Legal Counsel/Assistant General Counsel Job at RWE, San Francisco, CA

  • RWE
  • San Francisco, CA

Job Description

RWE Offshore Wind Services, LLC

Functional area: Commercial / Trading

Remuneration: Exempt

Legal Counsel/ Associate General Counsel

(dependent on experience)

RWE Offshore Wind Americas

Boston, Ma., Hybrid position preferred,

To start as soon as possible, Full time, Permanent

As a Legal Counsel within the Corporate & Transactions Law team, with a focus on Transactions Law, you will work alongside other members of the RWE Renewables Offshore Wind legal team and closely cooperate with other departments to deliver holistic and streamlined legal support to the US RWE Offshore Wind business. The qualified candidate will be the second Transactions lawyer based within RWE Renewables Offshore Wind team in the US, working alongside a small team of ~5-7 other lawyers/paralegals supporting wider corporate, procurement and regulatory matters.

Day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Providing legal support for all corporate, M&A, partnering, and joint venture activities of the RWE Offshore Wind business in the US, including negotiation of potential new JV partnerships, management of ongoing JV relationships, purchase or sale of development-stage project assets, and internal corporate governance support.
  • Advising on, developing, drafting, and aligning all types of internal and external facing policies and procedures for RWE's US Offshore Wind business.
  • Would be the project's first point of contact within the legal team, working closely with the Development, Finance, Partnering, External Relations, Credit Risk, Tax, and Permitting teams (among others), for legal advice and coordinating specialized in-house and external legal advice in a cost and work efficient manner.
  • Coordinating legal support (including coordination with JV counsel) for key project milestones, including BOEM auctions, bids responsive to PPA offtake solicitations, and tax equity financing.
  • Overseeing all legal matters relating to projects in your remit and advising senior management about all related legal risks, including claims and disputes.
  • Providing legal support (including liaising with external counsel) in relation to any disputes arising out of JV partnerships.
  • Driving standardization and process improvement initiatives within the US Offshore Wind team and also the larger global Legal team.
  • Developing non-standard, customized solutions when needed to address complex project challenges.
  • Working to negotiate and enforce contracts on behalf of joint venture entities to which RWE is a member, including coordination with attorneys of our JV partners.

Position will require:

  • A comprehensive, experience-based working knowledge of corporate and transactional law, especially in the context of large-scale, high-value infrastructure projects (renewables and in particular offshore wind experience would be beneficial but is not a pre-requisite).
  • Experience with corporate governance, and, in particular, the governance of joint ventures.
  • A full understanding of the processes and underlying drivers of development, construction, and financing of infrastructure projects, and in particular renewable energy projects.
  • An understanding of and some experience with the tax equity financing structures employed by most US renewables projects, and an appreciation for how the Inflation Reduction Act has altered this landscape.
  • Close alignment and cooperation with other members of RWE's Offshore Wind Legal team, including both colleagues supporting the US market and also the larger global portfolio, based in locations across Europe and the APAC region.
  • Close alignment with the wider Offshore Wind business, including key stakeholders from other internal departments such as Development, Finance, Government Relations, Tax/Accounting, Insurance, Credit Risk, Treasury, Permitting, Communications, and External Affairs.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a practical rather than theoretical focus to legal issues with a view to finding viable business solutions.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Either a physical presence in proximity to one of RWE's primary Offshore Wind offices in the US (Boston, MA or San Francisco, CA) or a willingness to travel to Boston at least one week per month. Periodically, additional travel, including to Germany and other locations in Europe, will also be necessary.

Skills and Experience

  • Qualified as a lawyer in the US with a JD degree; preferred jurisdictions include New York, Massachusetts, and California, but other states are also potentially acceptable.
  • At least 5 years of work experience as a lawyer in a esteemed law firms and or in-house counsel for company working within either in the energy sector or with a focus of working on complex international infrastructure projects.
  • Significant expertise working on complex M&A transactions, corporate governance (especially for joint ventures), power purchase arrangements (including competitive bids for power offtake), or financing of infrastructure projects (including tax equity financing and the growing credit transfer market).
  • Renewables experience (and offshore wind experience in particular) would be beneficial but is not a pre-requisite, however the qualified candidate will be able to demonstrate a desire to become an expert in this field.
  • Self-motivated worker with the ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and organize tasks efficiently in a collaborative environment.
  • Commercial and technical understanding of large industrial projects and a good understanding how to best support them from the legal point of view.
  • Enhanced organizational, analytical and communication skills and a solution-oriented and positive mindset.
  • A high level of engagement, a strong team contributor, and ability to work both individually and as part of a wider cross-functional team.
  • Enjoys working in an international team and open to some work-related travel, both domestic and international.
  • Some project management or project leadership experience would be beneficial.

What we can offer you

  • The opportunity to work on high profile and complex offshore wind projects and transactions.
  • Varied and interesting work that contributes to the green energy transition.
  • A positive, diverse and collaborative work environment.
  • A flexible working time and location arrangement.
  • A setting that encourages you to come forward with ideas.
  • Room for growth and development within the company.

Benefits offered: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability, Long-Term Disability, 401(k) match, Flexible Spending Accounts, EAP, Education Assistance, Parental Leave, Paid time off, and Holidays. Eligible employees also participate in short-term incentives, in addition to salary.

RWE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

For 125 years RWE has been the source of energy for millions of people across the globe. Now we're making all that energy green. This decade alone we're investing €50bn into renewables and will be carbon neutral by 2040 - ten years earlier than most other global targets. This is a chance to play a key role on our journey.

Join our renewables specialists, working across the clean energy spectrum to grow our operations to 50 GW by 2030 - with some of the world's largest on and offshore wind farms and industry-leading hydrogen initiatives. We're also considered innovators in solar development including floating photovoltaics and agri-photovoltaics. Or add your expertise to our supply and trading operations, brokering renewable electricity, green gas, commodities, and CO2 emission allowances from one of our advanced energy trading floors.

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Nearest Major Market: Boston
Job Segment: Environmental Engineering, Law, General Counsel, Equity, Procurement, Engineering, Legal, Finance, Operations

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