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Compliance, Corporate, General Commercial/Contracts
The Senior Corporate Counsel, Director is charged with providing a full range of legal services including contract drafting, review and administration, and related legal commercial advice to all departments and cross-functional teams of Restaurant Services, Inc. (including Food and Packaging, Equipment and Facilities, Premiums, Distribution/Logistics, Finance and IS), and its subsidiary companies, Supply Chain Services LLC, Restaurant Services Canada, Inc. and Restaurant Services Mexico, Inc. (collectively, “RSI”). The Senior Corporate Counsel, Director is also charged with the responsibility of working closely with the [General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer] and the senior management team to develop business strategies, assess legal risks and opportunities, in keeping with RSI’s Mission and Vision. The Senior Corporate Counsel, Director is a key member of the management team and will work closely with all RSI staff to ensure compliance and understanding of all company policies and risk management procedures.
Contributes to the strategic direction of the legal department.
Assists in the development of the annual department budget.
Assists and/or leads in the ongoing development, evolution and implementation of legal compliance programs, policies and practices designed to facilitate the achievement of RSI’s goals.
Direct relationships with suppliers and distributors to facilitate the contracting process, resolution of issues and identification of opportunities or challenges facing RSI, the suppliers and/or distributors as critical supply chain participants essential to the Burger King® system.
Develops internal methods and systems for contract review; drafts and revises model contract documents as requested or required; develops unique contracts and innovative contractual arrangements as needed; provides technical advice and support to staff in their day-to-day transactions with suppliers and distributors; assists with contract negotiations as requested or required.
Facilitates internal and external conflict resolution; provides support to the [General Counsel/Chief Legal Officer] in all adversarial disputes for RSI including but not limited to litigated and agency matters as well as administrative and contractual disputes as between employees, BKC, suppliers and distributors and RSI.
Serves as the Assistant Secretary of RSI and its subsidiaries; assisting the Secretary in keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Board of Directors and giving all notices in accordance with the Bylaws or as required by law.
Ensures RSI's compliance with all Federal, State, Local and International laws, regulations and guidelines regarding the purchasing function; ensures RSI’s compliance with its own Business Code of Ethics and Purchasing Policies and Procedures.
Provides RSI with legal advice as appropriate or requested regarding general corporate matters and issues including taxation, governance, corporate structure, intellectual property and antitrust; working with external consultants and internal personnel.
Provides competent business analysis and advice regarding integrated supply chain management as well as individual supplier's and/or distributor’s ability to conform to RSI's contractually specified financial and legal terms and obligations and BKC's articulated standards.
Advise, and work closely with, management and cross-functional teams on legal risks,
strategy, compliance, and policy for a variety of matters to facilitate operations, and business growth.
Critical contact person to Burger King Corporation to facilitate resolution of relationship issues or concerns, ensure timely communication, and resolution of issues.
Prepares quarterly presentations for Board of Directors meetings and orientation, Annual Member Meeting. (May occasionally present at Board of Directors meetings)
Oversees annual board elections including managing the election process, communications and vetting candidates.
Support line of credit compliance; prepare semi-annual litigation disclosure
Prepare and file all state “qualification to conduct business” filings.
Manage supplier, distributor and vendor certificate of insurance compliance program, to ensure contractual insurance requirements are met.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
JD from an accredited law school and admitted to practice law in a state or territory of the United States or District of Columbia; Florida Bar membership preferred. Over eight years of demonstrated experience practicing law in a relevant business environment. Experience in the quick service restaurant industry or closely related field are a plus.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
This position requires a sharp analytical mind, strong work ethic, and strong presentation skills. The Senior Corporate Counsel, Director is a proven leader who is a quick study with the ability to adapt to the needs of an evolving business and who also enjoys collaborating on cross-functional projects.
A self-motivated and goal-oriented individual with a strong initiative of getting things done;
High level of business acumen with an appreciation for weighing legal and business risk;
Minimum of 8+ years of broad general commercial legal experience in a corporate legal
Excellent consultative and communication skills with a proven ability to influence and
advise in a clear and compelling manner;
Proven ability to establish strategy and to translate it into an effective, long-term action
Ability to work effectively within a team-oriented culture;
Process-driven, comfortable with ambiguity in a dynamic environment;
Strong prioritization, organization, and interpersonal skills within all levels of the organization.
Strategist – track record of developing and implementing innovative best practices, processes, and rigor across commercial operations.
Leadership – track record of displaying confidence, courage, accountability, and conviction among peers, and superiors in making or driving difficult decisions.
Change Agent – ability to identify opportunities for improvement across business processes and functions, and initiative to own and drive change through completion.
Adaptable – track record of operating in fast-paced, results-driven environments with the intellectual capacity to perform quickly under pressure.
Collaborative – track record of building strong business relationships to drive results through influence, partnership, and exceptional communication skills; ability to convey legal advice clearly and effectively with employees at all levels.
Business Focused – proven ability to be commercial in approach and appreciate the difference between legal and business risk. Able to view all legal decisions through a business lens.
Internal Number: 20201109
About Restaurant Services, Inc. (RSI)
Restaurant Services, Inc., (RSI) is a not-for-profit, member-owned independent purchasing and supply chain management cooperative which acts as the exclusive purchasing agent and supply chain manager for the U.S. Burger King® restaurant system. Its Board of Directors is comprised of Burger King® restaurant operators and the company operates in a close working relationship with Burger King Corporation. RSI’s mission is to ensure, at the best cost and at established performance standards, a continuous supply of the products and services necessary to build, operate and maintain Burger King® restaurants for the benefit of our members. Leverage data and technology to support improving restaurant profitability for our members. RSI’s vision is to be the best purchasing and supply chain organization in the food service industry.
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