Legal Counsel M/W

about 1 year ago
Full time role
In-person · Paris, IDF, FR... more
In-person · Paris, IDF, FR... more

Job Description

Our company
Innovafeed contributes to the construction of a sustainable food system by developing a pioneering and innovative industry: the breeding and processing of insects (Hermetia Illucens fly).
Our mission:
- To have a positive overall environmental impact based on circular economy and inspired by natural food chains.
- To generate territorial economic dynamism : in order to feed and raise our larvaes, we are co-located with agro-industrial partners that provide us with co-products and low footprint energy.
Incorporated in 2016, Innovafeed manufactures and sells 3 different insect-based products:
- For a high-quality aquaculture respectful of animals’ natural diets, insect protein is obviously the best fish feed, particularly for salmon and trout that you would fly fish in a river! 🐟
- For a sustainable farming respectful of animal welfare, insect oil is efficient for feeding animals like poultry and pig 🐤 
- For a regenerative agriculture respectful of soils’ integrity, insects feces are leveraged as an efficient organic fertilizer  🌱  
The success of our project depends on a dynamic and talented team. We opened the first
production site in Gouzeaucourt (Hauts-de-France) in 2017.
We launched our second production site in Nesle (Somme) at the end of 2020: and it is 20x times larger than Gouzeaucourt!
In September of 2022, Innovafeed raised US$ 250 million in Series D funding bringing the total cumulative financing to US$ 450 million. This capital will be used to further increase production capacity in France through the further expansion of its Nesle site in the north of France, the world’s largest vertical insect farm.
We are experiencing significant growth through strong market traction and significant production scale-up.
That’s why we need a strong team which shares the same values in order to reach our goal: to become the world’s insect protein leader!
Therefore we are looking for new talents able to get deeply involved in our amibious and dynamic company.
You believe in the insect protein potential and you are convinced of the central position it should hold in the food chain? Then, we believe you are ready to on-board the InnovaFeed adventure!
Our recruitment process is objective, inclusive and fair. It’s very important for us to offer from the start a clear, smooth and constructive recruitment experience for each applicant.

Your missions

The Legal Team is part of the General Secretary department along with the HR and Communication teams, overseen by Sophie Delplancke, General Secretary.

You will join Innovafeed’s Legal team to support its scale-up, supervised by our Legal Director, Alice de Larminat. 
You will have a global overview from a legal standpoint of all aspects of Innovafeed’s activities in France and abroad.
You will address all types of legal questions, on contracts, intellectual property, corporate matters, insurance, labor law, dispute resolution, regulatory and compliance, etc., if needed with the assistance of external counsels.
You will be at the heart of the strategic and industrial activities, in constant cross-functional interaction with operational teams (engineering, sales, r&d, human resources, finance, regulatory and QHSE, etc.) and partners.
You will also have a key role in the development of the Legal function and culture within Innovafeed.
As a Legal Counsel you will:
- Participate actively in Innovafeed’s strategic projects, providing your legal expertise on a wide range of legal topics (IP, contract, corporate, insurance, regulatory etc.);
- Monitor contract negotiations in direct collaboration with operational teams and partners (NDAs, sale and supply contracts, industrial partnership agreements, R&D collaboration contracts, etc.);
- Develop and monitor relevant legal operations tools (ie. conduct legal training sessions, create and update templates, monitor contract and BSPCE management systems).
Your assets for the position 
- You already have at least one successful experience as a lawyer or legal counsel;
- Your academic background and professional experience have enabled you to acquire rigor, a strong business sense, and autonomy;
- You have the skills and ambition to invest in a fast-growing company and wish to work as a business partner on various subjects related to operational issues;
- You enjoy working in "project mode" and in a collaborative manner on rich and varied missions;

- You are used to work in a fast-paced environment and know how to prioritize and adapt to a demanding environment;
- You have strong communication skills both in writing and orally and are good at explaining legal issues to non-lawyer;
- You are perfectly fluent in French (written and spoken) and you are able to work in English.
More generally, we are looking for:
- Bold people who like to solve complex problems in a simple way, combining rigor and practicality;
- Reactive and proactive people, who are able to constantly reconcile daily imperatives with the company's long-term objectives and adapt quickly to new challenges;
- People who are autonomous in the progress of their projects and with a taste for collaborative and cooperative work.

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