Smithfield Foods

  • Contracts Attorney

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    Corporate - Day Shift
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    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 Contracts Attorney provides legal advice to the Company and generally assists the Law Department and individual business units with a wide range of commercial contracting matters. This role works closely with other members of the Legal Department and individual business units 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.  

    Core Responsibilities

    • Drafting, analyzing and negotiating complex and routine commercial contracts, including non-disclosure agreements, master services agreements, SOWs, SaaS agreements, supply chain agreements, licensing and other technology agreements. Familiarity with information technology and infrastructure is preferred.
    • Supporting the Law Department in contract lifecycle management, template creation and the development of contracting standards applicable to the organization to achieve organization-wide consistency.
    • Managing a contract matter throughout the process, from intake through negotiation and execution, and assisting the business in on-going contract management and dispute resolution. Advising on performance issues and available contractual remedies.
    • Research and evaluate contract management products and other legal technology tools to streamline legal processes. Assist in implementing innovative legal products and procedures.

    The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

    • 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 minimum of four years of substantive business law experience with a corporate legal department or a well regarded law firm.
    • Skilled lawyer with the ability to manage heavy workload in a highly dynamic environment.
    • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple matters and changing priorities and to complete projects in a timely and accurate manner. Detail-oriented.
    • Excellent communication (oral and written), organization, analytical and interpersonal skills.  Ability to clearly communicate complex concepts to internal clients and externally.
    • Sound judgment; ability to think critically, make and articulate well-reasoned recommendations and determine who should be kept informed.
    • Ability to counsel internal clients on the risks associated with various options and to present creative solutions to difficult problems to achieve the desired business outcome while appropriately managing risk.
    • Performance-driven with good business sense, a strong work ethic and a sense of urgency, honesty and fairness. Strong sense of ownership over matters.
    • Collaborative nature and collegial attitude; calm under pressure.
    • Self-confident and inspires confidence from clients. Committed to being an engaged partner to internal clients.
    • Willing to travel on an occasional basis.
    • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
    • Ability to be respectful, approachable and team oriented while building strong working relationships and a positive work environment.
    • Strong writing skills required.
    • Strong communication skills required.

    EEO/AA Information

    Smithfield, is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status or status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job related characteristic as directed by law.

    Careers and Benefits

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    Why Work at Smithfield Foods 8-13-19


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