Director, Compliance/Corporate Counsel

Location: Buffalo, NY
Date Posted: 08-08-2017
For more than 70 years, Calspan has been supporting initiatives that drive domestic and global innovation. We partner with global innovators in many industries, including aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation and motorsports. We’re a world-class independent engineering services and testing company that proudly provides its customers with knowledgeable staff, unrivaled processes, unsurpassed quality, proven facilities and reliable equipment. We are looking for a Director, Compliance/Corporate Counsel to join our team in Buffalo, NY.

Director, Compliance/Corporate Counsel Summary:  Provides analysis and counsel on legal, policy, and corporate issues.  Anticipates and guards against legal risks facing the company.  Develops and recommend company policy and position on legal issues.
  • Manage with the intent to motivate, train and develop. Provide timely, constructive feedback regarding work and performance.  Manage non-performing employees in accordance with company policy.  Manage high potential employees to career succession and growth opportunities.  
  • Manage corporate governance, supervise outside counsel, and oversee all in-house legal transactions.   Oversee contract negotiation, legal cost containment, intellectual property protection, and trade compliance issues.  Responsible for legal due diligence, agreements drafting/review, and risk analysis for M&A transactions.  Organize and prepare for closing of both corporate financing transactions as well as large commercial procurements.
  • Manage and direct company policy with regards to contracts and agreements including: domestic and international commercial contracts, US Government contracts, and other agreements (including: teaming, leasing, licensing, joint venture, confidentiality, outside services, and long-term procurement).  Review, draft and amend short and long-term contracts and supporting documentation.
  • Develop and recommend operating policy and procedural improvements.
  • Act as lead compliance officer responsible for company-wide conformity to all company policies.   Assist management in risk analysis for employee actions (disciplinary actions, Collective Bargaining Agreement). 
  • Collaborate with outside counsel in litigation, balancing the demands of litigation with inherent business strategy concerns.  Conduct investigations, prepare defenses, represent company at trials/arbitrations /mediations.

Preferred Education / Experience:
  • Juris Doctorate; Licensed to practice law in New York State
  • 10+ years in related discipline or;
  • A combination of education and experience that is equivalent to above
Preferred Knowledge / Ability: 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, Contract drafting
  • Management of audits and similar investigations
  • Advanced knowledge of federal, state, and local laws

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