UNFI (United Natural Foods, Inc.) has retained Major, Lindsey & Africa on an exclusive basis to conduct a search for a Senior Corporate Counsel to be located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. UNFI is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Overview: The Senior Corporate Counsel will be a key member of the Company's legal team responsible for (i) independently negotiating and handling, as well as leading a team to negotiate and handle, a wide range of complex commercial contracts, and providing business counsel and legal advice to senior management in connection therewith, (ii) negotiating and documenting financing transactions and providing legal advice to the Company's Corporate Treasury group, and (iii) providing strategic direction and leadership over other corporate transactions that may arise from time to time. The Senior Corporate Counsel will, among other things, advise on and approve contracts and other agreements for designated operating departments of the Company, play an integral role in developing and implementing contract templates for new business models and harmonizing agreements in connection with integration of two legacy companies, and ensure adherence to the Company's contracting policy and procedures. This position will work closely with the Company's business units and other internal professionals and will require a high degree of organization and process-orientation. The role reports directly to the Deputy General Counsel, Corporate & Strategic Transactions.
Company Overview: A Fortune 500 company, UNFI delivers healthier food options to people throughout the United States and Canada. In July 2018, UNFI announced a $2.9 billion acquisition of SuperValu which closed on October 22, 2018. UNFI is North America's premier food wholesaler delivering the widest variety of products to customer locations throughout North America including natural product superstores, independent retailers, conventional supermarket chains, ecommerce retailers, and food service customers. By providing this deeper 'full-store' selection and compelling brands for every aisle, UNFI is uniquely positioned to deliver great food, more choices, and fresh thinking to customers everywhere. Combined with SuperValu, UNFI is the largest publicly-traded grocery wholesale distributor in America with expected 2019 sales of over $21 billion. Recognized as one of the most effectively managed U.S. companies, UNFI was named in the "Management Top 250" list by the Wall Street Journal in 2017. UNFI's products have historically been grouped into six categories: grocery and general merchandise, produce, perishables and frozen foods, nutritional supplements and sports nutrition, bulk and food service products and personal care items. UNFI currently operates more than 60 distribution centers, the largest of any North American distributor in the natural, organic and specialty products food industry. UNFI's operations are comprised of three divisions: Wholesale, Retail and Manufacturing, and Branded Products. The Company serves independently owned natural products retailers, supernatural chains, conventional supermarkets and mass market chains, as well as foodservice, e-commerce and international customers outside Canada. UNFI's commitment to philanthropy and sustainability, two core values it has operated under for decades, remains strong. The UNFI Foundation (unfifoundation.org) funds non-profit organizations that promote healthy, organic food systems. In addition, through UNFI Helping Hands Committees, UNFI's associates volunteered and dedicated more than 11,000 hours to service projects, and UNFI donated more than 13 million pounds of food through Feeding America. The Company also recycled approximately 25,000 tons of waste in 2017 and diverted 76% of its operational waste from landfills.
Experience: Approximately 11+ years of legal experience gained in a sophisticated law firm environment and prominent in-house legal department, with experience in debt/finance and other corporate transactions, as well as managing a team in drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex commercial agreements. Well-honed drafting and negotiation skills and experience handling a variety of commercial, finance and other corporate transactional matters, self-motivation, flexibility, efficiency, strategic thinking and strong business acumen are also required.
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Relocation: Local candidates preferred.
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Process: Interested candidates, please respond to the MLA recruiter who contacted you about this search or directly to the recruiter managing this search, Michael Handler, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not contact the Company directly; all resumes sent to UNFI will be routed to MLA for handling and will create delays.
Internal Number: 280611
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