Legal Counsel, US


Chicago, IL, US, 60654

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At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role: 


Barry Callebaut is a global organization poised for growth; a company which has embraced the vision to delight its customers, while out-performing its competitors, a business which is committed to sustainability, has innovation in its DNA, is a leader in complex manufacturing and supply chain solutions and is focused on being a best-in-class employer. Barry Callebaut seeks diverse and passionate people who thrive in a dynamic environment, focused on continuous learning, living BC’s Values and of course loving chocolate.


The Legal Counsel, US, to be based in our Americas headquarters in Chicago, will manage a broad range of corporate, commercial, litigation, legal operations and compliance matters as part of a dynamic and diverse global legal team.


Key responsibilities include: 


  • Provide general legal advice to the business and proactively manage and mitigate legal and regulatory risks related to the United States and the Americas region 
  • Draft, review and negotiate commercial agreements (e.g. sales, outsourcing, supply, distribution, consulting, confidentiality agreements, etc.)
  • Provide support with respect to commercial disputes, settlement negotiations and litigation matters
  • Support the Group legal operational functions, including management of database tools (corporate housekeeping, claims management and contract management)
  • Assist the Group Compliance Officer on compliance matters 


About you:


  • J.D. from an accredited law school, with strong academic credentials, required
  • 2-5 years of experience as a practicing attorney in an internationally orientated law firm or a multinational company, ideally in a similar industry (i.e. food, manufacturing, commodity trading and sourcing)
  • Valid, active license to practice law with capability to serve as in-house counsel in this role
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills 
  • Willingness to travel from time to time
  • Spanish language skills a plus
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
  • High analytical and conceptual skills combined with the ability to simplify complex matters
  • A flexible, proactive, solution-oriented mind-set with a “can do” spirit and the ability to pragmatically solve all kind of legal issues/requests and being able to prioritize under pressure 
  • An open-minded, positive thinking and teamwork oriented attitude
  • Integrity is one of the Group’s core values and as Compliance will be part of the role, the successful candidate must have the personality and skills to serve as an example and train staff and management in ethical business conduct

What you can expect from Barry Callebaut:


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
  • 12 paid holidays, generous PTO, plus your birthday off
  • Environment that welcomes workplace flexibility 
  • An atmosphere where diversity is embraced, and inclusivity is second nature. We call it #OneBC! Just ask our champions with the Americas Women’s Forum and the Racial Equality Forum!
  • Ability to grow personally and professionally within an organization that values development and internal career growth
  • Be part of our mission in making sustainability the norm through Forever Chocolate with priorities centered around prospering farmers, zero child labor, carbon and forest positive, and creating 100% sustainable ingredients in all of our products.  

At Barry Callebaut, we are committed to Diversity & Inclusion. United by our strong values, we thrive on the diversity of who we are, where we come from, what we’ve experienced and how we think. We are committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where people can truly be themselves, grow to their full potential and feel they belong. #oneBC - Diverse People, Sustainable Growth.

If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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