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Associate Legal Counsel - Contracts

Date: May 17, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: KIA Motors America

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.

Status

Exempt

Summary

The Counsel’s primary focus will be managing the review of, drafting, revising and providing legal advice of Kia America's (KUS) contracts.  Other responsibilities will include supporting KMA’s legal department with all other areas as needed.  

 

The position will interact with and advise team members at all levels of the Company, including top executives.  As an integral part of the team, the Counsel will proactively assess legal risks and advise on decisions that will provide years of benefit to the overall organization

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibilities %
1st Contracts Review
  • Draft, review, and negotiate a variety of contracts of all types, including vendor, sponsorship, consulting, marketing, licensing, technology, privacy, cybersecurity, facility/building leases and other agreements.  Draft and update model standard templates and clauses. Develop contract review processes to enhance efficiencies. Responsible for providing legal counsel and guidance to all levels of the Company, including executive management.  Prepare training materials for internal clients on contract principles, negotiation strategy, and general procedures. Works with finance, procurement and business clients to manage/supervise contract approval process.
75%
2nd Supporting the Legal Department
  • Provide support as necessary to other functions of the Legal Department, such as privacy/cybersecurity, policies and procedures, document retention, claims, litigation, compliance, and special projects, as assigned by management in the Legal Dept, including the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel.  
25%

 

Education/Certification

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from an ABA-accredited law school in the U.S.
  • California Bar admission required.  (For out-of-state attorney, California State Bar admission within first year of employment.)

Overall Experience

  • 3-6 years of relevant experience as an attorney working for a law firm or as in-house counsel.
  • Top nationally ranked law school & top-tier law firm experience preferred.
  • Experienced in a wide-range of corporate transactional matters

Directly Related Experience

N/A

Skills

Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills, both verbally and in writing.
Excellent MS Office suite skills (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel).
Outstanding writing and editing skills.
Outstanding organizational skills.
Outstanding negotiating and analytical skills.
Adaptability and willingness to work on a broad variety of legal matters and tasks, adjust to changing circumstances, and willingness to cross-train in other practice areas.
Ability to handle a large volume of matters, including a combination of small and large contracts, while maintaining excellent attention to detail.
Team player who is able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
Ability to build consensus with business clients in a calm and professional demeanor.
The successful candidate will be a practical-minded business attorney who has a “can do” attitude, is responsible, service-driven, enthusiastic, pro-active, and takes initiative and ownership of projects.

Competencies

Adapting to Change
CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
Championing Customer Needs
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
Communicating Effectively
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
Delivering High Quality Work
Entrepreneurial Thinking
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels

 

Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.

 

Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.


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