Assistant General Counsel - Product Assurance

Ferguson Enterprises, LLC
Newport News, Virginia, United States
Competitive salary
16 Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020
Job role
Job Description:

Role Summary:

The Product Assurance Counsel will support our growing product quality and development team working with the overall Ferguson business, and will be an integral member of a cross-functional team to ensure communication, consistency and compliance in the life-cycle of our products.

Please note: This position does allow for remote work now and long term. In the future, there could be travel to the corporate offices in Newport News, VA on a limited basis for meetings and in person collaboration. We are looking for candidates in Hampton Roads VA area and/or within a reasonable driving distance to the corporate offices.

  • Advise multiple stakeholders across product, engineering, and business development throughout the product development cycle (from the initial stages of product development, through launch, to market strategy) on a broad range of best practices and compliance issues.
  • Analyze potential legal risks, safety issues, and regulatory requirements for new products, features, and initiatives, to provide practical risk mitigation strategies for products across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Provide pragmatic day to day and strategic advice to minimize legal risks while advancing business goals and initiatives.
  • Provide advice on consumer product safety testing, labeling, and installation and owner manuals compliance.
  • Coordinate with product management, product assurance, sourcing, and other cross-functional teams on external communications, policy development, product development, and product launches.
  • Understand, track and analyze proposed, new and pending domestic legislation related to company's products that could impact the business.
  • Engage with regulatory agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and similar state and federal regulatory agencies.
  • Manage outside counsel and outside consultants as needed.

  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school; Admitted to practice and in good standing with at least one U.S. State Bar.
  • Minimum 5+ years of post-admission legal experience in a law firm and/or in-house counsel.
  • Knowledge of U.S. & Canada government regulated safety on products.
  • Practical experience with recalls and product investigations, CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) and CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), as well as working with third party testing labs.
  • Compliance background, with experience in handling product and compliance related to safety and manufacturing preferably in regulatory requirements of federal and state agencies.
  • Experience counseling product development and working closely with designers, engineers, and product management.
  • Technical experience in a manufacturing environment with root cause and corrective action analysis is a plus.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to work independently while being able to contribute successfully to cross-functional team.
  • Highest standards of ethics and professional integrity.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer as well as a government contractor that shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a), which prohibits discrimination against qualified protected Veterans and the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(A), which prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability.