Corporate Counsel- Product Regulatory Compliance

Posted Date: May-18-2021

Job ID: 20019

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Legal

City: Seattle

State: Washington

Store: Seattle HQ

Remote Eligible: Yes

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What's cool about this job

This job contributes to REI’s success by providing legal and compliance services to the co-op on supply chain, product safety and regulatory compliance matters and related commercial litigation, policies, guidelines, and processes, with an approach that balances pragmatism, risk, and compliance. The successful candidate will report to the Deputy General Counsel – Compliance, Risk and Litigation. Models and acts in accordance with REI’s guiding values and mission.

  • Be a trusted legal partner to the organization on sensitive and wide-ranging commercial law matters including consumer product safety and compliance, health and safety, and related matters, with expertise in litigation and in providing general commercial advice
  • Oversee and manage litigation and threats of litigation with the support of the Legal Specialist and in coordination with outside counsel when necessary
  • Oversee, investigate and respond to demand letters and agency complaints (e.g., CPSC, DOT, FDA.)
  • Ensure the co-op’s compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws related to commercial operations
  • Partner with the business to enhance product safety compliance programs
  • Oversee relationship with regulatory authorities, and management of product safety claims and recalls
  • Develop policies and drive compliant practices through outreach and trainings on relevant topics (live and online)
  • Manage outside counsel
  • Act in alignment with and model REI’s core values and mission
  • At least 5 years relevant experience advising on commercial law and /or product safety and compliance law; Previous in-house retail strongly preferred
  • Experience with Global consumer brands is also strongly preferred
  • JD degree from top law school; admitted to a U.S. state bar
  • Highly responsive and service-oriented attitude
  • Substantial experience with delivering advice and counsel to clients such Operations, Loss Prevention, Risk Management, Product Design and Quality teams
  • Experience with conducting and managing product safety issues, including recalls
  • Significant experience with the development of policies, process and ability to drive changes in business practices through relationships and influence
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment with multiple deadlines
  • Ability to maintain strong working relationships with cross-divisional partners
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including demonstrated ability to create useful business documents and presentations in plain English
  • Intellectual curiosity and a willingness to learn about and support multiple areas of the business
  • Active and effective team player and collaborator with internal business clients and within own department, including excellent people skills and the ability to build and maintain positive, supportive working relationships
  • Experience counseling and training business persons with little or no legal background
  • Mature judgment and demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior leaders
  • Appreciation for and support of REI’s co-op structure, culture, and values
  • Ability to think strategically and provide critical analysis and risk assessments
  • Champion for the organization and advocate for solutions in the co-op’s overall best interest

Bring your passion and expertise

  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school with a national reputation
  • Membership in good standing in at least one state bar in the U.S
  • 5+ years of large law firm experience in a sophisticated transactional practice; some in-house experience is preferred [flexible, at discretion of DGC]
  • Relevant in-house legal experience with a consumer-brand company
  • Experience in a retail or branded services company with stores or field operations
  • Experience practicing law in the outdoor industry
  • Experience managing outside counsel
  • Experience with employment law and compliance programs
  • Builds capacity of individuals and teams through effective employee development, involvement, communication, and supervision efforts
  • Creates a strong, mutually supportive work spirit and culture where people can do their best
  • Establishes trust and inspires others
  • Makes effective organization and people decisions in a manner consistent with REI's values and ethics
  • Delivers on commitments and holds others to same
  • Champions the organization and advocates solutions in the overall Company's best interest
  • Uses business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems or the pursuit of business opportunities. 
  • Consolidates information from various sources including feedback from others to reach sound decisions
  • Considers the ultimate impact of decisions and actions on internal and external customers
  • Fosters change in company direction
  • Effectively plans and executes changes

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that Fortune Magazine has recognized on the "100 Best Places to Work" list since the award's inception – 23 years in a row! Sure, we work hard, but it’s balanced with time off to play—a strategy that works for us as we continue to grow and thrive. Want to enjoy a workplace where you can be yourself, be heard and be respected while having a job that challenges you? This is the place.

With more than 160 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 15,000 employees, including healthcare, gear and apparel discounts, free equipment rentals and challenge grants to help employees reach personal outdoor goals, generous retirement plan contributions, public transit subsidy, adoptions assistance, paid sabbaticals, and more.

REI is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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