CORE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
Senior Counsel, Securities and Governance is an intermediate individual contributor position in Abbott’s Legal Division. The successful candidate will:
- Assist in preparation of SEC periodic reports and proxy statements
- Collaborate with cross-functional teams on a broad range of matters, including securities offerings, bank financings, and proxy statements and annual shareholder meeting matters
- Provide legal and strategic guidance across departments and divisions, and to senior management and functional organizational leadership, on a variety of corporate and securities matters, including SEC disclosure rules and corporate governance trends and best practices
- Assist with Board and Board Committee matters related to functional area, including preparation of Board materials
- Support securities and financing-related aspects of business and M&A transactions
- Anticipate and identify changes in relevant laws and regulations, and develop and implement recommended actions.
- Help select and direct the work of outside counsel, define project objectives, and manage projects to ensure the work, strategy and costs meet Abbott’s needs and expectations
- Develop and manage budgets for legal matters.
JOB COMPETENCIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Senior Counsel, Securities and Governance must be collaborative, innovative, and accountable. The successful candidate will:
- Demonstrate expertise, sound judgment, and an understanding of how assigned responsibilitiessupport Abbott’s broader strategy and business objectives.
- Understand legal and business dynamics and successfully collaborate across a variety of departments and divisions.
- Build strong relationships with business partners, based on legal expertise and consistently providing responsive, practical support.
- Adapt quickly to changes inside and outside of Abbott, and will possess strong creative thinking and problem solving capabilities.
- Possess strong project management skills, including meeting the demands of multiple projects, managing timelines and prioritizing effectively
- Work independently, while identifying issues requiring elevation and the timing for doing so
- Possess executive-level written and oral communication skills
- Have a strong sense of ownership and accountability, demonstrating reliability and thoroughness.
- Juris Doctor degree
The successful candidate should have:
- Generally 5+ years of legal experience with a major corporation or law firm.
- Thorough knowledge of securities law, financing, and corporate governance matters.
- Experience drafting contract provisions relating to securities and financing matters, including in mergers and acquisitions.
- Experience working successfully in cross-functional teams
- Management experience (of attorneys and/or paralegals), with the ability to lead and mentor
- In addition to outstanding legal skills, must have excellent interpersonal, organizational, strategic thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.