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Manager - Legal


Detroit, MI, US

Company:  DTE Eng Corp Svcs LLC
Job ID:  5769

The future is bright at DTE Energy! We are one of the largest Fortune 500 diversified utilities in the United States with an aspiration to be the best-operated energy company in North America and a force for good in the communities we live and serve.  We have businesses in 26 different states and are comprised of regulated utility and non-utility businesses.  Our utility business provides electric and gas service to approximately 3 million customers.  Our non-utility businesses include a diversified portfolio of energy related companies, ranging from gas storage and pipelines to renewable power development.

DTE Energy’s utility and non-utility businesses are poised for significant growth. We look forward to working with highly motivated and team-oriented individuals to energize our efforts of growing economically and environmentally.

Recently, DTE Energy has been recognized as an outstanding place to work and has received the following accolades:

* Gallup Great Workplace Award for consecutive years
* Civic 50 Award for corporate citizenship excellence
* Indeed’s annual “50 Best Places to Work” award for two years running
* Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to work For
* J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Award
* Professional Women’s Magazine/Black EOE Journal “Best of the Best”
* Computerworld’s 100 Best Places to Work in IT
* Best Employers for a Healthy Lifestyle Gold Award
* Detroit Free Press Green Leaders Award

DTE Energy is an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, citizenship, height, weight, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, protected veteran status or any other status protected by law.

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Job Summary

  • This individual will oversee employment and labor functional areas.  Manage legal risks regarding employment and labor issues; including policy and procedure development.  Responsible for managing attorneys and other legal staff within a (legal specialty area) practice group in the Corporation's General Counsel Organization. Provides ongoing process review, identifies op- portunities for process/technology design improvements, and identifies and implements best practices to increase operational efficiencies and to provide top-quality, business focused legal support to the Enterprise & Business Units. Works with chief legal officer and the legal leadership team in translating Corporate strategy into de-partmental and practice group strategies. Assumes responsibilities on behalf of the General Counsel and/or the Assistant General Counsel in their absence. Provides performance management support in establishing goals, providing mentoring and feedback, and completing employee appraisals of assigned staff and paraprofessionals. Supports talent planning objectives by establishing developmental action plans for short and long-term career planning and by providing training and advancement opportunities for professional and para-professional legal staff.

Key Accountabilities

  • Responsible for legal success for corporate objectives and core values.
  • Establishes strategies, systems, and process for and provisions for cost effective legal services by practice groups and outside counsel.
  • Defines expectations for staff and outside counsel working with multiple clients with multiple legal issues.
  • Responsible for meeting legal department budget objectives.
  • Handles pressure situations, difficult clients, and outside counsel effectively.
  • Undertakes special projects as assigned.
  • Complies with ethical standards and assures compliance with ethical standards

Minimum Education & Experience Requirements

  • Graduate of accredited law school and admitted to the bar of the state of practice, & 10+ years of legal experience, including 3+ years of legal case and project team leadership experience, including experience in the majority of the following: a law office, client relationships, legal matters in multiple areas, performance of legal work by other attorneys both inside and knowledge assets, and individual attorney work skills.

Other Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Extensive employment and labor law experience.
  • Prior experience providing or managing legal advice on recruitment and talent planning; religious and disability accommodations; FMLA and related state statutes; EEOC/MDCR complaints and compliance; FLSA and related state wage & hour statutes; employment and worker’s compensation litigation; traditional labor negotiations, grievances, and arbitrations. 
  • Ability to strategize and advise on governmental audits: OFCCP (Establishment and Headquarters CMCE audits); immigration Public Access Files and I-9.
  • Understanding and advising on adverse impact data analytics related to Affirmative Action Plans; compensation and HR processes; and employment testing.

Additional Information

Incumbents may engage in all or some combination of the activities and accountabilities, and utilize a variety of the competencies cited in this description depending upon the organization and role to which they are assigned. This description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by incumbents in this job. It is not intended as an all-inclusive list of accountabilities or responsibilities, nor is it intended to limit the rights of supervisors or management representatives to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Nearest Major Market: Detroit