Senior Employment Counsel, Europe

Legal Nanterre, France Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza Lainate, Milano Langenhagen, Lower Saxony


Job Summary

Xylem is looking for an experienced employment lawyer to provide and manage employment legal support for all Xylem locations in Europe, with a focus on UK, Germany, France and Italy.  This person will report to the Vice President, General Counsel of Compliance and Ethics, located in Rye Brook NY.  This is a full time position located in our either our Nanterre, France; Milan, Italy, or Langenhagen, Germany offices.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the main legal contact for all HR business partners and other key stakeholders for all European employment law matters
  • Serve as the main contact for external employment attorneys; manage relationships and spend with outside counsel across Europe
  • Communicate regularly and clearly with HR business partners and other key stakeholders on strategy, developments, and trends; implement systematic solutions that address strategy and trends
  • Serve as a single legal point of contact for Xylem for works council matters, working closely with HR business partners
  • Think strategically and assist with proactive management of employment legal risk
  • Provide legal expertise and advice on a wide range of HR activities, including recruiting, hiring, performance management, terminations, investigations, disciplinary actions, organizational changes, employment contract issues and reviews, dismissals, negotiated exits, settlement agreements, e employment related agreements, employee representation and work councils,  ongoing and threatened employment legal disputes
  • Design and provide necessary training and tools to HR business partners and other key stakeholders based on needs and observed trends
  • Monitor relevant legislation and regulation and advise key stakeholders accordingly
  • Review, advise, and help implement strategic employment policies and procedures that align with Xylem’s overall business strategy
  • Align business strategy and corporate activities with local legal requirements
  • Strategically manage the function, providing advice to the business and providing training to the business as needed
  • Manage the relationship with outside counsel, including fee arrangements and associated budget

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • European Legal degree, preferably German, French or Italian
  • 6-8 years of experience managing employment legal issues in continental Europe, with a substantial amount of that in-house with a complex global organization 
  • Experience with works councils in continental Europe, including in Germany
  • Experience working with senior stakeholders on sensitive matters
  • Experience strategically managing a budget and resources; adept at analyzing data and recommending changes and different solutions based on analysis
  • Transparent and strong oral and written  communication, advisory and negotiation skill; committed to open communication and exchange of views
  • Ability to work across boundaries and to effectively collaborate across functional areas in a complex matrixed organization
  • Commercial and business focused, with solid judgment and a deep working knowledge of commercial, operational, and financial concepts; ability to prioritize issues and risks that have the most significance to the business and proactively manage projects and address problems in creative and pragmatic ways
  • Ability to analyze and use the broader legal, regulatory and market risk and trends to proactively influence the development of the legal strategy and re-evaluate and re-prioritize tasks, projects, and objectives based on such information, and to communicate risk to stakeholders
  • Ability to leverage quantitative and qualitative information to make risk-based decisions at the speed of business, taking into account both internal and external stakeholder views and market-based data and best practices
  • Organized and comfortable managing a diverse caseload in a dynamic environment
  • Pragmatic and solutions-orientated with a commitment to continuous improvement
  • Fluent in English and one of the following languages:  German, French or Italian
  • Flexibility to travel 15-25%