Corporate Counsel, Commercial & Real Estate, Chicago
GTI is excited to announce an opportunity for a well-qualified Corporate Counsel position to be focused on Commercial and Real Estate. The position requires an accomplished commercial contracts attorney with a distinguished professional record and a strong business orientation. This role will provide legal support for general commercial transactions and real estate contracts of the Company. The successful candidate will identify, evaluate, manage and mitigate the company’s risk through contractual agreements and will be responsible for supporting and/or managing outside counsel for all real estate matters relating to the acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing, construction and development of properties located throughout the United States.
- Ensure the business teams have support on commercial contracts, advising and protecting the company of risks, and executing on the business plans – providing training as needed.
- Support the retail and wholesale divisions in securing real estate and through all phases of the build-out, while managing outside counsel during the construction phase.
- Assist in preparation for board materials for approval of significant contracts.
- Draft and negotiate transactional documents such as: vendor agreements, supply agreements, technology agreements, marketing agreements, NDAs, LOIs, and licensing agreements.
- Draft and negotiate real estate transactions, including lease transactions, purchase/divestiture transactions, development deals and all other aspects of GTI’s real estate needs.
- Support packaging and marketing labeling clearance to ensure compliance and review of claim substantiation for GTI’s marketing department.
- Develop form documents and processes to increase in-house efficiencies.
- Manage and oversee compliance with all dates and deadlines in our commercial documents.
- Ensure that commercial documents are consistent and protective of GTI.
- Work with other members as of the legal department as needed.
- Maintain GTI’s website and mobile Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies so that they maintain consistency and compliance with laws.
- Manage outside counsel to ensure high-quality legal services in a fair economic value for GTI.
- Exceptional academic record and Juris Doctorate degree from a major national law school with experience working at a nationally-recognized law firm.
- Licensed to practice law in IL or eligible for admission pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 716.
- 3-5 years of general corporate legal experience with an emphasis on commercial contracts and real estate transactions.
- Strong negotiation and drafting skills.
- Team player who is proactive, a self-starter, and ready to roll up their sleeves and dig into the work.
- Strategic, detail oriented and self-motivated to provide high quality and timely work product in a fast- paced, complex, and highly regulated environment.
- Strong ability to grasp legal issues quickly, exhibit strong analytical problem solving and decision-making skills, exercise sound judgment and provide practical and constructive legal advice.
- Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
- Excellent communication and presentation skills, and ability to interact with all levels of the organization.
- Strong analytical skills; prone to setting high expectations for self and for others who deliver legal services to the company.
- Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards; personal and professional integrity beyond reproach; unquestioned discretion in maintaining confidentiality.
- Strong project manager, able to prioritize and manage a large volume of concurrent projects at the same time.
- Technologically savvy and want to know more about technology and the law and are willing to identify and adopt new technologies that will help the legal department increase efficiency and accountability.
- Stay current on trends in the law so that you can provide the company with timely and cutting-edge legal advice, and so you can identify issues GTI should address in its commercial arrangements to minimize future risks.
- Must pass any and all required background checks.
- Must be and remain compliant with all legal or company regulations for working in the industry.