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Constellation Brands

Director, Assistant General Counsel – Regulatory Affairs



Full Time

On Site


Rochester, New York, United States

Job Description

General Summary

The Director, Assistant General Counsel – Regulatory Affairs is responsible for providing legal counsel and regulatory leadership related to state alcohol beverage licensing matters necessary for the production, importation and sale of beer, wine & spirits at Constellation Brands. The Director is responsible for managing a team of five regulatory professionals that support state licensing activities and other regulatory matters.

  • Ability to handle a high volume of legal matters and regulatory projects ranging from basic to complex.

  • Lead team of licensing professionals responsible for securing, maintaining and renewing state beverage alcohol licenses, permits and registrations across Company’s beer, wine and spirits portfolio including manufacturing, wholesale, direct-to-consumer licenses, solicitor permits and all related bonds.

  • Engage in and promote cross-functional collaboration with other senior members of the Regulatory Affairs team to support various projects and business objectives. Elevate appropriate matters to the attention of the Deputy General Counsel for awareness or decision-making.

  • Manage a comprehensive tracking system which monitors annual renewal requirements across Company’s total licensing portfolio. Conduct routine audits to ensure compliance.

  • Identify, anticipate, and manage issues related to state and local licensing matters. When appropriate, provide proactive training for internal business partners.

  • Engage directly with state and local regulatory agencies to build and maintain relationships. Act as a liaison between Company and agency on state licensing matters to ensure approval of and compliance with all licensing and permitting requirements.

  • Maintain a broad understanding of the Company’s products, manufacturing operations and shipping methods.

  • Serve as advisor to internal business partners responsible for establishing new facilities or modifying existing operations. Determine licensing requirements, establish project timeline, and ensure timely acquisition of new licenses.

  • Support legal department on various internal and external projects. Conduct legal research on various licensing matters and provide clear guidance to business.

  • Ensure state and federal regulatory agencies have a current list of corporate officers on file, manage licensing updates as necessary.

  • Support regulatory due diligence on potential acquisitions, strategic investments, and divestitures.

  • Manage licensing integration of new acquisitions, ensuring new facilities/products are properly licensed, that ownership information is timely updated with state regulatory agencies, and that all existing licenses are timely renewed.

  • Investigate any licensing violations. Ensure resolutions issues and implement preventative measures to prevent issue from reoccurrence.

  • Respond to requests for licensing support on a wide range of subjects while maintaining a good rapport with individuals within the Company.

  • Manage relationship with external licensing partner, identify and implement ways to improve process licensing workflow.

  • Collaborate with Company’s operations, logistics, quality, and direct-to-consumer teams to assess business objectives and advise on legal risks.

  • Develop legal strategies and timelines necessary to modify Company’s production and storage facilities.

  • Direct efforts of outside counsel from time to time.

  • Involvement in industry trade groups as a representative for Constellation Brands, as necessary.

Recommended Qualifications
  • J.D. from accredited law school and license to practice law required

  • Admission to and good standing in relevant state bar

  • 3-6 years of practice in-house for a CPG company or broad-based private firm, prior alcohol licensing work is strongly preferred

  • Familiarity with and experience researching and interpreting TTB, FDA and state alcohol beverage regulations.

  • Strong written, analytical, verbal, and presentation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, think outside of the box and achieve results

  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced and high-volume business environment

  • Skilled in handling tight deadlines, changing priorities and multiple simultaneous issues of immediate concern. Willingness to work hard

  • Superior interpersonal, organizational and communication skills; sincere appreciation for working as part of commercial team with wide variety of levels, roles and personalities in in-house environment; excellent professional judgment; and confidence to act and provide legal advice independently.

  • Prior experience in managing and developing a team.

  • High proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Sharepoint and Teams also required

ADA Physical/Mental/Workplace Requirements
  • Occasional lifting up to 25 lbs.

  • Sitting, working at desk/personal computer for extended periods of time

  • Primary work environment is professional corporate office

  • Ability to travel commercially


Rochester, New York

Additional Locations

Buffalo, New York, Chicago, Illinois, Syracuse, New York, Virtual - US

Job Type

Full time

Job Area

Legal & Public Affairs

Equal Opportunity

Constellation Brands is committed to a continuing program of equal employment opportunity. All persons have equal employment opportunities with Constellation Brands, regardless of their sex, race, color, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), marital status, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), familial status, military or veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related conditions (or any other group or category within the framework of the applicable discrimination laws and regulations).