Senior Legal Counsel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA at The North West Company

Date Posted: 10/26/2017

Job Snapshot

Job Description

In your role as a Senior Legal Counsel, at The North West Company (NWC), you are directly accountable for providing a full range of legal services to the North West group of companies. You must possess excellent legal and business judgment and be able to demonstrate success balancing the need to limit risk to the company with the goal of supporting the pace of internal clients.  If you are a highly collaborative commercial lawyer who has a proven successful track record, and values working as a partner with business clients in an in-house setting, this role is for you!

Joining NWC gives you the opportunity for growth and development throughout the company, a competitive salary and benefits package, and to be part of a dynamic and diverse culture.

NWC is a leading retailer to under-served rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands, and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs. Check out for more information.


Your Role:

  • Draft, review, negotiate and provide guidance on a wide variety of agreements, including lease, construction, logistics, labour / employment, intellectual property, pharmacy and medical operations agreements;
  • Provide support to management and advise business units on issues of contract interpretation and disputes;
  • Manage operational legal risk to reduce litigation exposure against The North West group of companies;
  • Manage external legal counsel as required in respect of The North West group of companies;
  • Manage licensing requirements in respect of The North West group of companies;
  • Work with colleagues to continuously improve contract structure and processes as well as implementation and adherence to best practices within both the legal department and The North West group of companies;
  • Conduct legal research, as required; and
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretary.


Job Requirements

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • A Juris Doctor Degree and qualification or ability to qualify as a member in good standing of the Law Society of Manitoba;
  • Versatile and broadly trained corporate/commercial background, with a minimum of 5-10 years legal experience;
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial and fast paced, deadline driven, work environment;
  • Strong business acumen, with the ability to understand the business of The North West group of companies, and to provide creative and practical solutions to business issues and opportunities with legal implications;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required; and
  • Ability to establish strong client relations at various levels of the organization.


Location:    Gibraltar House, 77 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB 

Reports to: Vice President Legal and Corporate Secretary

A competitive salary is being offered along with opportunities to learn, develop and advance throughout the organization. We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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