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Associate Legal Counsel

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The fourth largest seed company in the world, Limagrain is an international cooperative group created and directed by French farmers. As a creator and producer of plant varieties, Limagrain markets field seeds, vegetable seeds and cereal products.
HM.CLAUSE, Business Unit of Group Limagrain, is an innovative global leader in the development, production, and commercialization of vegetable seeds. HM.CLAUSE belongs to the top 5 vegetable seed entities in the world. With over 2,000 varieties in more than 20 vegetable crops, HM.CLAUSE provides innovative solutions to growers worldwide.  

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Support Functions - Legal

Job title

Associate Legal Counsel

Business Unit


Employment Type

Regular Full-Time

Main Goal

This role provides legal advice, guidance and support to ensure that the company's exposure to legal risk domestically and internationally is managed. Identifies, formulates, coordinates and communicates policies, procedures and controls to ensure that designated domestic and regional risk exposure is effectively managed. The legal counsel provides legal support and counseling for the designated areas under the direction of the Associate General Counsel.

Responsible for the support of legal, regulatory and insurance/risk management matters for the HM.CLAUSE AMPA (Americas & Pacific) region. Provide a high quality of legal and risk management service to all levels of management within the organization. Support business objectives through legal input, compliance and business counsel for decision making and operational activities. Supports representation of HM.CLAUSE AMPA in legal matters; communicate and coordinate with the HMCLAUSE EMEA legal team, Group Limagrain, and Limagrain Legal Network.

Job description

Essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
 Supports the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel in a broad range of legal areas, including but not limited to contracts, product performance liability, licensing, intellectual property, sales distribution, antitrust, human resources, real estate, corporate law, litigation management, dispute resolution and insurance/risk management, in both US and foreign subsidiary operations within the AMPA region
 Supports the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel in providing advice on corporate legal issues and business matters to members of senior management of both the company and its subsidiaries.
 Supports the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel in providing counsel and developing and conducting training to internal business partners in the areas of product-performance liability risk, intellectual property management and protection, corporate responsibility, labor and employment matters, among others.
 Under the guidance of the Associate General Counsel, places and maintains multiple lines of insurance for HM.CLAUSE, its subsidiaries and affiliate companies.
 Supports the management and monitoring of insurance claims under different lines of insurance.
 Provides counsel on HR matters and assists with U.S. employment issues and/or potential litigation.
 Advises assigned business/function by ensuring that commercially sensitive, pragmatic and practical legal support and advice is provided in a cost-effective manner.
 Implements legal policies to ensure that the company's exposure to legal risks is managed appropriately.
 Participates and collaborates in key planning sessions for organizational change and re-structuring.
 Educates and counsels management and employees, both formally and informally as necessary.
 Participates in industry legal matters, including through professional sector (e.g. ASTA, SIPA) or other trade associations.
 Participates in the definition and development of corporate policies, procedures and programs and provides continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters.
 Drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts with different customers, vendors and strategic partners internally and externally.
 Provides assistance with internal investigations, including HR-related investigations, and third-party subpoena requests.
 Supports the management of contracts entered into with customers, vendors, partners, etc., including creation, execution, and analysis of contracts and the company's policies in managing them.
 Ensures compliance with the company's data privacy accountability obligations and policies, and best practices.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

 Juris Doctor Degree and a member in good standing of the State Bar of California.
 Minimum 3 years of experience as a corporate lawyer or in a law firm. MBA a plus.
 Outstanding written and verbal English proficiency.
 Spanish language fluency required. Portuguese and French a plus.
 Understanding of working environment and culture of Latin America region, a plus.

Job location

Job location

America/Carribean, USA, California


260 Cousteau Place, Davis, CA 95618, États-Unis

Candidate criteria

Minimum level of experience required

3 years or more

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