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Senior Legal Counsel, Employment - Remote

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Date: Apr 27, 2022

Location: Canonsburg, PA, US, 15317 Raleigh, NC, US, 27606 Dallas, TX, US, 75260 Kansas City, MO, US, 64116-9998 Boston, MA, US, 02205-9761 Chicago, IL, US, 60699-9208 Washington, DC, DC, US, 20018 Baltimore, MD, US, 21229-9998 Atlanta, GA, US, 30304-9998 Jersey City, NJ, US, 07302

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.


The Senior Legal Counsel, Employment will provide advice on a wide variety of general employment law matters. Most aspects of the responsibilities of this role relate specifically to the Americas (United States and Canada), although there is the opportunity to expand into some APAC as well as global matters.  The role will be located at Ansys’ headquarters in Canonsburg, PA or remotely from any location within the Central or Eastern time zones in the United States. The role will report to the Assistant General Counsel & Director, Global Employment and be a key member of the Employment team within the Ansys Legal Department’s Global Ethics, Compliance & Risk team.  The Employment legal team provides legal counsel primarily to the Human Resources Department, but also to all other business groups within Ansys on legal issues related to all aspects of employment. We are a key partner to the Company in executing its human capital management strategy.


•    Provide practical legal counsel to Human Resources and other internal stakeholders and interface with outside counsel with regard to general employment law matters, including:
•    Counsel internal clients on various day-to-day employment matters, including reasonable accommodations, leaves of absence, fair pay, and wage and hour issues
•    Advise on employee compensation and benefit matters including compensation plans
•    Respond to claims and demand letters
•    Advise on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other workplace investigations
•    Research and advise on legislative trends in harassment prevention and other areas
•    Work with Human Resources to review, create, and enhance training programs
•    Provide thought leadership and support for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
•    Develop, revise and implement employment-related policies and stay atop of industry developments to help Ansys be best in class
•    Develop and update policies, plan documentation and communications relating to Ansys’ compensation and employee health and welfare plans and programs and related initiatives
•    Negotiate and document employment, retention and separation agreements and restrictive covenants of varying complexity
•    Manage employment related litigation and coordinate external counsel as needed
•    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 employment-related reps and covenants in M&A deals
•    Interface with outside M&A and employment counsel on M&A transactions; and pre / post-close implementation

•    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 10 years’ experience out of which at least 6 years in risk mitigation related to key employee life-cycle events (hiring, retention and terminations) with preference given to in-house experience with a public international company
•    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 negotiations skills
•    Ability to manage and prioritize multiple complex work projects simultaneously
•    Occasional travel required

•    Mix of law firm and in-house experience strongly preferred
•    Experience with employment related issues in M&A and corporate transactions. 
•    Ability to spot and analyze complex issues and devise practical strategies and solutions
•    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
•    Interested in technology, computers and software



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