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.


Yazaki North America, Inc. (“Yazaki North America”), the regional headquarters for Yazaki North and Central America, offers challenging responsibilities and exciting career opportunities to performance-driven, skilled specialists with solid professional knowledge and proven career expertise who wish to contribute to our company’s success.


Yazaki North America is seeking a talented, dynamic and proactive Corporate Counsel with a roll-up-your sleeves attitude to join Corporate Governance & Legal Affairs Department.  Corporate Counsel will provide legal support to a variety of internal customers must thrive in a fast-paced environment, deliver as a way of life and be inspired to make a positive impact. Corporate Counsel will serve as a trusted advisor and business partner to diverse business units across Yazaki North America, both domestically and internationally, and provide support on commercial transactions, labor and employment, litigation and other matters arising in North and Central America. Corporate Counsel will be expected to establish and maintain effective working relationships, founded on trust and transparency, with our internal and external partners and to address complex legal and business issues in an accurate, clear and thorough manner. The candidate should be prepared to support a fast-changing automotive landscape and must be able to exercise sound judgment; excellent communication skills and the ability to drive decisions through consensus and influence change are a must.


Primary duties and responsibilities will include:

  • 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.
  • Effectively execute other legal services as directed.


Job Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 -4 years of relevant experience in a major law firm, a multi-national corporation or both.
  • Experience in the automotive industry is a preferred.
  • Up to 30% travel required
  • Ability to make solid judgment calls under pressure.
  • 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 the automotive industry and knowledge of OE and supplier terms and conditions.
  • 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).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills and ability to influence without authority.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to build positive relationships with management, other members of the legal team and external parties.
  • Solid critical thinking and analytical skills and decision-making capabilities coupled with the ability to analyze situations and provide practical recommendations.
  • Ability to anticipate questions and provide alternative outcomes with resulting recommendations.
  • 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.


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.