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Legal Counsel - Remote

Date: Jun 13, 2022

Location: Irving, TX, US Manchester, CT, US Newington, CT, US El Cajon, CA, US North Charlestown, NH, US

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About Us

GKN Aerospace is the world’s leading multi-technology tier 1 aerospace supplier. With 50 manufacturing locations in 15 countries, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5th generation fighter aircraft.

About the opportunity

GKN Aerospace is a global engineering business. Every time you travel by air almost anywhere in the world, it is likely that GKN is helping you on your way. We design, manufacture and service systems and components for original equipment manufacturers around the world. We are continuously evolving, pioneering new technologies and reinventing existing ones, stretching ourselves to be better in everything we do.

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do.

Job Summary

This role is to support the Aerospace business with respect to its legal matters, and, in collaboration with the GKN Aerospace Legal Team, to take a supporting role with respect to the businesses.  This role shall have a particular focus on Government Contracts, Supply Chain, and related contractual and legal compliance issues for all of GKN Aerospace. 

Job Responsibilities

  • You will support Engines US Senior Counsel by providing technically competent, timely advice. While you will be expected to support - in accordance with the Legal and Compliance Operating Model - on a wide variety of legal issues that arise in the Engines business line, the main focus of the role will be:
    • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex international contracts with both customers and suppliers
    • Advising on US government contracting and compliance, including FAR/DFARS.
    • Supporting the Commercial team on customer engagements and the Procurement / Supply Chain teams on supplier issues
    • Contentious matters with both customers and suppliers
    • Corporate governance, including some company secretarial matters
    • Regulatory issues
  • You will act as a local Legal contact point for Engines US sites.
  • You will support the Head of Legal – Engines and US Senior Counsel Engines on internal projects including reporting, training and risk management activities.
  • You will also support ad hoc on the following types of matters:
    • M&A
    • Employment
    • Product safety/HSE
    • Environmental
    • Real estate
    • Data protection
    • Investigations
    • Company secretarial
    • Compliance issues
    • You may have to work frequently with other members of the Legal and Compliance team or broader GKN Aerospace organization on a matrix basis.  You will need to be team-orientated, flexible and show sound judgement when dealing with organizational ambiguity
  • You will be accountable for owning your own development and adopting a growth mind-set; you will be open and willing to continuously improve your legal and non-legal skills
  • You will proactively seek opportunities to collaborate within and support the development of the Legal & Compliance function

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • 4 year qualified lawyer, qualified in US (A juris doctor (JD) and an applicable state license to practice law are required.)
  • Must currently be a US-Licensed Attorney
  • Must have commercial litigation experience
  • Embraces and demonstrates the GKN 5 culture principles.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in US government contracting and compliance, including experience in FAR/DFAR.
  • Training at a recognized top tier law firm or in-house at a major MNC.
  • Proven experience in advising on a range of technical legal issues.
  • Ability to identify, focus, work on and prioritize key legal/compliance matters without day to day supervision.
  • Ability to recognize which issues need escalating to the Head of Legal or Senior Counsel.
  • Able to provide pragmatic, commercially focused advice.
  • Collaborates within business and functions.
  • Integrity and courage; able to adapt own behavior and communication style to suit the context, including sensitively delivering tough messages.
  • Works with a range of stakeholders and ensures that their views and objectives are understood and expectations are managed.
  • Communicates clearly, accurately, confidently and concisely in a timely manner.
  • Recognizes the importance of building effective relationships and establishing trust and a collaborative working relationship with colleagues both inside and outside of the Legal team.
  • Exercises good judgement and sound decision making.
  • Plans, organizes and prioritizes workload, keeps colleagues informed and manages expectations, while being a completer/finisher who can demonstrate work/life balance.
  • Takes ownership of tasks, seeks guidance and input from others; knows when to ask for help.
  • Understands how technology is changing our industry and the strategy of the business.
  • Ability to adapt and succeed against a background of change/uncertainty.

Diversity Inclusion and Belonging (DIB)

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Nearest Major Market: Irving
Nearest Secondary Market: Dallas