Corporate Counsel (Contracts)

Date: Nov 25, 2023

Location: Irvine, California, US

Company: Kia America, Inc.

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.




The Corporate Counsel – Contracts position will provide legal counsel and guidance to all levels of the Company, including executive management. The Corporate Counsel will focus on providing legal advice regarding the Company’s commercial contracts while managing their draft, review, and revision. Other responsibilities include supporting KUS’ legal department, as needed, in all other areas.


As an integral part of the team, the Corporate Counsel will proactively assess legal risks and advise on decisions that will provide years of benefit to the overall organization.


Flexible/Hybrid Work Policy: This position is required to work in the office four days each week, and may work remotely up to one day per week.

Major Responsibilities

1st Priority - 80%   

Contracts Review

  • Structure, 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
  • Prepare training materials for internal clients, to include contract principles, negotiation strategy, and general procedures, etc.
  • Work with finance, procurement, and business clients to manage/supervise contract approval process

2nd Priority - 20%

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 legal department management, including the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel



  • 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 to be achieved within first year of employment)

Overall Experience

  • 5-7 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


Excellent communication skills and interpersonal skills, both verbally and in writing.
Advanced knowledge of PC business software including Microsoft Office, Teams, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Outstanding writing and editing skills.
Superior organizational ability.
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.
Proficiency at handling a large volume of matters, including all-sizes of contracts in combination, while maintaining excellent attention to detail
Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team environment
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.


Care for People
Chase excellence, every day
Dare to push boundaries
Empower people to act
Move further, together

Pay Range

$161,328.00 - $225,971.00 

Pay will be based on several variables that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to, job-related skills, experience, relevant education or training, etc.


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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