Yum! Brands Corporate Counsel in Louisville, Kentucky

Company Summary

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 45,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. In 2018, Yum! Brands was recognized as part of the inaugural Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. In 2017, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over seven new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

Since our spin-off from PepsiCo in 1997, Yum! Brands has become a truly global company going from approximately 20 percent of profits coming from outside the U.S. to approximately 50 percent in 2016. We’re proud to be the worldwide leader in emerging markets with over 17,000 restaurants, nearly twice as many as the nearest competition. With less than 3 restaurants per million people in the top 10 emerging markets, compared to approximately 57 restaurants per million in the U.S., we are on the ground floor of global growth.

Our mission is to build the world’s most loved, trusted and fastest growing restaurant brands. We are evolving KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell into iconic, distinctive and relevant global brands.

Importantly, we’re extremely proud of our 1.5 million employees around the globe and the unique culture we’ve built, one that’s filled with energy, opportunity, and fun. We believe in our people, trust in their positive intentions, encourage ideas from everyone, and have actively developed a workforce that is diverse in style and background. Yum! Brands is great place to be yourself, grow and make a difference.

Job Description

Yum! Brands, is seeking an in-house attorney to provide key legal counsel to a broad array of corporate, finance and business functions. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to work on a broad spectrum of assignments that will shape our business on a global level. This role will be highly visible in our organization and will work with senior-level leaders on a regular basis.


  • Provide legal advice with respect to general corporate, securities and commercial matters

  • Negotiate transactions and contracts with key vendors

  • Assist with strategic corporate transactions, including due diligence and drafting and negotiating relevant transaction documents

  • Assist with corporate governance matters and legal entity management, including restructurings, formations and dissolutions

  • Assist with other legal issues, including litigation, investigations, compliance and employment, as needed

  • Manage outside counsel

Minimum Requirements

EXPERIENCE (and other qualifications):

  • JD degree from an accredited law school and strong academic credentials

  • 3-5 years of prior experience in a top tier law firm or in-house legal department

  • Member of state bar for any U.S. state

  • Substantial knowledge of corporate/commercial transactions, corporate governance and securities laws

  • Commercial contracts experience, including reviewing, drafting, negotiating and advising on complex contracts, such as services agreements, supply agreements, distribution agreements, nondisclosure agreements, etc.

  • Excellent communication ability, strong written and verbal skills and the ability to listen and effectively explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers

  • Ability to self-start, work proactively and follow through, but also the ability to work collaboratively in a collegial environment

  • Sound judgment and strong critical thinking and analytical skills

  • Ability to regularly deal with ambiguity and assess risk; ability to synthesize complex information effectively; ability to concisely translate complicated issues into actionable recommendations and solutions

  • Detail oriented but with ability to understand and communicate the big picture

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and proficiency on cross-functional teams with a demonstrated ability to influence and coach others

  • Ability to solve problems, deliver results and serve as a proactive business partner to internal clients

  • Ability to prioritize and perform multiple tasks and handle changing priorities successfully in a fast-paced environment

  • High personal and professional integrity and the ability to establish personal credibility within the department and organization