Ferrara, a company related to The Ferrero Group, is an emerging powerhouse in the North American confections and sweet snacking categories. A passionate team of more than 6,000 employees works together to share delight in every bite through leading brands that have shaped the industry for more than 100 years.

Legal Counsel, Commercial

Job Location: ​Chicago​

Want to make an impact?

The Counsel, Commercial reports to Ferrara’s Assistant General Counsel and is responsible for drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial contracts, providing legal advice to Ferrara’s operations and sales teams, and leading ad-hoc projects for Ferrara’s legal team.  Candidates must be conscientious, self-starters, and be able to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

Ways you will make a difference

  • Review, draft, and negotiate a variety of commercial agreements, including services agreements, supply agreements, customer agreements, external manufacturing agreements, non-disclosure agreements and SaaS agreements, with the goal of achieving Ferrara’s business objectives while protecting its interests, mitigating risk and ensuring compliance with company policies.
  • Support the continuous improvement of annotated contract templates and legal processes, to optimize and make more efficient contract work across Ferrara.
  • Advise Ferrara’s operations and sales teams on legal issues and risks, complex deal structures, approval processes, company policies and procedures, IP concepts, and negotiation strategy.
  • Primarily provide legal support and guidance to Ferrara’s International & Procurement Departments but also support Ferrara’s Manufacturing, Engineering, Innovation and other teams, communicating legal advice and concepts in such a way that the business people can operationalize.
  • Engage and manage outside counsel as necessary.
  • Assist in implementing a contract lifecycle management tool.
  • Other duties as needed.

Skills that will make you successful

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to reduce the complex to understandable actionable steps
  • Intellectual curiosity and strong critical thinking – ask the second question and elicit all relevant facts before making a recommendation
  • Take a sophisticated, risk-based approach when providing legal advice
  • Team player with a strong sense of self balanced with humility and the ability to work effectively across all levels of the organization
  • Embrace and encourage diversity of thought and open expression of ideas and opinions
  • Ability to influence results in a multi-site, multi-state environment
  • Ability to prioritize in a fast-paced organization with multiple demands, demonstrating a sense of urgency when appropriate, but being able to push back when more time is necessary to properly evaluate an issue

Experiences that will support your success

Minimum Qualification

  • Juris Doctor or equivalent degree
  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience 
  • Admitted to the bar and in good standing in the state of Illinois or another U.S. state and able to “waive” in to Illinois 

Preferred Qualification

  • Chinese and/or Spanish fluency
  • Experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex commercial or financial agreements
  • Experience in developing and supporting process change across Legal and business teams

 

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Our diverse portfolio of nearly 35 brands includes SweeTARTS®, Trolli®, BRACH'S®, Black Forest® and NERDS®, along with iconic favorites like Lemonhead®, Red Hots® and Now and Later®. Ferrara also manages the Keebler® and Famous Amos® businesses for The Ferrero Group.  Headquartered in Chicago, Ferrara has an operational network of 20 locations in North America that includes manufacturing, distribution and R&D facilities. Learn more at www.ferrarausa.com.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, employment decisions and opportunities at Ferrara will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities, without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, military or veteran status, disability, handicap, genetic information, pregnancy (childbirth or related medical condition), or on any other basis prohibited by law. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.