Counsel, Marketing and Commercial

Job Number: 9839
Location(s): Minneapolis, MN

General Mills is reshaping the future of food. We believe food makes us better. It nourishes our bodies, brings us joy and connects us to each other. As one of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Annie’s Homegrown, Old El Paso, Epic Provisions, Blue Buffalo and more. Are you passionate about the future of food? You’ve come to the right table. We want the very best talent to help lead something big.

Job Details

Overview & Responsibilities

General Mills is one of the world’s leading marketers, promoting brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Haagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Totino’s, and Annie’s in markets around the world.  Modern marketing can be extraordinarily varied and complex, often mixing traditional advertising elements (like television or digital advertising) with social media campaigns, celebrity endorsements, entertainment tie-ins, and many other elements.  We are looking for an in-house counsel to help us support the full range of these marketing activities by, among other things, ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements, responding to proposed regulatory changes, and negotiating contracts with a variety of business partners.  This attorney will also provide support for certain marketing and sales activities within our Convenience & Foodservice segment and/or our North American Retail business, as well as for certain commercial transactions led by our Sourcing organization.

  • Advise the company’s “Global Marketing” and “Brand Building Services” organizations on a variety of legal issues affecting marketing activities, including global consumer privacy and data protection issues, as well as general marketing, advertising, and promotion law issues
  • Propose and implement policies, procedures, guidance materials, and training initiatives to support the above
  • Keep informed of new laws and regulations around the world affecting the marketing and labelling of food products. Collaborate with the company’s Government Affairs organization to promote the company’s interest in relation to proposed regulatory initiatives in this arena
  • Draft and negotiate contracts to support marketing initiatives (including partners like movie studios, celebrities, service providers, and others), corporate sourcing activities, and commercial arrangements with Convenience & Foodservice customers
  • Advise the company’s North American Retail food business, particularly its natural & organic foods operating unit, on a variety of marketing, sales, and food law issues. Provide similar support for the company’s Convenience & Foodservice business
  • Advise on sales, distribution, and antitrust issues (e.g., Robinson-Patman, trade programs, category management, terms of sale)
  • Participate as legal representative on cross-functional teams
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the company’s businesses and business practices; engage in a participative and proactive style of legal practice in order to best serve internal clients
  • Work as a team member with other attorneys and legal resources advising the company
  • Undertake additional responsibilities as determined from time to time by the company
  • Travel as required to represent the interests of General Mills
Qualifications
  • Juris Doctorate with 4 – 6 years experience at a law firm and/or the in-house law department of a consumer-oriented company
  • Ability to identify issues and provide legal service and advice on non-routine matters with minimal supervision
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Practical and creative problem analysis and resolution skills
  • Excellent business judgment with the ability to make decisions and give advice that demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives and the risk/reward of each situation
  • Maturity and strong leadership skills, with the ability to articulate positions and provide direction
  • Admission in good standing to practice law in at least one state
  • A commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards
  • Strong executive “presence” and the ability to quickly gain the confidence of clients, enhanced by a strong sense of teamwork and outstanding people skills
  • Flexibility of style as a lawyer, as a member of a multi-disciplined team, and as a business person
  • A high level of energy and self-motivation

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Overview & Responsibilities

General Mills is one of the world’s leading marketers, promoting brands like Cheerios, Nature Valley, Haagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Totino’s, and Annie’s in markets around the world.  Modern marketing can be extraordinarily varied and complex, often mixing traditional advertising elements (like television or digital advertising) with social media campaigns, celebrity endorsements, entertainment tie-ins, and many other elements.  We are looking for an in-house counsel to help us support the full range of these marketing activities by, among other things, ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements, responding to proposed regulatory changes, and negotiating contracts with a variety of business partners.  This attorney will also provide support for certain marketing and sales activities within our Convenience & Foodservice segment and/or our North American Retail business, as well as for certain commercial transactions led by our Sourcing organization.

  • Advise the company’s “Global Marketing” and “Brand Building Services” organizations on a variety of legal issues affecting marketing activities, including global consumer privacy and data protection issues, as well as general marketing, advertising, and promotion law issues
  • Propose and implement policies, procedures, guidance materials, and training initiatives to support the above
  • Keep informed of new laws and regulations around the world affecting the marketing and labelling of food products. Collaborate with the company’s Government Affairs organization to promote the company’s interest in relation to proposed regulatory initiatives in this arena
  • Draft and negotiate contracts to support marketing initiatives (including partners like movie studios, celebrities, service providers, and others), corporate sourcing activities, and commercial arrangements with Convenience & Foodservice customers
  • Advise the company’s North American Retail food business, particularly its natural & organic foods operating unit, on a variety of marketing, sales, and food law issues. Provide similar support for the company’s Convenience & Foodservice business
  • Advise on sales, distribution, and antitrust issues (e.g., Robinson-Patman, trade programs, category management, terms of sale)
  • Participate as legal representative on cross-functional teams
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the company’s businesses and business practices; engage in a participative and proactive style of legal practice in order to best serve internal clients
  • Work as a team member with other attorneys and legal resources advising the company
  • Undertake additional responsibilities as determined from time to time by the company
  • Travel as required to represent the interests of General Mills

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate with 4 – 6 years experience at a law firm and/or the in-house law department of a consumer-oriented company
  • Ability to identify issues and provide legal service and advice on non-routine matters with minimal supervision
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
  • Practical and creative problem analysis and resolution skills
  • Excellent business judgment with the ability to make decisions and give advice that demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives and the risk/reward of each situation
  • Maturity and strong leadership skills, with the ability to articulate positions and provide direction
  • Admission in good standing to practice law in at least one state
  • A commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards
  • Strong executive “presence” and the ability to quickly gain the confidence of clients, enhanced by a strong sense of teamwork and outstanding people skills
  • Flexibility of style as a lawyer, as a member of a multi-disciplined team, and as a business person
  • A high level of energy and self-motivation

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