Employment Counsel

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Legal team supporting Autodesk’s People and Places Team. You will be our third employment counsel, reporting into the Director, Global Employment Counsel.

In this role, you will support the People and Places team in the U.S. and internationally. We have over 10,000 employees in 40+ countries. You will be an integral member of our small employment team and have the unique opportunity to partner with leaders throughout the company on all employment law issues. The work is both interesting and challenging.  You will join a diverse and talented Legal team who are creative, passionate, and focused on making an impact.

This position can be based in our San Francisco Bay Area offices or our Portland, Denver, or Boston offices.


  • Provide pragmatic advice on a broad array of employment-related matters, including hiring, diversity and inclusion, employee relations, performance management, leaves of absence, workplace accommodations, compensation, benefits, contingent workforce issues, terminations, and immigration
  • Advise on internal investigations and sometimes lead them
  • Evaluate employment practices and provide recommendations on compliance
  • Manage pre-litigation claims, agency charges and litigation
  • Advise on employment law aspects of M&A transactions and integrations
  • Collaborate with colleagues and local counsel to advise on international employment issues
  • Partner with Autodesk’s People and Places team to build scalable processes and training for employees and managers

Minimum Qualifications

  • 8+ years of employment law experience (preferably a combination of law firm training and in-house or secondment experience)
  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Member in good standing in any a state bar, preferably California
  • The ability to effectively triage competing demands, often with short deadlines
  • The ability to function independently to drive assignments to completion
  • A willingness to work outside of regular business hours when needed, particularly for international support

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Exceptional judgment and creativity, with the ability to think strategically and give practical advice appropriately weighing legal and business objectives
  • A comfort level working in an unstructured environment
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal skills and the ability to interface with, and gain the respect of, stakeholders at all levels and varying functions of the Company
  • Experience with international employment law
  • A collaborative and cross-functional mindset that is culturally sensitive and inclusive
  • An approachable and flexible manner with a great sense of humor

At Autodesk, we're building a diverse workplace and an inclusive culture to give more people the chance to imagine, design, and make a better world. Autodesk is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic. We also consider for employment all qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.


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