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JOB OVERVIEW:

The Associate Counsel will report to the Vice President, Associate General Counsel Commercial Law and will be primarily responsible for work on a wide range of transactional legal matters. This position will focus on drafting and reviewing contracts supporting a variety of internal functions, including but not limited to IT, finance, procurement, digital marketing and promotions. The position requires interaction with a broad spectrum of internal clients.


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

-Counseling internal clients in various brands and departments on projects and contracts

-Draft, review and negotiate contracts for Supply Chain, Finance, Facilities, Marketing, Communications, Social Media, Public Relations, Business Intelligence, and Information Technology

-Any IP or franchising experience is a plus

-Collaborate with senior management and other legal practice teams, as necessary, on complex matters

-Engage and manage approved work by outside counsel; review and approve bills from outside counsel; make budget recommendations to the Vice President, Associate General Counsel

-Other duties, as assigned


REQUIRED TECHNICAL SKILLS:

-5 to 10 years of practicing law in-house or at a law firm

-Experience drafting and reviewing commercial contracts and related documentation, and providing legal guidance on a wide range of contractual matters

-Licensed to practice law and in good standing under the Bar of any state that enables admission to practice as in-house counsel in Florida


REQUIRED EDUCATION:

-Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school


OTHER KEY QUALIFICATIONS:

-Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with in-house clients, team, and outside counsel, and deliver a great experience

-Strong risk analysis, decision-making, and problem-solving skills for complex legal matters

-Ability to prioritize, and work quickly and efficiently, to complete a large number of assignments for internal clients

-Strong organizational and communication skills

-Excellent time management skills and responsiveness

-Must be results-oriented and passionate about serving others


PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

-Restaurant and/or hospitality industry experience preferred

-Large company experience preferred