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Senior Legal Counsel

Houston, TX
Full Time
Practice Areas: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Administration, Joint Ventures, Intellectual Property, Finance, Securities, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Transactions Job #: 2020-78727 Exp.: 6+ Years
Wood is currently recruiting for a Senior Legal Counsel.

Wood’s Senior Legal Counsel is responsible for leading the delivery of precise, commercial, timely and cost effective legal counsel within the relevant areas of responsibility in respect of any matter which requires it and in respect of any matter which has potential or actual legal or reputational implications, supporting the needs of the group, ensuring priorities are aligned with the relevant short and long term strategic priorities and enabling the success of the group through effective management of legal risk and cost.

The role acts as a business partner providing counsel and mentoring on legal matters as required. The position can cover a broad spectrum of specialist areas of law on a multi-jurisdictional basis where significant experience and judgment are needed (including M&A activity, joint ventures, litigation/disputes, employment law, treasury/finance, IP/innovation, real estate, company establishment, corporate reorganisations/mergers and corporate administration). This role also manages the provision of legal counsel on key strategic transactions and operational matters.
  • Input to and understanding of the legal function agenda, strategy, policies, and programs in the context of the relevant business unit/service bundle(s) to enhance business performance and results
  • Clarifying business priorities and ensuring alignment of legal services, supporting junior members of the team in the delivery of legal counsel as appropriate
  • Ensure the effective, timely, and cost-effective delivery of legal counsel, support, governance, and compliance in the relevant geographic regions, including project management of external legal service provider engagement and related budgets
  • Perform complex legal analysis and problem solving, research, counsel, and guidance, including effective communication of the same
  • Inputs/prepares for litigation/disputes; works with outside counsel to develop the claim/defense or leads disputes to resolution, including instruction and supervision of outside counsel
  • Maintains and inputs into matter and cost management databases
  • Develop an understanding of legal risks and cost, including anticipating potential risk and developing risk mitigation strategies
  • Provide oversight of functional legal risk and management, proactively identifying and effectively managing legal risk and compliance
  • Successfully communicates and delivers strategic legal and compliance initiatives as and when required
  • Project management of strategic transactions (M&A, joint ventures) and litigation/disputes
  • Manage current and new vendor relationships, identifying appropriate partners who can add value, with a focus on continuous improvement
  • Proactively shares knowledge and experience with other members of the legal team to assist in overall development and progression of the team
  • Supports the creation of a cohesive team and organizational culture based on values and excellence in delivery, which fosters innovation and collaboration, continuous improvement, and change
  • Captures lessons learned and contributes to progressive learning programs within the legal team and the relevant area of responsibility
  • Consistently exhibits Wood’s behaviors and leads by personal example, encouraging all employees to conduct their activities in accordance with all applicable laws and Wood’s standards and policies
  • Provides support to other BUs or Group as required

Skills / Qualifications
  • Required* Education and qualification as a lawyer, solicitor, barrister or equivalent qualification and a valid/current law license
  • 6+ years of post-qualified (JD license) experience in an in-house or private practice environment
  • Corporate transactional background with broad experience including M&A, corporate administration, joint ventures, IP, finance/treasury matters, securities, corporate restructuring / reorganizations, and cross-border corporate transactions.
  • Strong commercial acumen and highly developed legal and analytical skills (e.g., negotiation, drafting, relevant legal knowledge)
  • Time management, use of IT systems and tools.
  • Complex legal analysis and problem solving
  • Implementing effective legal training regime
  • Multiple legal practice areas to support the relevant service bundle(s), for example, corporate, commercial, dispute resolution, investigations, real estate, compliance, and IP.

  • Leading legal operations practices
  • BU/service bundle risk profile and risk appetite
  • Group performance and how it can deliver and add value to its customers
  • Corporate governance and decision making
  • Changing regulatory environment
  • Current and future industry trends
  • Legal systems in jurisdictions in which the group operates

Personal Attributes
  • Consistently model and lead on Wood’s values, working with integrity, respecting and valuing others and our communities
  • Energy and compassion
  • Balance of humility and self-confidence
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to communicate well at all levels of the organization and with staff at remote locations
  • Strong problem solving and creative skills and the ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions based on accurate and timely analyses
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results-orientation
  • Anticipates the environment, is forward-thinking, and able to see the ‘big picture.’
  • Creative in the achievement of stretching objectives; does not accept failure easily
  • Flexibility to adapt quickly to new challenges and environments
  • English language fluency
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and development

  • Consistently deliver to stakeholders
  • Push the boundaries to create smarter, more sustainable solutions
  • Generate trust and credibility with audiences through continuous, open, and consistent communication
  • Champion and drive innovation and change initiatives focused on improving quality and effectiveness
  • Work effectively across different cultures, driving a global mind-set
  • Foster and contribute towards a customer-focused climate that delivers on expectations and strengthens relationships
  • Disseminate complex legal issues in a clear, concise, and pragmatic manner
  • Meet deadlines and provide a professional level of service at all times
  • Measure the performance of external counsel against budgets
  • Work collaboratively with and influence key business unit/service bundle/functional leadership teams.

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