Vopak Americas is seeking a new corporate counsel to provide professional advice, support and guidance to all operating companies within the United States, which includes terminals located in Texas, California and Georgia (and potentially in other growth areas of the US). The areas of focus for the position will be commercial, procurement, construction, M&A, real estate, environmental and litigation. The ideal candidate will possess a strong desire to work in a small, in-house legal environment that provides the flexibility to practice across many different legal areas. The job will be based in Houston, Texas but may require the ability to travel throughout the United States (<10%).
Essential Job Functions
Abide by all safety procedures and practices applicable to location and position; participates in appropriate safety training; demonstrates commitment to and support of SHEQ principles and values; champions safety as a top priority
Provide professional legal support for judging and actively participating in the realization of national investments, divestments, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. Perform due diligence and assess data-rooms and advise staff for their ‘go’ or ‘no go’ decisions on the basis thereof.
Draft, negotiate, and provide legal advice and support with respect to M&A transactions and joint ventures.
Give well-founded legal advice and adequate support to the operating companies in a way that allows Vopak to determine strategies for achieving short term and long term objectives
Draft and negotiate, often in cooperation with other disciplines, a wide variety of contracts and agreements, including storage contracts, business development related contracts (confidentiality agreements, letters of intent, term sheets, etc.), land leases, construction (EPC) contracts, procurement contracts and consulting agreements.
Draft, carry out and monitor legal policies and guidelines in order to ensure that the operating companies comply with the numerous and complex laws and regulations of the regions in which they operate.
Draft corporate governance documents.
Prevent and resolve legal conflicts with third parties and, if necessary, represent or have the organization represented at legal procedures in order to ensure the proper outcome while keeping emphasis on image and commercial interests of Vopak. Handle claims and complaints and inform relevant stakeholders within Vopak to avoid similar claims or complaints in the future and to minimize adverse consequences for Vopak
Play an active role in choosing, directing and supervising external counsel
Work on special projects for Division or operating companies as assigned
Perform other duties assigned by management that fall within the generally expected scope of this position.
Follow relevant legal developments (legislation and jurisprudence) and make suggestions and monitor follow-up on the implementation thereof.
7+ years of post-qualification experience
5 years minimum experience practicing at a mid-size to large law firm or in-house legal department
Demonstrated experience with joint ventures or M&A transactions required
Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or French beneficial, but not required
Ability to organize, prioritize and manage deadlines in a fast-paced and demanding work environment
Strong interpersonal and networking skills
Strong communication skills
Ability to operate in different cultural environments
Effective problem solving skills and results driven
Excellent organizational skills; ability to multi-task; proven analytical skills and attention to detail
Customer service focus; ability to deal with diverse personalities; negotiation and conflict resolution skills; ability to maintain confidentiality
General experience drafting, analyzing and interpreting contracts
Team building skills; knowledge of Company business preferred
Excellent computer skills including ability to use Microsoft Office Suite, various email and internet programs and applications, legal databases or other database software, and other programs and applications used by the Company
4 year undergraduate degree
Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an American Bar Association accredited law school or equivalent degree from a law school outside of the United States
Admission to the Texas bar preferred, out-of-state applicants licensed in another US jurisdiction will be considered on a case by case basis
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This employee generally works in an office environment, away from extremes of cold or heat. Limited to no exposure to noise and vibrations other than normal daily office sounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee should not have regular exposure to fumes, odors, toxic conditions, dust or poor ventilation.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, sit, speak and hear. The employee is required to stand, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; the employee may be required, on occasion, to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Employee may be required to travel by air, rail, bus, or car.
A career at Vopak is an opportunity to shine.
We operate our company with the philosophy of a global company driven by local entrepreneurship. We are in a service-focused business. This means that all of our technology and all of our services are configured to offer our customers more than just the storage of liquid bulk products (oil products, chemicals, vegetable oils, liquefied gases and biofuels). And because service revolves around human beings, everything at Vopak revolves around our people around the world.
Whether is the executives or the operators, we know the value of motivated and enthusiastic staff. That is why we invest in the (further) development of everyone working for our company. When you join Vopak, you will immediately see the opportunities available for further career and personal development. We do so by providing specifically developed courses, training sessions and personal coaching at all levels.
Equal opportunities for women is important within Vopak. Therefore we endorsed the Closing the Gender Gap in Oil and Gas during the World Economic Forum 2016.