Zodiac Aerospace Legal Counsel (ZOII) in HUNTINGTON BEACH, California

Zodiac Aerospace is a world leader in aerospace equipment and systems for commercial, regional and business aircraft and for helicopters and spacecraft. It develops and manufactures state-of-the-art solutions to improve comfort and facilities on board aircraft and high-technology systems to increase aircraft performance and flight safety. Zodiac Aerospace, a Safran* company since February 2018, has 32,500 employees worldwide and generated revenue of 5.1billion euros for its fiscal year ended August 31, 2017. Zodiac Aerospace is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange.

  • Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 58,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.

In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities. Together with Zodiac Aerospace, Safran has more than 91,000 employees and would have around EUR 21 billion in adjusted revenue (pro forma 2016).

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

For more information: www.safran-group.com at http://www.safran-group.com/ and www.zodiacaerospace.com at http://www.zodiacaerospace.com/ / Follow @Safran and @ZodiacAerospace on Twitter

This full-time, direct hire position is responsible for drafting, reviewing, and negotiating new contracts, interpreting existing contracts, managing external counsel, and advising on legal and corporate compliance matters for multiple companies located in the United States of America, Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Tunisia. This position reports directly to the Legal Director for Cabin Interior Solutions division.

Company Description:

Currently doing business in over 20 countries, the Zodiac Aerospace group has 35,000 employees. The group’s growth is rooted in a strong culture where teamwork, responsibility, and reactivity are encouraged. This position will support the Cabin Interior Solutions division, part of Zodiac Aerospace’s Cabin branch, and will be based in Huntington Beach, California.

Summary of Duties:

  • The required responsibilities listed below will be managed directly by this position.

  • New contract attainment includes the following responsibilities/activities:

  • Draft and review contractual and pre-contractual documents and amendments, including without limitation non-disclosure agreements, sales agreements, request for information/request for proposal terms and conditions, letters of agreement, memoranda of understanding, settlement agreements, product support agreements, services agreements, licensing agreements, facility leases, purchase order / invoice terms and conditions, and consultant agreements.

  • Organize, manage, and document the review of contract exhibits by all affected stakeholders.

  • Coordinate with upper management, operations, finance, contracts, intellectual property, marketing/sales, engineering, product support, purchasing, export compliance, and quality departments to devise and implement appropriate business strategies.

  • Lead or participate in negotiations face-to-face, online, via video conference, telephone, or email.

  • Validate final signature versions, secure corporate sign-off, and collect signatures.

  • File and manage hardcopy contractual documents and electronic databases in accordance with corporate procedures.

  • Interpretation of existing contracts includes the following responsibilities/activities:

  • Support contracts department personnel (directors/managers/administrators) on questions related to purchase order review and processing, in-scope/out-of-scope work, proposal generation, price escalation calculation, and other contract interpretation questions.

  • Draft and revise business letters.

  • Litigation management includes the following responsibilities/activities:

  • Select, retain, and correspond with outside counsel to handle litigation matters and to advise on foreign laws.

  • Implement litigation holds and discovery measures.

  • Brief upper management on case status and strategy; obtain clearance for proposed settlement amounts.

  • Attend mediation meetings, depositions, and court hearings.

  • Review and approve outside counsel invoices.

  • Render legal advice to and liaise with upper management, operations, finance, human resources, contracts, intellectual property, marketing/sales, engineering, product support, purchasing, certification, export compliance, and quality departments, including on matters pertaining to corporate compliance, FCPA, and FAR/DFAR.

  • Write and administer corporate operating procedures pertaining to the legal department, and be subject to internal and external quality audits.

  • General duties:

  • All employees have an affirmative duty to protect and maintain the confidentiality of the Company’s proprietary and confidential information.

  • All employees are required to productively react to change and handle other essential tasks as assigned now or in the future.


Education: JD, active member of the State Bar of California

Experience: 6-8 years of experience, including in a legal department for a commercial aerospace company or equivalent industry.

Computer Skill: Microsoft Office.

Working Conditions:

  1. Does require fluent communication in English language.

  2. Employment status is full-time.

  3. Traveling is required.

  4. Protracted or irregular hours are required.

  5. Relocation to another facility may be required.

The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job; rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.

The Company is an “at-will” employer, which means that employment is at the mutual consent of both the employee and the employer, and may be terminated at will, for any reason, with or without cause at any time during your employment with the Company. No one other than the President of the Company can enter into an agreement of employment for a specified period of time or make any agreement or representation contrary to this policy. Further, any such agreement must be in writing and signed by the President of the Company.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement

It is the policy of Zodiac Aerospace to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, military or veteran status, citizenship status, genetics, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are strongly committed to this policy and believe in the concept and spirit of the law.

If you are applying for a job in the United States and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email our Human Resources Department at support.zephir@zodiacaerospace.com and let us know the nature of your request and contact information. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

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