Senior Counsel

Diana Toman-Compass Minerals CPI
Job Description
LOCATION:  Overland Park, KS
REPORTS TO:  Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Supervisory Responsibilities:  Yes                                        
Summary:  A talented senior attorney who can work collaboratively with business unit leaders and other functional managers supporting a variety of commercial transactions, managing key legal aspects of: contract drafting and negotiation, merger and acquisition due diligence and integration, and various ethics and compliance related matters. Must have a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to contribute to a growing business. This position is responsible for employing a consultative approach to legal counseling and providing effective and timely legal support to commercial transactions and a range of other matters for Compass Minerals. The Senior Counsel will be responsible for leading negotiations on key business deals including sales, marketing and operations, and ensuring proper due diligence and compliance with corporate contract and governance policies.
  • Serve as key lawyer/legal advisor on all major commercial transactions and provide general business advice to internal business clients and support services on day-to-day, ongoing business matters.
  • Provide legal thought leadership and strategic advice to operational groups and management including best practices in the legal field, all within the organization’s stated core values.
  • Responsible for the Company’s global compliance program, including the creation and enhancement of company policy, compliance training, and conducting internal investigations. 
  • Serve as the lead counsel on environmental, health and safety matters.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of general commercial and business contracts, including warehouse and toll producer agreements, purchase and sale agreements; counsel business units and functional areas on potential legal implications of commercial, operational and other activities. 
  • Develop, advise on and ensure full compliance with relevant corporate policies and guidelines, identifying where there are weaknesses/breaches, and to manage the risks inherent in failure to observe such rules.
  • Direct the legal department’s internal administrative functions, including outside counsel billing and legal spend management, legal/litigation hold management, legal and environmental accounting reserves process, contract database management, legal knowledge management systems, etc.
  • Manage and supervise one or more junior in-house attorneys, supporting such attorneys’ professional development and directing their legal work appropriately.
  • Efficiently direct the workflow of outside legal counsel on matters requiring external expertise or additional legal support/capacity.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Education and/or Experience:
  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school with 8 to 14 years of legal practice experience in commercial transactions and other transactional experience.
  • Bar qualification in Kansas, or ability to become licensed to practice law in Kansas.
  • An excellent understanding of complex commercial contracts, ethics and compliance matters, and a broad range of experience in other legal subject matter areas.
  • Sound business judgment, clear communication skills and strategic thinking with a consultative approach. Flexibility, initiative and willingness to work on a broad variety of legal matters.
  • Hard working, problem-solving, and able to manage numerous projects and teams simultaneously under deadline pressure. Excellent interpersonal skills and team-oriented.
Superior ability to interpret, synthesize, summarize and present information both verbally and written. Superior organizational skills. Computer competent with demonstrated ability in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and communication software applications within the Windows operating environment. Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with internal and external contacts to the organization. High level of analytical skills, judgment, and innovative ability.
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Computer Skills:  Need to be proficient in Access and Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word and Outlook, PowerPoint).  Background with Business Intelligence systems and ERP systems preferred.
Customer Service – Courteous and patience – providing excellent customer service.
Planning/Organizing –   Need to be able to multi-task constantly.
Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification when needed; Responds well to questions. 
Written Communication –Must have ability to write clearly and prepare professional communications.
Quality –   Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness consistently.
Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; meets commitments; completes task on time or notifies manager with an alternate plan.
Language Skills:  Need to be able to read and interpret procedure manuals as well as computer screens.
Mathematical Skills: Basic math skills, with background in statistics. Advanced statistics, including probability analysis and Game Theory a plus.             
Reasoning Ability: Ability to rationalize and make logical decisions.
Essential Job Functions: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
If candidate cannot be located at this level, consideration will be given at a different level.
Compass Minerals in an equal opportunity employer dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, protected military status, protected veteran status, qualified disability status, genetic information, or other group status protected by federal, state, or local laws.
If interested and qualified, please apply online at www.CompassMinerals.com.
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