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Legal Counsel - Mexico

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Date: Nov 11, 2020

Location: Reynosa, TAM, MX, 88730

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 42960


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

Our Optical Communications segment has recently evolved from being a manufacturer of optical fiber and cable, hardware and equipment to being a comprehensive provider of industry-leading optical solutions across the broader communications industry.This segment is classified into two main product groupings – carrier network and enterprise network. The carrier network product group consists primarily of products and solutions for optical-based communications infrastructure for services such as video, data and voice communications. The enterprise network product group consists primarily of optical-based communication networks sold to businesses, governments and individuals for their own use.

Regional Counsel – Mexico                                            


I.  Position Summary and Primary Responsibilities            

This position is based in Reynosa, Mexico and will report on a solid line basis to Senior Managing Counsel II for Emerging Markets.  The chosen candidate will provide legal, employment and compliance support to Corning’s businesses in Mexico with responsibility for advising regional operating executives and their teams on a variety of matters, primarily focused on employment and compliance.


Primary Job Responsibilities:


  • Act as the primary point of contact for Corning’s business and accountable to the business team for delivering timely and comprehensive legal, employment and compliance support and advice
  • Counsel corporate and regional leaders on employment law-related matters and their impact on Corning’s operations in Mexico
  • Assist the Senior Managing Counsel II in managing the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of a regional compliance program, which includes identifying high risk areas within Corning’s regional operations and, in partnership with the businesses, recommending and implementing effective controls and processes, conducting internal investigations, and developing plans and training for mitigation of such risks
  • Communicate and collaborate with Corning’s global lawyers by facilitating timely involvement of applicable legal counsel in business decisions
  • Assist the Director, Compliance in proactively managing compliance concerns in the region presented by senior executives and operational leaders
  • Identify training opportunities for business clients on legal and compliance issues
  • Manage outside counsel involved in providing legal, compliance, employment and regulatory advice
  • Perform additional legal and compliance duties as experience and workload permit



II.  Basic Qualifications

  1. Education
    • Graduate from top tier law schools in Mexico, admitted to practice law in Mexico
  2. Experience
    • 8+ years’ experience, with at least four years’ experience in Mexico in a legal in-house position, preferably in a diversified global company
  3. Other Requirements
    • Expertise in labor and employment law in Mexico
    • Experience in general business and corporate law
    • Excellent working knowledge of global compliance laws and risks, including anti-corruption, data privacy, antitrust/competition, anti-boycott and global trade regulations
    • Fluent in English


III.  Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Language Skills

Fluent in English


  1. Interpersonal Skills
    • Highest integrity and ethical standards
    • Wise use of discretion with the ability to gain trust of business leaders and others to discuss and respond to sensitive and business critical issues
    • Strategic thinker and problem solver with sound professional judgment
    • High energy team player
    • Customer-focused, flexible and adaptable to manage and lead change
    • Ability to work well with all levels of employees in support of a matrix structure
    • Ability to interact confidently with and influence senior management, outside counsel and global legal and business representatives
    • Resourceful, self-starter, results oriented
    • Possess strong business acumen together with the interpersonal skills and legal knowledge needed to become a trusted resource for staff throughout the organization
    • Strong planning, organizational, project management and communication skills
    • Ability to assess risk and advise internal clients accordingly
    • Able to work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines and still contribute thoughtful and high-quality work product


  1. Other Skills
  • Ability to effectively plan and organize
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions


IV.  Essential Functions 

  • The ability to write in a clear and concise manner in English
  • The ability to predictably and regularly attend work and to be punctual
  • The ability to deal politely and professionally with customers and/or co-workers
  • Computer skills


V.  Disclaimer


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not intended to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.