GKN GKN Aerospace Senior Counsel - Aerostructures North America in Dallas, Texas

GKN Aerospace Senior Counsel - Aerostructures North America

GKN Employees Only

Country: United States

Work Location: Dallas

State: Texas

Advertising End Date: Not Specified

Job Type: Regular

About The Opportunity

This role is an Aerospace divisionally aligned role within the GKN Aerospace Legal team. The role is based at the GKN Aerostructures HQ in Irving, Texas and reports to the GKN Aerospace General Counsel based in the UK. An Aerospace Legal Counsel, supporting the GKN Aerostructures and GKN Engine Systems businesses (50:50) in Americas will report to this Senior Counsel.

This role is to support the GKN Aerospace Aerostructures and Fokker businesses in the Americas with respect to its legal matters, and, in collaboration with the GKN Aerospace Legal Team in Europe, to take a supporting role with respect to the GKN Aerospace’s European aerostructures businesses.

GKN Aerospace in the Americas includes:

  • GKN Aerostructures headquarters in Irving, Texas with manufacturing plants in St Louis, MO, Tallassee, AL, Panama City, FL, Amityville, NY, Orangeburg, SC, Santa Ana, CA, and Wellington, KS, as well as a maquiladora shelter facility in Mexicali, Mexico; with sales of over $800 million

  • This role also covers the small Fokker businesses in the US (Elmo wiring, Fokker Services and Fokker Aerostructures)

The roleinvolves the following:

  • Strategic Advice

Supporting corporate and other strategic initiatives affecting the GKN Aerospace Division:

  • Take a lead advisory role on a range of corporate, commercial and procurement matters material to the GKN Aerospace Division’s strategic plans

  • Give legal effect to ideas coming from GKN Aerospace operational management and personnel and develop and deploy legal initiatives to further growth potential and shareholder value

  • Generate tactical commercially orientated options whilst assessing and addressing the consequences/implications of each option

  • Act as a problem solver, providing pragmatic guidance with a good sense of judgment, appropriately balancing the competing interests of facilitating business, protecting assets and limiting liability

  • Contracts Review and Approval

Sales Contracts

As part of a multifunctional team, ensure that in relation to GKN Aerospace ANA sales contracts:

  • Bids clearly communicate the key terms and what matters to GKN

  • GKN negotiates the best possible outcome

  • The contractual obligations are clearly documented and understood by management

  • Risks are carefully assessed and addressed so that risk is balanced against reward

  • Deliverables and technical documents are understood and consistent with the commercial deal

  • GKN’s technology is adequately protected and is not at risk by onerous intellectual property provisions in the customer’s favour

  • Potential for ambiguity is minimised

  • Effective oversight is provided by the GKN Aerospace Legal function in accordance with the Contract risk management procedures agreed between GKN Aerospace Legal and the GKN Aerospace Division to ensure that risks in any material contract are identified and carefully managed including:

  • Ensuring that Gate Review presentations for contracts that are referred to GKN Aerospace Legal for review are reflective of the legal risks

  • Providing an independent review of any Material Contracts and participation in any Gate Reviews for Material Contracts

Procurement Contracts

  • Ensure that the legal part of GKN Aerospace procurement processes is efficient

  • where possible, GKN Aerospace is not taking on or retaining more risk than is necessary

  • where applicable obligations are flowed down through the supply chain

Collaboration with other GKN lawyers

  • Collaborate with other GKN lawyers around the world to procure any “local law” advice required by the GKN Aerospace contractual arrangements and facilitate that such advice is fully understood by the GKN Aerospace Executive Teams and Senior Management

  • Disputes

Advise GKN Aerospace with respect to its claims and disputes including

  • the provision of advice on strategy and tactics in order to achieve the optimal outcome for GKN

  • ensuring that likely outcomes are understood by the GKN Aerospace Executive Teams and Senior Management

  • managing dispute budgets

  • helping negotiate settlement with or without the aid of mediation, where possible

  • supporting the submission of any claims that are required to be reported in the Material Litigation Report

  • Corporate Strategic Projects

  • Where required support due diligence relating to any prospective GKN Aerospace acquisitions, divestments, partnerships and joint ventures and the implementation, conclusion and integration of any such strategic initiatives ensuring to the extent possible that GKN does not acquire contingent liabilities when it purchases and does not retain legacy liabilities when it sells; and

  • undertake any other corporate strategic projects as requested by the General Counsel, GKN Aerospace and the GKN Aerospace senior leadership team

  • Export Control

  • In collaboration with the GKN Aerospace Export Control Officers / Empowered Officials and the Assistant General Counsel – Global Compliance, procure that GKN Aerospace complies with GKN policies on export control laws and to the extent there is any noncompliance support the implementation of the appropriate corrective action

  • Responsible for keeping the message alive on export control, identifying any common themes and supporting improvements implemented by Export Control group to deal with consistently arising issues

  • Act as the local export compliance expert for the Irving, Texas office

  • Legal Compliance

  • Support the Group’s and the GKN Aerospace Division’s compliance programme, including the provision of training and implementation of policies and procedures

  • Support the GKN Aerospace Supply Chain and operational compliance with US Government Contract and Special Security Arrangement compliance requirements

