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Director, Senior Counsel
Location: Corporate -- Des Plaines, Illinois

DSC Logistics is a leader in transforming logistics and supply chain management into a critical business strategy based on collaborative partnerships, innovative thinking and high-performance operations. DSC achieves the business goals of Fortune 500 and other dynamic companies by designing, integrating, managing and adapting customized supply chain solutions. As a Lead Logistics Partner (LLP) and third-party logistics (3PL) provider, DSC delivers value by reducing total system costs, optimizing business processes, facilitating growth and change, and maximizing the potential of the supply chain. In today’s environment, filled with rapid and unpredictable change, DSC helps customers achieve their goals by being ready for anything!   

We currently have an excellent career opportunity for Director, Senior Counsel at our Corporate Office located in Des Plaines, Illinois. The Director, Senior Counsel is responsible for advising the company in multiple aspects of the business and will be involved in a variety of legal areas and projects. Emphasis will be on employment matters, real estate, customer contracts and vendor agreements. The person in this role must have the ability to collaborate with numerous functional teams across a variety of projects.

Position Responsibilities:

Employment Matters: Advises regarding employment issues/rights while recommending legal action; mediates between employees and DSC and represents DSC in mediations or agency proceedings. Works in collaboration with the HR Function and other outside counsel to judge the merits of claims filed against the company and works with appropriate management to define the defense and approves settlements of disputes where warranted in the following employment areas:

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Termination of employment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Workplace safety
  • Wage and overtime standards
  • Privacy rights
  • Discrimination against employees based on age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, marital status, medical conditions, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.
  • Employee benefits including leaves of absence

Real Estate:
Works with outside real estate brokers to identify properties for customer opportunities. Prepares and reviews leases and other real estate agreements; negotiates terms and conducts time sensitive searches. Works with finance to ensure payments are consistent with lease obligations.

Commercial Contracts:
Drafts, reviews and negotiates a wide range of commercial agreements, including customer contracts, vendor contracts, leases and consulting agreements.

Legal Support:
Provides practical legal support and advice to operations and employees at all levels in the organization. Advises managers on contract status, legal risks and business terms of various deals. Assists with the corporate governance function to ensure timely filings and appropriate formalities. Collaborates with Finance, IT and Business Managers on managing overall company risk in areas of insurance, cyber liability, product liability, real estate and physical assets.

Manage outside counsel:
Manages outside counsel representing company on claims and litigation matters, including facilitating information gathering and consistent strategy. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Law Degree
  • Admission to the Illinois Bar
  • Some knowledge of the Supply Chain / Logistics business
  • At least 5 years of experience in a law firm or corporate legal department
  • Prior experience in labor and employment law preferred
  • Customer/Client Focus
  • Collaboration Skills
  • High Degree of Professional Ethics and Integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal, persuasive, communication and negotiation skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Problem Solving/Analytical Skills
  • Thoroughness/Attention to detail
  • Time Management
  • Creative Thinking
  • Decisiveness
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Sound Judgment
  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of management
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments and projects
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Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer a market competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) match and tuition reimbursement.

DSC Logistics is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and relies on the diverse skills, backgrounds and perspectives of our people to drive change, innovation and growth. EOE/M/F/D/V