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Title:  Legal Counsel

Location: 

Plymouth, MI, US

Department:  Legal
Date:  07-Apr-2021
Description: 

Lotus Cars builds world class, high performance and lightweight sports cars that are sold all around the world. The current range – which is 100% ‘For The Drivers’ – includes the Evora coupe, the critically acclaimed Exige and the iconic Elise.

The latest new Lotus is the Evija, our all-electric hypercar that is the world’s most powerful series production model. All Lotus cars are rightly regarded as being the benchmark for exceptional ride and handling, lightweight engineering, exceptional steering, efficient aerodynamics and driver-focused interiors.

Our founder Colin Chapman always believed that a driver wants feedback and control, instant response, precision and agility, the power to accelerate and the ability to stop almost instantly. Over the last seven decades, Lotus has remained true to this ethos. Our core values, our pioneering approach to automotive engineering and our rich heritage – both in road and race cars – are guiding our future.

The ongoing transformation of Lotus is laid out in the company’s Vision80 strategy, which states what Lotus will be in 2028 when we celebrate our 80th anniversary. We welcome talented, creative and motivated people to join us on our journey.

Lotus Cars USA is looking for a Legal Counsel to join the Legal team, reporting into Global Senior Legal Counsel and working in conjunction with other members of the global legal team. The role can be home based or in Michigan and will also be an integral part of Lotus’ global legal team. This individual will be responsible for supporting the North America, LATAM region and other sales market as advised by the line manager. You will be a proactive lawyer with exceptional commercial judgment and good interpersonal skills, comfortable with working autonomously and able to quickly build networks within the business. You will have the aptitude to build and develop a broad range of technical skills to support the business in managing risk and operating in accordance with relevant laws. 

 

Role Objectives:

Provide legal support for sales, network development, aftersales, finance, marketing and HR teams in North America and LATAM region.  
Advise internal clients on a broad range of complex legal and business issues including privacy, employment, distribution, advertising, intellectual property, disputes, regulatory and compliance issues. 
Provide actionable advice on legal, business, regulatory and policy matters and serve as a trusted partner to the business. 
Draft and negotiate agreements relating to marketing, distribution and sales. 
Collaborate with legal department colleagues from around the world to develop and execute strategies. 
Research and anticipate unique legal issues that could impact the company
Provide training to the company on legal topics. 
Manage litigation proceedings and engage/ manage external lawyers as required.  
Provide advice on compliance policies and set up compliance procedures for the company when necessary. 
 

Knowledge:

  • Must have a JD or equivalent from an accredited law school.  
  • Authorization to practice law (in good standing) in at least one US jurisdiction is required. 
  • Experience with distribution matters. 
  • Experience working in a reputable law firm and/or in house. 
  • Some in house counsel experience is preferred but not essential. 
  • Previous automotive experience preferred but not essential.

 

Key Behaviours:

  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills, along with the ability to communicate effectively with others at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
     

May be required to travel to the Michigan office or other Lotus offices. 

We offer you all the advantages of working for a prestigious high-tech automotive company. You will find a purpose-built facility, with all the tools and equipment you need to do an outstanding job. You will benefit from our fast-paced learning environment and our track record in designing and manufacturing thoroughbred sports cars over the last seven decades.

Our benefits package includes Bonus Scheme, Pension Plan, Bupa Health Cover and more.


Nearest Major Market: Detroit