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Northrop Grumman Corporate Counsel - Labor and Employment in Falls Church, Virginia

As a key business partner, Corporate Counsel - Labor and Employment will deliver labor and employment law support for Northrop Grumman businesses throughout the United States and in key international locations. Counsel will participate on HR and other leadership teams, provide legal advice to management in various areas of labor and employment law, represent the company in mediations, regulatory agency investigations, audits, and hearings, conduct internal investigations, develop human resource policies and procedures and provide training to human resources and management business partners. Counsel will partner across the labor/employment team and broader law department, and with many functional and business stakeholders across the company, including human resources, corporate responsibility, service center operations, security, and with company leadership at all levels in the United States and internationally. As part of the labor and employment law team, counsel will provide strategic advice on human resources and business initiatives, advise the company in its compliance with labor and employment laws and regulations, create solutions to mitigate labor/employment legal risk, and defend the company when personnel actions are challenged. The position reports to Northrop Grumman's Assistant General Counsel, Labor and Employment (located in Falls Church, VA). The Corporate Counsel position may be located in Northern Virginia (Falls Church, McLean, Dulles), Linthicum, Maryland, or Melbourne, Florida.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Law Degree from an ABA accredited law school and active bar membership.

  • Member of the State Bar in the applicable location (Virginia, Maryland), capable of being licensed through testing or comity, or, in lieu of licensure, capable of registering as an in-house counsel in accordance with the rules of the applicable State Bar.

  • 8 or more years of labor/employment experience at top law firm(s) and/or in-house legal department(s).

  • Experience counseling clients on a breadth of employment and labor law issues, including but not limited to federal and state laws on discrimination & harassment, wage & hour, leave of absence, non-compete & non-solicitation, and arbitration.

  • Experience conducting investigations, drafting responses to administrative charges, developing and implementing policies and procedures, preparing and negotiating settlement agreements, and representing companies in employment adversarial matters.

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including ability to communicate effectively with diverse individuals at all levels and areas within the organization, from executive leadership to first-line supervisors.

  • Familiarity with diverse state labor and employment laws across multiple states.

  • Ability to promote and contribute to a team environment that encourages and supports inclusion to drive innovation and reach the best solutions to complex problems.

  • Ability to self-motivate, work under minimal supervision, and learn new substantive areas within and beyond labor and employment law.

  • Exceptional integrity, outstanding analytical skills and strategic thinking, and exceptional judgment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to balance multiple, competing priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex legal matters, including audits, investigations, mediations, and administrative hearings.

  • Experience in traditional labor law, including RC, ULP, bargaining, CBA administration, and labor arbitration.

  • Experience in advising on international labour law matters involving US Expat assignments and local employees.

  • Experience advising government contractors, including with respect to affirmative action programs, OFCCP and WHD audits.

  • Ability to obtain and hold a U.S. DoD security clearance.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Job Category : Legal and Regulatory