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Amy's Kitchen, a values-driven family-owned business and pioneer in the organic food movement since its founding in 1987, has more than 260 products in the U.S. and continues to develop in nearly 30 international markets. With more than 2,400 employees, the driving purpose of the company is to make it easy for everyone to eat well.
We are looking for our next Corporate Counsel, who will be an energetic, motivated, team player who provides a wide range of legal services and advice to business functions throughout the organization, including in the areas of labor and employment, claim preparation, prosecution and defense, contract drafting and review, dispute resolution, real estate, and regulatory compliance. The position will be located at the company's headquarters in Petaluma, California, and will be part of a creative, fun, easy-to-work-with legal team committed to minimizing risk while promoting the continued growth of the business.
The objective of Amy’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) is to be a creative, fun, easy-to-work-with team that protects the company, delivers practical advice, operates efficiently, and facilitates each department’s success. Consistent with Amy’s vision and core values, the Corporate Counsel will provide a wide range of legal services and advice to business functions throughout the organization, including in the areas of labor and employment, claim preparation, prosecution and defense, contract drafting and review, dispute resolution, real estate and regulatory compliance. This position will work to support the goals, strategies and measures of the OGSMs of the company and OGC. The position shall provide regular updates to the Associate General Counsel on pending matters, and shall work within the Office of General Counsel in the administration, advice and resolution of material issues concerning the organization.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Help manage and support the day-to-day affairs of the Office of General Counsel, including reviewing and processing written requests made to the Office of General Counsel by other functions, and interfacing with outside counsel and consultants.
Counsel the business on labor and employment-related issues, including workplace investigations, attendance and leave matters, suspension and termination, and handle related labor and employment disputes.
Review, draft and negotiate contracts, including equipment purchase and service agreements, NDAs, marketing agreements and various professional services and consulting agreements.
Provide legal advice and support to various departments, including HR, Manufacturing, Engineering, Marketing, Regulatory Affairs, Sales and Finance.
Prepare and provide trainings to the business on legal and compliance matters.
Assist with corporate compliance matters, including compliance with corporate formalities.
Provide high caliber, proactive, collaborative, solutions-oriented advice designed to mitigate risk, maximize recoveries and promote the business, including people safety and food safety.
Demonstrate a high level of professionalism in responding to and handling confidential, privileged and sensitive issues.
Perform other duties as assigned by supervisors.
This position does not have direct supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
JD from ABA-accredited law school.
Minimum of five years experience practicing law. Experience with the food industry, FDA and/or labor and employment law is preferred.
Excellent analytical and communication skills, both oral and written. Significant contract negotiation and drafting experience. Ability to devise practical, business-oriented solutions. Outstanding negotiation skills, complemented with excellent business judgment. Strong organizational and prioritization skills, with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously. Self-starter; able to work with minimal supervision. Good independent judgment and discretion on important matters with the ability to make timely and sound decisions with a high degree of tact and diplomacy. Ability to deal effectively with a diversity of individuals at all organizational levels. Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm. Strong attention to detail. Demonstrated team player, with great interpersonal skills. Excellent grammar skills, punctuation and spelling skills. Proficient with all tools in Microsoft Office.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Member in good standing with California State Bar or eligible for California’s Registered In-House Counsel Program.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stay in a stationary position, talk or hear. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.
About Amy's Kitchen
A pioneer of the organic foods movement, Amy's started over 30 years ago with a simple mission to make good food for everyone at the table. Andy and Rachel Berliner started the company in their California farmhouse kitchen in 1987, and they named it after their newborn daughter, Amy. Their first product was a vegetable pot pie with a flaky, homestyle crust.
Today, we are still family-owned, but we now make more than 250 products, and we sell our homestyle foods in over 23 different countries. Amy's employs over 2,400 people with corporate headquarters in Petaluma, California and manufacturing facilities in Santa Rosa, CA; Medford, OR; and Pocatello, ID.