Associate General Counsel, Chief Labor & Employment

Date: May 9, 2024

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22997 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

Grace is seeking an Associate General Counsel, Chief Labor & Employment Counsel to join our Legal Leadership team as we grow and develop our organization to build a scalable platform for rapid organic and inorganic growth. This role reports to our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and is located in Columbia, MD.


The Associate General Counsel, Chief Labor & Employment Counsel is responsible for counseling on all labor & employment matters globally, including managing labor & employment litigation and union negotiations.  The position is responsible for effective and efficient labor & employment legal processes and developing team members. 


Counseling on all aspects of Labor & Employment globally, including:

  • Proactive L&E Program Evaluation
    • Programmatic Audits
    • Policies, procedures, handbook
    • Training
  • Key Standard Processes and Templates
    • Standard documents
    • Recordkeeping
    • Hiring and terminations
    • Performance Management
    • Restructuring
  • L&E Investigations and Litigation
    • Comp & Benefits
    • ERISA and Pension Plans
    • Unions / Labor Relations
    • Immigration

Required Qualifications

  • J.D. with strong academic record and active member in good standing of a State Bar.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in labor and employment, with at least 4 years in-house and with significant experience in a large and sophisticated corporate environment.
  • Experience managing broad and complex labor & employment matters, including union and labor relations matters
  • Experience with privacy regulation, particularly regarding employee and customer/vendor information
  • The highest level of judgment, discretion, and integrity.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex labor & employment matters
  • Significant union/labor relations experience
  • Experience building and developing robust labor & employment processes and templates
  • Demonstrated ability to influence key stakeholders
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive team and environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Global experience is a plus.


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans 
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement

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