This job contributes to REI’s success by providing legal and compliance services to the co-op on supply chain, product safety and regulatory compliance matters and related commercial litigation, policies, guidelines, and processes, with an approach that balances pragmatism, risk, and compliance. The successful candidate will report to the Deputy General Counsel – Compliance, Risk and Litigation. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.
Be a trusted legal partner to the organization on sensitive and wide-ranging commercial law matters including consumer product safety and compliance, health and safety, and related matters, with expertise in litigation and in providing general commercial advice
Oversee and manage litigation and threats of litigation with the support of the Legal Specialist and in coordination with outside counsel when necessary
Oversee, investigate and respond to demand letters and agency complaints (e.g., CPSC, DOT, FDA.)
Ensure the co-op’s compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws related to commercial operations
Partner with the business to enhance product safety compliance programs
Oversee relationship with regulatory authorities, and management of product safety claims and recalls
Develop policies and drive compliant practices through outreach and trainings on relevant topics (live and online)
Manage outside counsel
Act in alignment with and model REI’s core values and mission
At least 5 years relevant experience advising on commercial law and /or product safety and compliance law; Previous in-house retail strongly preferred
Experience with Global consumer brands is also strongly preferred
JD degree from top law school; admitted to a U.S. state bar
Highly responsive and service-oriented attitude
Substantial experience with delivering advice and counsel to clients such Operations, Loss Prevention, Risk Management, Product Design and Quality teams
Experience with conducting and managing product safety issues, including recalls
Significant experience with the development of policies, process and ability to drive changes in business practices through relationships and influence
Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with multiple deadlines
Ability to maintain strong working relationships with cross-divisional partners
Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated ability to create useful business documents and presentations in plain English
Intellectual curiosity and a willingness to learn about and support multiple areas of the business
Active and effective team player and collaborator with internal business clients and within own department, including excellent people skills and the ability to build and maintain positive, supportive working relationships
Experience counseling and training business persons with little or no legal background
Mature judgment and demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior leaders
Appreciation for and support of REI’s co-op structure, culture, and values
Ability to think strategically and provide critical analysis and risk assessments
Champion for the organization and advocate for solutions in the co-op’s overall best interest
Bring your passion and expertise
J.D. degree from an accredited law school with a national reputation
Membership in good standing in at least one state bar in the U.S
5+ years of large law firm experience in a sophisticated transactional practice; some in-house experience is preferred [flexible, at discretion of DGC]
Relevant in-house legal experience with a consumer-brand company
Experience in a retail or branded services company with stores or field operations
Experience practicing law in the outdoor industry
Experience managing outside counsel
Experience with employment law and compliance programs
Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts
Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best
Establishes trust and inspires others
Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics
Delivers on commitments and holds others to same
Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest
Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities.
Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
Fosters change in company direction
Effectively plans and executes changes
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 20019
At Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) we believe a life outdoors is a life well-lived!
We believe that it’s in the wild, untamed and natural places that we find our best selves, so our purpose is to awaken a lifelong love of the outdoors, for all.
Since 1938, we have been your local outdoor co-op, working to help you experience the transformational power of nature. We bring you top-quality gear and apparel, expert advice, rental equipment, inspiring stories of life outside and outdoor experiences to enjoy alone or share with your friends and family. And because we have no shareholders, with every purchase you make with REI, you are choosing to steward the outdoors, support sustainable business and help the fight for life outside.
So whether you’re new to the outdoors or a seasoned pro, we hope you’ll join us.