Vice President Legal Compliance and Governmental Affairs

Date: Apr 16, 2024

Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US, 53222

Company: Briggs & Stratton

Position Description

As the Vice President of Legal, Compliance and Governmental Affairs you will plan, direct, and oversee the organization’s Legal, Compliance and Governmental Affairs functions, including serving as the Company’s principal compliance officer. You will formulates strategy and approve operational processes and procedures.

You will do this by:

  • Overseeing day-to-day activities of and strategic and long-term planning for the Legal, Compliance and Governmental Affairs functions, including as to litigation, intellectual property, employment, general contracting, trade compliance and lobbying matters. Interacts regularly with executives, major customers and suppliers and regulators on highly visible activities such as negotiations with customers or suppliers, or influencing legislators or other executives
  • Reporting directly to the Board of Directors on the Integrity Program and other matters related to compliance and chairs the Integrity Program Committee reporting directly to the CEO
  • Representing the organization in relationships with customers, vendors, consultants, legal counsel, governmental representatives, the general public
  • Responsible for governmental affairs on behalf of the Company and, in connection therewith, liaises directly with the Company’s CEO and its outside lobbying firm and relevant trade associations
  • Overseeing the Company’s compliance with all government regulations including required licensing, certifications, training and reporting to outside agencies related to assigned legal areas
  • Overseeing records management and retention, including setting policies and advising the business and functions in connection therewith
  • Analyzing and works proactively to anticipate and continuously improve legal, compliance, and governmental affairs practices in conjunction with other organization efforts; assesses and continuously improves department’s effectiveness to ensure business units’ needs are met
  • Performing full range of managerial responsibilities, including coaching and developing employees; planning, assigning and directing work; performance management; development and implementation of processes, practices and systems in assigned areas of responsibility; and budgeting for assigned areas
  • Performing other duties as assigned


The above statements are intended only to describe the general nature of the job and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of position responsibilities.

You are the kind of person who is or has:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide prompt, practical counsel and creative solutions in all areas of responsibility while minimizing risk
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations related to areas of responsibility
  • Ability to exercise considerable judgment in guiding the organization in planning, execution and compliance with regard to a variety of legal practices
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment, professional demeanor, business acumen, strategic thinking capabilities, leadership skills and executive presence
  • Recognizes and analyzes dynamic trends and reacts positively to changing needs and demands
  • Collaborates with and leads project efforts with legal and business colleagues in a global organization
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proven capability to balance a variety of high priority projects simultaneously
  • Possesses excellent analytical and document drafting skills
  • Fluent in English and primary language used in area of responsibility and/or location
  • Ability to forecast and develop budgets

Required Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor Degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin or another state
  • 10+ years of broad based legal experience, including experience in designated legal practice area(s) in a firm or corporate setting
  • Prior leadership & management experience in a large, complex global organization

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working within the manufacturing industry 

  • Experience working with Google Workspace

Travel Required:

Limited Travel

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides innovative products and diverse power solutions to help people get work done. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lithium-ion battery, standby generator, energy storage system, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Vanguard®, Ferris®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Billy Goat®, Allmand®, SimpliPhi®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents.


Briggs & Stratton is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. The Company conducts all employment practices without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law. Briggs & Stratton also undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.

Nearest Major Market: Milwaukee

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