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Counsel - Employment and Compliance

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Date: Sep 15, 2021

Location: Nashville, TN, US

Company: AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel has a passion for paint. We're experts in the proud craft of making paints and coatings, setting the standard in color and protection since 1792. Our world class portfolio of brands - including Dulux, International, Sikkens and Interpon - is trusted by customers around the globe. Headquartered in the Netherlands, we are active in over 150 countries and employ around 34,500 talented people who are passionate about delivering the high-performance products and services our customers expect.

Job Purpose

Come join our AkzoNobel Regional Legal Team in at our Corporate Headquarters in Nashville, TN!
What an exciting time to join the team as AkzoNobel is named Top Employer for 2021! 


The Legal Counsel – Employment and Compliance Corporate position is to advise the company on all (Employment and Compliance) issues as well as execution of compliance programs in the business.  Must have the command of employment laws and regulations and use their knowledge to help our businesses achieve their goals while minimizing legal risk.  Partner with the team members and build knowledge of the Company’s compliance program and serve as a business partner to minimize risk.

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide legal advice to all AkzoNobel businesses operating in North America on Employment issues.
  • Review policies and procedures for needed changes to comply with local laws; 
  • Develop training on employment law topics; 
  • Monitor employment laws and regulations and educate legal and business colleagues on noteworthy developments
  • Manage Outside Counsel
  • Represent the company in administrative proceedings (e.g. EEOC charges)
  • Manage implementation of global compliance programs in North America;
  • Develop country specific compliance rules where needed; 
  • Educate workforce on Company compliance-related rules throughout North America (e.g. training, communications programming).
  • Support North American Integrity & Compliance Governance Committee. 


  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school with admission to at least one state bar and eligible for admission as an in-house lawyer in Tennessee.  
  • 5-7 years of relevant working experience at a major law firm or a multi-national corporation.
  • First rate knowledge of Employment laws and regulations in the US.  
  • Some familiarity with comparable laws and regulations in Canada and Mexico would be helpful.  
  • Some experience with Compliance would be helpful but must be willing to learn. 
  • Top-level analytical, counseling, negotiating, communication and interpersonal skills with sound legal and ethical judgment.
  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team of business personnel, internal and external legal and technical consultants and to coordinate negotiations with government agencies and private parties.
  • The ability to work as a team member across the region and the world


AkzoNobel is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable laws, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing and characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

Requisition ID: 13727 


Nearest Major Market: Nashville