Vice President of Legal Affairs & Chief Compliance Officer in Mobile, AL at Austal

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Mobile, AL

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Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

REPORTS TO:  Austal USA, LLC. President

SUPERVISES:  Legal, Contracts, and Compliance Department Personnel

POSITION OVERVIEW: The Vice President of Legal Affairs will serve as the Company’s General Counsel, head of Compliance and Contracts departments and Chief Compliance Officer.  This position will have direct responsibility for managing the day-to-day activities of the Legal, Compliance, and Contracts departments.  As General Counsel responsibilities include efficiently managing a broad spectrum of legal issues that include, without limitation, employment and labor law matters, commercial and government contract terms and conditions, corporate governance and all matters in litigation or which have the potential to lead to litigation.  As Chief Compliance Officer responsible to oversee compliance within the organization; ensuring Company policies and procedures are understood and respected by employees; the Company‘s Standards of Conduct are in place and enforced; and Company functions in compliance with legal, regulatory, contractual, and other governance initiatives.  Managing the Contracts Department involves overseeing the administration of complex government contracts including, without limitation, the preparation of proposals, contract interpretation, compliance, negotiations, disputes, contract closeout and export control matters. Executive leadership responsibilities include strategic planning and implementation of corporate objectives focused on sustainable growth and profitability through a culture of continuous improvement.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide expert and strategic legal advice to executives and senior leaders
  • Manage a team of in-house and external attorneys to provide all needed legal services to the Company with a focus on achieving desired results while closely managing cost and risk
  • Provide legal guidance on establishing internal governance policies
  • Develop, implement and managing Company’s compliance program
  • Support investigations of alleged, suspected, or potential violations/incidents of compliance policies and procedures.  Take action in dealing with noncompliance situations and identifying potential vulnerabilities, creating realistic plans to overcome them by creating and managing effective action plans and corrective measures.
  • Actively participate as a Company executive in strategic planning and implementation of stated objectives
  • Work with executives and senior leaders on matters related to compliance with all federal, state, city, and county laws and regulations
  • Work closely with Executive team to ensure the continuous improvement of compliance programs and advise on possible risk areas
  • Liaison with Government officials on legal matters related to the Company’s contracts, operations and other critical aspects of the business
  • Review contracts and provide guidance on acceptable terms and conditions
  • Manage, and, as feasible, participate in, all aspects of litigation for which the Company is involved
  • Provide legal and compliance updates to the Board of Managers as requested
  • Participate in committees as requested
  • Assist in managing and protecting the Company’s Intellectual Property
  • Coordinate legal strategies and related matters with Corporate legal counsel


  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
  • 10 years’ experience as practicing attorney
  • Currently licensed and a member in good standing with the Alabama State Bar
  • Strong communication and organizational skills; a critical thinker and strong negotiator; a proven leader and teammate; highest ethical and moral integrity
  • Previous experience in government contracts and/or maritime industry preferred
  • Degrees in business, human resources, industrial engineering or related fields preferred


  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DoD clearance may be required if deemed necessary in the scope of your position responsibilities.
  • Candidates must meet the following employment eligibility guidelines to be eligible for employment  with Austal USA:
    • 18 years or older at time of application
    • Able to provide proof of US Person status (permanent resident or citizen)
    • No felony convictions of theft/deception or violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
    • No felony convictions of drug crimes within three years from disposition date
    • Willing to submit to a drug screen
    • Willing to submit to a background check


DIRECTION EXERCISED:  Full discretionary authority to assign work and manage work performance of subordinate staff.

DISCRETION EXERCISED: Full discretionary authority to hire, manage work performance, recommend pay increase, transfers, promotions, discharges, and address employee matters.


  • All levels of Austal organization.
  • Supervisor of Shipbuilding (SupShip) representatives.
  • Navy Program Office.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat.  The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold.  The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.