Managing Counsel, Transactional

  • Toyota North America
  • Plano, TX 75023, USA
  • Mar 31, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description

Who we’re looking for

Toyota is currently undergoing a “once in a century” transformation from a car manufacturer into a mobility company.  The Mobility Advisory Solutions group (“MAS”) of Toyota Legal One (TL1) has been at the forefront of this transformation by providing counsel and advice to Toyota’s business leaders in a variety of cutting-edge transactions and projects.  With the increased activity and focus on these types of transactions and projects, TL1 is seeking an experienced transactional attorney to join within MAS as Managing Counsel

The successful candidate will be part of an exciting and diverse team that works side-by-side with our clients to provide expert counsel and guidance on a wide variety of legal issues, including strategic transactions related to electrification, next-generation mobility services, business operations, technology, and other complex commercial transaction on a global scale. 

This role will report to the Assistant General Counsel of MAS and will work and potentially lead mobility projects and initiatives that are highly visible and have broad implications for Toyota’s global operations.

What you’ll be doing

  • Handle all aspects of complex strategic transactions, joint ventures, advanced technology, and other strategic commercial transactions on a global scale.
  • Review, draft, negotiate and manage a wide range of complex commercial agreements, including collaboration agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, software and hardware agreements, and transactions related data, advanced technology, and other strategic investment and commercial collaboration activities.
  • Provide legal advice, counsel, and support about relevant issues, risks, and complex agreement structures in an agile business environment, working closely with business leads and executives in Toyota Motor North America as well as with affiliates, including our parent company in Japan, Toyota Motor Corporation, in every stage of the transaction process.
  • Proactively learn and work on emerging areas of the law, including legal issues involving mobility, electrification, autonomous driving, AI, ride/car-sharing, data connectivity, cross-border data-related transactions, and other advanced technology areas, coupled with an ability to work closely with business clients to find solutions in a transformative industry.
  • Support the continuous improvement and development of standard legal processes and agreements as the company scales at a fast pace.

What you bring

  • J.D. degree and active membership in good standing in the bar of at least one U.S. state/jurisdiction.
  • Experience working in a law firm and/or in-house legal department.
  • Solid legal practice experience, working preferably in a major law firm and/or a multinational corporation.
  • Demonstrated experience in working as part of a cross-functional or culturally diverse team, including working across multiple time zones and languages, and cultures.
  • Team player with an ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 10 to 20% of the time both domestically and internationally for “genchi genbutsu” (go and see the actual issue with your own eyes) to understand the “genba” (actual place of work) and work closely with the business teams on the front line of each matter.

Added bonus if you have

  • Experience working in the automotive, technology, or mobility industry.
  • Experience in complex, joint ventures, corporate governance, manufacturing, supply chain, bankruptcy, regulatory, or compliance matters.
  • Experience working in a dynamic international environment.
  • Japanese or other bilingual language capabilities is a plus.
  • Previous in-house experience, including management and supervision of outside counsel, internal budgets, and project coordination.

What we’ll bring

During your interview process, our team can fill you in on all the details of our industry-leading benefits and career development opportunities. A few highlights include:

  • A work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect.
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career, as well as tuition reimbursement.
  • Vehicle purchase & lease programs.
  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans for your entire family.
  • Flextime and virtual work options (if applicable).
  • Toyota 401(k) Savings Plan featuring a company match, as well as an annual retirement contribution from Toyota regardless of whether you contribute.
  • Paid holidays and paid time off.
  • Referral services related to prenatal services, adoption, childcare, schools, and more.
  • Flexible spending accounts.
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable).

What you should know

Our success begins and ends with our people. We embrace diverse perspectives and value unique human experiences. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that celebrates the diversity of the communities where we live and do business. Applicants for our positions are considered without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, military or veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.

To save time applying, Toyota does not offer sponsorship of job applicants for employment-based visas or any other work authorization for this position at this time.