Legal Counsel

Job Locations US-GA-Atlanta
Job Type
Full Time

Position Overview

Legal Counsel

Novelis is the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, producing a significant amount of the world's flat-rolled aluminum products. We work alongside our customers to provide innovative solutions to the aerospace, beverage can, automotive and high-end specialty markets.


Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Novelis has approximately 14,650 employees in 33 operating facilities on four continents and is making significant capital investments in recycling and rolling capacity in North America to meet an ascending customer demand.


The Novelis North America (NNA) team is seeking a Legal Counsel. The Legal Counsel is a cross-functional role that partners with the Novelis North America Management Team, Business Value Streams and Functional Leaders, Plant Management, and the Novelis Global Team, to provide commercially astute legal advice that highlights potential risks and offers risk mitigation recommendations and alternatives. The primary focus of the role is partnering with North America Legal team and the North America and Global business teams, primarily the Regional and Global Procurement and Logistics and Transportation functions, to handle commercial transactions and business contract arrangements with suppliers for capital expansion and other projects, including strategic planning, analysis, negotiation, review, drafting, administration and implementation of key commercial arrangements involving engineering services, construction and equipment purchases, purchasing operations, sourcing contract strategy development and management, process development and management, and other corporate and plant procurement-related projects across Novelis’ 17 North American plants.


This diverse role also involves the management and resolution of contractual issues and commercial disputes, and the handling of a variety of other legal matters to anticipate and assess legal risks relating to operations and strategic decisions. Other responsibilities include providing training and advice to employees on legal and corporate compliance matters, including the Company’s delegation of authority policy, and other special projects. The successful candidate will be considered for growth opportunities such as developing and expanding legal expertise in a variety of areas such as Value Stream commercial sales agreements, trade compliance, and other matters.

Responsibilities & Qualifications


  • Collaborating with the Novelis North America Management Team, Business Value Streams and Functional Leaders, and Plant Management and provide commercially sensitive, practical legal advice and counseling to ensure that the Company’s legal needs are met and strategic objectives are promoted.
  • Handling strategic commercial and business contract arrangements with suppliers, including planning, structuring, analysis, negotiation, review, drafting and implementing of strategic commercial arrangements. Leading and/or supporting the negotiation of strategic critical path work packages while providing overall legal and risk management support to the project team.
  • Providing legal counsel, strategic planning advice, leadership and commercial mentorship in support of Novelis North America commercial initiatives, and support to corporate global functions, as necessary, consistent with the Company’s contracts management policies and procedures, as well as training in support of risk management and compliance initiatives.
  • Implementing general risk management and avoidance strategies and influencing business managers to adopt standard methodologies as necessary.
  • Working with the legal team to help find opportunities for improvement, supporting legal initiatives and projects, and providing legal training to business teams.
  • Accountable for leading team that keeps plants between their min/max inventory levels for each input type requires daily oversight. Failure could result in plants shutting down or unsafe operating conditions.
  • Ensuring the process and team are developed for order entry and timely communication of pricing commitments to the risk management department for hedging purposes and leading all aspects of contracts for compliance and pricing administration have a substantial impact on ROCE.


  • Juris Doctor degree from accredited U.S. law school and active and admitted to a state bar
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience as in-house counsel or with corporate law firms. A combination of law firm and corporate legal experience is preferred
  • Advanced understanding of commercial law, UCC, and other statutes applicable to commercial transactions
  • Able to work collaboratively with all internal functions, internal clients, and external counsel
  • Excellent contract negotiation and drafting skills
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to use independent judgment and creativity to resolve complex contract issues
  • Significant experience negotiating complex contracts, and resolving complex commercial disputes, is highly valued, as is experience counseling global organizations on commercial and compliance issues
  • Meticulous and ability to handle multiple transactions and projects simultaneously under deadline pressure
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, strong leadership skills, and the ability to build and sustain lasting relationships with customers and management
  • Strong reputation for integrity and ability to balance business interests with the need to exercise independent judgment. The ability to raise (and intensify, if necessary) potentially sensitive or contentious issues
  • Broad business knowledge, high energy, and enthusiasm with sound judgment
  • Background in negotiation of capital expansion projects with a manufacturing company is desired.

What We Offer:

This role offers a hybrid schedule with a minimum of two days in the office. Novelis values the need for flexibility and balance for employees and is committed to a Flex Work approach that empowers employees to maintain work-life balance while enjoying the benefits of a collaborative office environment. Novelis values the need for flexibility and balance for employees.

Novelis benefits say a lot about how we care for each other. Our employees and their families have many different needs. As a result, our benefits offer choices on many levels and are high in quality, competitive in the marketplace, and affordable. These are a few of the benefits we offer to support you and your family’s well-being:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Health savings accounts – Company Funded Health Savings Account (HSA) and Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Company-paid basic life insurance and Additional voluntary life coverage
  • Paid vacation and competitive personal time off
  • 401(k) savings plan with company match
  • Retiree Medical Plans – medical and prescription drug coverage through Novelis sponsored Retiree Health Access
  • Retirement Savings Account
  • Employee assistance programs – available 24/7 to you and your family
  • Wellness and Work Life Support - career development and educational assistance

Novelis recognizes its hard-working and diverse workforce as a key competitive advantage. Novelis provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. All terms and conditions of employment at Novelis, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoffs, recalls, transfers, leaves of absence, compensation, and training, are without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Location Profile

Novelis’ Global Corporate Headquarters is located in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta Georgia and employs approximately 250 people. It is co-located with Novelis’ North America regional office which employs approximately 225 people. Supporting its 24 operations worldwide Novelis’ corporate office is home to the executive leadership team and global functions that support the automotive beverage can and high-end specialties value streams. The City of Atlanta provides a diverse and family-friendly place to live with countless museums cultural organizations and educational institutions including the Georgia Aquarium Woodruff Arts Center CNN Center Georgia Tech and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In the Atlanta area Novelis has strong community partnerships with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity GeorgiaFIRST and Agape Youth and Family Center in addition to many local museums and community groups. Novelis recognizes its talented and diverse workforce as a key competitive advantage. Novelis provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. All terms and conditions of employment at Novelis including recruiting hiring placement promotion termination layoffs recalls transfers leaves of absence compensation and training are without regard to race color religion age sex national origin disability status genetics protected veteran status sexual orientation gender identity or expression or any other characteristic protected by federal provincial or local laws.


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