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Lead Counsel - Commercial

  • GE Aviation
  • Experienced
  • Posted 8/2/2017 8:49:31 AM
  • 2921200
  • Job Function: Legal
  • Business Segment: Aviation AvioAero
Location(s): Italy; Rivalta di Torino

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Role Summary:
The Senior Commercial Counsel will contribute to define and implement, with the guidance of the General Counsel, the commercial legal strategies for GE Avio Aero. Main responsibilities will include contract review and customer-facing negotiation as well as forefront legal support on project execution, dispute management, and sourcing.

Essential Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will develop and support strategies that are designed to meet business needs across the organization, manage complex issues within your area of expertise, be involved in long-term planning, and contribute to the overall business strategies.

In fulfilling these responsibilities, you will:
  • Support commercial transactions as needed, by structuring, drafting and negotiating domestic and international commercial and financing agreements;
  • Provide proactive legal advice to the business on a variety of operational issues such as contract execution and interpretation;
  • Share lessons learnt across the GE Aviation legal community;
  • Identify and provide advice on a variety of legal issues related to such transactions and the internal processes of GE Avio;
  • Monitor commercial legal policies and procedures to ensure compliance;
  • Identify training and development needs and deliver training on legal and contractual matters for commercial and sourcing teams;
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of relevant industry in order to contribute to the commercial objectives of GE Avio and help to differentiate GE Avio from the competition;
  • Develop and support negotiation with suppliers;
  • Handle legal escalations due to service delivery/quality issues and invoicing/payable issues, etc.;
  • Support the finalization of research agreements with Universities and partnership on funded research activities;
  • Support customer and business cost reduction and revenue increasing initiatives.

  • Law degree from a highly respected university with superior academic record;
  • Qualified in a Member State of the European Union;
  • Strong practice post qualification experience either in a major international law firm, with major emphasis on commercial transactions;
  • Team player, capable of operating as a member of a cross-functional business team, in a matrix environment of a big global company;
  • Able to handle multiple priorities and assignments in a time pressured environment;
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel);
  • Availability to travel up to 25% of working time;
  • Fluency in English and Italian (additional languages appreciated);
  • EU Work Permit.

Desired Characteristics:
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and business judgment;
  • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills, charisma, decisiveness, poise;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Strong written communication skills, especially persuasive writing;
  • Proven ability to develop process-driven solutions to recurring issues;
  • Ability to relate across cross functional teams and to convince and reach agreement in a multicultural environment;
  • Ability to work in a complex and matrix organization in a collaborative and boundary-less manner and to simultaneously manage numerous and varied tasks and to exercise sound judgment in prioritizing among them.

Locations: Italy; Rivalta di Torino
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