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Title:  Sr. Counsel

Requisition ID:  36013
Date:  Oct 16, 2021
Location: 

Exton, Pennsylvania, US

Department:  Legal
Description: 

 

 

Working at West means having an opportunity to work by the side of our patients and customers, our global team members and the communities in which we operate – which all help contribute to a Healthier World.

 

At West, we are by the side of patients. The work we do impacts patients’ lives each and every day – our products are a critical part of healthcare delivery and we are proud of the role we play to improve patient health. We work by the side of our team members. We come together as one global team to deliver for our customers and help them address their challenges. We are a diverse, close-knit community of professionals, where everyone has a voice and opportunity to learn and grow through mutual trust and respect. With a 95 year plus history, we have a track record for success, which includes reported sales of $2.14B in 2020. We serve by the side of our community. Giving back is in our DNA—our team members across more than 50 sites globally are involved with hundreds of charities that have special meaning to them through our West Without Borders team member-led giving program.

 

Job Summary:

Reporting directly to the Associate General Counsel, this counsel works in conjunction with colleagues to support and advise on management of labor, employment, employee benefits and similar matters on a global basis.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Provide advice to global human resources colleagues regarding day-to-day labor and employment issues, including leave management, disability accommodation, harassment and discrimination, employee relations, wage and hour, compensation, non-competition, severance, and related issues.
  • Advise clients on employment related agreements, potential and actual employment litigation issues, risk management and litigation strategy, as well as  responses to EEOC, OSHA, DOL, IRS and other US and non-US government agency inquiries
  • Render advice regarding employee benefits issues, including qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans, non-US plans, and proven ability to render practical business advice regarding the same
  • Use project management skills to increase productivity, drive simplicity in legal and business operations and streamline processes
  • Assist with drafting of securities filings, including Annal Proxy Statement and Forms 8-K
  • Assist Compliance and Ethics with advice, policy drafting, investigations support (as needed), subject matter expertise
  • Develop education and training on relevant issues that can be delivered through various media and to all levels of employees
  • Coordinate with outside counsel, where appropriate, and subject to budget considerations

 

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Law Degree from an accredited law school in the United States
  • Minimum of 8 years experience advising on labor and employment and/or employee benefits issues required. 
  • In-house corporate legal experience is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 11 years of legal experience required.

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to embrace simplification and optimization of legal processes
  • Business mindset
  • As comfortable reading a financial statement as a legal document
  • Solution oriented with a demonstrated ability to innovate and think “outside the box”
  • Demonstrated learning agility and intellectual curiosity
  • Significant experience advising clients outside the United States
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Dependability, attention to detail with strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team player.
  • Able to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities.
  • Able to be aware of all relevant SOPs as per Company policy as they are related to the position covered by this Job Description
  • Able to comply with the company’s safety and quality policies at all times

 

Travel Requirements:

  • Must be able to travel up to 20% of the time

 

Physical & Mental Requirements:

  • Must be able to work in a sedentary work environment.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively, speak in front of groups, express & exchange ideas and understand direction. 
  • Maintain the ability to work well with others in a variety of situations.
  • Able to multi-task, work under time constraints, problem solve, and prioritize.
  • Able to learn and apply new information or new skills.

 

Competencies/Authorities

Non-US only where required for certain levels

 

 

 

 

 

 

West is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.  If you have a special need that requires accommodation in order to apply to West, please send an email to kimberley.eby@westpharma.com.  Where permitted by law, an offer of employment with West Pharmaceutical Services, or any of its subsidiary or affiliate companies, is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of background screening and/or a pre-employment drug screening.

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