Associate Counsel
Denver CO
Full Time


Location:

Denver CO

Associate Corporate Counsel

The role:

Ardent Mills is searching for a highly motivated, passionate lawyer to join our in-house legal team as an Associate Corporate Counsel.  This person will be exposed to a variety of legal matters that pertain to the organization and will work under the direction of the General Counsel, Senior Counsel and Labor and Employment Counsel, and in collaboration with the Corporate Counsel and Legal Admin.     

As an Associate Corporate Counsel you will collaborate and work directly with the law team and business to provide legal advice and risk management counseling on a variety of legal matters relating to the day-to- day operations of Ardent Mills.  

The in-house legal team at Ardent Mills practices under a philosophy that “no” is rarely the correct answer. We strive to help the business find solutions to meet their goals while minimizing risk to Ardent Mills.  We do so by understanding our business, connecting and relating to people, diversifying both our business and legal knowledge base, and remaining agile to adapt to different situations. To accomplish these goals, candidates should have a strong understanding of business, strong team collaboration skills, excellent communication skills, a practical, solutions-oriented approach and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment. Additionally, success in this role will come with strong knowledge of various laws and issues and creative thinking to find ways to legally navigate potential impediments to business objectives. The Associate Corporate Counsel will be expected to demonstrate an uncompromising level of trust and operate with integrity and in alignment with Ardent Mills values at all times.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Provide legal advice and risk management counseling to Ardent Mills on a variety of issues, including contractual and transactional matters such as customer and vendor agreements, product, supply and distribution agreements, non-disclosure agreements, real estate/property issues and other contractual matters. Provide legal advice and risk management counseling to Ardent Mills on regulatory and compliance matters, real estate/property issues and all domain areas of importance to the company including, but not limited to, commercial transactions, food law, antitrust/competition, environmental, mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment, intellectual property, data privacy, etc; includes legal drafting and research. 
  • Practice preventive law by providing advice, and in coordination with the General Counsel, training and education in areas such as antitrust/competition, regulatory compliance, contracting practices, food law and corporate structuring. This role will also advise and train Ardent Mills on compliance with various company policies and procedures.
  • Work on miscellaneous projects/duties as assigned by the General Counsel, Senior Counsel or Labor & Employment Counsel. Projects may include, but are not limited to, assisting the General Counsel/Corporate Secretary in preparing for Board Meetings and overseeing the books and records of the Company.
  • Manage litigation and dispute resolution relating to Ardent Mills’ business on matters such as commercial litigation, employment litigation, product liability, personal injury claims and government enforcement actions, including budgeting and managing outside counsel.
  • Work with Labor and Employment Counsel to advise on a variety of labor and employment issues and related labor and employment laws in the U.S. and Canada. Assist with internal employment-related investigations and policy review (up to 50%).

Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited institution
    • Top 35% of law school class preferred
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado or the ability to obtain membership in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Absence of negative disciplinary history concerning law license(s).
  • One to three year practice experience as a licensed attorney.
  • Proven ability to serve as a strong business partner and proven history of building and demonstrating trust and integrity with others.
  • Excellent communication, drafting and advocacy skills - speaks clearly and concisely; writes effectively and adapts communication to audience.
  • Proven ability to influence at all levels within the organization and a strong history of collaborating with other team members and coaching others.
  • Passion for leadership and career-development.
  • Highly motivated self-starter, with capacity to assume responsibility and work independently. 
  • Experienced counseling and demonstrated ability to solve problems across a broad range of legal and business issues. 
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in ambiguous situations, and work well under pressure, including working with multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail, thinks strategically and deeply about issues of significant risk and opportunity and demonstrates superior risk management skills.
  • High impact execution, excellent time management and general organizational skills.
  • Proven ability to manage conflict and apply business and legal judgment.
  • Experience working with contractual language, including the drafting, revising, and analysis of the same.
  • Committed to Ardent Mills Values – Trust, Serving, Simplicity and Safety.

Other Considerations:

Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver, CO. This role will be based in Denver and will operate under a hybrid structure of part-time in-office and part-time remote.

Ardent Mills is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

The preceding position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this position.  It may not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees in this position. The description, duties, functions, and responsibilities are subject to change at the discretion of Ardent Mills.

Location:

Denver Office CO

Address:

1875 Lawrence Street, Denver CO, 80202

Additional Locations (if applicable):

Employment Type:

Full time

Additional Information:

COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION:

We provide market-driven base pay, based on skills, abilities, and level of experiences. Our salary ranges are broad, and individual salary will be market competitive based on a candidate’s unique set of skills and level of experience. The starting range for this position is $100,000 - $120,000, with additional earning potential possible commensurate with experience. Additionally, we believe that our team members are the reason for our success and all team members are incentive eligible with a target based on contribution, company performance, and individual results achieved. While the specific bonus plan and target amount will be determined based on the role and breadth of contributions, the targeted bonus plan and targeted percentage amount for this role is Bonus - MIP, 10% Annual: Individual Target.

BENEFITS:

At Ardent Mills we offer a wide range of benefits to our team members and their eligible family members. Some of our great benefit programs you may be eligible for include: • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage• Health and Dependent Savings Accounts • Life and Disability Programs • Voluntary Benefit Programs • Company Sponsored Wellness Programs • Retirement Savings with Company Match • Team Member and Family Assistance Program (EAP) • Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays • Employee Recognition Program with Rewards (RAVE).



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