Lead Counsel I, Food Safety Regulation Compliance

Lead Counsel I, Food Safety Regulation Compliance

  • Location BENTONVILLE, AR
  • Career Area Legal
  • Job Function Legal
  • Employment Type Regular/Permanent
  • Position Type Salary
  • Requisition WD1042592

What you'll do at

Position Summary...

What you'll do...

Join Walmart, the world’s largest food retailer and our Regulatory Legal Team as the Lead Counsel of Food Safety Regulations. This role will report to our Vice President and Chief Counsel of Financial Services and Regulatory Legal. In this Lead Counsel role, you will provide legal advice, guidance, and support to various stakeholders on food safety legal and regulatory matters. You will also support food related business strategies such as, innovations in food manufacturing and production, and growth in the Company’s private label programs.

In addition, the Lead Counsel of Food Safety will support other legal teams and businesses on interesting and innovative customer facing solutions like Walmart Pickup and Delivery.  The Lead Counsel will also represent Walmart in applicable regulatory matters at the federal and state level, work with outside counsel on complex matters and interact with relevant government agencies and regulatory bodies. 

You’ll make an impact by: 

  • Tracking, monitoring, and advising the business and the global governance teams on federal and state food related statutory, regulatory, and enforcement developments. 

  • Providing legal advice and counsel to the company to enhance and maintain initiatives on a range of food related legal, business, and compliance matters.

  • Having experience with U. S. Food and Drug Administration and U. S. Department of Agriculture compliance, including, Food Safety Modernization Act, facility inspections, enforcement actions, and product recalls. Also, experience with food safety related matters such as Global Food Safety Initiative, Generally Recognized as Safe, New Dietary Ingredients, California’s Proposition 65, pesticide residues, and packaging assessments.  

  • Having experience in supporting the development of food claims, including ingredient assessments, and labeling requirements, competitor challenges, including before the National Advertising Division and courts, as well as litigation support on false advertising cases and other matters.

  • Providing legal guidance for food manufacturing and supporting food risk and audit programs.

  • Reviewing and advising on agreements with various parties to ensure compliance with legal, contractual, and corporate requirements.

  • Developing best practices and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

  • Finding solutions to support Walmart’s strategic initiatives related to food, ensuring that we deliver to our customers safe and affordable food options, including the method of delivery. 

  • Successfully collaborating with internal and external stakeholders.

You’ll sweep us off our feet if you have… 

  • 7+ yrs. prior experience in government, in-house, or private practice with a reputable firm.

  • Experience advising clients on U. S. Food and Drug Administration and U. S. Department of Agriculture regulatory compliance and enforcement matters.

  • Ability to evaluate scientific and safety data and information to support ingredient safety assessments and claims substantiation.

  • Familiarity with domestic programs and regulations applicable to Walmart’s activities, including, but not limited to, corporate compliance programs, and/or experience with U. S. federal and corresponding state regulatory regimes in food safety and compliance.

And you are...

  • Driven to execute and to act quickly.

  • Process-minded, looking for opportunities to streamline for improved efficiency and effectiveness.

  • A strong communicator experienced in working with senior leadership and stakeholders.

  • Experienced and successful working on cross-functional teams within a corporate environment.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed in the role.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. The full Job Description can be made available as part of the hiring process.

Benefits & Perks: 

Beyond a competitive pay package that includes salary, bonuses, and stock, you can receive incentive awards for your performance. Other great perks include 401(k) match, stock purchase plan, paid maternity and parental leave, PTO, multiple health plans, and much more. 

Equal Opportunity Employer 

Walmart, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer – By Choice. We believe we are best equipped to help our associates, customers and the communities we serve live better when we really know them. That means understanding, respecting and valuing diversity- unique styles, experiences, identities, ideas and opinions – while being inclusive of all people. 

Who We Are

Join Walmart and your work could help over 275 million global customers live better every week. Yes, we are the Fortune #1 company. But you’ll quickly find we’re a company who wants you to feel comfortable bringing your whole self to work. A career at Walmart is where the world’s most complex challenges meet a kinder way of life. Our mission spreads far beyond the walls of our stores. Join us and you'll discover why we are a world leader in diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and community involvement.  From day one, you’ll be empowered and equipped to do the best work of your life. careers.walmart.com

Minimum Qualifications...

Outlined below are the required minimum qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no minimum qualifications.

As permitted by applicable law, provide evidence of full vaccination as defined by CDC guidelines OR secure approval of medical or religious accommodation for the vaccination mandate., Law degree from an accredited law school and 6 years’ experience in law.
License to practice law in at least one state.
2 years’ experience leading cross-functional teams.

Preferred Qualifications...

Outlined below are the optional preferred qualifications for this position. If none are listed, there are no preferred qualifications.

Primary Location...

702 SW 8TH ST, BENTONVILLE, AR 72716, United States of America

About Walmart

At Walmart, we help people save money so they can live better. This mission serves as the foundation for every decision we make, from responsible sourcing to sustainability—and everything in between. As a Walmart associate, you will play an integral role in shaping the future of retail, tech, merchandising, finance and hundreds of other industries—all while affecting the lives of millions of customers all over the world. Here, your work makes an impact every day. What are you waiting for?

Walmart, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer- By Choice. We believe we are best equipped to help our associates, customers, and the communities we serve live better when we really know them. That means understanding, respecting, and valuing diversity- unique styles, experiences, identities, abilities, ideas and opinions- while being inclusive of all people.

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All the benefits you need for you and your family

  • Multiple health plan options, including vision & dental plans for you & dependents
  • Financial benefits including 401(k), stock purchase plans, life insurance and more
  • Associate discounts in-store and online
  • Education assistance for Associate and dependents
  • Parental Leave
  • Pay during military service
  • Paid Time off - to include vacation, sick, parental
  • Short-term and long-term disability for when you can't work because of injury, illness, or childbirth

Eligibility requirements apply to some benefits and may depend on your job classification and length of employment. Benefits are subject to change and may be subject to specific plan or program terms. For information about benefits and eligibility, see One.Walmart.com/Benefits.

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