Job Details

In-House Attorney

Company name

Olam Americas, Inc

Organization Type


Job Type


Posted on

Feb 13, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Fresno, CA, United States


Practice Area
Contract Law >> Contract Law
Corporate >> Corporate
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Position Summary:

Olam US is looking for an attorney with 3+ years of commercial contracts drafting and negotiating experience, to play a key role in a fairly new legal department in an extremely dynamic and ever-growing organization. This position will report to the Vice President of Legal (HQ/Fresno, California) and will manage and drive strategic initiatives of the commercial contracts in the U.S. and abroad while ensuring legality of processes and procedures.  


The ideal candidate should be positive, energetic, and eager to learn about the company, industry and the regulatory environment. Furthermore, he/she should be a gifted lawyer, who understands business issues, as well as legal ones, and is looking to make significant contributions to the development of Olam’s U.S. Legal group. 



Company Overview:

Globally, Olam is a leading agri-business operating from seed to shelf in 70 countries, supplying food, ingredients and industrial raw materials to over 23,000 customers worldwide. Our global team of 70,000 employees has built a leadership position in many businesses including spices and vegetables, cocoa, coffee, dairy, edible nuts, grains, rice and cotton.


In the U.S., Olam began operations in 2002 and has grown, both organically and through acquisitions, to manage a wide range of agricultural products across 13 states. Our operations include farming and origination, food processing and logistics management from the ground to the door of our many customers worldwide.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Draft and review a variety of contracts with vendors, customers and other third parties (examples include, NDAs, Supply Agreements, MSAs, Consulting Agreements, Software License Agreements, POs. Lease Agreements, etc.) to assist the business and operations teams with understanding of the meaning and implication of such documents to the business
  • Negotiate contracts, alongside business personnel, under swift time constraints while meeting deadlines
  • Create, update and improve contract templates, playbooks and other forms used by the organization
  • Mentor Junior Attorney and work on cross-functional projects within the legal department
  • Support business leadership, as well as other members of the U.S. Legal group, by researching and analyzing complex legal issues and providing advice that ensures compliance with rules and regulations
  • Assist in various matters from time to time such as M&A deals, real estate transactions, (pre-) litigation, and other corporate matters
  • Assist in the development of policies and practices based on federal, state and local legal requirements
  • Prepare responses to inquiries from regulatory agencies and other applicable parties
  • Stay current on legal and regulatory issues affecting the company and the industry
  • Collaborate on various legal, business, and administrative functions as needed by the head of the U.S. Legal group and the global legal department
  • Assist with the managing of outside legal counsels, as needed for litigation and corporate transactional issues


The candidate will be considered a valued business partner to the business and operations teams and contribute significantly in their growth by providing counsel on issues that impact their bottom line and providing internal training on the latest developments in law.


Skills & Specifications:

  • Consistently exercise sound judgement related to allocation of risk and suggested alternatives;
  • Self-starter, highly organized, and able to deliver clear, business-oriented legal advice in a simple form in a fast-paced atmosphere;
  • Team player who can collaborate with an internal team, while delivering with minimal supervision and administrative support;
  • Demonstrate excellent judgment, analytical ability, critical thinking and risk management skills;
  • Eager to learn new areas of the law and strongly committed to learn the company’s businesses;
  • Excellent research, drafting, negotiation and communication (both oral and written) skills;
  • Ethical conduct, integrity, worth ethic and sense of honor;
  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills;
  • Robust knowledge of contractual law, principles and best practices; and
  • Keen attention to detail is a must.


Education & Qualifications:

  • Must have at least 3 full years of commercial contracts drafting, and negotiation experience is required
  • Must have a J.D. and be fully licensed, in good standing, to practice law in the particular jurisdiction
  • Experience providing guidance for food or agricultural companies is preferred, but not mandatory
  • Excellent academic and professional background
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws
  • Ability to analyze case law and provide recommendations
  • Administrative skills
  • Strong computer skills



Note:  this job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and this position may need to perform other related duties as assigned or directed to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

Olam provides equality of opportunity for all persons with respect to hiring without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Company info

Olam Americas, Inc

Company Profile

We are a leading food and agri-business, supplying food ingredients, feed and fibre to over 19,800 customers who range from multi-national, world famous brands to small family run businesses. Each customer depends on us to provide goods and services that are safe, on-time and consistently in line with the required specification. They also rely on us to help them innovate and create new opportunities. Established in 1989, and now listed on the Singapore Exchange, our team of 74,500 full-time, seasonal, and contract employees have built leadership positions in many of our businesses such as Cocoa, Coffee, Cotton, Edible Nuts and Spices. As well as growing crops in our own orchards and estates, and sourcing from around 4.8 million farmers globally, we operate over 160 processing facilities, and through our 14 innovation centres, We develop ingredients and find solutions for our customers. Our value chain spans over 60 countries. We also provide support services including risk management solutions and agri-logistics. Through our Packaged Foods Business, we market our own brands directly to consumers in Africa. Through our purpose to ‘Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems’, We aim to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all our stakeholders.

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