Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation & Risk Management (Remote or HQ)
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Position Type:  Corporation
Practice Area:  Insurance, Litigation
Practice Specialty:  Commercial, General Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Litigation, Regulatory, Risk Management
Location:  Pennsylvania
Job Code:  211910-1
Job Description:
ANSYS, Inc. (, a publicly-traded global leader in engineering simulation, has retained Carpenter Legal Search, Inc. (“CLS”) to identify a Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation & Risk Management.

Overview: In this role, you will report to the VP and Deputy General Counsel, Compliance and be a key member of the Global Ethics, Compliance & Risk team within the Ansys Legal Department.  Your primary responsibilities will involve providing legal support on, and leading the day-to-day management of, the Company’s litigation and risk management functions.  You will also assist other groups in executing important risk-related functions – e.g., assisting Ethics & Compliance with conducting internal investigations.  Some aspects of the role’s responsibilities are global in nature, while others relate specifically to the United States.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide practical guidance to the Company with regard to litigation matters and lead the day-to-day management of the Company’s litigation function, including:
  • Manage both offensive and defensive commercial and insured litigation matters
  • Responsible for formulating, re-assessing and driving strategy on pending and threatened claims and litigation
  • Coordinate and collaborate with in-house employment counsel regarding the handling of employment-related litigation matters
  • Investigate, assess and advise on or directly respond to pre-litigation claims and disputes
  • Investigate, and actively manage or directly handle local, state and federal agency investigations or actions involving compliance or other regulatory issues
  • Provide succinct and practical advice on risk, claim, litigation and regulatory issues to internal teams
  • Review and assess operational policies, processes and practices to identify, evaluate and mitigate claim and litigation risk
  • Both supervise and partner with outside counsel to ensure that all aspects of legal representation of the Company are of the highest quality and provide day-to-day management of all aspects of matters, including strategic and tactical decision-making and critical review of written work product
  • Establish and manage budgets

Provide practical guidance to the Company with regard to risk management and lead the day-to-day management of the Company’s insurance function (specifically have in-house experience managing a company’s insurance program by being the primary point of contact for all of the company’s insurers and brokers and leading the annual insurance renewal process), including:
  • Understand, develop, and promote risk tolerance and risk management goals
  • Support the review, constant development and enhancements of risk management framework including but not limited to risk governance, organization structure, policies and procedures, three lines of defense, risk measures and metrics including risk appetite and risk limits, risk monitoring and escalation
  • Identify current state risk management activities and governance structure, formulate the required/desired state based on regulatory and best practices, conduct gap analysis and formulate the target operating model
  • Full oversite of the Company’s insurance programs, including Property & Casualty, Errors & Omissions, Cyber, Directors & Officers Liability
  • Provide insurance coverage guidance to all areas of the Company
  • Establish processes and procedures which ensure timely insurance renewals and reasonable premium allocations
  • Maintain excellent communication with executive management on policy changes, coverage needs, and critical claims progress
  • Ensure an efficient claims administration process
  • Interface with property insurance brokers and carriers
  • Coordinate on-site risk audits by broker and carrier

Provide strategic and tactical support to the Company’s Ethics & Compliance program, including:
  • Assist with the handling of internal investigations
  • Work closely with the business leaders to ensure that Company policies and procedures are in compliance with current laws and are being followed by the Company

Provide legal counsel and support with litigation and risk management matters in the context of strategic transactions / acquisitions, including:
  • Due diligence, especially with regard to litigation and risk management matters
  • Negotiation / drafting of relevant reps and covenants in M&A deals
  • Liaise with leadership and insurance brokers on all acquisition related insurance matters
  • Interface with outside M&A counsel on M&A transactions, and collaborate with in-house counsel and other internal stakeholders on pre-close integration planning and post-close integration implementation

Required Experience and Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from a U.S. accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of at least one state bar association
  • 10 – 15+ years’ experience in litigation and risk management
  • Knowledge and experience with pertinent federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations related to risk management
  • Knowledge of tort law, insurance adjusting practices, risk management principles, and safety practices, principles, and theories
  • Insurance program management experience
  • Some experience with M&A and corporate transactions
  • Mix of law firm and in-house experience required, with a strong preference for prior in-house experience with a company with global operation

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
  • Ability to spot and analyze complex issues and devise practical strategies and solutions
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written), with both legal and non-legal professionals and comfort working in a role requiring utmost discretion and confidentiality
  • Strong drafting and negotiating skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Is flexible and adaptable - demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced working environment and work diplomatically and tactfully with others
  • An inclusive individual who thrives in a team-oriented and collaborative environment

Location: The role will be located at Ansys’ headquarters in Canonsburg, PA (Greater Pittsburgh Region) or remotely from any location within the continental United States. Ansys is proud to have a reputation for corporate social responsibility in the Pittsburgh area in which it operates, a region which habitually receives accolades for affordability, quality of living and sustainability.

Compensation/Relocation: Ansys provides relocation assistance in addition to a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Ansys 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.

Due to the federally mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirement impacting federal contractors, Ansys is requiring employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Tuesday, January 4, 2022, regardless of work location. This will apply to all new hires as well. Employees will be able to request exemption based on sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance or due to a medical condition.
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