The Assistant General Counsel will be the second attorney hire at a newly public company and will primarily focus on supporting commercial contract matters and otherwise assist with legal matters, such as governance and SEC filings. The job is a unique opportunity for a lawyer to grow their career via an in-house opportunity that will expose them to a variety of legal areas and provide mentoring and on-the-job training. The job will involve extensive collaboration with members of the business team.
This role is based out of our NYC HQ reporting directly to the General Counsel.
- Drafting, analyzing and negotiating complex and routine commercial contracts, including master services, supply chain, distribution, marketing, promotion, non-disclosure agreements and licensing and other technology agreements.
- Managing a contract matter throughout the process, from intake, drafting, negotiation and execution, and assisting the business in on-going contract management and dispute resolution.
- Supporting the legal group in contract lifecycle management, template creation, implementation of a contract management system and the development of contracting standards applicable to the organization to achieve organization-wide consistency.
- Develop expertise in, and advise the business on, legal and regulatory matters relating to Vita Coco’s product offerings, including intellectual property, FDA regulations, securities and data privacy law.
- Assist with corporate governance matters such as drafting board and committee resolutions and other governance documents for a public benefit corporation.
- Review and/or prepare public disclosure documents, including SEC securities filings, such as proxy statements, Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, and Section 16 filings/reports.
- Ability to spot legal and regulatory issues and analyze, identify, and manage legal risks
Qualifications, Skills, Knowledge & Experience:
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
- JD degree from an accredited law school and a member of the bar in good standing in at least one state.
- Must have a minimum of two 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 workload in a highly dynamic environment.
- Ability to complete projects in a timely and accurate manner.
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to foster relationships and collaborate with internal colleagues and external parties.
- Detail oriented and capable of providing succinct, commercially-driven legal advice.
- Diligent, organized and capable of managing multiple projects within tight timeframes.
- Works well in a multidisciplinary team environment.
- Smart, personable, pragmatic and diligent, but doesn't take themselves too seriously.
- 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.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are a must.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint required.
We currently have a 2 day per week in office requirement, to work from our office successful candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination, unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.
The Vita Coco Company is committed to the principles of equal employment. We are committed to complying with all federal, state, and local laws providing equal employment opportunities, and all other employment laws and regulations. It is our intent to maintain a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation because of age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation (including transgender status, gender identity or expression), physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, military service, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws. The Company is dedicated to the fulfillment of this policy in regard to all aspects of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, placement, transfer, training, promotion, rates of pay, and other compensation, termination, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.