Legal Counsel

Remote Arlington, VA

In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our architects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.Knowing what Thales does today, means asking where technology is taking us tomorrow. We are creating the waves of digital transformation that will cary our customers into the future. Where these transformations intersect and interfere is where the most interesting and innovative tomorrows are being built. Thales operates at the intersection of these technologies to find every tomorrow.

This is a hybrid position located in Arlington, VA

Looking for a NEW GRADUATE

Serve as Legal Counsel to Thales USA, Inc. (Thales) and provide advice on legal, contractual, and compliance issues related to Thales and its affiliates.

Essential Functions:


Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Support the Legal & Contracts function in providing legal advice on commercial and US Government contracts, corporate governance, real estate, intellectual property, employment matters, and other US laws and regulations
  • Draft, negotiate, and review a wide variety of agreements, including nondisclosure agreements, consulting agreements, procurement agreements, and real estate agreements
  • Provide legal support in the negotiation and due diligence process related to mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Assist with national security compliance
  • Provide legal advice and support in the effective management of disputes, including pre-litigation and litigation matters
  • Review, investigate, and respond to a variety of legal matters on an as-assigned basis

Job Requirements:

  • Manage a wide variety of legal and business issues across multiple disciplines
  • Work within a highly-matrixed environment
  • Develop and maintain effective client relationships
  • Work independently and in a team setting
  • Identify and resolve legal issues quickly and effectively
  • Excellent negotiations skills
  • Exercise sound business judgment
  • Maintain knowledge of current U.S. laws and regulations

COMPLIANCE: support relevant Thales departments in their management and performance of key compliance activities, including training of management and employees on the kinds of regulations and practices required, administering and supporting investigations into regulatory failures, and making suggestions and updates to internal procedures to secure greater levels of compliance

Compliance Instructions & Trainings Develop detailed knowledge of governance instructions, and provide guidance and tutorials to staff, in coordination with Compliance Officers and departments Schedule, attend, and support regular trainings for Thales employees on the Group’s compliance policies and processes, including anticorruption, due diligence, sponsorships, and gifts and hospitality Assist with preparing and giving presentations for the trainings Monitor the list of people to be trained and ensure that all concerned are trained

Meetings Attend and contribute to all Thales NORAM compliance meetings

Consultants Schedule bi-annual review of the list of consultants by Legal and Finance and/or Procurement, and keep a record or minutes of the review

Due Diligence Serve as the primary point of contract for the Procurement Shared Services Center for due diligence questions, and liaise with relevant Compliance Officers to answer them Support due diligence process on all types of third parties that Thales does business with (e.g., joint ventures, customers, suppliers)

Compliance Communications Support the Communications department in scheduling, drafting, and maintaining records of all communications by Thales NORAM executive management on compliance topics Coordinate with relevant departments to set the list of communication topics each year related to compliance, and send reminders to them in advance about preparation of the draft communications

Audits Support Compliance Officers during internal and external audits (e.g., schedule interviews and meetings, preparing documentation

Minimum Requirements:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an American Bar Association accredited law school
  • Member in good standing, as an attorney or corporate counsel, in the Virginia State bar, or eligible for membership (including those applicants who are pending bar exam results)
  •  Corporate legal generalist, having the ability to propose adaptations and adjustments to existing solutions, to develop new solutions in response to clear requirements with a good level of autonomy
  • Advanced problem solving, verbal, and written communications skills
  • Advanced skills in Word, Excel, and Power Point · Excellent attention to detail

Special Position Requirements

Schedule: Either standard or hybrid working models are possible.

This position will require successfully completing a post-offer background check. Qualified candidates with [a] criminal history will be considered and are not automatically disqualified, consistent with federal law, state law, and local ordinances.Successful applicant must comply with federal contractor vaccine mandate requirements.

Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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