Sleep Number

  • Director- Corporate Counsel

    Job Location US-MN-Minneapolis
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  • Overview

    Provide proactive, practical and sound advice and counsel to various departments within the organization with respect to the company's contract management/negotiation process and legal compliance programs focused on advertising, sales, marketing, and regulations applicable to national retailers and manufacturers.  


    • Lead the contract negotiation and management function, including driving process efficiency and scale and drafting/negotiating/overseeing wide variety of commercial transactions (e.g. Master Services Agreements, Professional Service Agreements, Sports and Entertainment Sponsorship Agreements, SAAS, and Non-Disclosure Agreements, etc.).
    • Lead the legal compliance function with respect to advertising, marketing and sales as well as federal, state and local regulations applicable to national manufacturers and retailers, driving process efficiency/scale, strategic guidelines, and mitigating legal risks.
    • Participate in leading the ongoing management of Sleep Number’s corporate policies and guidelines.
    • Provide strategic counseling and advice on new business opportunities including new channels and international expansion.
    • Effectively manage outside counsel as necessary.



    Experience, Education & Certifications:

    • 7-10+ years of experience as a lawyer with a law firm or corporate legal department working in the areas of responsibility delineated above.
    • Law degree and license to practice law in at least one jurisdiction with ability to qualify under Minnesota's Corporate Counsel registration program; licensed to practice in MN preferred.
    • Experience with variety of transactional matters and contract management, preferably with focus on manufacturing and retail environment.  
    • Experience, and subject matter expertise, with advertising, sales, and marketing compliance, including claim substantiation, social media, sponsorship/endorsements, sweepstakes, consumer financing, etc.
    • Experience managing compliance with state and federal laws, rules and regulations applicable to nationwide retail/manufacturing companies with multi-channel sales and distributions networks.
    • International experience desired, but not required.


    Knowledge, skills & abilities:

    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Superior analytical, judgment and decision-making skills.
    • Ability to communicate information quickly and effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to managing competing priorities and demands on time.
    • Ability to provide practical yet sound advice to business units
    • Ability to be a thought leader and influence direction and outcomes at all levels.
    • Ability to work well with others and to quickly assimilate and understand information.
    • Capacity to proactively isolate and prioritize issues and to focus on implementing both top-level, strategic solutions as well as the day-to-day initiatives.
    • Must be self-motivated.
    • Must appreciate a dynamic environment where needs/demands are ever-changing.
    • Must be able to assimilate well into a collegial, cooperative team environment and contribute equally to the overall success of the larger Legal Team.
    • Strong negotiation skills



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