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Group Counsel at Johnson Controls, Inc.

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Job Description:

Johnson Controls is powered by your talent. We are the power behind the customer mission. Together we are building a world that’s safe, comfortable and sustainable. Our diverse global team creates innovative, integrated solutions to make cities more connected, buildings more intelligent and environments more comfortable and secure. We are all about improving outcomes for our partners. Tomorrow needs your talent. Tomorrow needs you. So let’s talk today.

What will you do

Under broad direction from the senior lawyers in the Commercial Transactions and Business Partner, Building Solutions, N.A. (BSNA) legal team, the Group Counsel will act as counsel for a group of BSNA Areas in the United States and Canada.

How will you do it

  • Review, draft and negotiate high revenue and high complexity sales contracts, including energy performance contracts, construction and technology integration contracts, subcontract agreements, and enterprise wide account contracts.

  • Advise business leaders and front-line personnel on negotiating, executing, and operating under various types of contracts.

  • Partner with front-line business leaders to navigate the company’s contract approval process that ensures proper consideration of key provisions.

  • Counsel the business and manage pre-litigation disputes, collections matters and partnering with outside counsel on litigation matters the businesses you support. 

  • Build organizational structure, best business practices, policies, and processes (including training and communication) to optimize resource allocation based on company and business needs, efficiency and risk reduction, including the use of external providers.

  • Train and guide clients across a full range of issues that arise in commercial transactions generally and the construction industry.

  • Work directly with BSNA legal business partners, corporate center of excellence, regional legal teams, and outside counsel to ensure cost-effective support of commercial transactions and other matters of strategic importance to BSNA. 

  • Work with the Commercial Transactions and Legal Business Partner lawyers on cross-functional projects.

  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities, and implement resulting changes, related to the contract review processes.

What we look for

  • The successful candidate will be a forward-looking lawyer, with the motivation and capacity to develop a deep understanding of the businesses they support.  They must have the credibility to function as a trusted advisor to the business leaders they support. 

  • For this position, the qualified candidate will have a demonstrated interest in products, services and sales in the construction industry, complex commercial negotiations and helping businesses be successful in achieving their business plans.

  • They must have a J.D. degree with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience with at least 6 years of in-house and/or law firm expertise ideally supporting complex contract negotiations, preferably in the construction industry. 

  • The successful candidate must be a disciplined legal drafter/writer and possess a problem-solving, “can do” orientation with a demonstrated ability to simplify complex situations. 

  • Experience selecting and managing outside counsel is a plus. 

  • Must be fully licensed to practice law within the United States and able to practice in-house in Wisconsin. 

  • Ability to influence without authority and to work within a matrixed legal team are key attributes.

  • Ability to develop and sustain relationships with management at all levels across geographies and customer management skills are required.  This position is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  • This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent.  It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent.  Incumbent may be required to perform other related duties.

Johnson Controls International plc. is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, genetic information, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. For more information, please view EEO is the Law. If you are an individual with a disability and you require an accommodation during the application process, please visit

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