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What you will do.... 


Johnson Controls (the “Company”) seeks an experienced attorney as Sr. Counsel, Dach Region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) to be based in Ratingen, DE.  The Sr. Counsel will report directly to the Legal Director, Continental Europe, with a dotted line to the General Manager, Central Europe (both based in Ratingen, DE). The Sr. Counsel will drive service and operational excellence servicing approximately 800 Mil Euros of the Company’s Central European businesses in fields such as security and fire safety, energy management, HVAC, air systems, management systems, and related services and products, mainly for commercial and industrial clients.  The Sr. Counsel will serve as an active member and collaborator within the greater Continental European Legal team, and more broadly within the EMEA-wide Legal Department.  The Sr. Counsel will also work collaboratively with Legal Directors for Litigation EMEALA, Labor & Employment EMEA, and Regional Compliance EMEA, respectively.  The position is a successor feeder to other Legal Director roles in EMEA for a high-performing leadership candidate.


Key Responsibilities

  • Regular functional reporting to the Legal Director, Continental Europe and active participation in the Continental Europe legal leadership team

  • Regular and proactive business-line reporting to the General Manager, Central Europe and functional leadership as a business partner on legal matters affecting their business

  • Proactive collaboration with the Director, Regional Compliance EMEA to drive “tone at the top” and a “speak up culture” to sustain a robust environment of integrity, including support of investigations and remediation in compliance matters

  • As an individual contributor, driving proactive legal guidance on commercial transactions, projects, and risk management for the businesses

  • Driving continuous improvement and high levels of performance against key performance indicators of service excellence (e.g., cost management, client engagement and training, improving AR collections and reducing liabilities, as well as other drivers of performance excellence)

  • Proactive collaboration with Legal Director, Litigation EMEALA to reduce the overall-cost of disputes and litigation

  • Proactive collaboration with other peers in the EMEA region and broader global legal team to effectively promote sharing of best practices, stream-lining of  processes for efficiency and effectiveness, and strengthening communication

  • Effectively influencing and leading cross-functional resources to identify risks, create action plans to mitigate risks, and assure cProactively working to optimize outside counsel service quality and cost controls  

  • Continuous monitoring and improvement throughout the areas of responsibility.  Effectively garner support for same from global, regional and local stakeholders

What we look for...

  • Admitted to practice law in Germany with a minimum of 8 years international practice experience (including experience in an international law firm and 3+ years senior in-house experience within an international corporation), preferred candidates will also have common law experience and training
  • Prior leadership experience within a German in-house legal team
  • Strong background managing German labor & employment matters, including dealing with Works Councils
  • Strong background and experience with solving legal and regulatory issues in Germany and greater Central Europe of relevance to the buildings and facilities equipment and services businesses, construction, etc., especially with respect to fair competition  
  • Ability to work within a team framework, a matrixed organization, and across multiple cultures
  • Native German fluency and near-native business English fluency (preferred candidates will also have additional European language fluency)
  • Proficient in use of word processing and other data processing programs, especially Word, Power Point and Excel
  • Proficient in project management skills and tool sets


The candidate must also demonstrate the following personal qualities:

  • The ability to lead, inspire and manage effectively with unquestioned integrity
  • Self-motivation with ability to manage and regularly prioritize a heavy workload
  • Excellent analytical and communication abilities
  • Understanding commercial objectives and realities, and the ability to solve complex problems practically
  • Strategic, collaborative thinking around program enhancement
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to relate comfortably at all levels within an organization, and with culturally-diverse, international personnel
  • Exceptional presentation, professionalism, and advocacy skills with the ability to promote and defend the interests of the business with regulators.
  • The ability to meet challenges confidently, and react ethically, quickly, and helpfully in a fast-paced environment

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