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Counsel, BrightDrop

  • Detroit / Remote
  • Legal
  • Full time
  • Added
  • JR-000085673


This position does not require employee to be on-site full-time to perform most effectively. The employee’s role enables them to work off-site on a permanent basis.

General Motors is in the midst of a great transformation and is looking for individuals who can help it excel in its pursuit of a world of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion. This role supports BrightDrop, a new GM business reimagining the commercial delivery and logistics industry for an all-electric future, and calls for an exceptional legal collaborator who has excellent legal and business acumen, exemplary judgment, personal integrity and experience in supporting new businesses. The ideal candidate will have business savvy and strategic vision, as well as experience with sophisticated transactions and in advising early technology companies.  A successful candidate will be a self-starter who has been successful in nimble, fast-paced environments, and who brings strong problem-solving skills along with the ability to manage details on a number of fronts simultaneously. This is a remote position.

The Counsel will have responsibility to manage multiple projects and workstreams simultaneously and work effectively across internal functions.


  • Developing a thorough understanding of and familiarity with BrightDrop’s products and services, future goals, and the regulatory schemes under which it operates.

  • Providing counsel to technical and business stakeholders who are leading BrightDrop’s development and commercialization of new technology products and services.

  • Structuring, negotiating, reviewing, and drafting a variety of agreements for internal and external corporate transactions.

  • Relentlessly identifying and implementing improvements in the commercial transaction process to improve business performance and compliance.

  • Reporting to the Lead Counsel - BrightDrop and coordinating with other Legal Staff colleagues around the world, as well as managing outside counsel and local counsel in a variety of jurisdictions around the globe.  

  • Supporting other Legal Staff members in complex commercial contracting and general corporate matters, on an ad hoc basis, creating an “engaged” team culture.

Additional Description

Required Qualifications and Skills

  • Law degree from an accredited law school with excellent academics and membership in good standing in at least one state bar

  • Active license to practice law in Michigan or at least one other US jurisdiction, and (if not admitted in Michigan) the ability to qualify for in-house practice in Michigan

  • Candidates must possess at least 8 years of commercial transactions experience, including negotiating joint venture, supply, distribution, manufacturing, technology transfer and co-development agreements 

  • Experience helping start-ups and early technology companies

  • Demonstrated ability to operate effectively in a fast-paced environment

  • Exceptional organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills

  • Candidates must have a self-starter personality, be a quick learner with strong internal motivation, and be possessed of initiative, integrity, and resilience  

  • Willingness and ability to travel, internationally as necessary, is required 

Individual Characteristics

  • Strategic Orientation: actively challenges strategic assumptions and frameworks within own area when necessary; is guided by future possibilities rather than constrained by current realities in generating strategy; integrates understanding of current and future trends into preemptive action that shapes the direction of the business

  • Results Orientation: Creates better ways of doing things to achieve higher levels of performance; identifies and examines alternatives; works smarter not just harder, and role models high performance

  • Change Leadership: Communicates the change in a clear and compelling way, whether or not they originated it; engages others by making the case for change and explaining their role in it, encouraging individual perspectives; engages key stakeholders early in the game to ensure buy-in and support

Compensation : The median level of salary compensation for this role is $140,000. This position may also be filled with a senior level candidate - the median level salary for a Senior candidate in this role is $200,000.

Bonus Potential : An incentive pay program offers payouts based on company performance, job level, and individual performance.

Benefits : GM offers a variety of health and wellbeing benefit programs. Benefit options include medical, dental, vision, Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement savings plan, sickness and accident benefits, life insurance, paid vacation & holidays, tuition assistance programs, employee assistance program, GM vehicle discounts and more.


About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at . In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.