Mar 14, 2019

Corporate Counsel

  • Smithfield Foods
  • Smithfield, VA 23430, USA
General Labor Inventory Logistics Management Transportation Warehouse

Job Description

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield, Eckrich ®, Nathan's Famous ®, Farmland ®, Armour ®, Farmer John ®, Kretschmar ®, John Morrell ®, Cook's ®, Gwaltney ®, Carando ®, Margherita ®, Curly's ®, Healthy Ones ®, Morliny ®, Krakus ® and Berlinki ®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs.


The Corporate Counsel provides legal advice to the Company and generally assists management with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including contract drafting and negotiation, interpretation of laws and corporate policies, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance. The attorney works closely with multi-level operational departments to achieve business objectives within acceptable risk profiles. The attorney performs duties consistent with legal and ethical requirements as well as Company values, standards, culture and business practices.  




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Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university and 10+ years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, required.
  • Must have a JD degree from an accredited law school and be admitted to practice in at least one state.  
  • Must have a minimum of six years of substantive business law experience with a corporate legal department or a well regarded law firm.
  • Competence as a lawyer; ability to manage heavy workload in a highly dynamic environment with minimal supervision.
  • Good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills within and across departments and externally; must be proactive in providing counsel to clients.  
  • Sound judgment; ability to clearly make reasoned recommendations and determine who should be kept informed.
  • Self-starter with good business sense and a sense of urgency, honesty and fairness.
  • Good team player; calm under pressure.
  • Self-confident and inspires confidence from clients.
  • Willing to travel on an occasional basis.
  • Committed to being a legal business partner to internal clients.
  • Strong writing skills required.
  • Strong communication skills required.

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