Corporate Counsel -
Bloomington, MinnesotaJob Ref #: 14739356
With more than 4,300 franchised salons throughout the United States & Canada, Great Clips is the world’s largest haircutting salon brand. Our salon owners and corporate staff are dedicated to our salon communities with a focus on philanthropic and volunteer activities. Our employees work together to build the most profitable salons by delivering the most powerful and enduring brand.
At Great Clips, strong relationships are at the heart of our individual and company success, The relationships we build with each other and our franchisees are grounded in our core values.
- We are kind
- We listen and earn trust
- We keep it simple
- We focus on execution
- We exceed expectations
- We make it fun
“I really appreciate the care and candor that Great Clips shows their employees.”
“It’s Family. It’s Comfortable. It’s Fun.”
We offer comprehensive benefits including medical, dental and disability
We provide a generous match to employee contributions
We believe in work life balance through flexible scheduling and working remotely programs
We proudly recognize service and exceptional performance
We encourage professional and skills development
We offer incentives for living a healthy lifestyle
We support parent bonding and family support
We proudly offer discounted services and product
This position is responsible for providing proactive legal counsel to Great Clips, Inc. on a variety of legal issues under U.S. and Canadian law, including legal obligations involving commercial real estate transactions, franchise regulatory matters, employment matters and a wide range of other commercial transactions involving the Company. Duties include: generalist counsel for risk management; commercial lease review and negotiation; assistance with the research, preparation and filing of the Company’s annual franchise disclosure document (U.S. and Canada); providing counsel on employment-related matters; direction of Company’s franchisee Compliance Program and related efforts; drafting, reviewing, and negotiating vendor contract terms; and other duties as assigned by the General Counsel.
Key Result Areas:
• Provides timely and practical legal counsel to the organization on a wide variety of issues through close collaboration with its different business units, including Operations, Communications, Development, Human Resources, Real Estate and others.
• Influences positive business results through identifying and working to implement sound risk mitigation strategies in key areas.
• Directs the processing of franchise applications, renewals, assignments, defaults and terminations in accordance with federal, state and Canadian provincial laws.
• Identifies and implements enhancements to Franchise Administration procedures for the purpose of adding greater efficiencies and enhancing collaboration with internal business units.
• Directs the implementation and technology updates of Great Clips, Inc.’s franchisee Compliance Program, as well as the accuracy of all compliance-related information to ensure that internal data and reports are current, complete, consistent, accurate and appropriate for their intended uses company-wide (e.g., operations, decision-making and planning).
• Advises executives within the company and works alongside contracting parties to minimize legal risks for a wide variety of agreements including commercial real estate leases, Company guaranteed leases, NDAs, SOWs and other business contracts.
• Participates in committees and teams as requested by applicable business units to provide legal counsel for specific corporate initiatives.
• Develops solutions to complex legal questions by researching unique legal issues impacting the organization.
Key Technical Competencies:
• Knowledge of United States federal, state, and Canadian provincial laws pertaining to real estate leasing, franchising, franchise sales advertising, intellectual property, employment and the ability to accurately apply pertinent regulations to company policies, agreements, websites and other documents.
• Demonstrated ability to comprehend complex legal materials, analyze information and recommend viable solutions to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
• Knowledge of and skill in using application software in a PC environment including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
• Ability to carefully proof all work, and use proper grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation and sentence structure.
• Ability to plan for and direct the work of staff, develop staff to their full potential, and create an environment which encourages creativity and commitment to results.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written and verbal communications.
• Knowledge of and ability to apply policies, systems, practices and precedents used within the organization to manage employees relative to recruitment, retention, motivation, rewards, discipline, development and separation.
Desired Education and Experience:
Juris Doctor Degree and registration with the bar in the state of Minnesota (preferred), and a minimum of 8 years of experience in a law firm or in-house environment (or both) with increasing responsibility, and experience advising clients in franchise law, real estate law, employment law, commercial transactions, or a combination of education and experience providing equivalent knowledge. Experience leading key initiatives involving change management is a plus.
This position supervises the Franchise Administration Supervisor.
This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities, and skills required of the position and people in the position.