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Legal Counsel/contracts Manager
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Legal Counsel/Contracts Manager The candidate will be principally responsible for reviewing, drafting and supporting the negotiations of construction and corporate agreements and legal documentation as well as advising company management on methods and techniques to reduce the company s risk, including risk retention, contractual risk transfer, risk control, and insurance. The Legal Counsel is also principally responsible for continuously improving legal and risk management processes, systems, and tools within the Company. The Legal Counsel shall act as a key resource for the Company and counsel to internal clients on legal, regulatory, contractual and risk concerns as well as for the development of business and operational strategies, plans, processes, and other improvements. Essential Job Functions: Drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex construction agreements, EPC agreements, balance of plant agreements, services agreements, licensing, non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements, and other corporate legal documentation and agreements with clients, subcontractors, vendors, suppliers, partners and the like during the course of Company operations. Assist in bid evaluations and preparations, RFP responses, contractual letters and other project documentation. Participate in project risk reviews from RFP through project closure. Draft contract language and negotiate standard and non-standard contract terms and conditions to reduce contractual risk. Draft and continuously improve standard forms of agreements and legal templates. Assist in implementing and continuously improving the department s operations, systems, structures, tools, templates, documents and processes. Assist in the development and recommendation of Company policy and position on legal issues. Oversee defense of claims and litigations, including development of, in conjunction with outside counsel, claim evaluations, litigation strategies, dispute resolution process and settlement evaluations. Understanding project conditions and situations and drafting formal notices in collaboration with project teams. Review performance in contracts to assure compliance with terms of contracts. Maintain knowledge of relevant contractual and industry precedents and procedures. Anticipate and guard against legal, regulatory and compliance risks facing the Company. Examine documents, statutes, decisions and ordinances affecting the Company and informing the Director and Vice Presidents of any corporate issues. Counsel internal clients on all aspects of legal, contractual and regulatory issues. Act as a general knowledge resource for other team members and colleagues within the Company. Support internal and external audits. Provide regular reporting to the Director and other executive team members as required. Represent the Company and its best interests with a high degree of professionalism at all times and in accordance with the ethics and values of the Company. Establish and maintain positive relationships with existing and new clients. Manage coordination with the parent company legal team and external legal counsel and participate in regular reporting as required. Select outside counsel, when necessary, and direct the activities of outside counsel in the performance of their services. Manage and/or provide legal advice with respect to transactions (e.g., acquisitions, real estate, equipment, etc.). Take personal responsibility for fostering a green workplace through sustainable work practices. Write reports, business correspondence and document project activities. Effectively present information and respond to questions from top management, project managers, superintendents, clients, customers and the general public.

The candidate should have Juris Doctorate and valid active membership in the State Bar as an Attorney qualified to practice law in one or more states (required). 7+ years of legal experience minimum in construction law and corporate law is required. Previous corporate or construction law experience or experience in an architecture, engineering or construction firm strongly preferred. Must have knowledge of legal principles and contract law. Should have ability to read, interpret and analyze laws, regulations and court decisions as they relate to the Company. Must have ability to prepare a variety of legal documents, including agreements and contracts. Ability to handle confidential material with discretion is needed. Excellent interpersonal, analytical and logical thinking skills required. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with excellent negotiation skills required. Should have proven ability to create and maintain strong working relationships with both internal and external clients. Must understand essential elements of commercial general liability, commercial auto, workers compensation, umbrella liability insurance, builder s risk, operator s risk, professional indemnity, director s and officers, contractor s equipment, and commercial property insurances. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is essential, strong knowledge of SharePoint and document control software is an advantage.
 
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