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Reynolds American Sr. Counsel - Commercial/ Corporate in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Sr. Counsel - Commercial/ Corporate

Reynolds American is evolving at a pace like no other organization.

To achieve the ambition we have set for ourselves, we are looking for colleagues who are ready to live our ethos every day. Come be the change!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A Senior Counsel- Commercial/Corporate



LOCATION: Winston-Salem, NC


What are the key objectives and expectations from this role?

Provide strategic direction and operational management of corporate legal, transactional, and M&A matters for Reynolds. Primary job responsibilities include managing legal support for all of the Reynolds contracting matters, counselling on various M&A projects, implementation of legal strategy, and providing strategic legal advice and risk assessment to senior executives in a wide variety of business areas such as Procurement, Operations, DBS, Finance, W&S, Tax and HR.

What is the direct impact of this role on the team or organization?

This role is critical link between LEX and all of Reynolds’ business transacting matters (Procurement and M&A)

Reports to

SVP & Deputy General Counsel, Corporate and Commercial

Number of Direct Reports


Core Relationships

Internal – Procurement and operations

External – External lawyers, accountants, and other consultants

Geographic Scope

Local, DRBU, Regional and Global

Travel Required



  • Lead legal support to Procurement team with respect to contracting matters, including contract disputes; oversee and manage execution of the contracting support through a dedicated team of external lawyers (outsourcing), create process improvements and efficiencies of the contract management cycle through automation and simplification and support execution of the Procurement centred compliance programs.

  • Provide strategic direction and ongoing legal counsel to all Reynolds business areas and various Group US based entities with respect to key initiatives, corporate governance, and transactional matters.

  • Provide strategic direction, operational advice and implementation of the Group’s US based M&A and venturing projects.

  • Responsible for understanding changing business, legal, and regulatory risks and the potential impact on litigation, governance, disclosures, and external relations.

  • Monitor developments in relevant legal areas to ensure companies are following best practices and complying with applicable legal requirements. Continue legal education through memberships in state and local bar associations, CLE, and ongoing reading of legal periodicals and attendance of seminars.

  • Act as the primary counsel for the Vice President, Procurement.

  • Support and assist Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – Commercial/Corporate, as requested, in connection with performance of his duties and responsibilities and in completion of other legal services as assigned.



Experience Required

  • The ideal candidate will be a generalist with 5-8 years of well-rounded experience in key legal areas, including litigation and transactional matters.

Technical / Functional / Leadership Skills Required

  • Strong oral and written communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to identify and resolve complex legal issues in a business-focused and strategic manner

  • Ability to interact effectively with internal stakeholders and cross functional teams

  • Strong leadership skills

  • Ability to manage conflicting demands to meet the goals of the commercial business

  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to new environments and challenges

Education / Qualifications / Certifications Required

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an ABA accredited law school

  • Record of strong academic achievement

  • Licensed to practice and in good standing in one or more states in the U.S.


At Reynolds American, we are committed to our Purpose of creating A Better Tomorrow. This is what drives our people and our passion for innovation. See what is possible for you at REYNOLDS AMERICAN.

  • Global Top Employer with 53,000 British American Tobacco employees across more than 180 markets

  • Great Place to Work Certified

  • Brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries

  • Newly established Tech Hubs building world-class capabilities for innovation in four strategic locations

  • Diversity leader in the Financial Times and International Women’s Day Best Practice winner

  • Seal Award winner – one of 50 most sustainable companies


Have you been on a career break for 18 months or longer? Are you ready to return to your career? If your answers to these questions is yes, we would love to hear from you. Regardless of why you took a break, we value you for all the skills you can bring to the workforce. Reignite your career, work flexibly, be part of a dynamic team and upskill yourself with on-the-job training and development support.

Collaboration, diversity and teamwork underpin everything we do here at Reynolds American.We know that collaborating with colleagues from different backgrounds is what makes us stronger and best prepared to meet our business goals. Come bring your difference!


Benefit Information

The following is a general summary of the competitive compensation and benefit plans we offer:

  • 401(k) plan that offers opportunity to save on pre- and post-tax basis up to 50 percent of eligible compensation.

  • Company matches 100 percent of employee pre-tax/Roth (401k) contributions up to six percent

  • Company contributes an additional three percent to 401(k) whether employee participates or not

  • Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits package (including medical, dental, vision, and prescription drugs)

  • Health Savings Account start-up contribution for employees who elect the high deductible health plan

  • Flexible spending accounts for both Health Care and Dependent Care allowing employee to use pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified expenses during the calendar year

  • Employee assistance program offering 8 free counselling sessions, per issue, each calendar year for employees and their dependents

  • Company paid life insurance of 1x annual base pay ($50,000 minimum)

  • Company paid accidental death or dismemberment insurance of 2x annual base pay ($50,000 minimum)

  • Voluntary insurances offered at group rates: employee and dependent life insurance, AD&D insurance, critical illness, accident coverage, disability buy-up, and auto & home insurance

  • Tuition reimbursement and student loan support

  • Dependent Scholarship Programs

  • Free confidential personal financial counselling service

  • On-site health centers and 24/7 fitness centers at certain company locations

  • A charitable giving matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choice

  • Health-care concierge service

  • Volunteer service opportunities

  • Extensive training opportunities

  • Company vehicle for eligible employees

  • Mobile phone allowance for eligible employees

  • Paid Leave:

  • Sick and Personal Time (exempt employees may be excused with pay for brief absences; non-exempt employees receive up to 6 days)

  • Vacation (levels Below Senior Director receive 15 days (pro-rated during first year of service); Senior Director and Officers receive 25 days (pro-rated during first year of service)).

  • Holidays (Nine company recognized and two annual personal holidays to be used at the employee’s discretion)

  • Paid Parental Leave + temporary reduced work schedule opportunity

  • Funeral Leave

  • Short-Term Disability Leave

  • Long-Term Disability Leave

  • Jury Duty Leave

  • Military Leave

  • Released Time for Children’s Education

  • Community Outreach Leave

  • Other paid leave benefits, as required by state or local law

Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility, and creativity for motivated employees who want to grow their careers. We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences, and talents to improve the company's potential for optimally achieving its business objectives!

Reynolds American Inc.and its affiliated companies is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Only applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly via email at TalentAcquisition@RJRT.com.