Newell Brands is seeking a Corporate Governance and Securities/ Governance Paralegal responsible for compiling pre-meeting materials for public board and committees; assist with SEC filing preparation, due diligence for financing deals as well as other business development activities; and assist with legal perspectives of equity incentive plan and stock administration. This position will include interaction with our Board of Directors and senior executive officers. This position will also assist with drafting resolutions and working with in-house Legal, Tax and Treasury personnel. The individual must have the ability to work independently and also as an effective and engaged team member in a fast-paced environment. Strong initiative and follow through are essential for this job. The ability to maintain confidentiality and to operate in the role with the highest of ethical standards and professionalism are required.
Assist with preparations and filings of SEC filings (e.g., Forms 8-K, 10-Q, 10-K; Proxy Statement).
Assist with proxy statement process, including prepare, collect and review D&O proxy questionnaires.
Assist with annual meeting matters and ensure compliance with Nasdaq rules.
Manage all aspects of Section 16 filings and insider trading/blackout period lists.
Public Company Corporate Governance:
Assist with facets of Board of Directors and Committee meetings, including logistics for meetings.
Update and maintain corporate minute books for legal entities and as applicable, Board of Directors and Committees, including drafting resolutions, minutes and other necessary documentation.
Assist with Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.
Assist with maintenance and update corporate policies and procedures.
Prepare and file all necessary documents for formation/dissolution of subsidiaries including Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Articles/Certificates of Dissolution and necessary board and shareholder minutes and consents.
Assist with creation, maintenance and dissolution of entities worldwide and manages those activities; prepare written consents, resolutions, certifications, minutes and other corporate documentation as needed for domestic and foreign subsidiaries; update and maintain database of historical, stock, officer, director and other corporate information for all subsidiaries; draft jurisdictional certificates of authority and certificates of withdrawal; and mange corporate agents that the company engages within and outside the United States.
Evaluate the needs for and directs all aspects of foreign and domestic corporate qualifications and registrations for applicable businesses; coordinate with corporate agents to evaluate the needs for annual returns, foreign qualifications, business licenses and other governmental filings as necessary to comply with local, state, national and international requirements for business operations; prepare and file registration, annual report and qualification documents; coordinate with finance, tax and accounting departments as needed; engage, direct and oversee work of corporate agents and vendors.
Work with other internal departments to answer questions regarding subsidiary management.
Assist with contract management, preparation, review and negotiation, of business contracts such as non-disclosure agreements, purchase contracts, consulting agreements, master services agreements, statements of work, and change orders. Other contract responsibilities may include entering key contract information into a contracts management system; retrieving and providing copies of contracts and other documents upon request.
Assist with legal aspects of compensation and benefits matters and equity matters, including the Company’s equity incentive plan, Independent Director Compensation Policy, executive compensation and other comp & benefits matters.
Assist with all legal aspects of financing projects, including dataroom management, coordinating with different groups for due diligence; assist with the preparation of closing documents; perform lien searches, order certificates of good standings and draft schedules and perform any other special projects.
Assist with business development activities and other special projects, as needed.
Liaise with HR, Accounting, Finance, Tax, Payroll and Stock Administration on various corporate matters and coordinate with outside counsel and corporate agents.
Conduct all forms of business certifications, qualifications, registrations and dissolutions for U.S. subsidiaries.
Reconcile monthly stock equity activity.
Support and address staff and shareholder inquiries.
Previous corporate paralegal experience within public companies is required.
Exceptional organization skills and a meticulous attention to detail.
Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals at all levels in and out of the organization.
Ability to effectively communicate, collaborate and deliver an excellent work product in a fast-paced, and rapidly growing dynamic company.
Proven experience handling confidential and sensitive information with the ability to exercise discretion and show good judgment; honesty, integrity, and trust building behaviors in all dealings is essential and required.
Ability to multi-task and shift priorities quickly while working under tight deadlines.
About Newell Brands
Newell Brands is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Calphalon®, Rubbermaid®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, Aprica®, Goody®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Coleman®, First Alert®, FoodSaver®, Jostens®, K2®, NUK®, Oster®, Rawlings®, Sunbeam® and Yankee Candle®. Driven by a sharp focus on the consumer, leading investment in innovation and brands, and a performance-driven culture, Newell Brands helps consumers achieve more where they live, learn, work and play.