Food Law Counsel

General Mills - Minneapolis, MN4.0

Full-timeEstimated: $120,000 - $150,000 a year
General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie's Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You've come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.

General Mills is seeking a Food Law Counsel in Minneapolis, MN. The Food Law Counsel will advise the business on product regulatory issues/requirements while handling a complete range of food law issues, including:

Ingredient approvals for food and color additives
Product claims, such as health claims, nutrient content claims and structure-function claims
Food safety issues related to FSMA as well as the general adulteration and misbranding provisions of the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act

Additional Responsibilities Include:
Participate as the Law Department representative on cross-functional teams
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the company’s businesses and business practices; engage in a proactive style of legal practice in order to best serve the business
Serve as the expert resource for Law Department, regulatory and business colleagues on the issues described above
Undertake additional responsibilities as determined from time to time
Travel as required to represent the interests of General Mills
The successful candidate for this position must have the following educational background, skills and professional experience:

Graduation from a quality law school with superior academic accomplishment (J.D.)
Minimum 6-8 years of food law experience working for a law firm, a food company or the FDA
Ability to evaluate scientific and safety data and information in order to communicate effectively with regulatory clients
Experience and ability to identify issues and provide advice on non-routine matters with minimal supervision
Superior written and oral communication skills
Practical and creative problem analysis and resolution skills
Excellent business judgment with the ability to make decisions and provide advice that demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives and the risk/reward of each option
Maturity and strong leadership skills, with the ability to articulate positions and provide direction
Admission in good standing to practice law in at least one state
A commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards
Strong executive “presence” and the ability to quickly gain the confidence of clients, enhanced by a strong sense of teamwork and outstanding people skills
A high level of energy and self-motivation