Counsel, Global Innovations
General Motors

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Job Description

General Motors (GM) is seeking an attorney to join its Detroit-based Legal Staff to support GM's Global Innovation business team. The attorney will be responsible for providing strategic legal advice and commercial transactional support to Company personnel on innovative technology, product, and customer initiatives. This person will report to the Lead Counsel for eCommerce and Global Innovation practice area.

General Motors is in the midst of a great transformation and is looking for individuals who can help it excel in its pursuit of a world of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion. This role calls for an exceptional legal collaborator who has excellent legal and business acumen, exemplary judgment, personal integrity and experience in starting new businesses or incubating new businesses in a larger corporate context. This role supports GM's growth initiatives and innovative technologies to shape the future of the automotive industry. The ideal candidate will have business savvy and strategic vision, experience with sophisticated transactions and in advising early technology companies and is able to successfully partner with cross-functional teams. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who has been successful in nimble, fast-paced environments, and who brings strong problem-solving skills along with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

Reporting to the Lead Counsel for eCommerce and Global Innovation practice area, this role will be responsible to manage multiple projects and emerging businesses and work effectively across internal functions and businesses.


  • Developing a thorough understanding of and familiarity with GM's businesses, products, future goals, and the regulatory schemes under which it operates.
  • Partnering with Global Innovation business teams who are leading GM's development of new technology products and services through all stages of product and feature development, managing legal risk and ensuring regulatory compliance.
  • Counseling clients on and helping implement appropriate corporate governance processes for new businesses.
  • Structuring, negotiating, and reviewing a variety of agreements for internal and external transactions, including commercial contracts, licensing agreement, SaaS agreements, customer-facing policies, marketing communications, and terms of service.
  • Counseling clients on technical, contractual, and regulatory issues on emerging issues.
  • Collaborating with corporate development, intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity, and global connected services for connected vehicle technologies, with strong ability to build relationships, gain credibility, and successfully partner with others.
  • Developing and implementing process improvement initiatives to improve efficiency of legal and business activities.
  • Supporting other Legal Staff members on a project management basis, creating an "engaged" team culture.

Additional Job Description


  • Law degree from an accredited law school with excellent academics and membership in good standing in at least one state bar; graduation from nationally recognized law schools a strong plus
  • Active license to practice law in Michigan or at least one other US jurisdiction, and (if not admitted in Michigan) the ability to qualify for in-house practice in Michigan
  • Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant law firm and/or in-house experience
  • Familiarity with software and high technology industries, customer-facing technology products and experience in drafting and negotiating relevant agreements to support the business.
  • Experience helping start-ups or incubating new businesses, including app and software-based businesses
  • Background and knowledge of electronic transactions, and experience in payment services industry, and applicable legal and regulatory landscape (including fair lending, TILA/Reg Z, consumer finance
  • Candidates must have a self-starter personality, be a quick learner with strong internal motivation, and be possessed of initiative, integrity, and resilience
  • Strong communication (written and oral) skills are required, particularly in clearly and concisely describing complex legal issues to business clients, management and legal colleague, as are critical and analytical thinking

Desired Skills
  • Strategic Orientation: actively challenges strategic assumptions and frameworks within own area when necessary; is guided by future possibilities rather than constrained by current realities in generating strategy; integrates understanding of current and future trends into preemptive action that shapes the direction of the business
  • Client Focus: Serve and build value-added relationships with customers or clients, both internal and external
  • Results Orientation: Drive for improvement of business results, take ownership of workload management, and create better ways of doing things to achieve higher levels of performance; identifies and examines alternatives; works smarter not just harder
  • Change Leadership: Actively manage change, focus on larger purpose and strategy when promoting change, and take an active role in promoting change initiatives in their area

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day - individually and collectively - to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values;
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers. We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities.GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

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