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Chief Legal Officer

Location: 

Shelton, CT, US

Req ID:  2705
Job Type: 
Edgewell is a global team of over 6,000 visionaries, doers and makers. Our secret is people, and we have an inspiring and collaborative global force of them. Our portfolio of over 25 brands touches lives in more than 50 countries by making useful things joyful. Together, we reimagine good mornings and endless summers, strive for more sustainable ways to beautify and bond, and do it all with not only confidence but determination.

Position Summary

The Chief Legal Officer will have overall responsibility for all legal matters of Edgewell Personal Care, a leading global personal care consumer products company, with approximately $2.3 billion in annual sales and over 6,887 employees. The Chief Legal Officer will be responsible for leading a legal team of approximately 17 people.  They will serve as a member of the executive leadership team, and will be a key advisor and proactive business partner of the CEO.   They will also serve as the Company’s Corporate Secretary.

Accountabilities

  • Has principal accountability for managing the Company’s legal affairs, including, managing the Company’s litigation and disputes, intellectual property, contracting, compliance program, and providing legal counsel relating to all regulatory, sales and marketing issues.
  • Managing a legal team of approximately 17 professionals; overseeing the delivery of legal services and resources to accomplish corporate goals strategies and priorities, and developing and leading a successful and efficient corporate legal strategy
  • Serving as the primary legal advisor to the Board and its Committees as well as the Company’s Executive Team
  • Responsible for leadership beyond the Legal function with significant contributions to the executive team; may lead initiatives on cross functional teams and transformational activities
  • Ensuring the Company’s compliance with relevant laws and regulations maintaining proper corporate interactions with the relevant local, state and federal governmental regulators
  • Driving the execution of strategic transactions
  • Serving on the Disclosure Committee and various Committees and cross functional teams, as needed.

Required Skills and Experience

  • A Juris Doctor Degree from a top tier law school and admission to (and current good standing with) the bar of at least one state or the District of Columbia are required. 
  • Experience of at least [20] years combined at a firm or as in-house Counsel in a similar capacity is required.  [Significant in-house public company work is required.]
  • Significant experience working as a Legal Generalist – managing and leading litigation, intellectual property matters, regulatory issues and providing counsel regarding the advertising, sale, and marketing of products, and experience negotiating significant transactions and key contracts.
  • Experience serving as a Public Company Corporate Secretary including familiarity with Governance issues and experience preparing Board and Committee agendas and minutes; experience with Legal updates, may serve on Compensation Committee.
  • The ability to work as an impactful business partner in a dynamic environment by giving reasoned balanced legal advice including how to position and balance risk assessments and to help the business make informed, well considered decisions.
  • Strong analytical, writing and strong communication/presentation skills                
  • Strong Leadership skills.  Experience managing a team of cross-functional attorneys in an in-house setting is required.
  • Experience working with and counseling senior leaders (including C-suite leaders) in a variety of different roles and disciplines          
  • Experience implementing and developing policies and procedures          
  • Experience evaluating and mitigating risk             
  • Excellent time management skill and the ability to prioritize; excellent intrapersonal skills and experience contributing to successful teams
  • Customer focused and commercially aware, able to manage ambiguity and achieve results
  • Ability to summarize, and communicate complex legal issues to non-legal senior management and Directors required
  • Ability to link Company strategy and objectives with solutions to complex legal problems
  • Poise, presence and credibility with top management, board and other high-level audiences required                            

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Experience working for a consumer products business or consumer facing business is preferred
  • Experience working for a global company of similar size is a plus
  • Experience working as a Public Company Corporate Secretary is preferred
  • Hands-on experience with DEI in an exec sponsor type role (nice to have)
  • Experience with M&A experience
  • Experience with securities laws and regulations and NYSE standards, including administration of insider trading and public disclosure policies, SEC filings, earnings releases, proxy statements is preferred
  • Experience with antitrust law and executive compensation issues and equity plans a plus
  • Experience with health authorities/regulators (e.g. FDA) a plus

Working Relationships

  • Visibility to CEO, CFO, COO, Leadership Team, members of the Board of Directors
  • Reports to CEO
  • Travel: The role will be hybird and based in Shelton, CT.  Some travel will be required.

Desired Outcomes

  • Drive leadership & presence within the Legal team and the Executive Team as a role model for the Company’s Purpose, Values and Behaviors
  • Develop legal strategies to challenge competitors, protect assets and innovation, reduce costs, drive company initiatives, seek simplification and efficiencies, and optimize growth opportunities across the Company’s portfolio.
  • Drive an intelligent risk-taking mindset across the enterprise to minimize the Company’s exposure to obstacles and threats. 
  • Ensure compliance with relevant statutory and regulatory requirements and continue to foster the Company’s “do the right thing” culture.
  • Lead the legal organization; set a high bar for performance; inspired commitment and engagement, and a strong work ethic and focus on what matters
  • In close cooperation with CEO and Chairman of the Board, ensure the integrity of the Company’s governance framework, and manage the efficient administration of the Board of Directors’ activities, including ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

 

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Edgewell is an equal opportunity employer. We do all we can to create a collaborative and diverse global team, where good ideas can thrive, and our colleagues can learn and lead. We prohibit discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. We listen deeply and speak directly to create an environment that’s open to difference. We aim to bring joy to not only the products we create and the people we serve, but our colleagues across the globe too.


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