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Senior Paralegal, Real Estate

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Job ID WAY07948 Date posted 06/24/2020 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

Position Purpose


Cargill Law is seeking a Real Estate Paralegal to support the real estate requirements of Cargill businesses in North America.  The position is a member of the Real Estate Paralegal team in the Cargill Law Department and is based at Cargill’s headquarters in Wayzata, Minnesota.  Paralegals are an integral and respected part of our legal services team that provide both subject matter expertise and cost effective legal services to Cargill businesses in a fast paced environment.  This position will maintain significant direct contact with Cargill businesses and will perform many requirements of the job with limited supervision.  Expectations include (i) knowledge of and the ability to progress all aspects of real estate purchase, sale and lease transactions from inception to conclusion efficiently, with minimal supervision, (ii) the ability to analyze and interpret title documentation, legal descriptions and surveys, and (iii) the ability to build and manage effective partnerships with individuals at all levels within, and outside of, the organization, in each case, in order to drive real estate transactions to successful completion.  Cargill’s portfolio of North America real estate is large and diverse, so this position requires broad legal skills and the aptitude and agility to work across numerous businesses and myriad legal real estate matters throughout the region.


Principal Accountabilities


90% - Commercial Real Estate Projects


•Serve as initial contact for requests for substantially all real estate legal requirements within Cargill, including  sale, purchase and leasing transactions.

•Complete due diligence review, retrieve and analyze pertinent documents, including, but not limited to, deeds, permits, licenses, surveys and title work.

•Draft and review purchase/sale agreements, options, leases and ancillary documents.

•As applicable, work with outside counsel and/or opposing counsel to resolve real estate related issues.

•Implement Cargill Environmental, Health & Safety policies and procedures for environmental due diligence on real estate transactions.

•Review, revise and analyze surveys, legal descriptions, and title evidence and resolve issues.

•Communicate orally and in writing with key stakeholders.

•Manage all legal aspects of a real estate transaction with appropriate stakeholders, including commercial lawyers, outside counsel, tax advisors and business leaders.

•Project management of real estate matters, including creating and maintaining checklists, drafting and negotiating closing documents, managing transaction processes, communicating deadlines and keeping all parties apprised of status.

•Draft and implement detailed escrow/closing instructions and facilitate post-closing matters.

•Draft, review, and analyze real estate related documents such as easements; UCC filings/searches; assignments/assumptions; mortgages; security agreements; promissory notes; estoppel certificates; subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreements; access/indemnity agreements; corporate documentation; closing letters/checklists; settlement statements; real and personal property tax issues; donations; and land exchanges.

•Understand and manage survey/boundary issues, mining and mineral rights issues and title/escrow problems.

•Coordinate agreement provisions with other administrative departments (e.g. Environmental, Insurance, and Tax).

•Coordinate government regulations (e.g. alley/street vacations, zoning, subdivision/platting).


10% - Special Projects


•Research and complete historical analyses of physical locations for specialty issues, such as potential sale, condemnation, easements, boundary disputes, mineral rights matters (including water rights) etc.



Required Qualifications

•Bachelor's degree or five years commercial real estate experience that includes extensive agreement drafting and management and closing of real property purchase, sale and lease transactions.      

•Strong understanding and knowledge of commercial real estate transactions, including regular experience with commercial real estate purchase, sale and leasing transactions, title/survey review, due diligence, and agreement/document preparation, review and negotiation.

•Solid critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills.

•Ability to identify problems and risks, collect and analyze data, draw valid conclusions and recommend and/or execute appropriate solutions.

•Self-starter with the ability to manage workflow and prioritize tasks in a fast-paced work environment.

•Strong verbal and written communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to handle sensitive matters with poise, tact and discretion.

•Strong legal research and fact gathering skills, including attention to detail and ability to ask probing questions.

•Demonstrated ability to assume a high level of responsibility, including working independently and within a team.

•Willingness to challenge others and disrupt the status quo in reasonable and constructive ways.

•Ability to establish and sustain a broad network of internal and external cooperative working relationships, including relationships with senior, subordinate and peer groups.

•Proficient in Microsoft Office Applications.

Preferred Qualifications

•Paralegal certificate or equivalent education.

•5 to 10 years of experience as a paralegal in a commercial real estate transactional setting.

•Law firm experience, including working closely with in-house counsel.

•Preference for experience involving document management, analyzing and reviewing legal and commercial documents, and solid transaction execution skills.

•Strong business/customer service orientation, willingness to assist in areas outside specialty and those areas with ambiguity.

•Demonstrated learning agility, including an ability to overcome ambiguity and lead or support change management.

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