EMEA Employment Law Counsel

Seagate Technology



Londonderry, United Kingdom


Position summary

About our group:

Seagate’s Global Employment Law Team is a collaborative and collegial group that strives to deliver excellent customer service and practical business advice while mitigating risk and protecting our company and our employees. Reporting to our Deputy General Counsel who is located in the https://U.S., we are looking for a high performing individual who will manage a diverse and challenging array of labor and employment matters for our UK oprarations, including our large site in Springtown Northern Ireland, as well as other offices throughout the UK & EMEA. 

The successful candidate will be an employment lawyer who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is comfortable advising in dynamic conditions where business priorities may change quickly. The ideal candidate has experience working with senior management, including top-level executives and is able to recognize and communicate the business consequences of legal advice, has a “roll up the sleeves” attitude, and is a team player.  We are looking for someone who is passionate about employment law and will be dedicated to partnering closely with Human Resource colleagues and business leaders to ensure our ability to provide critical strategic support for our business.

About the role - you will:

  • Be primary support for all employment law issues impacting our UK sites (Northern Ireland and UK) as well as some of our international sites in EMEA  
  • Actively engage with HR to identify potential issues and provide practical, effective and time-sensitive solutions. Key to this role will be a proactive, customer-service oriented mindset. This is not a role where the attorney will hand out advice and sit back.  You will be expected to embed yourself within the HR team as needed in order to drive projects and compliance initiatives to completion
  • Provide advice to business and HR teams on a variety of issues including compensation and classification issues, leaves of absence, employee benefits, disability and accommodations-related issues, hiring and background checks, DE&I, performance management, involuntary terminations, redundancies/reductions in force, discrimination/harassment, noncompete/nonsolicit, contingent workers, and pay equity issues
  • Provide support for labor law and union issues
  • Act as internal legal counsel to HR and management for EMEA Works Councils
  • Develop and deliver training to HR, managers and employees on a wide variety of employment and compliance related subjects.  Present to executive leadership and senior managers on employment law developments
  • Draft offer letters, employment contracts, release agreements and other employment related documents
  • Support and guide HR-led investigations and conduct investigations on an occasional basis if circumstances require
  • Collaborate with a broad range of people and departments throughout Seagate to develop and maintain strong working relationships between Legal, HR, Finance, IT, Security, Internal Audit, and other operational groups
  • Assist with other corporate initiatives as required (https://e.g., M&A, commercial, and compliance matters)
  • Draft responses to claims submitted to employment tribunals and other government agencies
  • Manage litigation engage with outside counsel to effectively resolve outstanding employment litigation matters
  • Juggle and successfully prioritize competing work streams simultaneously
  • Understand and be able to translate into “plain English” the legal ramifications of varied legal issues (including regulatory requirements) and clearly and succinctly articulate the risks
  • Draft, update and revise policies and handbooks
  • Keep up to date with new developments in employment legislation and advise HR of any necessary changes
  • Audit current HR processes and make recommendations for improvements and best practices and
  • Be flexible to work outside regular business hours as needed to accommodate global clients and colleagues in other geographies.

About you:

  • Subject matter expert in the United Kingdom employment laws. Also, International employment law experience is helpful, but not mandatory.
  • Relentless optimist with ability to maintain positive attitude in times of challenge.
  • Ability to work cross functionally across geographies and multiple organizations to influence colleagues, implement change and improve processes.
  • Enthusiastic about working with colleagues in the https://U.S. and other countries.
  • Able to see the “big picture” as well as the relationship between legal and business issues.
  • Gifted with the both the written word and highly articulate.
  • Accountable – able to deliver on work as promised and meet aggressive time frames.
  • Multi-tasker – able to simultaneously manage a variety of assignments, oversee areas of responsibility and prioritize activities in a fast-paced, demanding environment.
  • Effective decision maker – comfortable making independent recommendations, but also able to seek guidance and escalate matters when appropriate.
  • Influencer – able to carry yourself in a professional manner, exhibit confidence and are able to persuade others when needed build credibility quickly and provide strong legal support for complex and challenging business opportunities
  • Relationship builder – you appreciate people with different backgrounds and points of view and seek to create an inclusive environment.
  • Adaptable and comfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity and constantly look to improve and grow in the role. 
  • Enjoy seeking and receiving constructive feedback and are open to learning and coaching from more senior colleagues.

Your experience includes:

Essential experience includes:

  • Eligible to practice in the United Kingdom as a qualified solicitor at the time of application, as well as between 3-5 years of experience in employment law, in a local the United Kingdom, and ideally some Northern Ireand experience, in a law firm setting, or in house role, or government agency. 
  • Please note: This is a mid-level individual contributor role.
  • Experience working with labor unions, or the interest to learn about labor law.
  • Working both collaboratively and independently and have the flexibility to work outside traditional work hours, when needed.
  • Managing multiple, concurrent projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Positively and successfully managing relationships with a highly energetic, diverse group of stakeholders across different lines of business.

You might also have:

  • Experience working with a large, global high-tech company

  • Employment law experience in other EMEA countries.

*Please note that you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement to be sponsored by Seagate.

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Seagate Technology is committed to equal opportunity in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community irrespective of sex, marital status, religious affiliation, age, disability or ethnic origin. The Company specifically welcomes applications from the protestant community who are currently underrepresented in this job category. All applications will be considered strictly on the basis of merit.

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See list below of many of our Company Benefits:

    Health – AXA Healthcare, for employees and dependents, Company sick pay and medical leave, Occupational healthcare service, Employee assistance programmes, Group income protection and On-site gym/ exercise classes / personal trainer.
    Work Life Balance – Annual leave, Flexible working hours, Part-time working, Enhanced maternity pay, Enhanced paternity pay, Bereavement leave.
    Finance – Pension – employer contributory scheme, Life assurance, Employee stock purchase plan, Competitive base pay, Company bonus scheme, Reward and recognition, Employee savings scheme, Perks at work discount programmes, Employee discount scheme, Pay for civil / jury duty.
    Career – Degree / non degree assistance Externally accredited training and development opportunities, Service awards, LinkedIn learning, Learning & development programmes.


Remote Role (vist to our Springtown operations as and when needed) 

This is a Full Time role.

Location: Springtown, United Kingdom, Dublin, Ireland, Marlow United Kingdom, Remote Northern Ireland, Remote Republic of Ireland, Remote United Kingdom
Travel: None

Why you should apply for a job to Seagate Technology:

  • Ranked as one of the Best Companies for Women in 2022

  • 4.6/5 in supportive management

  • 87% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 90% would recommend this company to other women

  • 87% say the CEO supports gender diversity

  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.
  • Extensive Health Insurance

  • 401K Plan

  • Additional Benefits such as: Employee Assistance Program, Adoption Assistance & Degree Assistance Program