Senior Legal Counsel, Employment (Remote or HQ)
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Position Type:  Corporation
Practice Area:  Labor/Employment
Practice Specialty:  ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, ADEA: Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Affirmative Action, EEOC: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Employment Litigation, Employment Relations, ERISA: Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Executive Compensation, FLSA: Fair Labor Standards Act, FMLA: Family and Medical Leave Act, Human Resources, Wage and Hour Issues
Location:  Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
Job Description:
ANSYS, Inc. (www.ansys.com), a publicly-traded global leader in engineering simulation software, has retained us to recruit a Senior Legal Counsel, Employment

Location: The role will be located at Ansys’ headquarters in Canonsburg, PA (Greater Pittsburgh Region) or remotely from any location within the Eastern or Central time zones in the 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.

Overview: The Senior Legal Counsel, Employment will provide advice on a wide variety of general employment law matters. Most aspects of the responsibilities of this role relate specifically to the Americas (United States and Canada), although there is the opportunity to expand into some APAC as well as global matters. The role will report to the Assistant General Counsel & Director, Global Employment and be a key member of the Employment team within the Ansys Legal Department’s Global Ethics, Compliance & Risk team. The Employment legal team provides legal counsel primarily to the Human Resources Department, but also to all other business groups within Ansys on legal issues related to all aspects of employment. We are a key partner to the Company in executing its human capital management strategy. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and other internal stakeholders and interface with outside counsel with regard to general employment law matters, including:
  • Counsel internal clients on various day-to-day employment matters, including reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, fair pay, and wage and hour issues
  • Advise on employee compensation and benefit matters including compensation plans
  • Respond to claims and demand letters
  • Advise and provide support on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other workplace investigations
  • Research and advise on legislative trends in harassment prevention and other areas
  • Work with Human Resources to review, create, and enhance training programs
  • Provide thought leadership and support for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives
  • Develop, revise and implement employment-related policies and stay atop of industry developments to help Ansys be best in class
  • Develop and update policies, plan documentation and communications relating to Ansys’ compensation and employee health and welfare plans and programs and related initiatives
  • Negotiate and document employment, retention and separation agreements and restrictive covenants of varying complexity
  • Manage employment related litigation and coordinate external counsel as needed
  • Provide legal counsel and support with HR-related elements of strategic transactions / acquisitions, including:
    • Due diligence, especially with regard to employee benefits, compensation plans and other qualified and non-qualified plan issues
    • Negotiation / drafting of employment-related reps and covenants in M&A deals
    • Interface with outside M&A and employment counsel on M&A transactions; and pre / post-close implementation

Minimum Education/Certification Requirements and Experience:
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from a U.S. accredited law school required
  • Member in good standing of at least one state bar 
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in the field of employment law with preference given to in-house experience with a public international company
  • 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 negotiations skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple complex work projects simultaneously
  • Occasional travel required
Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
  • Mix of law firm and in-house experience strongly preferred
  • Experience with employment related issues in M&A and corporate transactions
  • Ability to spot and analyze complex issues and devise practical strategies and solutions
  • 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
  • Interested in technology, computers and software

Compensation/Benefits: A competitive compensation and benefits package is being offered. 

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.
Requirements:  
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