Associate Corporate Counsel - Construction Contract Execution

Requisition ID:  53973
Location(s): 

Portland, OR, US

Work experience:  Specialist
Type of position:  Full-Time
Job Family:  Legal

Vestas Factory

This position is supported remotely from any state across the US.

 

At Vestas we are powered by the dream of changing the world. And to create a sustainable future, we are building a team of passioned visionaries. Would you like to join us?

 

Vestas is the world's largest wind turbine manufacturing company with significant operations in the United States.

 

Associate Corporate Counsel – Construction Contract Execution

The Associate Corporate Counsel, Construction Contract Execution, provides legal support for Vestas, the leading global provider of wind power plant solutions, in the United States and Canada. The Associate Corporate Counsel works closely with the Customer Project Execution (“CPX”) Legal team to provide comprehensive legal counsel and support to Vestas’s CPX team, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, in connection with the development and construction of wind energy projects and the safe and timely delivery of wind turbines. The position partners with stakeholders in the CPX team and across Vestas to draft, review and negotiate change orders, settlements, consents to collateral assignments, estoppels and other related documents; draft correspondence; effectively supervise external counsel where necessary; interact with global legal and business colleagues on multi-jurisdictional transactions and initiatives; advise on issues that arise during the construction phase, and monitor compliance with internal corporate governance policies.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct legal research and analysis on matters related to the wind industry, including regulatory compliance, permitting requirements, contractual obligations, prevailing wage and apprenticeship, and domestic content requirements under the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • Draft correspondence, memoranda, and presentations.
  • Negotiate, draft, and review various construction-related agreements that accurately reflect the commercial and legal decisions and comply with company guidelines and preferences.
  • Effectively coordinate external counsel on construction disputes and complex settlements.
  • Manage and provide guidance on construction-related legal issues, including advising on compliance with governmental regulations.
  • Advise project and construction managers and others on to ensure that projects comply with applicable laws and regulations as well as advise on risk management strategies related to various agreements.
  • Work closely and effectively with CPX Legal, Onshore Legal, General Counsel, senior management, other company lawyers and employees of all levels and cultures within a global organization.  
  • Exhibit good judgment, decision-making, research, analytical, and communication skills.
  • Develop and implement programs to educate and train business teams on legal issues.
  • Develop and implement systems, processes, guidelines, and forms to increase the efficiency of the delivery of legal services and support Vestas’ profitability.
  • Develop and organize budgets for external counsel.
  • Follow company processes and guidelines.
  • Perform other tasks as required.

Qualifications:

  • J.D from an accredited law school, admission to state bar, and ability to practice law.
  • 2 – 3 years of experience practicing law, or less if substantial equivalent experience in the wind industry and contractual realm.
  • Knowledge of commercial law and experience with complex transactions and contracts.
  • Client service orientation.
  • Experience with energy, construction, or finance preferred.
  • Strong negotiating, drafting, organization, and communication skills.
  • Ability to excel in an exciting and complex work environment.
  • Comfort with ambiguity.
  • Ability to work independently subject to appropriate supervision.
  • Ability to analyze problems and apply legal principles, facts, and precedents to recommend adoption of an effective, practical, and proper course of action.
  • Ability to prioritize among competing urgent matters and allocate resources for maximum impact.

Competencies:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other legal and contracting software programs.
  • Effectively and accurately communicate legal concepts with outside lawyers, company lawyers, and internal clients.
  • Effectively and accurately assist the CPX team.
  • Effectively and accurately draft, review, and negotiate construction-related contracts.
  • Effectively assist the Legal Director – Legal & Contracting and other Vestas company lawyers with contracting.

What We Offer:

We offer an exciting position with great development opportunities in an inspiring environment at the world's number one wind turbine producer. We value initiative, responsibility, and accuracy. You will become part of an international environment with a commitment to sustainability and safety and you will work among colleagues that take care of each other.

  • Attractive salary and one of the most comprehensive benefits plans in the industry
  • Great benefits coverage that includes dental and vision
  • Generous Paid Time Off policies 
  • Great 401(k) plan (with employer match)
  • Tuition assistance

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DEIB Statement
At Vestas, we recognize the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in driving innovation and success. We strongly encourage individuals from all backgrounds to apply, particularly those who may hesitate due to their identity or feel they do not meet every criterion. As our CEO states, "Expertise and talent come in many forms, and a diverse workforce enhances our ability to think differently and solve the complex challenges of our industry". Your unique perspective is what will help us powering the solution for a sustainable, green energy future.

About Vestas
Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We specialize in designing, manufacturing, installing, and servicing wind turbines, both onshore and offshore. 
Across the globe, we have installed more wind power than our competitors in the renewable energy arena. We consider ourselves forerunners within the industry, as Vestas continuously aims to design new solutions and technologies to create a more sustainable future for all of us. With more than 173 GW of wind power installed worldwide and 40+ years of experience in wind energy, Vestas has an unmatched history demonstrating our expertise within the field. 
With 29,000 employees globally, Vestas is a diverse team united by a common goal: to power the solution – today, tomorrow, and far into the future. 
Vestas promotes a diverse workforce which embraces all social identities and is free of any discrimination. We commit to create and sustain an environment that acknowledges and harvests different experiences, skills, and perspectives, and gives everyone equal access to opportunity. 
To learn more about our company and life at Vestas, we invite you to visit our website at www.vestas.com and follow us on our social media channels. We also encourage you to join our Talent Universe to receive notifications on new and relevant postings. 


Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon