United Natural Foods, Inc. (“UNFI” or “Company”) has engaged Major, Lindsey & Africa (“MLA”) on an exclusive basis to conduct a search for a Senior Corporate Counselin Providence, Rhode Island or Eden Prairie, MN. UNFI is an equal opportunity employer.
Overview: The Senior Corporate Counsel will report to the Deputy General Counsel, Corporate & Strategic Transactions and will be a key member of the Company’s legal team responsible for independently negotiating and handling, and leading a team to negotiate and handle, a wide range of complex commercial contracts and customer credit agreements, and providing business counsel and legal advice to senior management. This position will serve as a key contact for wholesale supply and distribution senior leadership regarding customer contracts and relationships, and work closely with the Company’s business units and other internal professionals. 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 provide best-in-class legal services in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner by anticipating, addressing and creatively resolving legal issues and providing counsel to the Company in a manner that optimizes business results. This role is located in Providence, Rhode Island, where the company is headquartered or in Eden Prairie, MN.
Company: Formed more than 40 years ago, UNFI is a Fortune 500 company and the largest publicly-traded grocery wholesale distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products, including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, as well as conventional grocery products, in the United States and Canada. UNFI’s customers include natural product superstores like Whole Foods, independently-owned retailers, conventional supermarket chains like Kroger, Publix and Wegmans, ecommerce retailers and the food service industry. In addition to food distribution, UNFI provides a range of innovative, value-added services for its customers and suppliers including: category management, merchandising, marketing e-commerce, mobile ordering and delivery tracking, to promote efficiency and maximize potential. In October 2018, UNFI closed its transformative $2.9 billion acquisition of Supervalu, which is expected to significantly expand UNFI’s customer base, extend its geographic market coverage and result in combined 2019 revenues of over $21 billion. For more information, please consult www.unfi.com.
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Experience: The successful candidate will have 9-12 years of legal experience gained in a sophisticated law firm environment and prominent in-house legal department, with experience leading a team in drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex commercial agreements. Well-honed drafting and negotiation skills and experience handling a variety of commercial and transactional matters, self-motivation, flexibility, efficiency, strategic thinking and strong business acumen are also required.
Relocation: Local candidates preferred but relocation will be considered.
Bar Admission: Admission to a state bar of any jurisdiction in the United States and a member in good standing in order to gain admission to practice in Rhode Island as an “in-house counsel” pursuant to applicable state court rules.
Process: Interested candidates, please respond to the MLA recruiter who contacted you about this search or directly to the recruiters managing this search, Lee Udelsman and Elizabeth Long, at UNFIagc@mlaglobal.com. 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: 281375
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