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Senior Legal Counsel - Agriculture

Posted Jan 25
Full Time
HybridInver Grove Heights, Minnesota


CHS Inc. is a leading, Fortune 100 ($45.6B of revenue in 2023), global agricultural and energy company that creates connections to empower agriculture. Owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the U.S., CHS provides fuels and other critical crop inputs, market access and risk management services that help farmers feed the world.  CHS serves customers across the U.S. and around the world. Most of our 10,000 employees are in the U.S., but today we have employees in 19 countries. 

CHS agricultural businesses include grain and oilseed origination, handling, processing, and selling, as well as procurement, distribution, and sales of crop inputs, including crop protection, crop nutrients, and seed.     


CHS has an exciting opportunity in our Legal team. We are looking for a Senior Legal Counsel who will perform a key role in advising businesses within the agriculture division of CHS, which includes the grain and agronomy businesses of CHS. The Senior Legal Counsel will partner with our Assistant General Counsel, as well as other members of the CHS legal team, to guide legal advice to the agriculture division.  
You must have a practical, business-oriented approach to problem-solving, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, tempered by an appreciation of legal complexity and risk.  You will have meaningful day-to-day interaction with decisionmakers within the business and will be expected to grow into a strategic advisor to those stakeholders.  Additional critical success factors for this position include: excellent communication skills and the ability to manage multiple, changing priorities efficiently, using discretion and judgment in executing assignments with high confidentiality, and the ability to work collaboratively with others and with a team approach to issues.
The person in this role is able to work a hybrid work schedule.



Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Assistant General Counsel, attorneys, and paralegals to meet the legal needs of the CHS agriculture division.
  • Provide accurate and timely counsel to business leaders on a variety of legal topics. 
  • Develop and grow business acumen and industry knowledge to support CHS agricultural businesses and to understand the CHS enterprise.  
  • Review, draft and negotiate a wide array of commercial agreements.  
  • Work with Assistant General Counsel, business leaders, and outside counsel in responding to requests from regulatory agencies. 
  • Partner closely with business clients to develop strong, trusted working relationships.
  • Champion and promote a strong safety culture, follow all safety policies, procedures and regulations, identify and communicate workplace hazards and correct or seek assistance in correcting unsafe actions or conditions. 


Minimum Qualifications (required)

  • J.D. Law Degree from an accredited U.S. law school
  • Active member of a state bar in good standing
  • 4 plus years of legal practice experience with a reputable law firm and/or corporate enterprise 


Additional Qualifications

  • Experience working with and counseling businesses in grain or agronomy industries .
  • Experience developing strong partnerships with business leaders.
  • Formal or informal experience working on and/or leading teams aligned to provide legal services to business units that are distributed by product/service line and/or geography.
  • Experience collaborating cross-functionally in a commercial environment. 
  • A proven commitment to continuous improvement and a passion for helping teams achieve common goals.
  • Achievements consistent with academic excellence.
  • Strong business acumen. 
  • Pre-employment screening is based on the job requirements and industry guidelines and may or may not be required for the position. If required, selected candidates must pass pre-employment screenings to include all or a combination of drug, criminal, motor vehicle check, physical requirements and FMSCA Clearinghouse

CHS offers a competitive total compensation package. Benefits include Health, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Life Insurance, Health and Day Care Savings Accounts, Paid Vacation, 401K, Company Funded Pension, Profit Sharing, Long and Short Term Disability, Tuition reimbursement, and Adoption assistance.

CHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.