Senior Corporate Counsel, Employment


The Corporate Legal Department of The J. M. Smucker Co. seeks a Senior Corporate Counsel with deep expertise in employment law and working knowledge of management-side labor law. Senior Corporate Counsel will provide legal advice and assistance on a wide array of employment and labor issues typical to a large company marketing and manufacturing consumer goods.


Orrville, OH (Close proximity to Cleveland/Akron)

Flexible work arrangements available


Vice President, Litigation


  • Provide legal services in a manner consistent with Smucker¬Ěs company culture as stated in the Basic Beliefs and Our Commitment to Each Other, both available at https: www.jmsmucker.com/about/our-values.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Provide legal support regarding employee relations.
  • Provide legal support for leave and accommodation decisions.
  • Provide legal support on employment-related compliance issues.
  • Represent the Company directly in administrative charges.
  • Manage outside counsel in litigation matters.
  • Provide legal support regarding organizational design and other strategic activities.
  • Develop and deliver employee education and training.
  • Provide guidance on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity efforts.
  • Provide legal support regarding OSHA and workplace safety matters.
  • Provide legal support regarding OFCCP compliance, including affirmative action plans.
  • Provide legal support and guidance regarding immigration matters.
  • Implement post-mitigation/litigation refinements and solutions.
  • Provide guidance as needed on labor relations, including collective bargaining and defense of arbitrations.



  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school with strong academic credentials; and license to practice law in at least one state.



  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a law firm or corporate legal department or combination of the two, with a significant concentration in employment-related matters.


  • Experience with labor matters, including collective bargaining agreements.
  • Experience with manufacturing companies, though experience with a consumer goods company highly preferred.
  • Prior in-house experience in a similar or substantially similar role.


  • Demonstrates expertise in employment law.
  • Excels in a collaborative, team-based work environment across various departments.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates ability to explain complex legal issues.
  • Demonstrates ability to work under pressure, manage assigned workloads and competing priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrates excellent judgment.

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