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Counsel - Compensation and Benefits

Company: General Motors
Location: Detroit
Posted on: May 20, 2019

Job Description:

The Counsel - Compensation & Benefits position is a collaborative partner with Lead Counsel and the Department's business partners. As a member of the Legal Staff, Counsel manages his/her cases and other assignments in an efficient, effective, and solutions-focused manner. Counsel creates and manages a budget for all matters handled by outside counsel and supports a culture of legal compliance and excellence through his/her work. Counsel is critical to helping move the Legal Staff and the business towards successful completion of objectives.

The Counsel - Compensation & Benefits position is a position that will:


  • Provide advice and counsel to management and GM Human Resources on issues such as state and federal regulations relating to executive compensation, health and welfare benefits and pensions, including drafting related policies and relevant provisions in employment agreements, and serve as subject matter expert on executive compensation matters such as 409A.


    • Provide support to labor attorneys on the Legal Staff with respect to health and welfare benefits and pensions matters in union relations and contract negotiations.


      • Cost-effectively manage benefit and pension litigation/other costs and interface with outside counsel


        • Provide advice and counsel on ERISA related pension investment management issues


          • Provide advice and counsel on global pensions administration, with a particular focus on the US, Canada, and Europe, including support for pension trustee boards and fiduciary committees


            • Coordinate regional business unit lawyers on international compensation and benefit matters to develop and maintain global standards for compensation and benefits and create a global center of excellence for compensation and benefits


              • Drafting and presenting client training on pensions and benefits issues


                • Provide advice and counsel in other business areas and work on legal projects to improve business policies and processes


                  • Support and contribute to Corporate & Finance team's annual objectives

                    Qualifications & Experience

                    • 6-10 years of executive compensation and benefits experience; law firm training strongly preferred, prior in-house or government experience is a plus, but is not required


                      • Prior experience managing and advising on cross-border compensation and benefits matters strongly preferred


                        • Ability to sit "first chair" on projects and inspire cross-functional team to high performance


                          • Demonstrated experience in process development and innovation; ability to form common process to handle similar matters efficiently


                            • Demonstrated commitment to compliance, integrity and quality


                              • Demonstrated experience providing legal advice in a highly regulated environment


                                • Demonstrated experience identifying and resolving legal issues quickly and effectively and ability to make on the spot risk calls


                                  • Demonstrated experience prioritizing conflicting demands from multiple business clients in an extremely fast paced environment


                                    • Ability to collaborate, build relationships, gain credibility, and partner effectively with others up and down a matrixed organization


                                      • Self-directed, solution-focused individual that with strong work ethic and the ability to collaborate cross-functionally to achieve enterprise-wide results


                                        • Ability to strategically guide the organization through change and inspire others to get involved and solve problems


                                          • Knowledge and experience in key legal trends that impact the business


                                            • Ability to respectfully speak up, exchange feedback and boldly share ideas without fear


                                              • Strong oral and written communicator with an aptitude for critical thinking and succinctly presenting the best course of action


                                                • Excellent computer skills, including advanced use of Microsoft Office Suite


                                                  • Knowledge and understanding of automotive industry environment and business needs is a plus


                                                    • Education Requirements:





                                                      • Law degree from an accredited college or university


                                                        • Admitted to practice in at least one jurisdiction in the United States and, if not admitted in Michigan, the ability to qualify for in-house counsel status in Michigan

Keywords: General Motors, Detroit , Counsel - Compensation and Benefits, Legal , Detroit, Michigan

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