Group Counsel - Global Procurement

Johnson ControlstypePlace, North carolinaFull TimeOn Site

Group Counsel - Global Procurement - WD30125759301

What You Will Do
You will be a member of the Global Legal Team providing legal support to Enterprise Procurement, across all lines of business and all procurement categories. You will serve both as a strategic advisor as well as a hands-on contracts attorney. The majority of the transactions that you work on will have significant strategic value to the Company as they support product launches, customer demand, employee benefits programs, corporate operations, and efficient running of the Company’s plants and facilities.

You will be responsible for providing timely advice to a variety of key stakeholders regarding contractual terms at the proposal, negotiation, and contract performance stages and will draft, review and negotiate contracts. You will develop, deliver and implement legal and compliance strategy, best practices, templates, tools, playbooks and associated policies, processes and training.

You will be joining the Global Procurement Legal Team, a group of energized, engaged, talented, experienced and collaborative professionals dedicated to serving their clients and partnering with stakeholders across the enterprise.

How you will do it

  • The person serving in this role will support business leaders, procurement professionals, and technology thought leaders in the review, structuring, drafting, and negotiation of a wide variety of complex commercial transactions including: software licensing, development, hosting, and subscription agreements; service agreements (independent contractors, consultants, subcontract labor); business process outsourcing; and IT and telecom services and hardware; enterprise framework service agreements (e.g., Finance, IT, HR).
  • Review and analyze business transactions in light of internal policies, standard operating procedures, and applicable laws to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with company policies, strategy and applicable laws. Manage legal risks arising from contracts, escalating such risks within the enterprise in accordance with establish policies and procedures, and manage resolution of legal issues including pre-litigation legal disputes and government inquiries. Drive alignment among legal professionals, procurement professionals, and business stakeholders concerning such risks.
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities and identify, develop, implement best business practices, drive operational excellence by process standardization, optimization of shared services and tools, to achieve world class procurement status.
  • Indirectly manage global legal professionals to drive development of organizational structure, best business practices, policies, and processes (including training and communication) to optimize resource allocation based on company and business needs, efficiency and risk reduction including external providers (outside counsel, third party legal providers, and other vendors).


What We Look For

  • Law degree and member of U.S. state bar.
  • Substantial transactional experience at an international law firm or large multinational publicly traded company, especially in procurement, is preferred.
  • A minimum of 5-10 years of legal experience, with at least 5 of those including substantial transactional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, be a self-starter and be proactive.
  • Familiarity with supporting and/or working within a matrixed environment on behalf of multiple and diverse business units.
  • Ability to build positive relationships with leadership, peers, and clients, with demonstrated ability to influence outcomes positively.
  • Must be a team player, with exceptional interpersonal skills, a sense of humor, unquestionable ethics and integrity, and sound judgment. Must work well laterally both with other attorneys and with clients.
  • Organized and hard-working, ability to maintain focus while managing complex projects simultaneously in a fast-paced work environment and manage people and tasks to deadline.
  • Ability to communicate professionally and effectively, write clearly and concisely, translate legal implications of contract terms into identifiable business risks and make recommendations based on a considered risk-benefit analysis.
  • If hired, candidate is required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 no later than his/her start date

Johnson Controls International plc. is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, genetic information, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information, please view EEO is the Law. If you are an individual with a disability and you require an accommodation during the application process, please visit

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Primary LocationUS-WI-Milwaukee

Other LocationsUS-DC-Washington

Organization Corporate

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