LEGAL ADVISOR - METRO - PHARMACEUTICAL DIVISION (JEAN COUTU / BRUNET) (FULL-TIME POSITION, 12-MONTH

About Metro and its banners

Metro, a Canadian company, has established itself as a leader in the food and pharmacy industries since 1947. Its success is due to the leadership and determination of its members and executives, who have pursued growth through mergers, acquisitions, and innovations. As a result, Metro has achieved a leading position in Canada’s food and pharmaceutical industries.

Through its activities as a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer, it operates or supplies a network of some 950 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C, and Food Basics, as well as some 650 pharmacies mainly under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

METRO Inc. acquired The Jean Coutu Group (PJC) Inc. in the Spring of 2018. The combination of these two major companies has created a $16 billion retail leader, ideally positioned to meet the growing needs of consumers in food, pharmacy, health, and beauty.

Jean Coutu

Founded in 1969, the Jean Coutu network is one of the most trusted names in Canadian pharmacy retailing, with 422 franchised stores in Quebec, New Brunswick, and Ontario under the banners PJC Jean Coutu, PJC Santé and PJC Santé Beauté. Our goal is to offer customers all the advantages of a large drugstore chain while still retaining the personalized service offered by a local pharmacist.

Brunet

Established in 1855, Brunet’s engagement is to provide Quebecers with personalized advice and services related to their health. As a subsidiary of McMahon Distributeur Pharmaceutique Inc., Brunet manages a network of 139 pharmaceutical establishments under the Brunet, Brunet Plus, and Brunet Clinique. Brunet is also a network of over 210 pharmacist owners and 3,000 employees that have the health and well-being of Quebecers at heart. And because health is all that matters, Brunet continues its development by continuously improving its products and services, through strategic partnerships, technological innovations, and concrete actions within the community.

 

Culture and Values

Environment
METRO aims to improve its environmental performance in several ways. Our priorities: reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, manage our waste, and reduce food waste.

Products and Services
Meeting our customer’s needs is at the core of METRO’s business strategy. We aim to provide consumers with products and services that meet their expectations, and we work toward a more responsible supply chain.

Communities
At METRO, we are dedicated to contributing to the economic and social well-being of communities. Our priorities are to invest in the communities in which we are present and to promote local purchasing, both to support local suppliers and to meet our customers’ expectations.

Colleagues
The health and well-being of our colleagues are primary conditions for us to truly embody our purpose and ensure our organizational effectiveness. We, therefore, build on occupational health and safety, respectful labor relations, talent management, and an ethical, inclusive, respectful, and positive work environment.

 

Summary

The legal team faces various challenges, such as providing in-house legal advice, coordinating external mandates, negotiating, and preparing legal documents, particularly in the fields of real estate and commercial law.

Their objective: is to provide the best legal advice and opinions for effective decision-making. Metro’s Legal Affairs team consists of eleven (11) professionals who work as part of a broader legal team of over thirty (30) individuals. Whether you’re a notary or a lawyer, you’ll find your share of daily challenges.

Reporting to the Senior Manager and Assistant Corporate Secretary, the incumbent will negotiate and draft various agreements and provide legal advice for the pharmaceutical division of METRO.

 

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Provide legal advice and opinions, particularly in the fields of civil, commercial, real estate, pharmaceutical, and franchising law, to enable effective decision-making.
  • Negotiate, revise, and draft various agreements, particularly in commercial, real estate, and franchising transactions.
  • Monitor legal, regulatory, and jurisprudential changes that may affect the company, and help it adapt to these changes.
  • Support the company in applying the laws and regulations that it must comply with.
  • Conduct legal research in various fields.
  • Assert the company’s rights in various cases.
  • Coordinate certain mandates entrusted to external lawyers.
  • Participate in the continuous improvement of departmental models and procedures.
  • Participate in special projects as requested by the immediate supervisor.
  • Perform any other related tasks.

 

Required Qualifications

Education

  • Member of the Bar or Chamber of Notaries

Professional Experience

  • At least five (5) years of relevant experience in commercial, real estate, or franchising law

Competencies

  • Knowledge of Office suite software
  • Technical knowledge of regulatory, contractual, or ethical issues
  • Knowledge of franchising (an asset)
  • Understanding of a professional work environment
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical or healthcare sector (an asset)
  • Bilingualism (French and English, spoken and written)

Skills

  • Teamwork, practicality, autonomy, and discernment
  • Strong negotiation and work organization skills
  • Quality-oriented service
  • Strong communication skills
  • Prioritization
  • Demonstrated autonomy and collaboration
  • Problem-solving

 

Why Join Metro

  • Be part of a major Quebec company where people are at the heart of the company
  • Increase your visibility within the larger Metro network to access longer-term career opportunities
  • Participate in a variety of multi-faceted projects!

 

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