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 a Corporate Counsel to join our Legal team in Canton, MI.  The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a collaborative and action-driven environment making lasting impacts on the organization.  This position is hybrid.


What you will be doing:

  • Review, draft and negotiate a wide range of contracts including supply agreements, sales agreements, vendor service agreements, NDA’s, IT agreements, license agreements and other general corporate agreements with varying degrees of complexity and risks in the region.
  • Actively engage with internal clients from multiple business units and department, customers, vendors, and other third parties.
  • Provide strategic legal support and guidance on various transactional, corporate, employment and compliance matters.
  • Work with members of management and the legal department on various projects as assigned.


What you will bring to the table:

  • Juris Doctor, and member of the American Bar Association
  • 2 to 4 years of experience years of relevant experience in a major law firm, a multi-national corporation or both.
  • Experience in the automotive industry, and knowledge of OE, supplier terms and conditions are preferred
  • Solid and efficient drafting skills with knowledge of standard contracting administration procedures, concepts, principles, and methods.
  • Knowledge of Uniform Commercial Code (Article 2) and extensive experience reviewing, negotiating, and drafting wide variety of contracts (e.g., sales, supply contracts).
  • Experience with corporate transactions (e.g., acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures) and the corporate secretarial function (e.g., corporate, partnership and limited liability company formation, operation, and maintenance).
  • Up to 30% travel required
  • Results oriented; effective at managing multiple priorities under tight deadlines, ability to prioritize conflicting demands, organize time and resources to deliver consistent results for the business and bring assignments to successful completion.
  • High degree of business acumen; strong technical aptitude; proficiency with Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Key Competencies: analytical thinking and problem solving, excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills across all levels of an organization, demonstrated negotiation skills, solid ability to make judgement calls under pressure


What we can provide you:

  • A safe collaborative learning work environment that stimulates creativity and exploration
  • Diverse teams of experts
  • Resources from around the globe
  • Supportive leadership and team members to help you do your best work
  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • Competitive compensation and benefits package including incentive compensation, 401K match, tuition assistance and a generous holiday schedule
  • A hybrid work 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.