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At Wakefern Food Corp., we are setting a new standard for success. We are the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative, and the wholesale distribution and merchandising arm for ShopRite, Price Rite MarketPlace, The Fresh Grocer, Gourmet Garage and Fairway Supermarkets.
This position provides legal advice, recommendations, oversight and guidance with respect to all legal issues and areas of law that impact the organization. Corporate Counsel is responsible for assisting with the management of litigation, employment and transactional matters by providing research, advice, assistance with investigations, review and drafting of legal documents, such as pleadings and contracts, and other legal assistance. This individual, under the direction of Sr. Corporate Counsel, will provide counsel to management within the company and will act as a liaison and consult with outside legal counsel.
This position also advises the executive leadership of one or more subsidiaries on legal issues and risks impacting the subsidiary to support achievement of long term business goals and to ensure that the subsidiary’s legal strategy and positions are consistent with the legal strategy of the parent company. This opportunity is located in Keasbey, NJ.
Reviewing, drafting and negotiating employment-related documents
Working closely with the human resources department to provide employment law advice relating to all states in the company’s trade area for all categories of company associates including affiliated and non-affiliated, exempt and non-exempt, warehouse, retail and office associates
Assisting in pre-litigation matters, including but not limited to settlement negotiations, employment and coordination of outside counsel
Assisting in litigation management, including strategy, communication and reporting to the company executives, discovery and coordination with outside counsel
Reviewing, drafting and negotiating a variety of standard and non-standard commercial contracts such as vendor/procurement, technology licensing and innovation, services and products, intellectual property, real estate, advertising, construction and other agreements consistent with the practice of the company
Providing practical legal advice and support on other areas of business such as wholesale, retail, procurement, technology, engineering and real estate, all in a very fast-paced environment
Assisting in legal issues analysis, research and opinion memoranda as assigned
Supporting the goals and objectives of Wakefern’s business plan which align with the strategy and cultural expectations of the company
Reviewing and modifying business policies and procedures when needed
7-10+ years of a combination of litigation, employment and transactional legal experience desired; in-house experience a plus
JD Degree and licensed to practice in New Jersey
A high level of professionalism and outstanding business judgment
Excellent interpersonal, written and communication skills
Superior presentation skills
Solid legal research and writing skills
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to multi-task, prioritize and establish goals
Ability to work in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with general Microsoft Office applications
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Wakefern Food Corp.
In 1946, in an effort to assist these struggling grocers, a sales representative from Del Monte Foods introduced eight independent grocers from Newark, New Jersey, to the concept of cooperative buying. Collectively purchasing products in large quantities at a lower cost allowed these grocers to offer their customers the same goods at a competitive price. Pleased with the results, on December 5, 1946, this cooperative relationship was formalized. Each of the grocers invested $1,000, and Wakefern Food Corp. was born.
Today, Wakefern is the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States, comprising 51 member companies who independently own and operate 354 retail supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market and Gourmet Garage banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virginia markets.
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