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Business Counsel

Job ID 9409 Princeton, New Jersey, United States;

Solvay is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristics.

Solvay is a multi-specialty chemical company committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. We innovate and partner with customers in diverse global end markets. Our products and solutions are used in planes, cars, smart and medical devices, batteries, in mineral and oil extraction, among many other applications promoting sustainability. Our lightweighting materials enhance cleaner mobility, our formulations optimize the use of resources, and our performance chemicals improve air and water quality.


Job Overview and Responsibilities:

The Business Counsel will provide corporate and commercial law support to the North American operations of certain assigned business units and corporate functions, especially the purchasing team.The position will report to a senior business law counsel located in Princeton, New Jersey. The Business Counsel will have direct client contact and be expected to independently advise experienced business professionals in the execution of a variety of commercial transactions in a manner to achieve business goals while protecting the company’s interests.

Support the business activities of the clients, including negotiating and drafting of sales, purchasing, distribution and tolling agreements, and providing contract analysis with respect to existing contractual commitments

Analyze and advise on a broad range of legal and business liability and risk exposures with respect to clients’ business strategies, commercial arrangements, manufacturing operations and marketing plans, including the ability to “issue spot” antitrust, export control, intellectual property and compliance issues.  As these issues are identified, collaborate with internal experts in the Legal & Compliance and Intellectual Asset Management functions to address them

Provide advice and counsel with respect to supplier and commercial disputes and potential business settlements of the same in collaboration with in-house litigation counsel

Where authorized, engage and manage outside counsel, including task definition, staffing expectations and fee arrangements

Manage approval workflow for contracts and projects in accordance with Company authorization levels

Conduct training of business personnel in North America as requested (antitrust, anti-bribery, contact with competitors, code of conduct, ethics, etc.)

Support initiatives undertaken by the North American Legal & Compliance function

Education and Experience:
  • JD degree from an accredited U.S. law school
  • Admission to the New Jersey Bar or eligible to obtain a New Jersey limited in-house counsel license
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in corporate/business law at a law firm and/or as in-house attorney

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving ability
  • Strong contract drafting skills, including the ability to draft original language and to  develop and modify templates to meet commercial objectives
  • Commercial Real Estate experience an advantage
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels within a client’s business organization
  • Ability to provide legal support as a part of a team with substantive experts
  • Comfortable working in a multi-national, multi-cultural professional environment

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