What you will do:
This role will report to the Vice President & General Counsel, Global Litigation sitting in the U.S. and be based either in JCI’s APAC Headquarters in Shanghai, China or in Singapore. S/he will have responsibility to work in a matrix organization serving all JCI businesses across APAC in collaboration with the APAC Legal Team to lead and manage disputes and potential disputes in the following areas:
- Defend claims from customers, suppliers and third parties, both insured and non-insured;
- Pursue affirmative claims against customers, suppliers and third parties, including AR collections;
- Advise senior management and key internal stakeholders on dispute resolution strategy;
- Assess and advise senior key stakeholders on litigation/arbitration and settlement risks;
- Manage outside counsel effectively in dispute and pre-dispute matters to provide tailored advice within budget;
- Report to management and the Legal Department on disputes and risk trends with a view to manage future risk; and
- Provide training to local business teams and assist in implementation of lessons learned from disputes.
What we look for:
- Excellent academic credentials, including a LLB or JD from a highly respected law school.
- Either (1) Lawyer’s qualification from a common law jurisdiction plus extensive experience managing litigation in mainland China, or (2) a Chinese lawyer’s license plus qualification or admission to practice in a common law jurisdiction (such as New York, Singapore or Hong Kong).
- 10-15 years Post-Qualification Experience; Hands-on commercial litigation experience in common law as well as civil law jurisdictions (especially mainland China); experience in construction litigation preferred.
- In-house legal experience at a multinational company preferred.
- Excellent spoken and written legal English and Chinese (Mandarin) skills, including Chinese typing skills.
- Organized and able to work independently and pro-actively in a self-directed manner with minimal administrative support.
- Demonstrated ability and commitment to:
- Maintain a strong sense of ethics;
- Work in a fast-paced environment to meet short- and long-term deadlines with a team player attitude;
- Communicate effectively and efficiently within a global organization, especially with regional senior management as well as local management in various APAC countries;
- Be able to manage diverse, executive-level stakeholders and to lead them to collective decisions;
- Have strong negotiation skills;
- Cope with stress and maintain a professional, pleasant and cooperative temperament;
- Make sound decisions, think rationally and exercise good judgment; and
- Think “out-of-the-box” and approach problems holistically to reach practical solutions while maintaining ethical values.