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Assistant General Counsel – Labor & Employment

At SpartanNash, we deliver the ingredients for a better life through customer-focused innovation. We do this for our supply chain customers and U.S. military commissaries, retail store guests and, most importantly, our Associates. In fact, we see a day when each will say, “I can’t live without them.”

Our SpartanNash family of Associates is 17,500 strong, ranging from bakery managers to order selectors; from IT developers to vice presidents of finance; from HR Business Partners to export specialists. Each of them plays an integral role in SpartanNash’s People First culture, Operational Excellence and Insights that Drive Solutions. Ready to contribute to the success of our food solutions company? Apply now!


850 76th Street S.W. - Byron Center, Michigan 49315

Job Description:

Position Summary:

We are seeking a seasoned attorney with strong business acumen and demonstrable subject matter expertise in the area of Labor and Employment Law who is eager to join a amazingly talented Legal Team in a thriving company. The ideal candidate will have experience advising companies with labor and employment related issues including employee benefits, executive compensation, risk management, internal investigations, employment and collective bargaining agreements, as well as expertise with labor relations. This position will also help manage a variety of other subject matters working closely with company leadership. This is an on-site position based in the Company's headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI.

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Provide advice and counsel in the areas of Labor & Employment law to the Company, including counseling internal clients on Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA and other federal employment laws and state equivalents.

  • Skillfully draft and negotiate employment and collective bargaining agreements.

  • Effectively represent the Company in unfair labor practice cases, dispute resolutions and other employment litigation matters.

  • Advise the Company on complex restructuring and other organizational changes.

  • Represent the Company in proceedings before courts and administrative bodies.

  • Manage workplace investigations, employee misconduct, and wage and hour matters.

  • Draft, negotiate and manage termination/severance agreements, and non-compete/non-solicitation violation disputes.

  • Develop, interpret and help rollout benefit and compensation plans.

  • Serves on the Company’s Retirement Committee as legal advisor, non-voting member.

  • Serves as trusted advisor to the Human Resources Team to help develop and deliver training on labor and employment topics, administer the employee handbook and code of conduct, support with OSHA/OFCCP/and EEO compliance and investigations.

  • Identify and provide counsel on key risks and priorities, and drive compliance in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and standards.

  • Assist with the effective management of external counsel to ensure efficient use of resources.

  • Support the Chief Legal Officer in other transactions or matters of strategic importance to the Company.

  • Assist with the creation, implementation and enhancement of corporate processes, policies, and procedures.

  • Maintain current knowledge of laws, legal regulations and rules, industry trends, and best legal practices within area(s) of specialization.

  • Provide leadership and individual contributions in assigned areas of responsibilities.

  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned as needed.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited U.S. law school, with a strong academic background.

  • Licensed in good standing to practice law in at least one U.S. state.

  • Minimum of 10 years of post-graduation legal experience working in Labor and Employment law gained in law firm and corporate settings is preferred with a strong business acumen.

  • Demonstrable experience working in the area of positive labor relations, developing and conducting training and driving positive employee engagement, effectively managing dispute resolution, and skillfully negotiating collective bargaining agreements is strongly preferred.

  • Excellent advocacy and negotiation skills, with a proven track record of success in labor and employment litigation.

  • Executive compensation experience preferred.

  • Client-focused and able to keep pace with evolving business priorities and needs.

  • Ability to effectively communicate across all levels within the organization and externally.

  • Excellent project management skills, and ability to effectively multitask.

  • Ability to identify issues, gather relevant information, devise solutions and action plans and obtain support from the business to drive compliance and organizational objectives.

  • Highly self-motivated, collaborative, trustworthy and detailed oriented; Committed to learning and mastering new skills and responsibilities.

  • Ability to travel occasionally, as necessary.

  • Team player; works well with others.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

May be required to lift and/or move 20 pounds. The associate is frequently required to sit/stand/walk. While performing the duties of this position, the associate is subject to a typical office environment and is rarely exposed to outside weather conditions. Temperatures may vary for those subject to any of the following areas: computer/server room, print shop, production area). The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate but may be high in distribution settings. Travel requirements vary by assignment.

As part of our People First culture, SpartanNash is proud to offer a robust and competitive Total Rewards benefits package.

SpartanNash is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and veteran, that celebrates diversity and believes employing a diverse workforce is key to our success. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all individuals.

We are not able to sponsor work visas for this position.

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