Corporate Counsel

Yazaki is a global leader in the research, development and delivery of vehicle power and data solutions.


Yazaki works with virtually every major auto manufacturer in the world, and we've strived to maintain strategic and stable growth throughout our 83-year history. Today, we're on the lookout for energetic people with the potential to perform, as well as the ability to strengthen - and thrive in - the positive work environment we pride ourselves on.

Location: Canton, MI, USA  



What we are looking for:


Yazaki is looking for Corporate Counsel to join our Legal team in Canton, Michigan.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative and action-driven environment making lasting impacts on the organization. 


The Corporate Counsel serves as a pivotal member of the legal team, reporting directly to the Vice President of Legal. This role is integral in providing legal counsel to business and operations personnel on non-complex matters, ensuring legal compliance, and managing various contractual obligations. With a solid understanding of contract law, corporate law, employment law, and supply chain dynamics, this individual plays a critical role in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts while collaborating with external legal counsel on intricate legal issues. Additionally, participation in training and education initiatives within the corporation ensures a culture of legal awareness and adherence.


What you will be doing:


  • Legal Advisory:
    • Offer legal guidance and support to business and operations staff on routine legal matters, providing clear and practical advice to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
    • Analyze non-complex legal issues, identify potential risks, and propose effective solutions to mitigate legal exposure.
  • Contract Drafting and Review:
    • Draft, review, and negotiate non-complex contracts, including but not limited to NDAs, master service agreements, master supply agreements, terms and conditions, SaaS agreements, and other commercial agreements.
    • Ensure contractual agreements align with corporate objectives, legal requirements, and industry best practices while minimizing legal risks.
  • Supply Chain Oversight:
    • Review supply chain agreements, assess supply chain risks, and negotiate favorable terms to safeguard the corporation's interests and enhance operational efficiency.
    • Stay abreast of supply chain trends, regulations, and best practices to proactively address emerging challenges and opportunities.
  • Employment Law Expertise:
    • Apply expertise in employment law to advise on employment-related matters, including hiring, termination, discrimination, harassment, and compliance with labor regulations.
    • Collaborate with HR and management teams to develop and implement policies and procedures that promote a fair and compliant workplace environment.
  • Training and Education:
    • Participate in the development and implementation of training programs aimed at enhancing legal awareness and compliance across corporate functions.
    • Educate corporate employees on legal requirements, policies, and procedures to foster a culture of legal compliance and risk mitigation.
  • Collaboration with External Counsel:
    • Collaborate with external legal counsel to address complex legal challenges, leveraging specialized expertise to provide comprehensive advice and support to the corporation.
    • Coordinate with external counsel in legal proceedings, negotiations, and transactions to safeguard the corporation's interests effectively.



What you will bring to the table:


  • 5-7 years of experience as a commercial lawyer in a corporation or law firm
  • Auto industry experience preferred
  • Law firm experience combined with in-house experience is preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in corporate law, contract drafting, and legal advisory roles within a corporate environment.
  • Proficiency in employment law principles, with a strong understanding of labor regulations and HR practices.
  • Familiarity with supply chain dynamics and experience in reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to convey complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, coupled with the ability to identify and assess legal risks effectively.
  • Proven ability to collaborate effectively with internal stakeholders and external counsel to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Commitment to upholding ethical standards and promoting a culture of integrity and compliance within the organization.


What we can provide you:

  • A collaborative learning environment that will help you reach your maximum potential
  • A diverse team of experts
  • Supportive leadership and team members to help you do your best work
  • Opportunities to build your professional network
  • An engaging and supportive work culture
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package including incentive compensation, 401K match, tuition assistance and a generous holiday schedule




Yazaki North America is committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, handicap, veteran status, or other legally protected status or characteristic. Equal opportunity extends to all aspects of the employment relationship. Yazaki North America complies with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and strives to keep the workplace free from all forms of harassment.