Legal and Compliance Manager in Middleton WI

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Foremost Farms USA
Legal and Compliance Manager
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Middleton WI
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Job Types:
Legal/Law, QA/Lab Manager, Regulatory Affairs/Compliance

Job Title: Legal and Compliance Manager

Location: Madison, WI


Foremost Farms USA, headquartered in Baraboo, Wis.,is a world-class supplier of cheese, dairy products, and ingredients to national and international markets. As a dairy cooperative, we are owned by the 1,100 dairy farmers who supply our high-quality milk. Our flexible, diverse plant network allows us to manufacture products and ingredients that are most in-demand and provide a strong, secure market for our member-owners milk.


Under the direction of and reporting to the Corporate Controller, the Legal Manager performs various tasks to safeguard the interest of the organization through legal means. This role helps to ensure compliance with various organizational legal requirements such as regulatory reporting, bank compliance, and Board activities.


  • Administer accurate and timely counsel to executive leadership team supporting a variety of legal topics (labor law, partnerships, contracts, new ventures, corporate finance, etc.)

  • Develop relationships with outside counsel and oversee outsourced legal needs, including cost management

  • Manage business license renewals and track compliance

  • Specify internal governance policies and regularly monitor compliance

  • Research and evaluate risk factors regarding business decisions and operations

  • Apply effective risk management techniques and offer proactive advice on possible legal issues

  • Communicate and negotiate with external parties (regulators, external counsel, public authority etc.)

  • Draft documents, agreements, contracts, and other materials requiring legal knowledge, applying professional discretion as to when to involve outside counsel

  • Provide clarification on legal language or specifications as needed to support all departmental functions

  • Write grant applications and/or support plants in seeking most advantageous positions to obtain grants

  • Maintain current knowledge of legislation impacting both agriculture and cooperative structures

  • Review, improve and maintain contracts, NDAs (Non-Disclosure Agreement) and other legal documents to benefit the Cooperative

  • Keep current on compliance, regulatory issues, and applicable laws

  • Conduct your work with integrity and responsibility

  • Follow and comply with all safety and work rules and regulations. Maintain departmental housekeeping standards.

All job functions to be completed in compliance with federal, state, local regulations, company guidelines and policies.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Agriculture, Political Science, Law or a related field and 2-3 years of experience; or

  • A suitable combination of work experience and education; or

  • 3 to 5 years of progressively responsible related experience


Required: A valid driver s license.

Preferred: Paralegal, J.D. degree, MA or BSc in Business Administration will be considered an advantage

Experience in agri-business or related governmental entities (USDA, DATCP) a plus


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.

  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing with all levels of management

  • Proficiency in Microsoft based applications (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint)

  • Ability to read, analyze and conduct research relating to various legal topics.

  • Ability to draft effective reports and business correspondence, present information and respond to questions from employees and management.

  • Ability to perform calculations relating to dispute resolution and apply concepts to negotiation strategies

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of governmental laws and technical information furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.

  • Ability to understand and use company standard business applications and PC software in a manner that achieves efficiency, accuracy, and relevancy of information processing and reporting as it applies to this position.


Because you and your family matter, Foremost Farms offers some of the best benefits in the area! Our comprehensive medical plan includes health, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. You can choose to enroll in a single or family plan with low monthly premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/$500). Other benefits include:

  • 401(k) with a generous company contribution (100% match on up to 8% deferral)
  • Paid time off, starting at 200 hours (25 days)
  • 10 Paid holidays
  • Paid parental leave (6 weeks paid at 100%)
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care (childcare) expenses
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Referral program
  • Advancement opportunities!


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls, sit, and talk and/or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach above shoulders.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.This individual will work in a standard office environment. Employee occasionally works in proximity of sources of electric shock, in outdoor weather conditions, and must occasionally travel on company business.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate while working in the office.


It is the policy of Foremost Farms USA to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disabilities, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

We re looking for employees who challenge the status quo, innovate and aim for excellence. Because we re working to be the world s best to Be Foremost we ll bring out the best in you.

Are you ready to Be Foremost?
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Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled are encouraged to apply.

Successful completion of pre-employment testing is required, which could include a drug test, physical, audiogram, background check, education check and credit check.

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