Senior Counsel in Concord, NC at ACN Jobs

Effective Date: 2020-01-07

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
  • Location:
    Concord, NC
  • Effective Date:
    2020-01-07

Job Description

COMPANY SUMMARY: ACN is one of the world’s largest direct sellers of telecommunications, energy and other essential services, headquartered in Concord, North Carolina. We have global operations in 26 countries and have been rapidly growing since being founded in 1993. We are a privately-held, growth-oriented company that embraces entrepreneurial thinking, quick action, spirit, and teamwork! 

JOB SUMMARY: The Senior Counsel, North America (“Senior Counsel”) serves as counsel to ACN’s North American business unit, with operations in the United States and Canada. This role is responsible for supporting the North American business unit with minimal supervision. Has broad-based legal skills and can handle a variety of corporate, commercial, litigation, regulatory, and government affairs matters. Experience in the direct selling industry or telecommunications is helpful. Ensures that ACN operates in accordance with legal requirements and ethical standards, provides counsel on legal and business issues, ensures legal and regulatory compliance and mitigates risk, and facilitates the strategic growth of the Company’s business. Must be highly motivated, solution-oriented and able to offer sound, practical and actionable business advice. Works with the corporate and North American in-house legal team and external advisors to provide a high level of service to internal departments. The Senior Counsel reports to the VP General Counsel, Corporate & Global Markets. In addition to supporting the North America Legal Department, the Senior Counsel will, as needed, assist with international initiatives. 

 CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:  

· Manage and work assigned legal matters for the North American business unit, including making appropriate use of internal and external resources  

· Provide legally-correct and actionable legal advice, considering multiple inputs and potential legal/business impact of decisions 

· Anticipate issues and proactively identify solutions to eliminate or mitigate strategic business risks 

· Act ethically and with integrity and demand the same from other members of the North America Legal team 

· Negotiate, draft, and advise internal business clients on commercial agreements to ensure that business needs are optimized and risks are reduced 

· Assist in developing and nurturing relationships with legislators, regulators, and trade associations  

· Address complex, significant matters that involve and impact legal and other business units 

· Keep abreast of relevant legal and legislative developments 

· Raise issues of strategic opportunity or risk to the VP General Counsel, Corporate & Global Markets and other business leaders 

· Advise business units on legal/regulatory/compliance aspects of proposed/planned business initiatives 

· Manage complex investigations relating to litigation and regulatory matters

· Handle inquiries from governmental agencies and consumer protection groups on consumer and IBO matters 

· Direct and supervise litigation and arbitration, including advising on litigation strategy, risk mitigation, and settlement options. Identify and address threatened or potential claims or litigation 

· Monitor, interpret, and apply to ACN’s business, domestic and international regulatory guidance (including specifically with respect to advertising, telecom, direct sales and multi-level marketing practices) 

· Work closely with the Business Ethics group and assist the Legal department in providing oversight and training from a legal perspective. Refine, improve, and manage ACN’s compliance function to ensure corporate compliance with marketing policies

· Assist with corporate governance  

· Assist in developing and implementing policies for Legal Department and company 

· Advise on and ensure compliance with telecommunications, consumer, and direct selling regulations at federal and state levels 

 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:   

· Sound, practical and ethical business judgment

· Excellent oral and written communication skills; a concise communicator; ability to interact with and advise various departments and levels, including direct interaction with top executives

· Forward thinker with a proactive mindset and work ethic who can investigate, identify issues, analyze, apply process, adapt and problem solve

· Detail-oriented, highly organized, and efficient; a self-starter with an eagerness to learn and expand business and legal skillsets

· Ability to analyze, interpret, apply, and communicate regulatory guidance and industry practice standards

· Ability to manage others and manage multiple projects simultaneously

· Ability to navigate issues with government agencies, regulators, and consumer protection authorities

 OTHER REQUIREMENTS:   

· 5+ years of experience as a licensed attorney; large law firm transactional experience and prior in-house experience as a generalist a plus 

· J.D. or LL.M. from an accredited US law school/Law degree from recognized university 

· Bar admission in good standing in any US state or territory 

· Experience in the direct selling industry and in the telecommunications/technology/e-commerce sectors is a plus