Senior Corporate Counsel - Government Contracts

Caterpillar Seguin , TX 78156

Posted 2 months ago

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Job Description:

About Us:

For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets.

With 99,000 employees and 2020 sales and revenues of $41.7 billion, we are the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Our company principally operates through its three primary segments

  • Construction Industries, Resource Industries and Energy & Transportation - and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment.

We are a Fortune 100 corporation with 110 production facilities of which 60 are located outside the US, and we have 160 dealers serving customers in 193 countries. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), including both the World and North America indices. This marks the 21st time Caterpillar has been included in the DJSI.

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Caterpillar Defense:

Since 1916, Caterpillar has proudly supplied reliable and dependable power solutions, construction equipment, product service and support to governments and government contractors worldwide. Caterpillar Defense supports the mission of today's global military environments, serving all branches of the U.S. military and federal government, as well as allied governments and militaries. Leveraging the Cat commercial portfolio, Defense products and solutions - whether customized or commercial-based - are selected to meet specific military needs and enhance operational readiness. Worldwide, Cat machines construct battlefield infrastructures and help clear mines. More than 190,000 military tanks, tactical vehicles and submarines rely on Cat engines. Stand-by Cat generators back up some of the United States' most valued assets. And fleets of Cat generators have been mobilized in times of national emergency. Matched with the robust Cat dealer network and global service, Caterpillar Defense brings the best value, innovation and reliability for mission-focused solutions.

The Position:

Caterpillar Inc. is seeking an attorney with significant experience working with U.S. government contracts. This Corporate Counsel role is a deep subject matter expert who provides legal support on a variety of U.S. government contracts matters, including acting as primary legal support for Caterpillar Defense. This role works directly with the Caterpillar Defense team and reports to an Assistant General Counsel.

This commercial attorney position is part of Caterpillar's Law, Security & Public Policy (LSPP) team that provides global support with Legal Services, Compliance, Trade, Security and Government and Corporate Affairs. Together they apply professional, discipline-specific expertise to identity business and legal risks. LSPP addresses challenges and provides solutions while exercising sound judgement and collaboration to make appropriate decisions that support the business.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Working with Caterpillar Defense leaders to provide advice and counsel regarding U.S. government contracts matters, including negotiations and support for sales opportunities and contract administration post-award

  • Assisting other Caterpillar divisions business leaders and functions with federal, state and local government contracts, as well as M&A diligence

  • Serving as a trusted resource for Caterpillar Defense contract management, including maintaining risk guidelines and assisting with audits and risk assessments

  • Supporting the U.S. Government Contracts compliance program, which includes responsibility for training, program design, and deployment on a global basis

  • Providing recommendations concerning legal issues applicable to Caterpillar Defense and other assigned areas of responsibility

Basic Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of specialized legal experience in U.S. government contract transactions, and related counseling, compliance or administration of such transactions

  • Juris Doctor and membership in good standing in at least one state bar

  • This position requires excellent communication and interpersonal skills as it involves significant interaction with business units and leaders across the company, as well as legal colleagues and outside counsel

  • Candidates must have a demonstrated record of interpreting and effectively communicating the substance of complex regulations in the relevant areas and the ability to manage multiple projects

  • Expected to have, or be willing to develop, a deep understanding of Caterpillar's businesses.

Top Candidates Will Also Have:

  • Knowledge of FAR and DFARS, including commercial item rules, prevailing wage laws, and cost and pricing rules

  • Experience negotiating U.S. Government contracts, subcontracts, teaming agreements, and NDAs

  • Knowledge of unique government ethics and compliance obligations

  • Familiarity with cybersecurity and data protection rules applicable to contractors

  • Understanding the rules for classified contracting and handling classified material

  • Knowledge of DCAA audits and cost allowability rules

  • Familiarity with GSA Schedule contracting

  • Experience working with government administrative processes, including bid protests

The location will be at a Caterpillar facility in Peoria, IL, Deerfield, IL; Seguin, TX, or Washington D.C. Domestic relocation may be provided to those eligible

Additional Details:

Caterpillar is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at

Caterpillar is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O.

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals

  • Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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