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Assistant General Counsel - Labor & Employment

at MiTek Industries

Posted: 11/23/2019
Job Reference #: 1192
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Tracking Code
P15557
Job Description

MiTek® USA Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. is the world's leading supplier of state-of-the-art, engineered connector products, engineering services, and computer-driven machinery for the building component industry. We provide the industry's most advanced, most comprehensive, and most innovative software for design and manufacturing. Our products and services are backed up by a team of industry professionals who are dedicated to one goal – making our customers successful.

The MiTek Legal Department is seeking an experienced attorney to join its small in-house team to help guide the company through various labor and employment matters. This individual will need to be able to effectively implement standard processes across a wide variety of business units, while building and maintaining strong relationships with the relevant stakeholders. This individual must possess a high level of integrity and professionalism.

Essential Functions:

  • Counsel HR and managers on day to day employee relations issues, for workforce of approximately 5,000 employees (primarily US);
  • Policy, handbook, and contract drafting and review
  • Provide guidance on terminations and discipline
  • Assist HR and investigation teams in responding to investigations and compliance related matters
  • Counsel HR on leave administration and accommodation issues, as well as develop training, guidance and processes on same
  • Advise on compensation issues, including FLSA classifications and compensation plans
  • Advise on employee benefits issues
  • Prepare and conduct HR and management training on various employment issues
  • Manage employment claims, workers’ compensation claims, EEOC complaints, litigation, and charges
  • Assist in responding to employment-related subpoenas, garnishments and related documents
  • Advise on plant openings, relocations and closings
  • Experience with employment aspects of M&A preferred
  • Experience with labor relations (MiTek has a small population of unionized employees) preferred
  • Experience with affirmative action preferred
  • Experience with international employment law issues preferred

MiTek is an E-Verify and Drug and Tobacco-Free Workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Required Skills
  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  • Problem Solving - Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner. Gather and analyze information skillfully. Develop alternative solutions. Work well in group problem solving situations. Use reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Ability to positively influence behavior of multiple stakeholders, as well as to successfully balance the interests of the customer with maintaining a good legal and fiscal position for the company.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, to identify and resolve legal issues, possess knowledge of the business.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others ideas and tries new things.Successfully interacts with financial and non-financial personnel.
  • Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Participates in meetings.
  • Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.
  • Time Management - Ability to utilize the available time to organize and complete work within given deadlines.
  • Detail Oriented - Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or a task.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.Ability to interact professionally with others; including co-workers, vendors and customers.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Upholds organizational values. Ability to possess a high level of integrity and ability to work with and maintain highly confidential information is required.
  • Attendance during work regular work hours and required flexibility with overtime as business permits.
Required Experience
  • Education: Juris Doctor Degree
  • Experience: 7+ years of employment law experience, with particular focus on advice and counsel (salary for role is commensurate with this experience level)
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in MS Office (Excel, Word, PPT, Outlook).
  • Experience with employment aspects of M&A preferred
  • Experience with labor relations preferred (MiTek has a small population of unionized employees)
  • Experience with affirmative action preferred
  • Experience with international employment law issues preferred
Job Location
Chesterfield, Missouri, United States
Position Type
Full-Time/Regular