UNFI (United Natural Foods, Inc.) has retained Major, Lindsey & Africa on an exclusive basis to conduct a search for an Associate General Counsel to be located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. UNFI is an equal opportunity employer.
Position Overview: The Associate General Counsel will report to the Deputy General Counsel, Corporate & Strategic Transactions and will be a key member of the Company’s legal team responsible for (i) independently negotiating and handling, and leading a team to negotiate and handle, a wide range of complex commercial contracts and providing business counsel and legal advice to senior management in connection therewith, (ii) negotiating and documenting financing transactions and providing legal advice to the Company’s Corporate Treasury group, and (iii) providing strategic direction and leadership over other corporate transactions that may arise from time to time. The Associate General Counsel will, among other things, advise on and approve contracts and other agreements for designated operating departments of the Company, play an integral role in developing and implementing contract templates for new business models and harmonizing agreements in connection with integration of two legacy companies and ensure adherence to the Company’s contracting policy and procedures. This position will provide best-in-class legal services in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner by anticipating, addressing and creatively resolving legal issues and providing counsel to the Company in a manner that optimizes business results. This role is located in UNFI’s Eden Prairie, MN office.
Company Overview: Formed more than 40 years ago, UNFI is a Fortune 500 company and the largest publicly-traded grocery wholesale distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products, including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, as well as conventional grocery products in the United States and Canada. UNFI’s customers include natural product superstores like Whole Foods, independently-owned retailers, conventional supermarket chains like Kroger, Publix and Wegmans, ecommerce retailers and the food service industry. In addition to food distribution, UNFI provides a range of innovative, value-added services for its customers and suppliers including: category management, merchandising, marketing e-commerce, mobile ordering and delivery tracking, to promote efficiency and maximize potential. In October 2018, UNFI closed its transformative $2.9 billion acquisition of Eden Prairie-based Supervalu, which is expected to significantly expand UNFI’s customer base, extend its geographic market coverage and result in combined 2019 revenues of over $21 billion. For more information, please consult www.unfi.com.
Experience: The successful candidate will have 11+ years of legal experience gained in a sophisticated law firm environment and prominent in-house legal department, with experience in debt/finance and other corporate transactions, as well as managing a team in drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex commercial agreements. Well-honed drafting and negotiation skills and experience handling a variety of commercial, finance and other corporate transactional matters, self-motivation, flexibility, efficiency, strategic thinking and strong business acumen are also required.
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Relocation: Local candidates preferred.
Location: Eden Prairie, MN
Internal Number: 281038
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