Our Legal Department, which is 5 strong, is looking to mentor and grow a Corporate Counsel. In this position, you will report to the Assistant General Counsel and have the opportunity to provide practical, timely, and quality legal services to help the Ace Hardware Corporation meet its business objectives, and remain in compliance with laws, rules and regulations applicable to the company's businesses. This position requires a strong generalist with the ability to handle a wide variety of legal issues, with a focus on domestic commercial agreements, credit and financial matters, shareholder matters, international licensing and distribution agreements and international governance.
What you'll do
Draft, review and negotiate a wide variety of commercial contracts including professional services agreements, consulting agreements, vendor contracts, software license and hosting agreements, software development agreements and supply agreements, in support of all commercial functions of Ace and its affiliates.
Focus on licensing and distribution issues, governance matters and agreements for Ace's international business.
Provide support on credit and financial issues involving the company, its retailers and its vendors, including loan agreements.
Collaborate and work as part of a team with business leaders and other partners to provide creative solutions to business issues while eliminating or minimizing legal risks.
Assist business clients with contract and other commercial disputes that may arise.
Work with outside counsel in connection with litigation and regulatory proceedings.
Handle day to day legal issues that arise and develop, review and revise various policies, processes, templates and forms.
What you need to succeed
Law Degree (Juris Doctor)
Licensed to practice law in Illinois
5+ years of legal experience, including in-house corporate law experience
Ability to partner effectively with business clients in a collaborative environment to understand and achieve stated business objectives within tight deadlines and with minimal supervision;
Influential, with the ability to become a trusted, visible resource for business clients;
An effective communicator with business partners, members of the legal department, and opposing counsel who can contribute to business decisions with convincing advice and who can express information clearly and in a manner appropriate for the audience;
Ability to assess the impact of advice on the business and foresee consequences;
Willing and able to take on new challenges;
A team player who is able to work with colleagues to improve team effectiveness while contributing his/her own ideas;
Cost-conscious and aware of budget implications of decisions;
Committed to personal development and continuous learning;
Able to handle confidential information and data requiring the highest degree of attention to preserve confidentiality; and
Exhibit a high degree of professional ethics and integrity.
We want to hear from you!
When most people think of career opportunities with Ace Hardware, they often think of the helpful cashiers and sales associates at their local store. However, have you also considered the people behind the scenes who select, promote, ship and process the invoices for more than 75,000 products? Maybe you haven't, but we'd like you to. Because together we help our customers take care of their homes. Come find out why a career with the Ace Hardware Corporation is one of America's best kept secrets.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Ace Hardware Corporation and its subsidiaries are committed to a policy of promoting equal employment opportunities. The company recognizes the importance of diversity and leveraging the skills and talents of all people to the mutual advantage of each individual and the organization. The company is committed to the prevention of employment discrimination related to race, religion, color, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability and military discharge, or any other action covered by federal or state laws.