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Reference ID R80563 Updated 15/08/2022 Employment Type Full time Experience level Experienced Professionals
Country United States Work Location (City) Houston

The Role

Company description 

As a global energy company operating in a challenging world, Shell sets high standards of performance and ethical behaviors. We are judged by how we act and how we live up to our core values of honesty, integrity, and respect for people. Our Business Principles are based on these. They promote trust, openness, teamwork, and professionalism, as well as pride in what we do and how we conduct business.

Building on our core values, we aspire to sustain a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels respected and valued, from our employees to our customers and partners. A diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment are vital to our success, leading to greater innovation and better energy solutions.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell. Everyone here is helping to solve one of the biggest challenges facing the world today: bringing the benefits of energy to everyone on the planet, whilst managing the risks of climate change.

Join us and you’ll add your talent and imagination to a business with the power to shape the future – whether by investing in renewables, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.

Employment & Labor Legal Counsel

What is the role

The successful candidate will be responsible for

  • Providing proactive legal services and comprehensive advice and counsel regarding US labor and employment laws to a wide range of stakeholders across diverse business and functional lines. 

  • Partnering with the Human Resources Department of Shell USA, Inc., to support businesses and functions in the United States, such as Downstream, Upstream, Integrated Gas, Projects & Technology, Renewables & Energy Solutions, Global Functions, US Policy, MA&D, Employee Relations, and Industrial Relations. 

  • Reporting to the Managing Counsel – North America Labor, Employment & Benefits.

  • Acting as the primary legal advisor on confidential employment matters, appropriately challenging business proposals and decisions by identifying potential legal risk and drawing attention to reputational exposure.  

  • Thriving in a fast-paced work environment and managing competing priorities with resilience will be key to success in this role.

What we need from you –

  • You must have legal authorization to work in the United States on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer

  • You must have (5 – 8) five to eight years of experience as an attorney, specifically in US labor and employment law

  • Juris Doctor Degree in Law and licensed to practice law in Texas, or able to obtain license in a reasonable timeframe

  • Experience providing advice and counsel regarding employment matters, policies, and processes that impact diverse businesses and jurisdictions throughout the US

  • Experience with employee investigations, employment litigation, and dispute resolution; experience handling first-chair employment mediations is not a requirement but is considered a plus

  • Familiarity with federal and state regulatory agencies, including the DOL, EEOC, IRS, TWC, NLRB, and SEC

  • Experience with business transactions, including advising on employment matters relating to mergers, acquisitions, and divestments

  • Experience with traditional labor law and the delivery of advice and counsel for a unionized workforce is not a requirement but is considered a plus

  • Ability to work independently without the assistance of outside counsel

  • Ability to answer complex legal questions

  • Confident and credible with strong interpersonal, influencing, and negotiating skills

  • Ability to see both the big picture and to handle details accurately and consistently

  • Ability to provide value-added and proactive legal services

  • Demonstrated ability to clearly explain legal risks and develop sound mitigation strategies

  • Makes professional judgement as to when to refer decisions / issues to line manager

  • Consults and keeps line manager informed at significant checkpoints

  • Has considerable professional autonomy and will consult with line manager only on more significant, novel or material legal or risk issues and decisions

  • Ability to establish targeted and sustainable relationships with key stakeholders

  • Ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate flexibility

  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills

  • Possessing a high sense of professionalism, highest level of integrity, and ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information

  • Excellent legal drafting skills

  • Fluent in speaking, writing, and reading in English

  • Ability to travel as needed

Leadership Capabilities

  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to positively influence people, effectively drive work processes and ensure compliance with policies

  • Courage to hold strong to views when challenging practices, seeking to encourage the exploration of new ideas that drive improvement

  • Demonstrate a strong personal commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion through collaboration across functional and cultural boundaries

Please note: We occasionally amend or withdraw Shell jobs and reserve the right to do so at any time, including prior to the advertised closing date. Before applying, you are advised to read our data protection policy. This policy describes the processing that may be associated with your personal data and informs you that your personal data may be transferred to Royal Dutch/Shell Group companies around the world. The Shell Group and its approved recruitment consultants will never ask you for a fee to process or consider your application for a career with Shell. Anyone who demands such a fee is not an authorised Shell representative and you are strongly advised to refuse any such demand. Shell participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, citizenship, genetic information or other protected status under federal, state or local laws. Shell is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability. As a US Federal Contractor, hiring selections are subject to periodic audit review and documentation of your selections should be maintained for a period of three calendar years. It is the policy of Shell in the U.S. (“Shell”) to provide equal opportunity to all individuals, employees and all qualified applicants for employment consistent with employment requirements and qualifications. Shell prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status under federal, state or local laws. All employees are expected to support this policy and contribute to an environment of equal opportunity. If you need an accommodation for a disability during the resourcing process, please speak with an HR representative.

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