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Position Title: Senior Legal Counsel, NA

Position Type: Regular - Full-Time ​

Position Location: Oakbrook Terrace 

Grade: Grade 07 

Requisition ID: 5223 



Senior Legal Counsel, North America 


We know the importance that food plays in people's lives – the power it has to bring people, families and communities together. Our purpose is to bring enjoyment to people’s lives through great tasting food, in a way which reflects our values.


At McCain, the Legal team is responsible for providing and managing legal and compliance services and assisting with the management of risks associated with McCain’s global business operations. The business groups look to the Legal team for assistance and guidance in a variety of arrangements, strategic initiatives, and contractual and other dealings with third parties. We are now seeking a Sr. Legal Counsel, North America to join as a key member of the Legal team to assist with supporting our North American region. Located in our Oakbrook, IL office, this person will report to our General Counsel, Americas, and provide strategic and tactical day-to-day legal advice on a broad range of matters in a diverse corporate counsel portfolio to internal McCain clients. The Sr. Legal Counsel, North America will be directly involved in complex business transactions and negotiating critical contracts in North America.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Serve as a strategic business partner and build strong relationships with senior leaders in North America; anticipate issues, estimate risks, and identify proactive solutions to mitigate risk
  • Provide advice and assistance with respect to strategic initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions
  • Provide day-to-day legal advice to address broad legal needs of Internal McCain clients, including partnering meaningfully with many of our business units
  • Assist with commercial contract matters with the goal of assisting business partners to achieve their objectives while identifying and mitigating risks, including preparing, reviewing and negotiating agreements with customers, suppliers, service providers and other third parties
  • Provide counsel in employment matters and other legal support to the human resources function
  • Participate as part of McCain’s cross functional teams, including in managing special situations in North America (e.g. incidents involving people safety, food safety and product recalls)
  • Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs, and provide training and mentoring with respect to such policies etc., including McCain’s legal compliance programs (e.g. antitrust, anti-corruption, privacy, record retention, competition) 
  • Work collaboratively with McCain lawyers in other regions in many aspects of daily work
  • Manage external counsel relationships, including ensuring appropriate external counsel selection and excellent work quality



The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 7 years’ of broad experience, with an emphasis on corporate/commercial, ideally gained from both private practice and in-house roles. Experience in the international manufacturing sector or any of employment law, food safety and/or mergers and acquisitions is desirable. We are also looking for candidates with the following attributes: 

  • Excellent management and leadership skills, and ability to build strong relationships and collaborate across the organization
  • Ability to contribute at a strategic level and a pro-active approach to risk management 
  • Ability to adapt to an evolving environment and work under pressure, balancing multiple projects and prioritizing workload in a fast-paced setting
  • Excellent skills in drafting and editing legal documents 
  • Superior organizational and problem solving skills
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills


McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace.  As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger. 
McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.
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Job Family: General & Administration      
Division: Global Legal and Governance 
Department: ​Legal Americas ​
Location(s): US - United States of America : Illinois : Oakbrook Terrace 

Company: McCain Foods USA, Inc. 

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