Smithfield Foods

Corporate Counsel - Contracts - Remote

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Seeking an experienced contracts attorney to provide legal advice to the Company and generally assist the Law Department and individual business units with a wide range of commercial contracting matters. The attorney works closely with other members of the Law 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, transportation agreements, licensing and other technology agreements. Familiarity with information technology and infrastructure is preferred.
  • Supporting sales (retail, foodservice, industrial), procurement, engineering, information technology, and plant and farm operations teams.
  • Managing the real estate workflow, including drafting, analyzing and negotiating real estate contracts, advising on real estate matters and interfacing with the business team that manages the real estate portfolio.
  • Managing a contract matter throughout the process, from intake or drafting through negotiation and execution, and assisting the business in on-going contract management and dispute resolution. Advising on performance issues and available contractual remedies.
  • 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.
  • 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 4+ 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 four years of substantive experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts with a corporate legal department or a well-regarded law firm.
  • Skilled lawyer with the ability to independently 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 be 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.

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About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.


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