Vice President, Employment Counsel, BNP Paribas

Full Time
Posted
2 weeks ago

Job Summary:

The Employment Counsel position reports to the U.S. Head of Employment Law for CIB, and covers all employment legal matters (encompassing all human resources issues including labor and employment law topics, compensation and benefits legal matters, and immigration legal topics). Employment Counsel also provides direction, advice and counsel with respect to the Company’s HR-related internal legal investigations arising from whistleblower complaints and engages with the Bank’s Conduct and Compliance functions to lead these matters to resolution.

The Employment Counsel role requires a high degree of thoughtfulness, diplomacy, proactivity, independent judgment and deep strategic thinking to enable positive, results-based solutions to what can be the most challenging and sensitive people-dominated work issues.  In this role, the Employment Counsel provides advice and counsel to Human Resource professionals and other business stakeholders, coordinates with outside counsel and all relevant internal experts, and handles all aspects of employment litigation. This position also provides legal advice related to the company's strategic, human capital and Diversity initiatives, which include both leadership competency and legal analytical ability.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and strategic counsel as part of the Employment Law team and support BNPP’s main business lines;
  • Cover all employment legal matters (which encompasses all human resources issues including labor and employment law topics, compensation and benefits legal matters, and immigration legal topics);
  • Provide legal guidance and counsel to HR related to internal legal investigations arising from whistleblower complaints and engage with both Conduct and Compliance (where applicable) to lead these matters to resolution;
  • Provide legal advice and counsel to HR professionals and other business stakeholders, coordinate with outside counsel and all relevant internal experts, and handle all aspects of employment litigation, arbitration and administrative charges concerning employment-related topics; and
  • Provide legal advice related to the company's strategic and human capital special initiatives, which includes both leadership competency and legal analytical ability.

BNP Paribas is committed to providing a work environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, creed, sex, religion, national origin, disability (physical or mental), marital status, citizenship, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or any other legally protected status.

 

Minimum Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience practicing labor and employment law and/or H/R - adjacent legal experience;
  • Experience conducting highly sensitive and complex legal investigations;
  • Strong practical knowledge of federal, state and local employment laws, including, but not limited to FMLA, ADA, FLSA, ADEA, and EEO laws;
  • Admission to New York State, New Jersey Bar and/or Pennsylvania Bar

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior Human Resources experience or experience working on Human Resources and Diversity initiatives
  • Employee training experience
  • Prior experience in an in-house legal environment
  • Experience with Canadian and/or cross-border labor/employment issues
  • Knowledge of investigative methods and practices, advocacy, mediation, negotiation, and conflict resolution methods and practices
  • Skill in reviewing and analyzing complex information and data, including witness testimony, evaluation through various documents and other pieces of evidence
  • Demonstrated ability to act independently yet possess judgment to recognize when to escalate issues for review, guidance, and/or resolution
  • Excellent oral/written corporate communications skills
  • Displays thorough knowledge of labor and employment law and policy
  • Demonstrated understanding of HR processes and procedures
  • A sense of urgency to ensure timely issue resolution
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills, attention to detail, and the ability to review and anticipate broader organizational impact(s), required
  • Demonstrate a high degree of confidentiality and sensitivity to employment legal and HR-related matters
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully work with internal stakeholders and colleagues to contribute ideas, identify opportunities, and contribute to correct outcomes
  • Some travel (<10%) required