Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Corporate Counsel, Regulatory - Monsanto Co. (St. Louis, MO)

Corporate Counsel, Regulatory Law-00QTX


  Monsanto Company has an opening for the position of Corporate Counsel, Regulatory Law.  The Corporate Counsel, Regulatory Law, under general supervision, provides legal advice and policy guidance to the corporation directly and through the use of outside counsel.   

This role requires the successful candidate to diligently keep abreast of the laws and regulations applicable to Monsanto’s products to ensure company compliance and support product approvals. The Corporate Counsel will research and respond actively, both orally and in writing, to a caseload of internal and external regulatory queries. The Corporate Counsel will advocate legal, regulatory, sustainability, and policy initiatives that promote the company's interests and advance innovative and workable solutions to complex agricultural law problems.  Proper performance of this role calls for the utmost integrity and accountability.  Examples of the specific work include:
  • Compliance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and the Plant Protection Act, as they apply to the company’s products, with a focus on conventional pesticides and biopesticides 
  • Legal and policy coherence and compliance with the use of company products (or crops produced from such) in the overall agri-food chain
  • Regulatory law support for contracts and transactions (e.g. licensing and acquisitions)
  • Product stewardship guidance
Work experience in any of the above mentioned areas is highly desired; however, Monsanto will provide training and exposure in those areas, as needed.

As a member of the law department, Corporate Counsel, Regulatory Law, will provide support to a diverse global client group.   Other matters and special projects may be assigned from time to time.

  • Provide supervised support to internal Regulatory Affairs and Government Affairs organizations (federal and state)  
  • Draft, negotiate, and guide compliance with regulatory and stewardship provisions of licenses and other agreements
  • Perform regulatory reviews of communications, labels and advertising for compliance
  • Work effectively with applicable government/regulatory agencies in an expeditious manner
  • Assess and advise on current and emerging legislative/regulatory/policy initiatives in areas of responsibility
  • Participate and represent the company in industry groups
  • Manage outside counsel to ensure high quality, cost-effective legal support and representation
  • Demonstrate professionalism, integrity, accountability, and trustworthiness in all areas. 


  • Juris Doctor degree
  • Minimum of six years legal experience in government, corporate legal department, or law firm environment
  • Demonstrated academic and professional excellence
  • Member of at least one state bar  
Required Competencies:
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated good judgment
  • Rapid information assimilation ability
  • Track record of advancing strategies to completion
  • Demonstrable record of innovative and workable solutions to complex legal problems and enablement of commercial objectives
  • Personal and professional growth orientation
  • Agility with change management and prioritization skills
  • Team orientation 
Preferred Background:
  • Regulatory compliance/approval – EPA, USDA, FDA and international counterparts  
  • Experience with  FIFRA, FQPA, FFDCA, and PPA
  • Contract drafting and management
  • Transactions (e.g. licensing and acquisition due diligence)
  • Advertising and communications review
  • Strategy and policy development and implementation
  • Agricultural/environmental education and/or experience



Primary Location

North America-USA-Missouri-St. Louis


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