MSS - Associate General Counsel – Global Labor and Employment Law - Senior Vice President - New York - 16344BR

Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO) is the parent company of Moody's Investors Service, which provides credit ratings and research covering debt instruments and securities, and Moody's Analytics, which offers leading-edge software, advisory services and research for credit and economic analysis and financial risk management. The Corporation, which reported revenue of $4.4 billion in 2018, employs approximately 13,100 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 42 countries. Further information is available at
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Global Head of Employment Law
This position reports to MCO’s Deputy General Counsel and requires management of a global team of attorneys who provide legal support to all Moody’s business lines on all aspects of labor and employment law. Key areas of responsibility include advice and counsel on diversity & inclusion, talent acquisition, employee relations, workforce restructuring, HR policies and procedures, compensation, benefits, immigration/mobility plans and issues, labor union activities, and HR investigations; responses to employment-related regulatory requests; and oversight of employment litigations. This role also provides employment law support for M&A transactions and integration support.

Job Description

  • Oversee all labor and employment related matters for MCO. The incumbent will leverage their prior law firm and/or in-house experience to create internal best practices on managing employee relations, compensation, litigation and compliance matters, oversee the work of outside counsel on employment litigation cases, and advise on external agency matters and internal investigations.
  • Responsibilities and essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Serving as key legal advisor on global employment law-related matters, including strategic HR initiatives, employee relations, benefits, compensation, recruiting, diversity & inclusion and labor-management relations.
    • Updating corporate HR policies and related materials to remain current with state of the law.
    • Drafting employment contracts and other employment-related documents.
    • Developing and delivering relevant training, as appropriate.
    • Representing the company before Federal and state agencies, including preparing position statements on employee relations inquiries and appearing at hearings on behalf of the Company.
    • Managing federal and state litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitrations involving employment law matters, including management of outside counsel, risk assessment, oversight of case discovery and case resolution.
    • Developing, implementing and managing employment law compliance initiatives in partnership with the Human Resources department and Chief Compliance Officer.
    • Providing employment law expertise and support for M&A transactions and divestitures.
  • Manage and supervise global team of lawyers who operate on a regional basis to provide the foregoing services to all lines of businesses within Moody’s Corporation.


  • Prior employment law experience, preferably in-house and law firm, required. A financial services background is likewise a plus.
  • Position requires extensive advisory experience on employment law matters and investigations, as well as hands-on experience managing employment litigation and federal and state proceedings and audits. Proven ability to manage outside counsel on complex matters, including all forms of employment litigation such as class actions or multistate cases.
  • The position requires the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as effective interpersonal and people management skills, excellent negotiation and drafting skills, and the ability to work well with senior and executive managers.
  • A practical, business-based, and proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills that facilitate prompt and constructive solutions as well as pragmatic thinking.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in NY and have approximately 15+ years of related experience
Moody’s is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, national origin, citizen status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Moody’s also provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with applicable laws. If you need to inquire about a reasonable accommodation, or need assistance with completing the application process, please email This contact information is for accommodation requests only, and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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