Job Description

Why Valvoline Global Products?

We’ve been inspiring and enabling what moves the world forward for more than 150 years, starting with the invention of the world’s first branded motor oil. Today, we’re a leading worldwide marketer and supplier of premium branded lubricants, automotive and industrial chemistries, and a business solutions provider to our customers and partners, driven every day by a people-centered focus on innovation and customer excellence.


We’re proud to be The Original—the first to see potential in things others overlook. Originals are the first to develop sustainable solutions. Originals move the world forward. At Valvoline Global Products, that’s what we do every day in over 140 countries worldwide. We create future-ready products that improve the performance of automotive and industrial equipment and services that help our businesses grow and thrive. As The Original, we’ve been innovating to solve problems for over 150 years. And we’ll continue to invent and reinvent the way forward, to always meet our customers’ needs – today and in the future.  


Living out our values is what makes our company, our employees, our partners, our customers, and the communities we serve, great. It is our responsibility. It is what drives us. It is who we are.


We’re looking for people who care, operate with integrity, strive for excellence in everything they do, are eager to develop new skills to win, and show passion for delivering on our commitment to all our stakeholders. We are looking for Hungry, Humble, and Smart individuals. If this is you, you’ve come to the right place, and we invite you to join The Original!


Careers for the Driven

Valvoline has a rewarding opportunity as a Senior Counsel (Employment/Litigation). We whole-heartedly adopt a ‘never idle' mindset. We also know that outstanding service begins and ends with our employees. So, we’re looking for good people to join our team. You bring your skills, talents, and drive. We will give you a great place to work, a competitive salary and benefits, and the resources and support to develop and advance within our global company.


How You’ll Make an Impact

The Senior Counsel (Employment and Litigation) advises senior leadership on all employment-related legal issues, including employee relations, business restructuring, policy development, performance management, investigations, leaves of absence, disability and religious accommodations, immigration, labor relations and wage and hour compliance.  This role also manages a variety of litigation matters, including the selection and engagement of outside counsel, leading overall case strategy, providing substantive input on pleadings and briefing senior leaders and the Board of Directors on critical developments. In the role, you would be responsible for:

  • Advising internal stakeholders on domestic and international labor and employment issues (e.g. hiring, terminations, reorganizations, discipline, labor relations/collective bargaining, FMLA, ADA, accommodations, leaves of absence, and wage-and-hour compliance); recommend and implement best practices and proactive strategies consistent with legal requirements and emerging trends to minimize liability and promote the Company’s strategic plan.
  • Managing employment litigation and pre-litigation matters, both single-plaintiff and class/collection action matters, including directing outside counsel, settlement, arbitration, mediation, and other case resolution.
  • Drafting responses to the EEOC, NLRB, and other government agencies arising in the assigned business unit.
  • Conducting and managing internal investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, misconduct, and related matters.
  • Drafting, negotiating, and reviewing employment contracts, severance agreements, policies and practices, temporary staffing agreements, and independent contractor agreements.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders to develop, review and revise, as required, company policies and procedures in assigned subject areas. Recommend changes to policies based on legal developments.
  • Collaborating across departments to support and provide practical advice on Company initiatives and special projects.
  • Remaining current on emergent labor and employment law developments and advising on impact to the Company and implementation of any necessary changes.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as determined by Valvoline from time to time in its sole discretion.

What You’ll Need

  • Bachelor's degree, a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from an accredited law school; and a license from a state bar (i.e., have passed at least one bar exam)

  • Minimum of seven years experience practicing law required (law firm and in-house experience preferred)

  • Extensive employment law and/or litigation experience (minimum of 5 years preferred)

  • Experience with a broad variety of case types, including class actions, wage and hour investigations, litigation and administrative claims inside

  • Exceptional analytical and investigative skills, with strong attention to detail

  • Ability to translate complex legal requirements into simple streamlined compliance processes

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build effective relationships, listen effectively and collaborate with others

  • Strong presentation, advocacy and negotiation skills

  • Capable of working both autonomously and collaboratively; effective at juggling and prioritizing multiple competing tasks in a fast-paced, challenging environment

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. 

What Will Set You Apart

  • International experience 
  • Experience within a retail industry

Benefits That Drive Themselves

  • Health insurance plans (medical, dental, vision)
  • HSA and flexible spending accounts
  • 401(k)  
  • Incentive opportunity*
  • Life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability insurance
  • Paid vacation and holidays*
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee discounts
  • Tuition reimbursement*
  • Adoption assistance*

*Terms and conditions apply, and benefits may differ depending on position.


Valvoline provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Are you good at what you do? Join us.


The Company endeavors to make its recruitment process accessible to any and all users.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided, upon request, to applicants with disabilities in order to facilitate equal opportunity throughout the recruitment and selection process.  Please contact Human Resources at 1-800-Valvoline or email to make a request for reasonable accommodation during any aspect of the recruitment and selection process.  The contact information is for accommodation requests only; do not use this contact information to inquire about the status of applications.


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