Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Stonyfield Organic; Corporate Counsel
Corporate Counsel- Stonyfield
Assist with the negotiation and drafting of a myriad of commercial contracts as well as support internal business teams on transactions and projects requiring legal advice and counsel. Work closely with the General Counsel in reviewing, improving, developing, and implementing legal and compliance processes, procedures and training. Assist with compliance and regulatory matters. Assist with the management of intellectual property portfolio, including clearance, registration and maintenance of Stonyfield’s trademarks/service marks. Must be able to handle effectively a diverse range of duties and responsibilities while exercising initiative and independent judgment in a fast-paced environment.
All duties and responsibilities need be carried out and prioritized with a view to helping Stonyfield’s growth objectives and sustainability mission.
The successful candidate will be joining a collegial, motivated team environment. The position offers significant, client contact and immediate hands-on responsibility working closely with legal and business teams. It also offers the opportunity to work with Danone’s other North American resources to provide legal support to Stonyfield.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work closely with internal business teams (e.g., Marketing) and external teams (vendors and customers) to ensure that all contracts are properly reviewed, signed, executed/tracked, and filed in a timely and accurate manner.
Facilitate contract negotiation process, including: detailed review of contracts from business and legal perspective, facilitation of status updates, communications and coordination between teams to establish process improvements as needed for efficient contracts routing and signature.
Provide assistance with contract language for both business and legal terms.
Summarize all deviations to standard, company-approved terms for review and approval by the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer.
Develop, maintain, and report on contract department metrics, and continuously improve metrics reporting and outcomes.
Update and maintain contracts management database system.
Coordinate and distribute relevant contract information to appropriate internal teams as needed.
Assist relevant Sourcing & Supplier Development managers and General Accounting with the performance of periodic audits of customer order or supplier Purchase Orders to approved contract terms to ensure adherence to contractual terminology.
Provide contracts report for interim and end of year audit and as needed.
Trademark and Promotions Management
Assist with the management of intellectual property portfolio, including clearance, registration and maintenance of Stonyfield’s trademarks/service marks.
Review and provide guidance regarding use of trademarks on product packaging and advertising to ensure compliance with applicable laws and standards and minimize infringement risks.
Assist with the operation and management of various marketing and public relations coupons offers and other promotions, including sweepstakes and contests.
Assist in reviewing, improving, developing, and implementing legal and compliance processes, procedures and training.
Assist with compliance and regulatory matters.
Conduct legal research and analysis as needed.
Perform other duties, including administrative duties, as assigned and needed.
Limited business travel.
Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
Active and in good standing bar membership in at least one state.
2-4 years of relevant commercial contract transactional experience.
Knowledge of trademark, copyright and trade secrets laws.
Experience can be from a combination of large law firm and/or in-house experience.
Active and in good standing bar membership in New Hampshire and/or New York
Knowledge of food and consumer goods industries.
Knowledge of FDA promotional, advertising and labeling requirements surrounding food products.
Knowledge of advertising law.
Must have initiative, be able to work independently and exercise good judgment.
Ability to identify and analyze legal issues and develop and effectively communicate sound advice.
Ability to be creative and solution oriented.
Ability to provide practical advice within applicable legal framework.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication (verbal and written) skills.
Acute attention to detail and ability to manage several projects multi-task.
Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines within specified time constraints.
Ability to operate in multi-functional teams and fast-paced environment.
Exemplary work ethic.
Commitment to continuous improvement, company mission and values, training, and continued education on changing laws and regulations.
Extensive computer knowledge preferably in Windows environment.
Expert user of Microsoft Word. Proficient user of Excel and PowerPoint.
Ability to safely lift 20 lbs.
Ability to bend and reach files and cabinets where records are stored.
Ability to operate computer routinely throughout the work day.
Stonyfield is a subsidiary of Danone - one of the world’s leading producers of packaged foods and beverages and a recognized leader for its contributions to nutrition and health. Stonyfield is a passionate company dedicated to providing organic dairy products in a socially and environmentally conscious manner. Stonyfield is an equal employment and affirmative action employer F/M/Disability/Vet.
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