In-House / Corporate Counsel

Posted Date: Jul-30-2018

Job ID: 11372

Job Type: Full Time

Job Function: Legal

City: Kent

State: Washington

Store: Kent Headquarters

What's cool about this job

REI is looking for a strong transactional business lawyer with high emotional intelligence who can contribute immediately in multiple areas of the business. This lawyer will be a problem solver, adviser, counselor, and active participant in the business. This position contributes to REI’s success by providing legal services to the co-op and its officers and employees, including in the following areas/divisions: commercial contracts, technology/IT, privacy/information security, experiences/events, marketing, and digital. She or he will report to an Associate General Counsel.

  • Work cross-functionally to identify risks and provide strategic, practical and creative legal and business advice
  • Provide high quality, timely legal services and legal risk management for the company, including reviewing, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of contracts
  • Build and maintain positive, supportive working relationships both intra-department and inter-department; maintain an approachable, friendly demeanor; serve business units as a partner with legal expertise
  • Develop, improve, and maintain contract templates, corporate policies and processes and training programs
  • Manage outside counsel
  • Act in alignment with and model REI’s core values and mission

Bring your passion and expertise

  • 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 no legal background
  • Mature judgment and demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior leaders
  • Experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts, particularly in the areas of technology, IT, digital, marketing, outdoor experiences, and related fields and services
  • Demonstrated experience with technology/IT and privacy issues, particularly in a consumer-facing business
  • Solid experience in one or more areas of retail business
  • Appreciation for and support of REI’s co-op structure, culture, and values
  • Ability to think strategically and provide critical analysis and risk assessments
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team oriented environment with multiple deadlines
  • Demonstrated customer/client service orientation
  • Champion for the organization and advocate for solutions in the co-op’s overall best interest
  • Ability to use business knowledge, innovative thinking, and sound judgment in the solution of problems and the pursuit of business opportunities
  • 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

Why you'll love it here

REI is more than just a place to work. It’s a fun, inspired culture where a rare balance is struck between professional duties and personal adventures. Whether you camp, paddle board, climb mountains or simply prefer local parks, the outdoors connects us all. Then factor in REI’s stewardship, dedication to sustainability and contributions to our customers’ loved outdoor spaces and you have a recipe for some passionate employee

At REI we offer an enviable work environment that has been recognized on the "100 Best Companies to Work For" list since the award's inception – 20 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 140 retail locations (and growing), REI offers unique competitive benefits to its more than 12,000 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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