills, the ability to take a strategic and business-focused approach to complex employment issues and an entrepreneurial mindset. This position will afford invaluable experience and opportunity for growth within a fast-paced and dynamic organization.


Additional responsibilities include:
  • Serve as a strategic advisor to local marketing teams related to marketing and advertising materials for the Americas region (US, Canada, Mexico and LATAM), including the risk of legal challenge
  • Provide expert, ethical and pragmatic advice on a wide range of matters, including claim substantiation, consumer product laws, product safety issues, regulatory matters and dispute resolution
  • Proactively identify arising risk areas and work with the business to develop risk mitigation solutions
  • Manage formal and informal claims and litigation
  • Partner with internal clients to ensure accurate information flow and agreed action plans are in place
  • Develop and deliver necessary legal training to the business
  • Support Dyson corporate strategic initiatives in the Americas region
  • Draft and negotiate contracts and settlement agreements
  • Ensure awareness and compliance with federal, state and local consumer products laws throughout the Americas Region 
  • Manage external counsel where appropriate, ensuring compliance with Dyson’s cost management processes

About you

  • Minimum of 7 years of experience; preferably in-house
  • Graduation from an accredited law school and licensed to practice in Illinois
  • A sound understanding of all aspects of marketing/advertising law and an ability to apply that knowledge pragmatically in a commercial environment
  • Experience working with CPSC and Health Canada
  • Excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills, with the ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact and professionalism in dealing with internal clients and colleagues and external agencies and counsel
  • Experience of managing matters with a cross border and foreign jurisdiction element, and managing external legal counsel
  • Ability to effectively communicate legal interpretations to all levels of management
  • Good awareness of the role of Legal in business decisions and the ability to actively contribute in the taking of those decisions
  • Confidence and technical ability to be able to deal with issues outside your experience and the ability to learn quickly on the job
  • Evidence of being a self-starter who is good at identifying problems and proactively remedying them, and who demonstrates professionalism, pride and integrity in all aspects of your work
  • An ability to work successfully with a minimum level of supervision in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment
  • High degree of organizational and time management skills, with a proven ability to manage multiple, complex projects when necessary
  • Highest degree of ethical standards
  • Must be able to travel domestically and internationally as required
  • Spanish or French language skills a plus

Benefits

At Dyson, how we reward you is linked to our high-performance culture. But it’s about more than salary and bonus. Through a package of financial, lifestyle and health benefits, we support whatever stage of life you’re in and the moments that matter.
Financial benefits:
  • 401K with up to a 4% match
  • Company paid Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Flexible Savings Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA)

Lifestyle benefits:
  • Competitive Paid Time Off Benefits including Separate Holiday, Sick, and Vacation Time
  • Pre-tax Commuter Benefits (applicable areas only)
  • Generous Child Care Leave Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Generous Dyson Product Discounts

Health benefits:
  • Multi-Level Healthcare Coverage Options
  • Vision & Dental Coverage
  • Company paid Short-Term and Long-Term Disability


Dyson is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. If requested, we will provide reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process for persons with disabilities. Contact us at americas.talentacquisition@dyson.com for more information. Dyson is an Equal Opportunity Employer. #LI-DYSON

Interview guidance

We are following the government guidelines regarding COVID19. At this time all interviews will be conducted via video or telephone. We’re taking these precautionary measures to protect both our employee and candidate wellbeing. Our Talent Acquisition team will work with you and provide further information as appropriate.