Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories. Popular brands include Smithfield, Eckrich, Nathans Famous, Farmland, Armour, Farmer John, Kretschmar, John Morrell, Cooks, Gwaltney, Carando, Margherita, Curlys, Healthy Ones, Morliny, Krakus, and Berlinki. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The Assistant General Counsel assists in protecting an organization’s legal interest and maintaining its operations within the scope established by law. Provides hands-on counsel to all levels of executive staff and manages the operations of legal department. Identifies and analyzes legal issues, drafts key documents, presents clear recommendations to top management, and assures legal compliance. May manage attorneys in several legal specializations including tax, litigation, acquisitions, IP, etc.
Advising and counseling senior management throughout the organization on a wide range of domestic and foreign business issues.Preparing and organizing documents for and assisting in closing corporate and commercial transactions, such as financings and acquisitions.Supporting the Companys internal legal compliance teams and programs.Assisting the Company’s treasury department on financing transactions, including credit facilities, letters of credit, bond issuances and intra-company financing arrangements.Identifying and assessing legal risks and opportunities and advising business managers accordingly.Supervising, managing and evaluating outside counsel.The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.Bachelors Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 15+ years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.Must have a JD degree from an accredited law school and be admitted to practice in at least one state. Minimum 10+ years of substantive business law experience with a corporate legal department or a well regarded law firm.Competence as a lawyer; ability to manage heavy workload in a highly dynamic environment with minimal supervision.Good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills within and across departments and externally; must be proactive in providing counsel to clients. Sound judgment; ability to clearly make reasoned recommendations and determine who should be kept informed.Self-starter with good business sense and a sense of urgency, honesty and fairness.Good team player; calm under pressure.Self-confident and inspires confidence from clients.Willing to travel on an occasional basis.Committed to being a legal business partner to internal clients.Strong writing skills required.Strong communication skills required.Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
Smithfield, is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status or status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.
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