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Associate General Counsel: Operations & Supply Chain

Posted Mar 24
Full Time
HybridDeerfield, Illinois

Company Description

At Fortune Brands Innovations, we believe that our innovation and success are fueled by the passion of our people and the strength of our teams. Together, we work to fulfill dreams of home by aligning around common goals, being agile in the face of change, holding ourselves accountable, and acting with integrity and transparency. We succeed when everyone belongs and strive to build a Home for All where all associates can be their true, authentic selves at work. Learn more about our culture here

At Fortune Brands Innovations, we support the overall health and wellness of our associates by offering comprehensive, competitive benefits that prioritize all aspects of wellbeing and provide flexibility for our teammates’ unique needs. This includes robust health plans, a market-leading 401(k) program with a company contribution, product discounts, flexible time off benefits (including half-day summer Fridays per policy), inclusive fertility / adoption benefits, and more. We offer numerous ERGs (Employee Resource Groups) to support inclusivity and our associates’ feeling of belonging at work.

Fortune Brands Innovation (FBIN) is built on industry-leading brands and innovation within our operating segments: water, outdoors and security. We have an impressive track record of strong financial results, market outperformance and growth, which translates into career and professional growth opportunities for associates. Please visit our website at fbin.com to learn more.

Job Description

Position Location: This role can be based out of our Deerfield, IL office location following a hybrid work schedule. Our Hybrid work schedule provides associates the flexibility to work remote Monday and Friday while being in office Tuesday - Thursday.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Chief Legal Officer, this Associate General Counsel: Operations & Supply Chain will support the Company’s Chief Supply Chain Officer and their broader team. The Associate General Counsel, Operations and Supply Chain will provide practical advice and counseling on a full range of issues, including those related to contract negotiations, trade compliance, customs, environmental matters, real estate, and strategic transformations. In addition to possessing the requisite legal and technical skills, the candidate must also be able to execute good business judgment, easily work with others and have a strong desire to be part of a team.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Contract Negotiation and Management

  • Work closely with the direct and indirect sourcing teams to draft, review, and negotiate a wide variety of operations and sourcing-related contracts and agreements, including construction agreements, procurement contracts, service agreements, and transportation contracts.

  • Ensure contract terms and conditions comply with legal requirements, protect the Company’s interests, and promote efficient supply chain operations.

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to ensure contract terms align with business objectives and mitigate legal risks.

  • Help maintain and update contract templates from time to time to reflect best practices.

Transformation Support

  • Work closely with the operations strategy team on proposed transformation efforts to help identify legal considerations, ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and identify and mitigate potential risks.

  • Conduct legal due diligence to identify any legal obstacles or risks associated with proposed transformations.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Stay updated on relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards impacting supply chains and global operations. Establish proactive strategies for compliance.

  • Provide legal guidance and support on a variety of trade compliance and customs matters, including import/export regulations, valuation, country of origin, customs requirements, sanctions, and tariffs.

  • Advise on environmental matters and ESG initiatives.

Real Estate

  • Provide sound and practical legal advice on various real estate matters, including acquisitions, divestitures, and commercial leases.

General

  • Provide strategic and business focused advice to the operations team.

  • Engage and efficiently retain outside counsel when needed.

  • Identify opportunities for efficiencies and process improvements.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure legal practices in the areas of operations and sourcing align with organization goals and promote synergy.

  • Contribute to the management of the Legal Department workload by handling additional matters as needs arise.

Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 10+ years of relevant legal experience, preferably gained in both law firm and in-house roles.

  • Juris Doctor degree required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Possesses sound judgment and a strong ethical framework.

  • Requires creativity, strong analytical and organization skills.

  • Effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills. 

  • Must be a business lawyer who is willing to partner with our businesses and provide risk assessments which enable the businesses to accept the right level of risk.

  • The ability to work easily with others in a collaborative way is essential. 

  • Ability to manage outside counsel for cost-effective delivery of legal services.

  • Team and cross-functional player. Ability to collaborate, build relationships and work well with team members at all levels.

  • Must be able to travel up to 5%.

Additional Information

Equal Employment Opportunity

FBIN is an equal opportunity employer. FBIN evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, disability/handicap status, marital status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic history or information, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Reasonable Accommodations

FBIN is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, please contact us at FBIN.Recruiting@fbhs.com and let us know the nature of your request along with your contact information.