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The Save Mart Companies • Modesto, CA

Posted 2 months ago

Job Snapshot

Experience - 10 years
Degree - Doctorate

Job Description

The Save Mart Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in California and Nevada. It is home to a number of well-known brands in food retailing. You might have seen our banners that include Save Mart, Lucky, Lucky California and Food Maxx. We also have 4 distribution centers and SMART Refrigerated Transport, a trucking firm that transports dry groceries, frozen foods, ice and novelties to all of The Save Mart Companies stores. We are a locally and family owned business, headquartered in the heart of one of the greatest agricultural areas of our nation - the San Joaquin Valley. Come and join our team!

The Modesto community is vibrant with great traditions, educational opportunities and multi-cultural lifestyles. Aside from mild weather year-round, Modesto allows for easy access to many major tourist attractions in California. To the west lies the San Francisco Bay Area (90-miles) and the Santa Cruz Beach (115-miles). To the east is the famed Gold Country "Mother Lode" (50-miles) and a little farther you can find the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range, Lake Tahoe (180-miles) and Yosemite National Park (110-miles).

Some of our competitive benefits include: exceptionally generous benefits package (Health, Dental, Vision, Life, 401K with matching), flexible schedule options, Foodie Friday events (great eats and games!) throughout the year, Employee Connection (earn fun and valuable prizes!), Life Long Learning - Educational opportunities, Employee Association (discounted and free tuition options, contests, and support services).

We are currently recruiting for the position of:


The Vice President and General Counsel

will provide day-to-day business and legal affairs expertise for The Save Mart Companies in addition to oversight of Risk Management, Contract Administration and Compliance. This position will work closely with the executive team and board of directors to

provides advice and guidance on legal requirements at the federal, state and regulatory levels.

This position structures, negotiates, and drafts a wide-range of complex agreements, to include knowledge of union and non-union regulations.

This position aids in the preparation and management of particular cases, examines legal data to determine advisability of defending or prosecuting lawsuits, conducting pretrial preparations, and providing legal defense.

The Vice President and General Counsel advises concerning transactions of business involving internal affairs, stockholders, directors, officers and corporate relations with general public.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities


Direct, oversee, and manage legal activities and functions to ensure the company's legal and compliance position is developed and maintained; represents the company before government agencies.

Keep fully informed and current on all legislation and case law affecting the company's operations and of all corporate legal matters; keep all levels of management informed of applicable new laws, regulatory compliance requirements, and of the progress and results of court cases.

Establish legal services required by the company, and ensure that the company is protected from any legal action.

Work with all departments on developing and modifying policies and procedures to conform to legal and regulatory requirements.

Lead the defense of lawsuits and the prosecution of lawsuits on behalf of the company.

Hire, develop and direct a professionally competent staff of attorneys and legal and paralegal generalists and specialists.

Serve as liaison with outside legal firms, and monitor and evaluate their activities.

Provide legal expertise to other departments where needed.


Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)


Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws

Thorough knowledge of the judicial system

Ability to strategically manage people as business resources, and lead them as a valuable asset.

Ability to effectively speak, write and listen in a non-judgmental fashion.

Ability to

identify opportunities for business improvements, translating between legal and non-legal audiences, simplifying complex problems, and driving value from data.

Ability to effectively negotiate with both internal and external groups.

Ability to meet the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers.

Ability to bring out the best in people.

Ability to make fact-based decisions, integrity, makes expectations clear, understands big picture

Ability to foster a collaborative and legally compliant business environment

Is result-oriented and demonstrates Excellence in Execution.

Ability to challenge self and others to perform; enjoys working hard

Ability to lead and handles change, deals well with ambiguity, and is able to adapt quickly in a nimble environment

Ability to work independently with minimal direction


Four-year college degree (or equivalent knowledge gained through formal education, specialized training, or additional job experience),

Juris Doctor degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association. Licensed to practice law in the state of California.


: Ten years applicable working experience, to include experience with regulatory compliance, employment law, and counseling management; Corporate Law preferred; experience with California and/or Nevada regulations governing the retail grocery industry preferred


: Some travel required


: Basic office environment: ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, stoop, use stairs, reach, pull and lift objects

Job ID: req15369
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