The Role: Global Shipping Counsel
We are seeking an experienced attorney to be based in the company's offices and lead our global shipping legal function. The position will be responsible for drafting and negotiating vessel chartering, purchase and operating agreements for the company’s growing portfolio of LNG carriers, floating storage units, floating storage and regasification units and related shipping infrastructure comprising the critical logistics chain that provides natural gas to natural gas infrastructure around the world.
The Global Shipping Counsel is a senior position that will play a leading role in helping us achieve our strategic goals.
The ideal candidate for this position is an attorney with extensive industry experience negotiating ship charter and related agreements with, or on behalf of, the industry’s leading market participants.
The ideal candidate should have sufficient experience where she or he can negotiate these agreements without significant outside counsel assistance.
We are entrepreneurial, fast- moving, and motivated by a desire to change the way that energy and electricity are delivered around the world. We are looking for a motivated, highly experienced individual with shared beliefs and passion to come and help drive the journey.
What You Will Do:
- Lead the negotiations and drafting of vessel chartering, purchase and operating agreements and related documentation governing the entire company’s LNG shipping operations.
- Be the primary draft person on behalf of the company for these shipping agreements.
- Work collaboratively with business, finance, LNG trading and operations teams to achieve the best possible outcome for the company.
- Serve as a point of contact for the company while working with vessel owners and operators, shipyards, storage facilities and other key counterparties on all required shipping documentation.
- Occasionally travel to meet with vessel owners, shipyards and other key counterparties as necessary to complete transactions.
- Report periodically to the management, and relevant committees, to provide updates regarding all material developments and milestones.
What You Bring:
- The successful candidate will have a minimum of 6-8 years of experience working as an attorney at a law firm or as in-house counsel or contracts manager for an energy or shipping company;
- Significant substantive work experience negotiating vessel shipping chartering, purchase and operating agreements for LNG carriers and floating storage and regasification units;
- Clear understanding of current market agreement terms and best terms agreed to by major counterparties;
- Substantive command of the main shipping laws and regulations that apply to U.S. public energy companies operating in international jurisdictions;
- Strong educational background from a top-tier law school;
- Practical, commercial and solution-oriented problem solving approach;
- Strong verbal and written communication skills;
- Ability to exercise sound judgment to identify risks and convey advice;
- Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team;
- Ability to interact confidently and respectfully with peers as well as more junior or senior team members;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Maturity, integrity, humility and ability to maintain confidences and be discreet;
- Strong work ethic;
- Detail-oriented and process-driven;
- Responsive and reliable; and
- Self-motivated and enthusiastic about identifying areas to add value.