Associate General Counsel
Garden Grove, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Harbinger Motors Inc. is a Los Angeles-based electric vehicle manufacturer on a mission to transform the automotive and transportation industries, bringing to market EVs developed from the ground up to address the needs of the Medium Duty vehicle industry. This broad, and to date poorly addressed, market segment includes class 4 to 7 commercial delivery vehicles, RVs and utility vehicles, among others. Leveraging a foundation of proprietary, in-house developed vehicle technologies, Harbinger's first-of-its-kind EV platform will bring enhancements in vehicle performance, durability and operator comfort. And importantly, Harbinger's vehicles will be priced for zero acquisition premium relative to traditional gas- and diesel-based competitors, removing one of the most tenacious barriers to EV adoption.
Harbinger's team, with operations in Southern California and Michigan, includes industry veterans with expertise in powertrain, battery, chassis and software development, along with leaders in advanced manufacturing, corporate development, operations and finance. Our team members come from leading innovators, both in and out of the automotive industry, including Tesla, Rivian, Canoo, Ford, Anduril, and SpaceX.
Founded in 2021, Harbinger is a venture-backed startup on a rapid growth trajectory, looking for candidates that thrive on tackling complex challenges and who share in our passion to bring clean transportation alternatives to a segment of the market starving for innovation.
We are looking for an eager, dynamic attorney to join our growing legal team! This role will be the second hire to the legal team, reporting directly to the General Counsel / Head of Corporate Development, serving in a leadership capacity and helping to build out the company’s legal function.
- Lead negotiations on complex transactions, including financings, technology transactions, customer and distributor agreements, strategic partnerships, joint ventures and acquisitions to support the business in meeting its goals and protecting the company's interests
- Draft, review, negotiate and interpret a variety of supplier agreements, including but not limited to master agreements, statements of work, consulting agreements, NDA's, and other service agreements
- Identify risks inherent in business decisions and develop solutions to problems that mitigate risk and promote successful operations
- Work with other members of the legal department and members of senior management to develop and refine key company policies and procedures
- Take lead role on various initiatives, such as product launch support/go-to-market, regulatory compliance, government affairs and incentives, intellectual property, privacy, labor and immigration, marketing, etc.
- Manage external legal resources to ensure appropriate coordination and management of costs
- J.D. degree with strong academic credentials from an accredited law school
- Membership in good standing of the California State Bar (or Registered in-house counsel – willing to accommodate a relocation)
- 5+ years of transactional experience in a law firm or in-house environment
- Outstanding writing skills and attention to detail
- Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
- Understanding of business issues and challenges
- Flexibility to adjust priorities and manage time wisely in a fast-paced environment with multiple stakeholders
- Ability to communicate succinctly in writing and draft correspondence relating to business and legal matters
- Intellectual curiosity and a willingness and desire to take on new challenges – identify a need and find and carry out a solution (often one that is not a purely legal solution)
- Positive attitude and a desire to help grow a strong, supportive team and collaborative company culture
- 9+ years of transactional experience in a law firm or in-house environment
- Knowledge and expertise in one or more specialized areas of law such as employment, privacy, tax, intellectual property, automotive leasing, or other areas applicable in a corporate law department
- Experience with the automotive industry, at a startup, OEM or dynamic supplier
- Be someone that enjoys wearing many hats – if you want it, this role will offer you the opportunity to “make your own adventure” and expand beyond your core function
A Harbinger of Good Things to Come...
- Collaborative work atmosphere that values multi-disciplinary thinking
- Work with other talented engineers and businesspeople who are driven to change the world for the better
- Extremely generous health care package
- Early-stage equity compensation
- Flexible Paid Time Off
- Casual dress code + relaxed work environment
- Paid lunches
Harbinger is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harbinger is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidate Data Privacy
Harbinger may collect, use and disclose your personal information or personal data (within the meaning of the applicable data protection laws) when you apply for employment and/or participate in our recruitment processes (“Candidate Personal Data”). This data includes contact, demographic, communications, educational, professional, employment, social media/website, network/device, recruiting system usage/interaction, security and preference information. Harbinger may use your Candidate Personal Data for the purposes of (i) tracking interactions with our recruiting system; (ii) carrying out, analyzing and improving our application and recruitment process, including assessing you and your application and conducting employment, background and reference checks; (iii) establishing an employment relationship or entering into an employment contract with you; (iv) complying with our legal, regulatory and corporate governance obligations; (v) recordkeeping; (vi) ensuring network and information security and preventing fraud; and (vii) as otherwise required or permitted by applicable law.
Harbinger may share your Candidate Personal Data with (i) internal personnel who have a need to know such information in order to perform their duties, including individuals on our HR, legal, and finance teams, and the team(s) with the position(s) for which you are applying; (ii) Harbinger affiliates; and (iii) Harbinger’s service providers, including providers of background checks, staffing services, and cloud services.
Harbinger may transfer or store internationally your Candidate Personal Data, including to or in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union and in the cloud, and this data may be subject to the laws and accessible to the courts, law enforcement and national security authorities of such jurisdictions.
Please note that we are currently not accepting applications from third party application services. Any unsolicited resumes or candidate profiles submitted in response to our job posting shall be considered the property of Harbinger and are not subject to payment of referral or placement fees if any such candidate is later hired by Harbinger unless you have a signed written agreement in place with us which covers the applicable job posting.