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VP, Real Estate Legal

Date: Mar 25, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: SS-14521
Area of Interest: Real Estate
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Shared Services
Position Type: Full-time


About the Team

You will be part of the Real Estate, Store Development and Lease Administration teams. The team is a lean, dynamic, high energy, and "on the go" team with different areas of expertise and focus. You will be responsible for providing legal services and legal support to the team. You will be part of the team, not working in isolation, and your goals will be the team goals. From a legal perspective, you will ensure that the Company's interests are protected and that all Company processes and standards are followed. Although you will report to SVP of Real Estate, you will interact often with Legal Department lawyers, updating them as needed, drawing upon their knowledge and areas of expertise.

About the Role:

You will be the "go to" person for all things real estate legal -- including the review and negotiation of all real estate leases and all real estate related documentation for retail locations in US, CN, UK and AU and for non-retail locations, corporate offices and facilities. You will draft documents and agreements as needed, advising, problem solving, directing the resolution of landlord-tenant disputes, and ensuring that documentation deadlines are met consistent with the team timelines. You will hire and manage outside counsel as needed, control their budgets, and work to be cost efficient.

You're excited about this opportunity because you will...

* Partner and interact daily with cross functional teams of subject matter experts where you will see and understand the bigger vision regarding team and Company goals.
* You will have the opportunity to be hands-on, working side by side with team to get things done.
* You will advise and guide decision making from a legal perspective while offering practical business solutions.
* You will be collaborative and proactive in your communication, working to ensure you have various opinions/points of view from team members who are in house, remote or on the road.

Why you will love working at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

* We're a successful, fast-growing company with an entrepreneurial vibe
* A technologically and data-driven business
* Competitive salaries and comprehensive health benefits
* We're at the forefront of tech and retail, redefining technology for the next generation
* We're passionate about our internal and external clients and live/breathe the client experience
* We get to be creative daily
* A smart, experienced leadership team that wants to do it right and is open to new ideas
* We believe in autonomy and reward taking initiative
* We have fun!


We're excited about you because...

* You will have undergraduate degree and a law degree, at least 5 -10 years of experience working in a law firm or in house where you will have had hands on experience with retail and/or real estate clients reviewing, negotiating and drafting retail, office, warehouse, corporate leases, and other real estate related agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and general contract review. You will have prepared and drafted documents, forms, notices, letter agreements, and provided legal advice and guidance to clients or other teams.
* You will have excellent written and communication skills and the ability to work with all team members in a collaborative respectful manner.
* Membership in ICSC, other professional associations, legal and other relationships in retail world, a plus.
* Knowledge of construction and architectural agreements a plus.
* Knowledge and experience in area of lease administration processes/procedures a plus.
* Financial and practical business acumen a plus.
* You must have excellent computer skills and be able to adapt to new systems and processes.

About Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the home. Our family of brands includes Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room, and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. In 2017, we acquired Outward, Inc., a 3-D imaging and augmented reality platform for the home furnishings and décor industry. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.


Once you are here, you can look forward to a wide variety of benefits. Our corporate vision--to enhance our customers' quality of life at home--extends to the lives of our associates. To that end, we offer an extensive benefits package designed to help you grow, personally and professionally, to keep you healthy, to prepare you for the unexpected, to care for your family and to build a secure future. Depending on your position and your location, here's a look at what you might be eligible for:

* A generous discount on all Williams Sonoma Inc. brands through multiple shopping channels
* A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
* Paid vacations, holidays and other time-off programs
* Health benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance; health and dependent care tax-free spending accounts; medical, family and bereavement leave; same-sex domestic partner benefits; short- and long-term disability programs; life and travel insurance; an employee assistance program
* Tax-free commuter benefits
* A wellness program that supports your physical, financial and emotional health
* In-person and online learning opportunities through WSI University, LearnIt and AcademyX
* Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
* Quarterly sample sales
* A business casual work environment
* A bike share program
* Time off to volunteer
* Matching donations to qualifying nonprofit organizations
* Company-sponsored walks and runs
* Healthy, organic options in the cafeteria and an awesome salad bar
* Discounts on nearby gyms and other local businesses


WSI will not now or in the future commence an immigration case or "sponsor" an individual for this position (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration


This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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