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.
Vaccination & Future of Work Expectations
Our highest priority is always the health and safety of our Kraft Heinz family. We require our office-based, home-based, R&D, and sales team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless approved for a medical or religious accommodation. This will enable our transition to hybrid work while maximizing the wellbeing of our entire team.
We believe the office is a critical driver of innovation, connection and development, but also realize providing more flexibility to our employees is critical in this new world. Starting in January 2022, the majority of our salaried employees will be able to work virtually for up to two days each week to create a more agile and modern workplace. Some jobs may be required to be performed fully in person depending a role’s responsibilities and requirements.
All posting locations: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Job Function: 12 - Legal
Department: 12 - 02 - Contracts & Litigation
Date Published: 19-Nov-2021
Job Type: Regular
Description & Requirements
Counsel- Mergers & Acquisitions will serve an important role within the Legal Department’s transactional group. Responsibilities will include managing various aspects of complex corporate transactions such as mergers- acquisitions- divestitures- joint ventures and equity investments; preparing and/or reviewing preliminary transaction agreements- including confidentiality agreements and investment banker engagement letters- as well as principal transaction documents such as purchase agreements- merger agreements and joint venture agreements in addition to ancillary agreements such as transition services agreements; and advising stakeholders on a variety of M&A-related issues as they arise during the life-cycle of a transaction- including during the integration or separation planning process- as applicable. The position will also involve the development of M&A templates- tools- playbooks and best practices together with the Associate General Counsel – M&A and Strategic Transactions and/or Deputy General Counsel – Strategy and M&A. Position will involve exposure to both domestic and global M&A transactions.
Key Components of the Role:
Drafting and/or reviewing deal documents for all phases of M&A transactions from confidentiality agreements to asset and stock purchase agreements to disclosure schedules and transition services agreements.
Serving as legal advisor on a variety of M&A matters and helping stakeholders to progress all workstreams including- without limitation- due diligence- structure analysis- regulatory review- and labor & employment.
Collaborating cross-functionally (Accounting- Tax- Treasury- Risk Management- Supply Chain) and within the Legal Department to achieve desired results on tight timelines and with imperfect information.
Identifying risks and developing risk mitigation strategies in partnership with the M&A team and other Legal team members.
Engaging with stakeholders across the globe to drive business-oriented solutions to complex issues arising in context of M&A initiatives.
Advising on day-to-day commercial contracting issues.
Coordinating engagement and oversight of outside counsel as necessary.
Updating current contract templates and developing new templates to improve the efficiency of the M&A process.
Willingness to support supply chain and other commercial areas on an as-needed basis.
JD Degree from an accredited law school and top academic credentials required.
5+ years of M&A experience handling a variety of transaction types.
Prior law firm or in-house experience required.
Excellent management skills and business judgment with a capacity to make decisions and give advice- which demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives and the risks/rewards of each situation.
Strong organizational skills- flexibility- and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment that requires management of multiple projects simultaneously.
Proactive personality and commitment to understanding the industry and the company’s business.
Ability to communicate effectively with a non-legal audience both verbally and in writing.
Willingness to travel domestically and internationally when necessary.
Equal Opportunity Employer–minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity