Corporate Counsel

  • Indigo Books & Music
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Apr 16, 2024
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Current Indigo employees should apply through the Internal Mobility page using your email address.

Dedicated to telling stories and creating experiences, Indigo is always looking for bright, energetic and customer-focused people who can help bring our exciting mission to life in one of our more than 150 Indigo, Indigospirit, Chapters and Coles stores across Canada. We offer a variety of exciting opportunities at our retail stores, distribution centres, and home office for people who share our passions and want to be part of a dynamic and enriching culture.


  • We love books and all things beautiful
  • We are Canada’s Cultural Department Store
  • Books are our heart and our soul and Great Books are JUST the Beginning…

We play by the following rules:

  • We exist to add joy to our customers’ lives each and every time they interact with us and our products
  • Our job is to create joyful moments for our customers
  • We treat each other the way we’d treat a valued friend
  • We inspire each other to do our best work
  • We seek to ignite creativity and innovation every day
  • We give back to the communities in which we operate

Job Description

The Corporate Counsel is a trusted advisor to the business, providing pragmatic legal advice and assistance. Demonstrating a strong foundation in applicable legislation and corporate requirements, practices and policies, the Corporate Counsel is focused on assisting Indigo in achieving its priorities, projects and processes, while mitigating risk and liability in a cost-effective manner.


  • Robust relationships with and positive feedback from key business partners
  • Reduction and management of corporate risk
  • Achievement of deadlines and expectations established for projects in alignment with corporate strategic initiatives
  • Cost management and protection of assets through contract negotiation, documentation and ongoing management



  • Maintain a high level of strategic foresight by identifying customer and business needs, and adjusting departmental and team objectives accordingly.


  • Act as an advocate for the customer by placing them at the forefront of all decision-making processes.
  • Provide proactive, pragmatic legal advice and support to business units on a wide range of day-to-day commercial matters, including technology initiatives, intellectual property, information security, privacy and related matters, promotion and marketing campaigns, commercial and IP dispute resolution and litigation management.
  • Review, draft, interpret and negotiate a range of commercial contracts for business units, including agreements relating to publisher, vendor and supplier relationships, licensing, distribution, consulting and confidentiality.
  • Identify business and legal risk and make recommendations on how issues should be addressed to mitigate corporate liability while remaining competitive in the industry.
  • Lead employee and vendor training in areas of primary responsibility, including through targeted efforts and as part of ongoing compliance training.
  • Seek out, manage and refine new, cost-effective legal service delivery approaches and technologies.
  • Challenge the status quo by consistently identifying areas for improvement, diagnosing issues and working to resolve them.
  • Provide support and assistance to the Chief Administrative Officer and the Legal Department at all levels and in all other areas, as required.


  • Develop strong, collaborative cross-functional relationships that support key business partners and Legal team.
  • See the total organization with an integrated perspective.
  • Share technical knowledge with others and actively seek to learn from those more knowledgeable than yourself.
  • Help others see the impacts of their efforts and proactively engage other functions to get input.
  • Encourage others to freely share their point of view and be open to feedback.


  • Conduct oneself in a manner that promotes, and is aligned with, Indigo's Guiding Principles.
  • As a leader, hold others accountable in maintaining the integrity of Indigo’s culture and create an environment that fosters a customer-centric approach.
  • Act as an ambassador for the brand and build positive relationships within the department, across the company, and with key stakeholders.
  • Model Indigo’s beliefs and convey a positive image in everything you do.
  • Celebrate diversity of thought and have an open mindset.
  • Take an active role in fostering a culture of continual learning, taking risks without the fear of making mistakes.
  • Embrace, champion and influence change through your team and/or the organization.


Reports to: Chief Administrative Officer



  • Legal
  • Strategic Sourcing & Profit Improvement team
  • Finance
  • Technology teams
  • Merchants
  • Marketing, Loyalty and Creative teams


  • External Legal Counsel
  • Government Agencies and Regulators
  • Suppliers and Vendors


Work Experience / Education / Certifications

  • Qualified to practice law in Ontario.
  • JD, LL.B. or equivalent.
  • 3-5 years of post-call legal experience with a reputable Canadian law firm or company.
  • Proven negotiation and dispute resolution skills.
  • Experience negotiating, drafting, reviewing and interpreting commercial contracts.

Competencies / Skills / Attributes

  • Maturity of judgment and discretion; a belief in accountability and ownership.
  • Technical competence in a variety of legal areas.
  • Ability to simplify and effectively communicate legal concepts for non-legal audience.
  • Ability and willingness to make pragmatic decisions with a creative and innovative approach to problem solving and influence decision-making at the operational level.
  • Sophisticated interpersonal and relationship management skills, including the ability to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, and with teams that have diverse skills, knowledge and educational backgrounds.
  • Excellent time management skills and demonstrated ability to prioritize, meet conflicting demands and deal with time-sensitive issues.
  • Passion for the Indigo brand.

Other (travel, Bilingual, etc.)

  • Minimal travel required
  • Working knowledge of French is an asset

Additional Information

At Indigo, we are committed to our communities, our customers, and each other; together we can make a positive impact. We know that fostering diversity and inclusion brings out your full potential and creates a joyful and welcoming environment for everyone. We are driven to be an equitable employer, which highly values your diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We believe that you, in all your uniqueness, belong at Indigo. We welcome all applicants and encourage applications from individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, LGBTQ2+ and people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request to individuals who self-identify as having a disability or special need. Please contact Human Resources at 1 (888) 881-3177 (toll free) or if you require an accommodation at any time during the recruitment process.