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Chief Counsel - Employment and Benefits Law
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Chief Counsel - Employment and Benefits Law The candidate will provide advice and guidance to the company on employment, labor and benefits law issues while ensuring consistency with McKesson's strategic and business objectives. Work closely with human resources to align and support HR's efforts to create and maintain an engaged workforce. Collaborate with business unit leaders and business unit human resource professionals and other functional leaders to ensure appreciation of employment law risks arising in their work groups and take preventative action to head off potential problems. Responsible for the management and oversight of outside counsel in the defense of employment litigation, in partnership with the Litigation attorneys. From time to time represent the company as advocate in administrative agency proceedings. Assist with enterprise-wide projects that reduce employment law risk for the organization. Carry out other duties as may be requested by the Assistant General Counsel, Employment and Benefits Law.

The candidate should have 13+ years of progressively more responsible experience in U.S. employment and labor law. Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited law school. Deep and broad knowledge of U.S. employment and labor laws. Benefits experience is a plus. Effective manager of outside counsel in litigation and advice work. A proven track record of successfully building and maintaining strong working relationships with human resources professionals. The individual's style must be highly collaborative and team-oriented, while still being able to achieve desired objectives and effect change. Ability to weigh and balance legal risk with business needs and goals. Recognized as an effective negotiator. Respected as a professional who drives near-term results but maintains a clear view of the long term and the need for productive ongoing relationships with the workforce. Excellent communication skills both oral and written. A subject matter expert who has demonstrated outstanding legal ability in the practice of employment law. A mix of law firm and in-house experience is a plus. Must have a proven track record of accomplishment as a lawyer with strong technical legal expertise and who, when required, can also roll up his or her sleeves and focus on the details of a matter as an individual contributor. Ability to think analytically and creatively and to problem solve, with a focus on current, innovative, and proactive approaches to employment and labor law. Anticipates future trends and consequences; has broad and deep legal knowledge and perspective. Must be able to proactively implement employment strategies in a highly matrixed organization. Strong business orientation and acumen. Blends functional knowledge in employment law with an ability to focus on what is right for the business and stakeholders. Takes a proactive approach to implementing change. Models high integrity with impeccable ethics. Highly developed EQ skills. Prepared to "roll up his or her sleeves" and work as an individual contributor to see a project through to successful completion. Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills coupled with a belief in the importance of face-to-face discussions with employees and peers. Excellent listener. Able to identify key considerations of an issue without overcomplicating matters. Strong work ethic and ability to work well under pressure.
 
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