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Managing Counsel (Policy and Compliance)

AutoZone

AutoZone

Legal
Memphis, TN, USA · United States
Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2024

Manages corporate compliance legal issues and enterprise-wide policies related to AutoZone and specifically to the sale, operations, distribution and disposal of after-market automotive products in retail and online stores and distribution centers. Effectively lead, manage and motivate team of compliance specialists and paralegal. Project manage strategic initiatives to drive compliance of new and emerging applicable laws. Reports to the V.P., Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.


Responsibilities

  • Manage, supervise and motivate a team of two compliance specialists and one paralegal to drive corporate compliance initiatives, mitigate risks and comply with laws.
  • Provide strategic advice and business solutions regarding complex regulatory requirements.
  • Develop and lead strategies to respond, defend and comply with regulatory inquiries, consent decrees, litigation, violations and claims.
  • Proactively track and monitor regulatory changes and case law including, among others, air resources, hazardous waste, product compliance and toxins, product and employee safety, packaging, hazardous materials transportation, recycling, storage tanks, export, tariffs, trade and customs, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Department of Justice Sentencing Guidelines, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and ensure the Company's policies, practices, and systems are compliant.
  • Monitor regular audits and risk assessments to identify potential risks and develop mitigation strategies.
  • Identify, analyze and report application of new laws and, cross functionally, collaborate to develop appropriate strategies and tactics to mitigate risks and comply with new laws.
  • Project manage or co-lead strategies and compliance cross-functionally with internal stakeholders, outside counsel and service providers.
  • Lead policy management and environmental compliance by guiding, supporting, managing directreports plus influencing, and collaborating cross functionally on strategies and action plans to comply with emerging laws, risks, industry best practices and business objectives.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for environmental, integrity and ethics from regulators and other external parties. Maintain relationships with industry associations and environmental organizations.
  • Partner with cross functional teams to effectively respond to and manage environmental incidents.
  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders, Legal team, service providers and regulatory authorities as necessary. Benchmark with other retailers and companies to stay abreast of best practices and emerging risks.
  • Develop and train AutoZoners and vendors on product safety, retail environmental, etc.
  • Occasional domestic and foreign travel.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate, admission to and good standing with a State Bar.
  • At least 8-10 years’ legal experience in a business environment (law firm, in-house corporate compliance); in-house experience with a major retailer or Fortune 500 company preferred.
  • Preferably experienced in litigation in one or more relevant areas (environmental, commercial, product safety, trade).
  • Experience communicating, influencing and interacting with C-Suite executives.


Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations Required

  • Active State Bar License