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Country Counsel, Mexico


What will you do?

As a key member of the Latam law department team, the Country Counsel will be will serve as a key counselor to the General/Business Unit Manager and area directors on legal strategic and business issues. As a member of the corporation’s senior management, the Country Counsel will be an influential voice in significant policy decisions, providing legal perspective and advice to help achieve business objectives. An important challenge of the Country Counsel will be to influence and shape the complex legal and regulatory environments in which the company operates, as well as to help initiate the appropriate internal strategies. This is a significant management role that entails creative and cost-efficient alignment and management of external resources.


The Country Counsel will lead a team of professionals helping develop talent within the organization. In addition to ensuring the delivery of the highest quality legal services, the Country Counsel will directly manage the most critical legal projects affecting the organization, such as litigation, regulatory, consumer claims and Compliance Matters and timely coordinating work and decisions with global expert on specific matters.

How will you do it?

  • Identify, analyze and prioritize legal and regulatory issues affecting JCI in Mexico.
  • Build a consolidate a high performer local legal team
  • Identify emerging legislative and regulatory issues that may impact various JCI businesses and advise the appropriate businesses and/or the Law Department.
  • Develop and coordinate a network of external law firms and professional in order to provide timely and effective legal advisor to the indirect channel regional team.
  • Develop excellent internal networks and working relationships with key business leaders to fully understand JCI business concerns 
  • Other miscellaneous duties as assigned within the Latam and EMEALA law department
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with proven ability to produce effective communications materials using superior writing, organization and influencing skills, including a demonstrated ability to distill large amounts of research into concise, influential communications.
  • Proven analytical skills that can be applied to shape the company’s response to key legal issues or to develop company initiatives in the legislative and/or regulatory arenas.
  • Proven strategic view and analysis for key critical issues affecting the business.
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective coalitions and teams.
  • Strong negotiation/influencing skills, including ability to persuade people with different views to adopt or implement industry positions consistent with JCI view points. The Manager must have a proven track record in coordinating global corporate organizational work such as board of director meetings, filing schedules and corporate record-keeping.

What we look for?

  • Experienced (10-15 years) attorney qualified to practice in Mexico. Experience as in-house in multinationals companies or big Law Firm.
  • One or more masters degrees from reputable University
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, Portuguese is a plus.    
  • Proficient in use of word processing and other data processing programs, especially Word, Power Point and Excel.
  • Solid interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize and juggle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Flexibility and positive attitude.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of people and to build strong professional networks.
  • Proven ability to work independently with a high level of accuracy under tight deadlines. Position requires the ability to work well independently and as part of a group, under pressure and to demonstrate resourcefulness in problem solving
  • Ability to follow through with multiple projects.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Sound judgment with proven ability to make timely and sound decisions, often under conditions of uncertainty and potentially in visible or controversial contexts.
  • Ability to set up litigation files, maintain databases and prepare status reports
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