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Wouldn’t you love to bring your pet to the office and work in an environment that feels like family? Well, you can have all that and more in our home office in Phoenix, AZ. It’s part of how a career at PetSmart is the purr-fect fit for some of the best and brightest people. Learn more about our home office here.

Senior Counsel - Product Development & Marketing

Location Phoenix, Arizona ID 2020-1962 Apply Now
About the Team:

The Legal team provides responsive, collaborative, high-quality legal services and sound business solutions to our partners across all areas of PetSmart including business relationships, employment law, associate relations, real estate transactions, and others. They ensure we are operating with integrity and in line with our strategic initiatives.

About the Job:

PetSmart is looking for a talented attorney to join our Legal team to provide support for our customer-facing activities. This position involves working with a diverse team of legal colleagues, product developers, product quality specialists, marketers and merchants. We are looking for a candidate who can provide practical, business-oriented legal advice to these internal business teams to achieve commercial goals in a fast-paced environment. The position’s primary responsibilities will be related to PetSmart’s product development functions, but the role will also provide support for our marketing, eComm and merchandising functions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Act as primary legal advisor for product development and quality assurance teams for legal, regulatory, and compliance issues related to new and existing products.
  • Advise on the accuracy and efficacy of product claims and assist business teams in crafting appropriate tests and protocols to substantiate claims.
  • Analyze and evaluate legal exposure in product liability and quality assurance matters and respond to post-market issues, including recalls, withdrawals or inquiries from state and federal regulatory agencies (EPA, FDA, CPSA).
  • Review of customer-facing sales and marketing materials, including product packaging, in-store signage, associate training materials, etc.
  • Advise on privacy laws and regulations with a specific focus on issues related to customer data, digital advertising technology and advertising content regulations.
  • Develop and build processes and training to ensure continued compliance with legal, privacy and contractual requirements for PetSmart’s products and advertising.
  • Review, draft and negotiate agreements for business partners, e.g.: merchandise purchase agreements, provider agreements, license agreements, sponsorship agreements, etc.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • None

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required.
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school required. 
  • Licensed member of the bar in at least one jurisdiction, in good standing, required. 
  • Minimum of 10+ years of related and relevant experience, preferably with larger business clients for Sr. Counsel level.  In-house legal experience is a plus.
  • Minimum of 5+ years of related and relevant experience, preferably with larger business clients for Counsel level.  In-house legal experience is a plus.
  • Relevant experience includes: 
    • Experience with product development and a strong understanding of relevant consumer products compliance issues
    • Knowledge of federal and state false advertising and deceptive trade practices laws
    • Knowledge of the data privacy landscape impacting consumer brands and the customers who shop with them
    • Significant experience with contract drafting and negotiation


  • Must have strong business and financial acumen and excellent commercial judgment.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to quickly digest and convey complex legal issues to non-legal professionals throughout the company.
  • Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to effectively prioritize, manage and deliver projects on time.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to work well with others, influence management, peers and staff.

About the Culture:

Our home office offers outstanding amenities in a fun and rewarding workplace including:

  • Pet friendly environment, bring your pets to work!
  • A work-life balance and family events such as movie nights, art events and holiday festivals
  • “Top Dog” gym with equipment, fitness classes, massage therapists and personal trainers
  • “Sit & Stay” Café serving fresh breakfast and lunch options
  • Starbucks cart—productivity at its finest!
  • “Lil’ Paws” learning center and onsite daycare facility
  • Volunteer events with PetSmart Charities
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What We Do

At our home office, passionate professionals come together to focus on one thing — the love of pets. Whether it's sniffing out new store locations, analyzing business trends, or providing technology solutions, this common bond is what motivates us every day to create the best possible experience for pet parents and their pets.

Our home office is so pet friendly, it even has its own on-site dog park

Associate resource groups enable our diverse communities to come together and shine

From family BBQs to volunteer days, we’re always putting on exciting events

Career progression is supported through training opportunities and individual development plans

Our Opportunities

You don’t have to work in our retail stores to make the world a better place for pets. No matter where your specialties lie, you will be able to develop your skills and provide solutions that will make a huge difference in the lives of millions of pets and in your career.

Life In Phoenix

A city on the rise, Phoenix is the cat’s meow. With tons of attractions, indoor and outdoor activities, dining, nightlife, shopping destinations, and more, it’s easy to see why we love it here.

The average temperature in Phoenix is 72.6 degrees

Phoenix is the 5th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.

Arizona gets nearly 300 days of sun every year

Phoenix has teams for all four major professional sports

My favorite thing about our corporate office is the ability to find a puppy at any given moment!


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