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Senior Manager Legal Counsel - Employment (R452903)


Employment Attorney



California, United States

About Stryker

Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with our customers, is driven to make healthcare better. We offer innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. We are proud to be named one of the World’s Best Workplaces and a Best Workplace for Diversity by Fortune Magazine. Learn more about our award-winning organization by visiting

Who we want:

Collaborative Partners. People who build and leverage cross-functional relationships to bring together ideas, data and insights to drive continuous improvement in functions.

Business-oriented evaluators. People who effectively interpret information to demonstrate the effects of business initiatives, regulation and industry trends for sales, management and leadership teams.

Effective communicators. People who can interpret information clearly and accurately to concisely communicate results and recommendations to stakeholders, senior management, and their teams.

Network builders. People who build connections with other teams and divisions and coordinate cross-functional collaboration.

What you will do:

The Senior Manager, Legal Counsel - Employment will be a key member of Stryker's employment law team within the Global Legal and Compliance Department. This attorney will:

  • Advise Human Resources business partners across Stryker’s divisions regarding time-sensitive and complex labor and employment issues.

  • Serve as the key resource on California-related labor and employment issues.

  • Respond to charges of discrimination filed with U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and/or state agencies.

  • Advise on post-employment restrictive covenants, including non-compete and non-solicitation obligations.

  • Conduct sensitive internal investigations regarding suspected violations of Stryker policy.

  • Review and develop HR policies and procedures.

  • Develop and conduct corporate trainings regarding labor and employment practices, and developments in national employment laws.

  • Collaborate with Stryker litigation counsel on employment litigation matters.

  • Participate in merger and acquisition due diligence activities.

  • Independently draft, edit and negotiate contracts.

  • Provide timely advice and counsel to clients.

  • Provide accurate information and research to a supervisor regarding laws and regulations.

  • Follow and educate others on internal processes.

  • Collaborate and communicate with colleagues, management, and outside counsel.

  • Assist on other matters as needed.

  • Demonstrates strong judgment, professional demeanor and business acumen.

  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with colleagues in a global organization.

  • Embraces and supports change in a dynamic environment.

  • Reacts positively to changing needs and demands.

  • Demonstrates ability to inspire, educate and empower others.

  • Ability to work well independently and in a team.

  • Possesses strong analytical and drafting skills.

  • Experience providing timely legal advice in a highly regulated environment preferred.

  • Demonstrates a commitment to integrity and accountability.

  • Provides guidance and direction to others and demonstrates strong potential leadership skills.

  • Possesses strong communication skills and ability to convey complex legal principles clearly and concisely.

  • Has a general understanding of business financials and reporting.

  • Has the ability to allocate resources effectively and, where relevant, has a general understanding of the budgeting process, expense and headcount management.

  • Possesses strong organizational skills and is able to manage numerous projects and conflicting demands in a fast-paced environment.

  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate at all levels of corporate organization.

What you will need:

  • Minimum 3 years applicable professional experience.

  • Maintains confidential information.

  • Demonstrates proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite.

  • Law degree and admission to practice law in at least one state.

  • Expertise with California labor and employment law required (experience with labor and employment laws in Michigan, New Jersey, Florida, Arizona, Puerto Rico and Texas preferred).

  • Spanish language proficiency preferred.

  • Experience with Benefits and OSHA/Workplace Safety issues preferred.

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