Position Details

(VP) General Counsel

Position Type:Corporation
Practice Area:Corporate
Practice Specialty:Commercial, Commercial Transactions, Compliance, Contracts, Corporate Finance, General Corporate, Intellectual Property, International, Mergers & Acquisitions
Location:Greater State College Area, Pennsylvania
Job Code:220909

Job Description:

Restek Corporation (www.restek.com), a 100% employee-owned (ESOP) leading developer and manufacturer of chromatography columns, sample preparation and collection products, reference standards, and instrument accessories, has retained us to recruit a Vice President, General Counsel. This newly created position will augment the C-Suite to further facilitate Restek’s work with analysts around the world, providing them with tools to monitor the quality of air, water, soil, foods, botanicals, pharmaceuticals, and chemical and petroleum products.

Location: This role is located at Restek’s headquarters in scenic Centre County, PA (Bellefonte/State College). 

The Restek main campus boasts a 128,000 square-foot facility with state-of-the-art manufacturing and research capabilities. The grounds also include a 1.2-kilometer walking path and a large pavilion for work or social gatherings. Beside the pavilion is the Millhouse, built to celebrate one of their many milestones of success. It is a place for employees and their families to celebrate events or enjoy a break in comfortable, relaxing surroundings. A playground lies between the Millhouse and Restek’s newest commitment to employee health and well-being: Founder’s Point. This 17,000 square-foot Wellness Center is complete with a full-size indoor gymnasium, workout rooms for strength training and fitness classes, locker rooms, and offices for their on-site, full-time wellness staff.  Founder’s Point is also their gathering place for company-wide events and their emergency operations center. In the event of an emergency, they have ensured that their Customer and Technical Service personnel can continue working with their customers without interruption. Restek believes that their workplace should be a place that their people enjoy and in which they look forward to working.

Overview: The Vice President, General Counsel is a strategic leader who adds values to the broader business by enabling success through advice, counsel, interactions, and relationships with business leaders while ensuring legal and compliance operations are soundly executed.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the leader of the Legal Department at Restek, providing pragmatic, timely legal advice to minimize risks while advancing Restek’s interests and ensuring excellent representation.  Advise on a wide range of legal disciplines, translating legal advice into actionable guidance.  Manages day-to-day blocking and tackling of legal needs within identified scope of responsibilities.
  • Collaborates with compliance officer to provide necessary support and guidance for internal compliance, compliance monitoring/auditing, training, process development & reporting, and export compliance management. 
  • Provides leadership for the company’s contract administration function, including contract guidance, development, and management.  Guides team to achieve desired business outcomes while minimizing legal risk.  Ensures team is equipped with the essential tools for success.
  • Serves as partner and advisor to the Head Coach (CEO), executes plans and ideas, and is responsive to the needs of the Leadership Team, General Managers, and the Board of Directors as legal issues emerge. 
  • Serves as the key legal advisor on major business transactions, including legal entity structure, guidance/responsibility for definition of future global legal entity structure for the Corporation, mergers, acquisitions, credit facility agreements and corporate financings, investment management and advisory agreements, key commercial/vendor arrangements, and expansions into new business areas. 
  • Lead the selection, retention and management of outside counsel, as necessary, to support Restek’s global operational needs.  Develop and maintain a centralized process for review of spending on legal matters.  Develops a network of legal resources that can be called upon for specialty needs, as needed.    
  • Provides legal oversight for all Intellectual Property (IP) matters, serving as coordinator with outside counsel for all IP issues globally, in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications.  Engages with internal cross-functional teams to create IP strategies aligned with business and strategic plans. 
  • Works with business leaders to define, develop and update corporate policies, procedures and programs that are consistent with applicable international, US and state laws. 
  • Hire, train, motivate, and manage performance to create a high-performing team. Provide coaching for team members to create a pathway for success in accordance with Restek’s core values.   
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Certification Requirements and Experience:

