Full Job Description
The Kraft Heinz Company is one of the largest food and beverage companies in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands and global sales of approximately $25 billion. We’re a globally trusted producer of high-quality, great-tasting, and nutritious foods for over 150 years. Our brands are truly global, with products produced and marketed in over 40 countries. These beloved products include condiments and sauces, cheese and dairy, meals, meats, refreshment beverages, coffee, infant and nutrition products, and numerous other grocery products in a portfolio of more than 200 legacy and emerging brands.
No matter the brand, we’re united under one vision: To sustainably grow by delighting more consumers globally. Bringing this vision to life is our team of 39,000+ food lovers, creative thinkers, and high performers worldwide. Together, we help provide meals to those in need through our global partnership with Rise Against Hunger. We also stand committed to responsible, sustainable practices that extend to every facet of our business, our consumers, and our communities. Every day, we’re transforming the food industry with bold thinking and unprecedented results. If you share our passion – and are ready to create the future, build a legacy, and lead as a global citizen – there’s only one thing to do: join our table and let’s make life delicious!
Our Culture of Ownership, Meritocracy and Collaboration
We're not afraid to think differently. Embrace new ideas. Dream big. We empower our people at every level – from entry-level intern to senior leader – to own their work. We share a responsibility to think like Owners – to be mindful of the collective and sustained success of Kraft Heinz – which we apply to every situation, every day.
As part of Kraft Heinz, you're supported to grow and achieve. You’re expected to bring your authentic self to work every day, to lead with humility, and drive outstanding performance at every level – and you’ll be rewarded. You’re given opportunities to leave a mark and build a legacy. But you won’t do it alone. You’re supported by passionate teammates along the way, and our collective, collaborative spirit fuels our incredible progress.
All posting locations: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Job Function: 12 - Legal
Department: 12 - 02 - Contracts & Litigation
Date Published: 01-Jul-2021
Job Type: Regular
Description & Requirements
The Senior Counsel- Procurement will be a member of the Company’s transactional group. The practice group provides day-to-day support for a variety of the Company’s operational activities- including handling supply chain contracts and commercial law matters- drafting and negotiating complex domestic and cross-border transaction agreements- and managing a wide array of other commercial issues that arise from the day-to-day operations of a large- fast-paced organization. The Senior Counsel will provide legal services to protect the best interests of the Company- as well as its integrity- reputation- assets- officers and employees- while ensuring that the Company operates in compliance with all applicable laws.
Key Components of the Role:
Provides strategic advice- often in collaboration with other Legal team members- to key Procurement stakeholders by engaging with them to identify material commercial and legal risks and develop and implement strategies to manage such risks in the best interests of the Company.
Provides similar support to additional operations-related functional areas- such as contractual support to the Logistics group and OSHA support to the Operational Risk Management team.
Applies experience- expertise- and judgment to Procurement and other commercial transaction matters- including day-to-day contract counseling.
Advises stakeholders of potential risks in contractual areas and proposes practical risk mitigation strategies
Provides creative- legally-sound solutions for resolution of disputes with commercial business partners.
Drafts- negotiates- and reviews commercial contracts- including products and services agreements- technology agreements- consulting agreements- confidentiality agreements and other business and legal documents.
Manages outside counsel as necessary.
Identifies legal training needs and requirements- particularly related to contract matters.
Assists in the development and delivery of training.
Updates current contract templates and develops new templates- as necessary- for use by key stakeholders.
Supports other Legal Department initiatives and other commercial areas on an as-needed basis.
JD Degree from an accredited law school and top academic credentials.
Licensed to practice law in Illinois (or another U.S. State).
6+ years of related experience with commercial transactions- including preparation and review of procurement contracts.
Prior large law firm and in-house experience preferred.
Excellent management skills and legal judgment with the capacity to make decisions and give advice- which demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives and the risks/rewards of each situation.
Strong research and drafting skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a non-legal audience- both verbal and written.
Learning agility- a growth mindset- and strong organizational skills required.
Self-starters with the ability to work independently and with a sense of urgency with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment sought.
Ability to build relationships and influence across all levels within the organization is necessary for success.
Experience within the food and beverage or CPG industry is a plus as is experience with environmental and/or OSHA matters.
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity