Wyndham Worldwide Counsel in Parsippany, New Jersey

Counsel

Description

There’s no one else like us. Wyndham Hotel Group is a hotel industry giant with an unmatched presence of more than 8,100 hotels and approximately 708,500 rooms in 78 countries. We’re a hospitality powerhouse, with iconic brands united by the richest and simplest rewards program in the business.

Our brands include: Super 8®, Days Inn®, Howard Johnson®, TRYP by Wyndham®, Ramada Worldwide®, Ramada Encore, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Travelodge®, Knights Inn®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Wyndham Garden®, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Grand®, Dazzler® Hotels, Esplendor® Boutique Hotels, The Trademark Hotel Collection®, AmericInn® and Dolce Hotels and Resorts®.

The blue thread that ties them all together is Wyndham Rewards®, the richest and simplest rewards program in the business. Wyndham Rewards has revolutionized the loyalty landscape, offering members a simple-to-use, generous points-earning structure along with a flat, free night redemption rate – the first of its kind for a major rewards program. Wyndham Rewards® members – over 53 million and counting – have the chance to earn and redeem points for hundreds of rewards options around the world every day.

Headquartered in Parsippany, N.J., with offices around the globe in London, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Dubai and other cities, Wyndham Hotel Group employs over 8,800 associates worldwide.

Summary

This position will help protect the company’s interests during the entire life cycle of the company’s relationship with its franchisees. This position is responsible for providing legal advice in the areas of franchise sales, commercial contracts, contracts compliance, customer care, and general business operations. This person will advise the franchise sales team during the negotiation of franchise agreements and draft deal-specific provisions; counsel the contracts compliance team with respect to events giving rise to default or termination; advise on and coordinate the company’s response to certain customer care complaints; ensure new business initiatives comply with the law; and advise management on recent changes in laws and regulations that affect the company.

Responsibilities

  • Counsels the franchise sales and relicensing teams and drafts and negotiates deal-specific provisions in franchise agreements

  • Reviews all proposed franchise applications for compliance with law

  • Advises contracts compliance team regarding events giving rise to default, termination and other compliance action under franchise agreements

  • Negotiates and drafts comfort letters with lenders in connection with franchisee financing

  • Advises settlements team and reviews and drafts termination and reinstatement agreements

  • Provides legal advice and coordinates responses to certain customer care complaints arising at franchised hotels

  • Provides general legal advice to the franchise operations team regarding franchisee training materials, brand standard manuals and other franchisee-facing materials

Qualifications

Abilities/Key Competencies/Skills

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skill

  • Ability to think independently and make sound decisions without long contemplation or research

  • Strong analytical and drafting skills

  • Ability to promptly, effectively and confidently respond to questions and concerns from senior management, clients, customers, and regulatory agencies

  • Ability to define problems, collect relevant information, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and exercise sound discretion and judgment in making decisions and performing duties

  • Self-starter; ability to multi-task and handle a variety of work streams at one time

  • Proven ability to quickly learn and adapt to new programs and initiatives

Experience/Certificates/Education
  • Law degree

  • Admission to NJ or NY Bar

  • A minimum of 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in a law firm environment

  • Strong drafting, transactional and counseling foundation

  • Experience in commercial contracts and general business counseling

  • Hospitality or franchise experience preferred

Job: Legal

Primary Location: United States of America-New Jersey-Parsippany

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-time

Organization: Wyndham Hotel Group

Job Posting: May 11, 2018, 11:53:00 AM

Requisition ID: 1807538

Equal Opportunity Wyndham Worldwide fosters a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate either directly or indirectly against employees or prospective employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference/orientation, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, national origin, age or disability, or against any other protection established by applicable law or regulation. We will make reasonable accommodations for eligible disabled applicants and employees in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We are committed to actions and policies to assure fair employment, including equal treatment in hiring, promotion, training, compensation, termination and disciplinary action and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination either directly or indirectly by our employees or agents.