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Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date
29 April 2022
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Job Description:

In this role as the Saab Inc. General Counsel, the successful candidate will handle all legal issues affecting Saab’s US operations and activities. The primary focus will be on compliance and negotiation of the Company’s U.S. Government contracts, including close support of a staff of Contract and Subcontract professionals. This position will support all four divisions of Saab Inc., and to the extent permitted by the SSA, provide advice and guidance to the rest of the Saab group. The General Counsel will consult with and retain outside counsel as needed for litigation, and other specialized matters. This role will also be responsible for the Export Control function. 

As a solo practitioner and as a team leader, the ideal candidate must be a generalist, willing and able to perform all manner of routine and unglamorous tasks. The General Counsel will engage with and establish relationships with personnel in all areas of the Company and, to the extent permitted by the SSA, its affiliates. To the extent permitted by the SSA, this individual will interact with Saab AB’s General Counsel and Legal Department, business colleagues in Sweden, and elsewhere in the Saab Group.  As a Vice President and member of the Company’s management group, the General Counsel will report directly to the Company’s President and CEO, and provide the legal viewpoint to our decision-making process. Due to a lean management group, this position will take on miscellaneous assignments as required, propose initiatives to reduce legal and business risks, and maximize the Company’s success. This role will also serve as the Company’s Secretary on the SSA Board of Directors and on the Saab Inc. Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Council.

Some specific responsibilities will include:

  • Provide legal oversight, solutions-oriented guidance and recommendations to stakeholders and Senior Management on all legal matters affecting the Company with particular focus on dealing with employment law issues and negotiating terms and conditions of U.S. Government contracts. 
  • Ensure the legal rights of the Company are protected, its legal obligations and potential exposures and risks are well defined and understood by management, and that the Company complies with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships and support for business units and, as allowed by the SSA, Saab Inc. affiliates including attending management meetings and providing appropriate guidance and advice as necessary.
  • Review all Company contracts and assist in the negotiations as appropriate.
  • Craft solutions to legal and regulatory issues in compliance with Federal and State regulations. 
  • Draft and solidify agreements, contracts and other legal documents to ensure the Company’s full legal rights.
  • Provide clarification on legal language or specifications to everyone in the organization.
  • Develop, maintain, and enforce the legal role in the Saab Inc. business process infrastructure including business, proposal, and contract reviews, business agreements, contract and subcontract terms and conditions, etc.
  • Ensure appropriate flow down of all contractual requirements to lower tear subcontractors and partners.
  • Develop , manage, and maintain all outside counsel relationships  

Skills and Experience:

  • Admitted to practice in the State of New York, with expertise in New York’s contract/commercial laws.

  • 15+ years of relevant experience and expertise in U.S. Government defense contracting law and procedures, including mastery of the FAR and DFARs.

  • Experience in negotiating contracts and subcontracts terms and conditions with large U.S. A&D companies.

  • Ability to obtain a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance. 

  • Proven success in negotiating contracts with the U.S. Government, prime contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.

  • Functional Leadership at the Corporate level of a global subsidiary including personnel management.

  • Ability to assess and handle all incoming legal issues, from nuts-and-bolts matters to Board-level crises.

  • Practical business sense and ability to apply legal principles in creative and diplomatic ways.

  • Establish and maintain legal function presence and reputation within the organization with both leadership and humility.

Desired Skills:

  • National security requirements, including FOCI mitigation, NISPOM, and personal and facility clearances

  • International trade matters, including ITAR and EAR

  • Intellectual property experience and expertise

  • International business experience

  • Corporate secretary responsibilities

  • Broad legal subject matter knowledge

  • Technical knowledge

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen. Applicants selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to meet the following criteria: (i) pass a drug screen, (ii) complete a background check that will include, at a minimum, a criminal record check, and education and employment verification, and (iii) be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus (unless granted an accommodation permitted by law and then in compliance with Saab’s requirements related to the accommodation, if any).


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, 3 weeks personal illness, bereavement, jury duty and disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a global defense and security company operating in the fields of air, land and naval defense, civil security and commercial aeronautics. We number approximately 17,000 employees and have operations on all continents. Technologically we are leaders in many areas, and one-fifth of our earnings are spent on research and development.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.