Weis Markets (NYSE: WMK) is a 106-year-old retail grocer with 206 supermarkets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, northwestern New Jersey, West Virginia, New York State, Virginia and Delaware. The corporate offices are in Sunbury, PA. and Weis Markets today employs approximately 23,000 people.
Sunbury, Pennsylvania (see: http://www.cityofsunbury.com) has been the county seat of Northumberland County since 1772 and is situated in the heart of the Susquehanna River Valley. The town is located near Interstate 80 approximately fifty miles from the state capitol, Harrisburg, and the area is home to several major medical centers as well as a number of notable universities, including Bucknell University (see: http://www.bucknell.edu/). The corporate office of Weis Markets is close to the resort destination of the Pocono Mountains. Sunbury and the nearby towns of Bloomsburg and Lewisburg feature historic and charming downtowns with many homes and businesses dating to the 18th century in addition to well respected school districts with strong athletic programs.
Weis Markets is first and foremost a grocery retailer. There are approximately 141 pharmacies in the chain, located inside the company’s retail grocery stores. Weis Markets operates a 1.2 million square foot distribution center near the corporate office in Milton, PA. The company owns about 50% of the real estate on which the retail stores are located. The retail grocery stores average about 50,000 square feet. Today Weis Markets is a $3.5 billion retailer.
In addition to the retail operations described above, Weis Markets also owns and operates a dairy processing facility, a meat processing facility (which produces about 8 million pounds of case-ready finished products annually), an ice cream manufacturing plant, and an ice cube manufacturing plant. Further, the company owns its own transportation company and performs all maintenance on its fleet operations. Weis Markets places a strong emphasis on private label, and today private label accounts for nearly 25% of sales. The company has an enviable balance sheet that reflects minimal long term debt, and prides itself on its prudent, stable, and conservative retailing approach. Weis Markets also places a strong emphasis on “buying local” and the company’s “Pennsylvania Proud, Choice Angus Beef” program is very successful.
Weis Markets is also committed to reducing its environmental impact. The Company is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Chill program. Throughout the company, Weis is installing energy efficient equipment and systems in their stores. They are also long-time proponents of recycling. In a given year, the Company recycles more than 23,000 tons of cardboard, 750 tons of plastic and 329 tons of paper. In 2015, Weis Markets was awarded the annual Sustainable Retailer of the Year award by Produce Business News and in 2016 was awarded the 2016 Business Leadership in Recycling Award by the National Recycling Coalition (NRC).
Over the past three years the Company has generated record net income increases and continued to upgrade its fleet of stores and growing through acquisitions. Most recently, the Company acquired 38 food Lion stores in Delaware, Virginia and Maryland and five Mars grocery stores in the Baltimore area.
The Senior Real Estate Attorney is responsible for the review, drafting and negotiation of a variety of legal agreements and documents including, but not limited to leases, lease amendments, estoppel certificates, subordination and non-disturbance agreements, construction contracts, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, consulting contracts, vendor contracts, service contracts, termination agreements, purchase and sale agreements for commercial property, easement agreements, reciprocal easement agreements and developer agreements. In addition, the Senior Real Estate Attorney will interpret and render advice on laws and regulations that pertain to commercial property development projects, real estate financing and leasing, land sales, title issues and searches, escrow arrangements, property management, rights of way, and lease disputes.
More specifically, the Senior Real Estate Attorney will:
Review and analyze lease and related documents to determine rights and obligations
Correspond with landlords, tenants and sub-tenants in connection with lease compliance issues
Represent the Company in the purchase and sale of real estate
Design and negotiate easements, licenses and other real estate agreements
Demonstrate familiarity with land development and development processes, leasing and property management
Perform real estate due diligence and collaborate on corporate merger & acquisition matters
Provide support to the project development team to secure necessary governmental and other stakeholder approvals for new projects
Interpret real estate and finance documents
Maintain familiarity with current and proposed laws and regulations and case guidance involving all assigned matters
Research specific legal issues and report results to the Vice President of Real Estate & Legal Affairs
Work directly with all departments to deliver timely and responsive legal services in creating, reviewing and negotiating general commercial agreements
Evaluate legal and business risks association with the adoption of real estate , environmental, and financing strategies
Research unique legal issues impacting the organization by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes
Manage various projects and deadlines assigned by the Vice President of Real Estate & Legal Affairs
Perform other duties as required and/or assigned
While the geographic scope of this search includes all of the United States and Canada, it is anticipated that the successful candidate will exhibit a familiarity and comfort level with the company’s more rural location. Sunbury, PA is within three hours driving distance from New York City and Philadelphia and 2.5 hours from Baltimore, but its small-town charm can be best appreciated by candidates who do not require a major metropolitan lifestyle. Candidates seeking superb outdoor recreational opportunities including fishing, hunting, boating, and skiing will gravitate toward Weis Markets.
The successful candidate will have:
Minimum 5 to 8 years of experience in lease negotiation and property management in a corporate real estate or legal department.
Experience with a recognized and reputable multi-site retail organization(s) demonstrating best-in-class practices and strategies.
Familiarity with land development and entitlement processes.
Extremely strong negotiation and real estate skills.
Ability to prioritize and multi-task many competing projects and work in a fast-paced environment
Excellent written and oral communication skills with the demonstrated ability to influence internal and external decision makers.
Strong leadership skills with the demonstrated ability to develop and build high performance teams.
Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively with all levels of the organization including senior management.
Excellent follow-up skills and strong attention to detail.
Organized, enthusiastic, dedicated, motivated self-starter who takes pride in their work product.
Team player with willingness to adapt to changing priorities and needs within the department.
Proficient in the use of basic computer functions and Microsoft business programs including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
Top Tier Intelligence: Superior cognitive ability; able to simplify complex situations; make sound judgments; research and analyze various types of data.
Business Savvy: Knows how to maneuver through the organization to get things done. Builds effective relationships with critical decision makers and others in the organization.
Results Orientation: Demonstrates a sense of urgency to overcome obstacles and achieve measurable results. Resourceful and driven. Willing to get hands dirty and personally drive projects and timelines.