Sr. Counsel (Petcare- North America) (Brentwood, TN, US)

Mars Brentwood , TN 37024

Posted 2 months ago

A mutually rewarding experience.

Work. Realize your ambitions. And realize theres more to being in business than just making a profit. Thats the Mars philosophy. And the opportunity we offer every one of our Associates. An opportunity to take what you do and make it mean more for you, for those around you and for the planet. What you get here is challenging, interesting work. You get the tools you need to do a great job and you get to have the best possible people on your side to help you do it. And at the same time as getting to find ways to do business better today than we did it yesterday and driving a great career, you also get to build a more enlightened business and drive sustainability.

Because its never just about a single person, a single project or a single brand. Its about how you can grab everything thats within your reach here and use it to pursue mutual, long-term gain. Its about having ideas. And ideals. Being prepared to risk failure because the promise of success means well all be a little better off. Its that mix of integrity and ambition that makes Mars such a special place to work. And why working here is always about more than just a job.

About Mars, Incorporated

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the worlds best-loved brands: M&Ms, SNICKERS, TWIX, MILKY WAY, DOVE, PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, WHISKAS, EXTRA, ORBIT, 5, SKITTLES, UNCLE BENS, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl, VCA and Pet Partners. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

The Senior Counsel is a legal counsel for the Mars Petcare business. The incumbent will be an effective business partner to the global Mars Petcare business and is accountable to provide legal support for decisions to grow business, manage legal risks and protect the brands and reputation while ensuring compliance with company policies and laws. The Senior Counsel will need to quickly establish strong working relationships with senior leaders and be able to navigate the complex legal issues created by working in this entrepreneurial and fast-paced global business. This role will report to, and work closely with, the AGC supporting Mars Petcare.

What are we looking for?

  • J.D. from an accredited law school with 7+ years of general corporate legal experience required, ideally with experience in both a well-respected law firm and in the legal department of an international company. Preference for experience in the CPG sector and with or supporting a private company.

  • Broad-based legal experience supporting a consumer business, including drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial agreements. Capable of analyzing complex legal and policy issues from a commercial perspective.

  • Strong knowledge of Intellectual Property Law

  • Expertise in Antitrust, Data Privacy, Food/Regulatory, and/or Marketing/Advertising Law is a plus.

  • Experience sitting on business leadership teams and/or providing counsel to senior business leaders is a plus.

  • Strong business acumen with ability to act decisively.

  • Good relationship and influencing skills.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Must be a self-starter, highly motivated with a bias for action (strong work ethic) and able to function independently.

  • Good interpersonal skills.

  • Strong, flexible team player and collaborator that works to meet both personal and organization goals.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Excellent organization, execution and project management skills.

  • Ability to travel.

What would be your key responsibilities?

  • Work with other members of the Mars legal team to develop and implement legal strategies for the business, which will unlock the growth of the business and effectively manage legal risks.

  • Understand the Mars Petcares business strategies and objectives, and consistently make commercial legal decisions that support achievement of the business objectives while mitigating commercial, reputational and legal risk.

  • Demonstrate creativity, agile thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Support efforts in relation to legal and regulatory compliance and the Five Principles.

  • Maintain a global mindset and cross-continent awareness to support Petcares operations in as consistent a manner as possible across regions.

  • Understand and apply data privacy guidelines consistent with regulatory and Mars requirements.

  • Partner with business functional leads and develop working relationships to enhance decisions and choices taken by the business.

  • Understand and embrace the Mars Petcare ecosystem.

  • Enhance governance and intra-company alignment to ensure moving with speed is not done by sacrificing Mars Principles or stakeholder engagement.

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Commitment to make A Better World For Pets a world where theyre healthy, happy and welcome. And the opportunity to bring your dog to work.

  • The opportunity to learn, develop and take charge of your own career.

  • An industry competitive compensation package including generous benefits (i.e. 401k, pension, health, etc.)

  • Commitment to our Purpose and our Five Principles.

  • An environment where all Associates feel valued, supported and comfortable being themselves at work.


Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

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