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Associate Counsel



McCormick & Company, Inc., a world leader in the spice, flavor and seasonings industry, is seeking a full time Associate Counsel. This is position will be located in Haddenham, UK. This position will report to the Associate General Counsel, EMEA.


McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with approximately 13,000 employees worldwide. As a Fortune 500 company with over $5 billion in annual sales across 160 countries and territories, we manufacture, market, and distribute spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the entire food industry including e-commerce, retail, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses.


Our most popular brands include McCormick, French's, Frank's RedHot, Stubb's, OLD BAY, Lawry's, Zatarain's, Ducros, Vahiné, Cholula, Schwartz, Kamis, DaQiao, Club House, Aeroplane, and Gourmet Garden. Every day, no matter where or what you eat or drink, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. Our Purpose is "To Stand Together for the Future of Flavor” and our Vision is "A World United by Flavor—where healthy, sustainable and delicious go hand in hand."


As a company recognized for its exceptional commitment to employees, McCormick offers a wide variety of benefits, programs, and services.


Position: Associate Counsel

Based: Haddenham, UK





The Associate Counsel - EMEA role forms part of the EMEA Legal Team and is highly diverse, supporting the Consumer and Flavour Solutions businesses and all enabling functions both in the UK and across the EMEA region. 


The role works closely with EMEA senior management, key account managers and colleagues in Procurement, Finance, Supply Chain, Digital, HR and other teams.  The role reports to and works on a day to day basis with the Associate General Counsel - EMEA (“AGC”) and will be expected on occasion to deputise for the AGC.


The main areas of responsibility include:  supporting the AGC in delivering the strategic objectives of the EMEA business and the EMEA Legal Team; advising senior management and other key stakeholders on significant legal issues, drafting and negotiating a wide range of customer and supplier contracts; advising on sector specific regulatory issues; providing support to business reorganisations; advising on IP issues and advising on the UK’s advertising and marketing regulatory regime.




• Reviewing, drafting, negotiating and advising on a variety of contracts including Supply, customer, cross border, framework and e-commerce contracts.

• Advising and collaborating with senior management on significant legal issues impacting ongoing business activities and future development opportunities in order to facilitate opportunity and risk assessment and sound business decision-making.

• Design, development and implementation of legal function process improvements, policies and procedures and delivery of legal training.

• Researching and writing legal briefing notes and advising on issues such as competition law, industry codes of conduct, and advertising regulations.

• Working in a cross-functional matrix on business matters

• Handling ad hoc queries and other matters as assigned which may be advising the UK business or other entities in the EMEA region not covered by inhouse counsel.

• Effectively managing external counsel at the direction of the AGC.






  • LLB Bachelor of Law or equivalent, Legal Practice Course or Solicitors Qualifying Examination.
  • Current Law Society/SRA Practising Certificate (UK qualified).
  • 4-6+ years’ post-qualification experience in commercial/corporate law. 
  • Trained and qualified at a top law firm. 
  • Previous in-house experience, ideally with a public listed company.
  • Experience in the FMCG sector, ideally at least some of that cross-border. 
  • A solid grounding in UK Contract law and experience of negotiating UK and cross border contracts,
  • Working knowledge of IP law and experience of negotiating and drafting IP licenses. 
  • Knowledge of UK Bribery Act, FCPA, Modern Slavery Act and a working knowledge of the UK Competition Law regime.
  •  Experience of advertising and marketing regulation. 
  • Some exposure to e-commerce regulations preferable. 
  • Experience of instructing and managing external counsel. 
  • Experience of working in a cross-functional matrix organisation
  • Ability to take a pragmatic, risk-based approach and to use legal knowledge to help deliver the strategic objectives of the business.  
  • Ability to explain legal concepts and issues clearly, succinctly and in plain English at all levels of the organisation. 
  • Well-developed communication skills and the ability to persuade and influence. 
  • Ability to interact at all levels of the business and to be an ambassador for McCormick brand values internally and externally.
  • Able to work under direction but also use initiative and work with autonomy where appropriate.
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure and keep those calm around you and maintain a sense of humour.
  • Effective negotiation skills.



As an Equal Opportunities employer, McCormick is committed to a diverse workforce.




United by flavor. Driven by results.

As a McCormick employee you’ll be empowered to focus on more than your individual responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself—to have a say in where the company is going and how it’s growing.

Between our passion for flavor, our 130-year history of leadership and integrity, the competitive and comprehensive benefits we offer, and our culture, which is built on respect and opportunities for growth, there are many reasons to join us at McCormick.