  • Seek to recognise a problem before it becomes an emergency

  • Train senior management teams on Anti Bribery and Corruption, Anti Trust and Export Control

  • Provide advice on legal and regulatory matters (including environmental, health and safety and product liability issues)

  • Identify risks; develop and implement continuous improvement plans to address such risks

  • Support GKN’s compliance programmes

  • Investigate any compliance issues, as may be requested from time to time

  • Labor and Employment

  • Manage outside counsel advice

  • Union contracts

  • General employment advice with appropriate reliance on outside counsel

  • Other

  • Support GKN Aerospace functional leads on other material legal matters (including on health and safety, property and environmental matters , HR matters, ensuring employment contracts are fit for purpose and in relation to employment disputes and employee compliance and Union matters)

Oversee the corporate administration for GKN ANA companies in the Americas

  • Provision of Training and Self Help Tools

  • Support the GKN Aerospace Divisional General Counsels in the deployment of initiatives such as training, self-help and risk management tools in support of the Aerospace Divisional strategy to take risk carefully managed

  • Cascade contracting best practice within GKN Aerospace by training and leading by example

  • Functional Alignment

  • Keep the GKN Aerospace General Counsels apprised of material matters so that there is adequate insight to the material matters

  • Keep coordinated with the other GKN Aerospace lawyers and the Assistant General Counsel – Global Compliance

  • Develop GKN Aerospace specific know how and precedents


The candidate will be a first rate commercial lawyer who combines strategic acumen with the attention to detail and expertise that will set minds at rest. He or she will be able to the GKN Aerospace Division, being possessed of the ability to sum up complex issues and provide guidance on decision-making while being mindful of the commercial stakes involved. He or she will be able to priorities effectively, and to optimise ways of working.

The following are the attributes that we look for in a GKN Aerospace lawyer:

  • Vitality –a lawyer who is highly energised, delivers with pace and has fun;

  • Learning –a lawyer who wants to grow by gaining knowledge and skills;

  • Empathy –a lawyer that communicates clearly, listens carefully and can engage, without self orientation;

  • Teamwork –a lawyer that trusts and has the trust of his colleagues, and is willing to work with other members of the team in an open and collaborative way;

  • Courage- a lawyer that runs toward problems, find solutions and takes ownership;

  • Judgment –a lawyer who is decisive, makes the right calls - accepting risk carefully managed.


  • J.D. from an accredited law school, with a valid license to practice in Texas or another State.

  • 7+ years’ experience as a licensed attorney;

  • 3+ years' US government contracting and compliance experience, including applied knowledge of ITAR and export control compliance;

  • 5+ years' experience demonstrating good negotiating skills with the ability to identify the main value and risk issues and to resolve them effectively in line with the business case;


  • Proven ability to provide clear, practical guidance offering innovative ideas and solutions;

  • Proven ability to communicate at all levels across a multi-national organization, to build strong internal and external relationships and to establish oneself as a key member of the legal and commercial teams; and

  • A self-starter with a flexible but robust approach willing to “roll sleeves up” who is focused on execution and delivery and is able to stand one’s ground amongst strong personalities.

Key Responsibilities

Not Specified

About Us

About GKN Aerospace

GKN Aerospace is a division of GKN plc, a multinational group owned by Melrose Industries plc, a London Stock Exchange listed company. GKN plc had sales of US$13.8 billion, with 59,800 employees and 160+ manufacturing locations in 33 countries.

GKN Aerospace – with 17,000 employees in 52 manufacturing locations in 14 countries and global sales of US$4.81 billion, we serve over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers. We design and manufacture innovative smart aerospace systems and components. Our technologies are used in aircraft ranging from the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world to business jets and the world’s advanced 5thgeneration fighter aircraft.

We are technology leaders in aerostructures, engine systems, transparencies and wiring systems. Innovation is a continuous process of taking advanced aerospace technologies to the next technology readiness level.

Lightweight composites, additive manufacturing, innovative engine systems and smart transparencies help to reduce emissions and weight on the aircraft and enhance passenger comfort.

We look beyond immediate market requirements, assessing the impact of environmental and technological trends on aviation and passengers. The focus on real long-term requirements enables us to be first- to-market with advanced state of the art solutions.

Our global R & D network brings together broad, international teams of specialists from across our organisation, collaborating with universities, knowledge institutes, suppliers and customers in innovation platforms and research studies, leveraging diverse skills and experience. Close development partnerships with customers ensure acceleration of new technologies.

The range of our Products is as follows:

  • Airframe structures, including wing/empennage and flight control surface assemblies, fuselage structures and landing gear

  • Engine Structures, including fixed and rotating propulsion products, fan cases, exhaust systems, nacelles and other components

  • Electrical wiringinterconnection systems for aerostructures and engine products

  • Niche productssuch as ice fuel systems, transparencies including specialty coated cockpit and cabin windows, and flotation devices

Diversity and Inclusion

As a global engineering company, innovation is what differentiates us from our competitors and is central to our success.

A balance of cultures, ethnicities and genders help bring new ideas and creativity to GKN. We need people of different backgrounds, with different skills and perspectives to spark originality, imagination and creativeness in our teams around the world.

GKN is an equal opportunity employer.

We treat all our employees and applicants fairly and are committed to ensuring that there is no discrimination or harassment against any employee or qualified applicant on the grounds of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.