Pampered Chef

  • Staff Attorney

    Job ID
    2018-1453
    Category
    Legal
    Location
    US-IL-Addison
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    PURPOSE

    This position exists to mitigate legal risk for Pampered Chef. This position’s value is to provide Pampered Chef with in-house legal assistance at its immediate disposal. Such support will be provided to all departments and every level of our domestic and foreign operations.

     

    KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

     

    • General Commercial Transactions
      • Contract counseling with internal stakeholders.
      • Review, update, and monitor company contract templates and systems.
      • Draft, review, and negotiate a broad variety of domestic and international contracts, including master services agreements, nondisclosure agreements, IT/software licensing agreements, staffing agreements, and miscellaneous vendor agreements.
      • Provide creative and legally sounds solutions for resolution of disputes with commercial business partners.
    • Supply-Chain Transactions
      • Contract counseling and collaboration with brand managers, sourcing specialists, and product engineers.
      • Review, update, and monitor manufacturing and supply agreement templates.
      • Draft, review, and negotiate complex domestic and international manufacturing and supply agreements.
      • Draft, review, and negotiate complex domestic and international joint development agreements.
    • Trademark and Patent Portfolio Management
      • Provide assistance to executives and global general counsel to develop corporate intellectual property and brand protection strategy.
      • Assist in product development process.
      • Coordinate with patent and trademark outside counsel to manage and maintain Pampered Chef’s intellectual property portfolio.
      • Coordinate with patent and trademark outside counsel to review intellectual property infringement risk and secure protection where available.
      • Manage efforts to evaluate, determine, and secure international IP protection.
    • Product Regulatory Compliance
      • Counsel and advise Pampered Chef Product Quality team on product safety considerations and regulatory requirements. Such requirements include, but are not limited to Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, California Proposition 65, European Commission regulations/directives (including country specific requirements for Germany such as LFGB), and UL GE/GS certifications for specific product types.
      • Draft, review, and revise product Use & Care instructions.
    • Human Resources International and Domestic Support
      • Provide assistance to global general counsel in:
        • Drafting and negotiating employment contracts and offer letters.
        • Drafting and negotiating separation contracts and letters.
        • Drafting and reviewing office conduct policies.
        • Investigating work place misconduct and employment policy violations. Recommending, documenting and carrying out disciplinary actions.
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Drafting and/or reviewing deal documents for all phases of M&A transactions from confidentiality agreements to asset and stock purchase agreements.
      • Aid stakeholders to progress due diligence, structure analysis, product and labor regulatory review.
      • Coordinate with outside counsel’s efforts as necessary.
    • Support litigation activities where needed.
      • Prepare general legal documents, correspondence, pleadings, discovery, liability releases, and settlements.
      • Track and respond to garnishments, unemployment claims/questionnaires, and tax levies.
      • Coordinate with outside litigation counsel.
    • Provide assistance to Pampered Chef’s international expansion efforts.
      • Establish new global subsidiaries/branches.
      • Determine corporate structure, capital requirements, and repatriation of profit restrictions.
      • Coordinate with local counsel where necessary.
    • Coordinate payment of department costs and manage department record keeping.
    • Provide assistance to Global General Counsel and other Staff Attorneys in other areas where needed.


    COMPETENCIES

    • Results focused.
    • Appreciates work autonomy to determine how results are driven.
    • Eager to cultivate business relationships across all departments and at every level of the organization.
    • Works well in a fast-paced environment.
    • Open to change in work function and flow.


    MEASURES OF SUCCESS

    • Contract Review timelines are met.
    • Product release dates are met.
    • Intellectual Property Infringements remain immaterial.
    • Material Compliance issue remain immaterial.


    EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

    • Required
      • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
      • Undergraduate degree.
      • Law degree – 3.0 GPA or higher.
      • Law license issued in applicable state.
    •  Preferred
      • 1-3 years of experience in a law firm or corporate legal department.
      • Local law license required.
      • Demonstrated ability to supervise workload, perform with minimal supervision.
      • Background experience working in a corporate business setting.

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