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Senior Counsel The candidate will work collaboratively with business unit leaders and other functional managers supporting a variety of commercial transactions, managing key legal aspects of: contract drafting and negotiation, merger and acquisition due diligence and integration, and various ethics and compliance related matters. Will be responsible for employing a consultative approach to legal counseling and providing effective and timely legal support to commercial transactions and a range of other matters for firm. Responsible for leading negotiations on key business deals including sales, marketing and operations, and ensuring proper due diligence and compliance with corporate contract and governance policies. Serve as key lawyer/legal advisor on all major commercial transactions and provide general business advice to internal business clients and support services on day-to-day, ongoing business matters. Provide legal thought leadership and strategic advice to operational groups and management including best practices in the legal field, all within the organization's stated core values. Responsible for the Company's global compliance program, including the creation and enhancement of company policy, compliance training, and conducting internal investigations. Serve as the lead counsel on environmental, health and safety matters. Draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of general commercial and business contracts, including warehouse and toll producer agreements, purchase and sale agreements; counsel business units and functional areas on potential legal implications of commercial, operational and other activities. Develop, advise on and ensure full compliance with relevant corporate policies and guidelines, identifying where there are weaknesses/breaches, and to manage the risks inherent in failure to observe such rules. Direct the legal department's internal administrative functions, including outside counsel billing and legal spend management, legal/litigation hold management, legal and environmental accounting reserves process, contract database management, legal knowledge management systems, etc. Manage and supervise one or more junior in-house attorneys, supporting such attorneys' professional development and directing their legal work appropriately. Efficiently direct the workflow of outside legal counsel on matters requiring external expertise or additional legal support/capacity. Must have Juris Doctorate degree from an ABA-accredited law school with 8-14 years of legal practice experience in commercial transactions and other transactional experience. Must have Bar qualification in Kansas, or ability to become licensed to practice law. Should have an excellent understanding of complex commercial contracts, ethics and compliance matters, and a broad range of experience in other legal subject matter areas.
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