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Legal Counsel


Chicago, IL, US

Job ID:  31571
Estimated Travel:  0 - 25%
Contract Type:  Permanent
Talent Area:  Finance, Legal, and Tax

The Legal Counsel role will provide and coordinate delivery of legal services as part of Ardagh Group North America, with emphasis on commercial and corporate legal matters (customer and supplier contracts, commercial litigation, misc. corporate matters) under the direction of the General Counsel North America.  The main area of focus is to support U.S. business units of Ardagh Metal Beverage and Ardagh Glass.



  • Prepare, negotiate, and advise on commercial contracts, including customer and procurement functions and the business units overall including, but not limited to, general corporate, sales, procurement, commercial litigation, and other legal general matters.
  • Manage assigned commercial litigation matters and supervise outside counsel when utilized.
  • Provide legal support on other areas including, but not limited to, real estate, environmental, intellectual property, financings, and regulatory matters as directed by General Counsel.
  • Assist in compliance matters and trainings.
  • Other projects as determined by General Counsel, North America.


Result areas:

  • Ability to assess risks, advise colleagues, prepare and negotiate variety of contracts that align with business goals and strategies.
  • Advising on risks and providing proactive and preventative legal counselling as well as managing assigned litigation matters and related supervision of external counsel.
  • Ensure adequate and appropriate internal reporting and communication to General Counsel or Associate General Counsels and respective business partners on applicable matters.
  • Continuous improvement in delivery of legal services in order to achieve legal counsel and assistance in order to drive business goals while advising on legal risks.




  • Juris Doctorate from accredited Law School
  • Active member in good standing of at least one State Bar
  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience
  • Wide spectrum of commercial contracts preparation, negotiation and counselling is fundamental.  Experience in other related areas a plus but not mandatory. 
  • Prior work in providing legal services in a manufacturing environment preferred.
  • Law firm experience with some inhouse experience a plus, but open to first time inhouse.
  • Contract negotiation and preparation proficiency.
  • Able to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize accordingly while maintaining a sense of composure and calm. 
  • Ability to manage negotiations and demands of colleagues.
  • Strong communication skills to interact with colleagues of all levels and ability to negotiate and be successful in dispute resolution.
  • Commercial and business law generalist.  Ability to provide legal counsel involving federal, state and local law.


What we offer: 

  • Benefits day one! 
  • Opportunities to develop and grow professionally! 
  • Opportunity to be at your best! 


About Ardagh Group

Ardagh is a global leader in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for the world’s leading brands. We trace our roots all the way back to the Irish Glass Bottle Company, founded in 1932. Since then we have grown rapidly to a team of more than 16,000 people with revenues of almost $7 billion. Today we have a presence across Europe and the Americas.

  • Did you know that Ardagh produces many of the beverage cans and bottles for your favorite beverages?
  • Did you know we produce metal and glass packaging which are permanent materials, meaning they can be infinitely recycled without any loss of quality?
  • Did you know we produce more than 160 million containers per day?

Ardagh is passionate about sustainability and have a reputation for innovation. We push the boundaries of what’s possible, pioneering new production methods, new design techniques and new ways to recycle and save energy. Our aim is to reduce any negative environmental impact whilst remaining economically sustainable and socially responsible.

We believe that the success of our business depends on the success of our people. We strive to create working environments where our employees feel valued, can work to their full potential, and where their achievements are celebrated.

Here at Ardagh, we offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for talented and creative people. If you have ambition and want to make an impact with your career, come and join our team, you’ll enjoy the journey!

Ardagh is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. For more information on Ardagh Group, visit www.ardaghgroup.com.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago