The Legal Counsel is a valuable member of the Projects and Sales teams and a critical role for maintaining the Company’s reputation and mitigating risk. The position focus is on the processing, analysis, and review of Contract Documents. Secondary aspects include claims & risk management and strong writing skills.
The Legal Counsel will be an analytical problem-solver who understands that this position exists to serve as the liaison between our project managers, sales personnel and customers as the main facilitator for negotiations, recommendations, record keeping, monitoring, change management, etc. This position may be appointed as Company Secretary.
General Duties and Responsibilities of the Legal Counsel
- Review and negotiate contracts, including identifying and communicating legal and operational risks inherent in those contracts, and drafting and negotiating the terms of those contracts.
- Reviews all commercial contracts to determine if there is language in the contract that exposes SSI to undue risk.
- Manages potential risk by responding and negotiating with external parties.
- Review and update existing contracts to assess requested changes to standard language, negotiating potential changes directly with customer.
- Assists in drafting and implementing legal policies and procedures, in particular for the review and management of contracts.
- Assist in training of sales and project management personnel, for negotiation, management and execution of contracts.
- Assist internal business clients with contract dispute and claim resolution, which requires interpreting contract provisions relevant to the disputes and preparing correspondence regarding disputes
- Manages outside legal counsel’s involvement in large dollar, complex projects.
- Based on contract and project type, identify project details critical to Construction Management, Accounting, and Operations teams.
- Provide customer with general company and project-specific information when requested.
- Collect Certificates of Insurance from Subcontractors and Haulers; review for compliance with Company requirements.
- Monitoring and maintaining existing state and other licensing and state business registration for.
- Proactively managing the process of determining and obtaining additional licenses and classifications necessary to support Structural Technologies’ business plans.
- This role to cover purchasing/commercial management
Our ideal candidate is an innovative but decisive individual who can work effectively in a highly collaborative, team-based environment; has the ability to set goals and expectations; can quickly gain trust and respect; and is able to establish and maintain relationships.
- Juris Doctor Degree from an ABA accredited law school
- Active and in good standing member of the North Carolina State Bar (Required)
- 5+ years of legal experience being well versed on contracts and negotiations.
- Legal Counsel experience in the construction industry is highly preferred.
- A combination of law firm and in-house experience focused on construction and technology would be ideal.
- Experience working with and interpreting construction or engineering contract requirements is preferred.
- Company Secretary experience is a plus.
- Ability to work in an organized, efficient manner; must work well with minimal supervision and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, particularly technical writing and professional correspondence.
- Strong negotiating skills with both legal and financial/commercial issues.
- Knowledge of statutes, rules and regulations pertaining to businesses.
- Ability to work with varying seniority levels, including executives, staff, managers and external partners/clients.
- Fluently speak, read, and write English; German language a plus
- Occasional travel required.