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Senior Counsel Nutrition - Decatur, IL

Posted May 29
Full Time
Decatur, Illinois

Senior Counsel-Nutrition

Position Summary & Key Goals

The Senior Counsel position reports to the Chief Counsel, Nutrition, and supports members of the Nutrition business team by providing legal counsel on matters related to the flavors and specialty ingredients industry, the health and wellness industry, and the animal nutrition and pet food industry. The Senior Counsel is expected to provide counsel on a range of topics related to commercial and contract matters, corporate matters, distribution arrangements, joint ventures, pre-litigation matters, and day to day anti-trust issues, as well business-unit specific guidance for matters being primarily handled by subject-matter attorneys.

The Senior Counsel’s key goals are to provide timely and accurate legal advice in advancement of Nutrition’s and ADM’s business goals, while protecting the company’s legal interests, and to become part of the business team by developing and maintaining strong relationships with Nutrition leaders.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide legal counsel to all levels of Nutrition staff, including Nutrition executives and their direct reports.
  • Draft, interpret, and negotiate commercial agreements for various Nutrition businesses.
  • Review, revise and/or approve all proposed changes for confidentiality agreements drafted by legal assistant and assist as necessary with customer discussions regarding such changes in order to execute MCA.
  • Provide advice and counsel regarding ADM policies and procedures.
  • Work with specialist ADM attorneys as required on Nutrition matters and policies.
  • Work with ADM litigation attorneys, to prepare for and provide legal representation to ADM in civil litigation and other contested matters.
  • Manage outside counsel as required on specific subject matters.


  • Graduate of an accredited law school; licensed to practice law in a U.S. state, and willingness to become licensed in another state if necessary.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience, ideally working in both a large law firm and corporate in-house setting in a BU/commercial role.


  • Excellent contract drafting, review and negotiation skills.
  • Commercial and practical approach to legal advice is critical.
  • Oral and written communication skills and an ability to adapt communications style depending on whom they are dealing with.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Responsive to business needs, acting with timeliness and sense of urgency.
  • Quick thinker, comfortable answering questions “on the spot.”
  • Familiarity with legal research databases.
  • Good abilities in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
  • Willingness and ability to learn about Nutrition’s business and understand it in depth
  • Willingness and ability to work closely with business team to develop solutions to legal issues that are both in keeping with ADM policies and values, and relevant laws and regulations, and serve to advance business needs.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with all levels of the Nutrition business team; all colleagues should feel comfortable contacting the Senior Counsel.
  • Highly motivated, proactive, self-disciplined and team-oriented.
  • Willingness and ability to work independently with general supervision and direction from the Chief Counsel, Nutrition, in furtherance of law department, Nutrition and ADM goals.
  • Confidence and trust in other members of the ADM law department; willingness to reach out to those colleagues and to be receptive to their questions, requests for assistance, etc.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced and dynamic environment while handling multiple competing tasks simultaneously to satisfactory closure.
  • Ability to provide business-oriented solutions to complex legal problems.

Excited about this role but don’t meet every requirement listed? Studies show that often applicants will self-select out if they don’t check every box. We encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings.

ADM requires the successful completion of a background check.


Benefits And Perks

Enriching the quality of life for the world begins by taking care of our colleagues. In addition to competitive pay, we support your diverse needs with a comprehensive total rewards package to enhance your well-being, including:

  • Physical wellness – medical/Rx, dental, vision and on-site wellness center access or gym reimbursement (as applicable).
  • Financial wellness – flexible spending accounts, health savings account, 401(k) with matching contributions and cash balance plan, discounted employee stock purchasing program, life insurance, disability, workers’ compensation, legal assistance, identity theft protection.
  • Mental and social wellness – Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Colleague Giving Programs (ADM Cares).

Additional Benefits Include

  • Paid time off including paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance and paid maternity and parental leave.
  • Tuition assistance.
  • Company-sponsored training and development resources, such as LinkedIn Learning, language training and mentoring programs.

*Benefits may vary for bargained locations, confirm benefit eligibility with your recruiter.


Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging are cornerstones of ADM’s efforts to continue innovating, driving growth, and delivering outstanding performance. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and create welcoming, truly inclusive work environments — environments that enable every ADM colleague to feel comfortable on the job, make meaningful contributions to our success, and grow their career. We respect and value the unique backgrounds and experiences that each person can bring to ADM because we know that diversity of perspectives makes us better, together.

We are committed to ensuring all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, disability, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in our industry, as we strive to ensure our workforce represents the world that we help to feed: people of color, women, gender non-conforming, LGBTQIA+, veterans and persons with disabilities. For more information regarding our efforts to advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, please visit our website here: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | ADM.

About ADM

At ADM, we unlock the power of nature to provide access to nutrition worldwide. With industry-advancing innovations, a complete portfolio of ingredients and solutions to meet any taste, and a commitment to sustainability, we give customers an edge in solving the nutritional challenges of today and tomorrow. We’re a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company. Our breadth, depth, insights, facilities and logistical expertise give us unparalleled capabilities to meet needs for food, beverages, health and wellness, and more. From the seed of the idea to the outcome of the solution, we enrich the quality of life the world over. Learn more at

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