  • Juris Doctor from a nationally accredited law school
  • At least 12 years of practice as a corporate lawyer, with a combination of experience in a medium to large-sized law firm and as in-house counsel
  • Actively licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (or able to be admitted Pro Hac Vice or eligible to obtain a Limited In-House Corporate Counsel License)
  • Experience drafting & negotiating complex agreements, including those associated with M&A, corporate finance, commercial transactions and regulatory matters preferred
  • Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to think strategically about both the creative and the execution processes, in a multi-cultural, international environment
  • A proven track record of integrating with key business teams and earning and maintaining their trust over time
  • Demonstrable leadership experience
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Highly intelligent, thoughtful and analytical; able to work smartly with great emotional intelligence
  • Strong skills in negotiating and drafting complex legal documents, leading the negotiation of complex transactions, and experience leading complex projects that include attorney and non-attorney team members 
  • Results-oriented approach and track record of delivering results that provide sound business advice and reliable legal counsel 
  • An open, inclusive, team-oriented work style and the ability to collaborate with employees and leaders across the organization
  • A commitment to the pursuit of excellence, demonstrates a willingness to speak honestly, listen openly, and lead purposefully
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as the ability to interact credibly and diplomatically within all levels of the company, tailoring communications effectively for different groups to strengthen cross-functional alignment.  Must be able to distill complex legal issues into easily understandable, concise and practical advice 
  • Highly competent in Microsoft Office Applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point

Restek Core Values:  While your experience with Restek will reflect these Core Values wherever you interact with them, their offices around the globe also have a uniqueness that is an expression of the people who work there. They believe there is ample room for individuality at Restek, and they respect and value the diversity of their employees, customers, and communities.

  1. Plus 1 in Everything We Do: The term “Plus 1” means going above and beyond expectations. From providing you with exceptional customer service to putting in extra effort to support fellow employees in their daily tasks, this philosophy underlies everything they do to this day.
  2. Mutual Trust and Respect: Mutual trust and respect is reciprocal. It travels back and forth between people, departments, and teams. They rely on each other and treat each other as they want to be treated.
  3. In The Light: Honesty and integrity are crucial in any relationship, so they operate as transparently as possible with each other and with you.
  4. Constructive Disagreement: Different perspectives and constructive debate are valuable and welcome. Their best ideas are formed collaboratively after healthy conflict.
  5. Fast Failure: When innovating, failure represents an opportunity to learn and grow, so the faster they accept it, the better. When serving their customers, they quickly fix mistakes and make sure they do not happen again.
  6. Celebrate Success: They believe in acknowledging and sharing their successes, both individually and organizationally.
  7. Pride in Our Work: One reason their people love coming to work is that their work matters. Their work helps scientists around the world make it a better place.
  8. Execution and Accountability: Doing what you say you are going to do, when you say you are going to do it—this is one of the best ways to build genuine trust.

About Restek:

Restek is passionate about their science and about making innovative products that enable great chromatography.  They are also just as committed to providing exceptional customer service that exceeds your expectations. Their founder called it “Plus 1” service, which is a term you will still hear them use today, and it helps them to fulfill their mission to be your first and best choice for chromatography.

Restek is a 100% employee-owned company with a long history and strong corporate culture. They are independent, and that means they are not bound to a specific brand of instrument. Whether your chromatograph is a time-tested workhorse or your newest investment, they are ready to help you get the most out it. They serve everyone equally, and they appreciate your loyalty every time you choose Restek. Restek is a family of employees committed to an inclusive, collaborative, and safe workplace where they treat everyone with dignity and respect. This guiding principle makes them happier, more productive, more creative, more empathetic, better able to serve you—and it is simply the right thing to do. Their culture is a vital element of what makes them unique. And their culture is why so many choose to do business with them and even join their family as employees.

Located in offices around the globe, they believe their unique perspectives strengthen their organization, but some things are the same no matter where you live or how you choose to engage with Restek. They pride themselves on delivering the best customer experience to every analyst with whom they work. Wherever you are, they are ready to build a long-lasting partnership with you and your lab, through top-quality products backed by expert education and superior technical service. In addition to being able to them directly through their headquarters and offices, Restek has an extensive network of distributors throughout the world that is ready to supply and support our GC and LC columns, accessories, sample preparation products, and reference standards to analysts in over 100 countries across six continents. The language of science crosses all borders, and they are proud to serve scientists no matter where their work is being done.

  • Restek Global Facilities: https://www.restek.com/en/pages/restek-locations-facilities/ 
  • Restek Company History: https://www.restek.com/en/pages/restek-history/ 
  • Restek Industries/Applications: https://www.restek.com/en/industries-and-applications 
  • Restek Products: https://www.restek.com/en/pages/products/ 
  • Restek ChromaBLOGraphy: https://www.restek.com/en/chromablography 

Compensation/Relocation: A competitive compensation, benefits and relocation package is being offered. 

If your experience is a fit with the description and you are interested in learning more about this outstanding opportunity, please forward a copy of your resume, and we will follow up to discuss the position in greater detail. Please do not contact Restek directly; all resumes will be routed back to CLS and may create delays. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. 

Restek is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.



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