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Senior Legal Counsel, Employment - Remote

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Date: Nov 12, 2021

Location: Canonsburg, PA, US, 15317 Boston, MA, US, 02205-9761 Jersey City, NJ, US, 07302 Baltimore, MD, US, 21229-9998 Concord, MA, US, 01742 Ann Arbor, MI, US, 48108 Atlanta, GA, US, 30304-9998 Chicago, IL, US, 60699-9208 Dallas, TX, US, 75260 Charlotte, NC, US, 28217 Orlando, FL, US, 32826 New York, NY, US, 10001 Washington, DC, DC, US, 20018

Company: Ansys

Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation. We empower the world’s most innovative companies to deliver transformational products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software solutions, we help our customers solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination. Whether you are a software developer, product engineer, sales team member, or part of our corporate team, at Ansys we know that by embracing what makes us each unique, we become collectively better.


In this role, you will report to the Associate General Counsel, Employment and be a key member of the Employment team within the Ansys Legal Department’s Global Ethics, Compliance & Risk team.  The Employment team provides legal counsel primarily to the Human Resources Department, but also to all other business groups.  We are a key partner to the Company in executing its human capital management strategy.
Your primary responsibilities will involve the provision of legal support on executive compensation, general compensation, and employee benefits matters. A secondary responsibility will be to support the Associate General Counsel, Employment, in providing advice on a wide variety of general employment law matters. Some aspects of the role responsibilities are global in nature, while others relate specifically to the United States.  The role will be located at Ansys’ headquarters in Canonsburg, PA or remotely from any location within the continental United States.

Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and interface with outside counsel with regard to day-to-day compensation and benefits issues, including:

  • Ansys’ stock plan, employee stock purchase plan, sales commission plans, and required public company disclosure issues
  • Ansys’ 401(k) plan (including fiduciary guidance to its retirement committee), health savings accounts and health and welfare programs
  • Ansys’ annual incentive plans
  • Development and updates of policies, plan documentation and communications relating to Ansys’ compensation and employee health and welfare plans and programs and related initiatives
  • Provide legal counsel and support with HR-related elements of strategic transactions / acquisitions, including:
  • Due diligence, especially with regard to employee benefits, compensation plans and other qualified and non-qualified plan issues
  • Negotiation / drafting of compensation and benefits-related reps and covenants in M&A deals
  • Interface with outside M&A and employment counsel on compensation and benefits issues in M&A transactions; and pre / post-close implementation
  • Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and business units and interface with outside counsel on day-to-day general employment law matters, including:
  • Advise on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other workplace investigations
  • Counsel internal clients on various employment matters, including reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, fair pay, and wage and hour issues
  • Respond to claims and demand letters
  • Research and advise on legislative trends in harassment prevention and other areas
  • Work with Human Resources to enhance training programs
  • Provide thought leadership and support for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; and develop, revise and implement related policies and training solutions and stay atop of industry developments to help Ansys be best in class
  • Negotiation and documentation of employment, retention and separation agreements and restrictive covenants of varying complexity



  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from a U.S. accredited law school required
  • Member in good standing of at least one state bar association
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in executive compensation and employee benefits subject areas, with preference given to executive compensation experience with a public company
  • Some experience with M&A and corporate transactions


  • 7+ years’ experience in risk mitigation related to key employee-life cycle events (hiring, retention and terminations)
  • Experience with SEC reporting relating to executive compensation
  • Mix of law firm and in-house experience strongly preferred
  • Ability to spot and analyze complex issues and devise practical strategies and solutions
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written), with both legal and non-legal professionals and comfort working in a role requiring utmost discretion and confidentiality
  • Strong drafting and negotiating skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple complex projects simultaneously
  • Is flexible and adaptable - demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced working environment and work diplomatically and tactfully with others
  • An inclusive individual who thrives in a team-oriented and collaborative environment


Due to the federally mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirement impacting federal contractors like Ansys, this position requires you to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to your start date.  If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons, we offer accommodations in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws including state and local mandatory vaccination orders.


At Ansys, our diverse, collaborative teams give us the strength and insight to solve the world’s most challenging engineering problems. Our ONE Ansys culture has at its core:

  • Customer Focus
  • Results and Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Transparency and Integrity
  • Mastery
  • Inclusiveness
  • Sense of Urgency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork

At Ansys, you will find yourself among the sharpest minds and most visionary leaders across the globe. Collectively we strive to change the world with innovative technology and transformational solutions. With a prestigious reputation in servicing well-known, world-class companies, standards at Ansys are high – met by those willing to rise to the occasion and meet those challenges head-on. At Ansys, it’s about the learning, the discovery and the collaboration. It’s about the “what’s next” as much as the “mission accomplished.” And it’s about the melding of disciplined intellect with strategic direction and results that have, can and do impact real people in real ways. All this is forged within a working environment built on respect, autonomy and ethics.
At Ansys, you will find yourself among those eager to drive the world towards the next best thing with hands planted firmly on the wheel. Our team is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology, empowering our customers to turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at lower cost.  As a measure of our success in attaining these goals, Ansys has been recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by prestigious publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek and FORTUNE magazines.
Ansys is an S&P 500 company and a member of the NASDAQ-100. We are proud to have been recognized for the following awards: Bay Area Best Places to Work, a Pillar World Awards Gold Winner, Fast Company Best Places to Work for Innovators, a Gold Stevie Award for Great Employers, the FORTUNE Future 50, a DCA Silver Winner, an R&D100 Finalist, a 20% by 2020 Women on Boards winner, a 2020 Pittsburgh Tech 50 – finalist, and America’s Most Responsible Companies.
For more information, please visit us at www.ansys.com


We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging where everyone thrives as ONE Ansys team.

Ansys is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.
Ansys does not accept unsolicited referrals for vacancies, and any unsolicited referral will become the property of Ansys. Upon hire, no fee will be owed to the agency, person, or entity.


Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh