Corporate Counsel

Northrop Grumman is seeking a Corporate Counsel who will assist in leading the legal aspects of M&A and antitrust activities across the enterprise. This position will be located in Falls Church, Virginia.

The successful candidate will be responsible for helping to form and manage cross-functional legal teams to support transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances. She/he will be a hands-on participant in the legal process and negotiations and will help manage outside counsel and internal legal specialist teams as needed to achieve successful results. Additionally, she/he will be responsible for the company's antitrust function.

This position reports to the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel (M&A), with whom she/he will work very closely on all deals and negotiations. She/he will work with our Treasury, Strategy, Tax, Finance and other departments on a continual basis and be an integral member of the assessment, strategy and diligence team. She/he will be a valuable and engaged business partner to the organization with the experience and leadership qualities to help orchestrate and drive results and business objectives. The successful candidate will be an experienced M&A lawyer with impeccable judgment, ethics and integrity, and the drive to engage and take ownership of a wide variety of matters. She/he will exemplify the Company's commitment to quality, operational excellence, efficiency, open communication and collaboration.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Helping to manage an active M&A portfolio and antitrust matters by supporting and, in many cases, leading all legal aspects of a variety of transactions across the Company.
Being an effective and articulate negotiator who can distil the important aspects of any transaction.
Working collaboratively across a broad range of people developing and maintaining strong working relationships between legal, strategy, tax, treasury, finance, human resources, investor relations and other functions to facilitate a team based approach.
Drafting and reviewing as needed acquisition agreements, bid letters, term sheets, equity commitment letters, joint venture agreements, confidentiality agreements, engagement letters and other deal documents.
Working with deal teams and leadership to identify opportunities and balance risk.
Helping to coordinate and drive the deal cycle and needed professionals, both internally and externally, to achieve thoughtful and successful results.
Juggling simultaneous deals and priorities.
Proactively communicating and managing expectations with multiple constituencies.

Performance standards that an incumbent must have to be successful in this position include:
Superior organizational, analytical and communication skills, oral and written.
Strong intellect, with the ability to think critically and creatively and to make and articulate clear and well-reasoned decisions.
Strategic thinker with excellent judgment as well as the ability to see the "big picture," and yet highly organized and efficient.
Hands-on with demonstrated attention to detail.
Ability to work effectively with changing priorities in a dynamic environment.
Performance driven with a strong sense of ownership.
Professional demeanor / personal presence and excellent interpersonal skills.
Diplomacy skills; respectful and thoughtful with strong self-awareness.
Ability to interact with persuasiveness, confidence, and credibility.
Professional integrity of the highest order; unwavering ethical compass.
Collaborative nature; collegial attitude.


Basic Qualifications:

Juris Doctorate and active state bar membership with 15 years or more of sophisticated training and experience with national or international law firm.
Expertise handling mergers, equity transactions, asset purchases, joint ventures and other transactions.
Demonstrated accountability for the deal cycle and negotiations on transactions of varying size and degrees of complexity.
Demonstrated management experience, including managing relationships with a diverse group of executives, cross functional teams and legal personnel in multiple jurisdictions.
Solid understanding of securities, corporate and competition law/HSR as well as transaction structuring issues, including tax and accounting.
Ability and willingness to travel (domestic and international); generally less than 10% travel time.
Ability to obtain a DOD security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications:
Highly desirable: exposure to government contracting industry, parameters and implications.
Desirable: a balance of both domestic and international complex deal experience; exposure to distressed company/supplier issues; combination of both law firm and in-house experience.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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