Senior Corporate Counsel

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Date: Mar 17, 2023

Location: Charleston, TN, US

Company: Wacker Chemie AG


Our world needs ideas! As one of the world’s most research-intensive chemical companies, we have been developing leading solutions for numerous sectors – from construction to photovoltaics and cosmetics to rubber – for over 100 years. We have a global presence with production sites on three continents and about 14,500 employees from 70 nations.


At our site in Charleston, we are currently looking for a ​Senior Corporate Counsel​ to join our growing team.


This is Us:

You know us. You just didn’t know it. WACKER is a global chemical manufacturer that prides itself on “Creating Tomorrow’s Solutions”. WACKER materials are so versatile and adaptable, they have virtually unlimited applications just about anywhere imaginable, making WACKER an integral part of daily life. Whether it’s protecting buildings from the elements, a tube of toothpaste, a cell phone, airbags, or cosmetics, people from all over the world come into contact each day with our products and achievements. We are looking for capable, innovative, and enthusiastic achievers to join our team and grow with us. We are seeking a Senior Corporate Counsel to join our team in Charleston, TN.


What you will do:

This position will provide legal counsel for the Company’s North and Central America region with a focus on commercial and construction matters.


  • Provide legal support to business team on large and complex commercial issues, simultaneously managing multiple tasks and subprojects effectively  
  • Provide legal support on large construction and CAPEX matters, including providing legal advice and support in the project strategy development, drafting, and negotiating relevant construction contracts, advising project teams on legal risks, and working with business leaders to resolve claims and disputes associated with projects
  • Provide legal support in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating international and domestic commercial agreements.  Examples may include purchase and supply contracts; vendor buying agreements; sales representation agreements; distribution agreements; master sales and service agreements; leases; and license agreements. Provide support regarding contract interpretation and guidance, including related to disputes
  • Provide legal support on antitrust issues and legal risks
  • Cost-effectively partner with and manage outside counsel as necessary
  • Collaborate with Legal Department members on departmental policies, procedures, and initiatives, legal issues and risks, and other matters
  • Work in close cooperation with the global Legal Department, including Company attorneys in Germany and China
  • Support the implementation and use, including any appropriate training, of relevant Company software, technology, and programs pertinent to the Legal Department (e.g., ContractPodAi, Ariba, KLEA, etc.)
  • Update legal and leadership teams regarding major developments in ongoing matters
  • Assist in developing and overseeing the implementation of corporate policies and procedures with members of the leadership team and the Legal Department


Essential Functions of this Position

Percent of Time

Commercial Support (Sales/Procurement Contract Review and Negotiation)


Construction Support


Other Transactional and/or Legal Work as Needed





What we need from you:

  • J.D. degree from a top-rated, accredited U.S. law school and licensed to practice in at least one U.S. state
  • 6+ years of legal experience, including at least 2 years as in-house counsel; manufacturing, construction, and/or chemical industry experience preferred
  • Commercial, construction, anti-trust, and general in-house experience
  • Collaborate without ego and promote the collegial atmosphere of the Legal Department
  • Sound business and legal judgment required; experience with negotiation of complex commercial contracts in the chemical industry preferred; experience with construction law and projects and contracts preferred
  • Ability to advise and interact with executives and business segment managers with confidence and to analyze and translate legal principles into practical business solutions, as well as establish a rapport and working relationship with business managers
  • Detail-oriented and able to prioritize and manage multiple projects and/or issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Capable of adapting to organizational culture and to assimilate into local, regional, and global styles
  • Demonstrate ability to make decisions and the flexibility to quickly learn new areas of law where required
  • Proactive and decisive, with the ability to learn quickly, work independently, and influence others while maintaining highest level of integrity and professionalism


Life at Wacker:

Wacker is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe that our individual differences are our collective strength. We encourage our employees to be their authentic selves and desire team members that share these interests. You will be valued for your contributions and perspectives as we continue to grow together. Your career is important to us, and we want to foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you feel heard, understood, and fulfilled. We consider our employees’ overall health and satisfaction when creating a benefits package. Below are some of the additional incentives our employees enjoy.


  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance effective Day 1
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off in addition to personal days and holidays
  • Support for Community Involvement
  • Bonus Plans


WACKER, as an innovative chemical company, makes a vital contribution toward improving the quality of life around the world by developing intelligent solutions for sustainable growth. Our culture focuses on building and retaining diverse and inclusive teams. WACKER offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, competitive benefit offerings and beyond through giving back to our communities.


Be part of our WACKER family, across all nations!


We are looking forward to your online application at
Reference Code: 24045 




The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor are they intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. A minimum requirement for this US-based position is the ability to work legally in the United States on a permanent unrestricted basis.  Visa sponsorship is not available for this position, including for any type of US permanent residency (e.g., for a Green card).


WACKER is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected classes.

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