Legal Counsel

  • Emera
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Jun 08, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Position Title:                                   Legal Counsel

Reference Number :                        8369

Company :                                         Emera Energy

Location:                                            Halifax, Nova Scotia

Type of Employment:                      Regular Full Time

Number of Positions :                     1

Company Overview :

Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Emera Energy is a well established and growing energy marketing and trading company in North America.  For nearly twenty years we have provided innovative and customized energy management services to our customers and we are trusted by over 350 trading customers across North America. Led by an experienced team of industry executives with a proven track record of success, we currently have more then 70 employees in Canada and the USA.  

The business combines a wealth of expertise and experience and technology to harness global, regional, and local market information related to commodities, generation, transmission, gas transportation and storage to realize growth opportunities.

Emera Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Inc., a North American leader in the transition to cleaner energy.  Emera Inc. has over 7,100 employees in Canada, the USA and the Caribbean and its shares are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: EMA)

Why Join Emera Energy? 

Emera Energy values people who believe that safety and health, relationships, and excellence are integral to how we work. In return, we value the diversity of our people and invest in their growth through: 

  • competitive compensation packages: including a comprehensive pension and benefits plan and employer-sponsored saving plans.
  • opportunities for career growth: including a strategic focus on employee development plans, opportunities to advance within and between our affiliate companies and, sponsored education programs.
  • giving back to communities: including corporate investments in the places where our people live and work; employee dollars-for-doers and fundraising-matching programs and scholarships.

Accountabilities: 

We are looking for an ambitious, hard-working, and business-savvy Legal Counsel to join the legal team at Emera Energy.  You will serve as a key legal advisor to our energy marketing & trading business, responsible for supporting the company’s management and commercial teams on all legal matters.  Your responsibilities will include contract drafting and negotiation, regulatory compliance, general corporate/commercial matters, advising on risk mitigation, and generally protecting the Company’s interests.  

As the ideal candidate you have a minimum of two (2) years’ commercial and transactional legal experience at a reputable law firm or in-house environment, preferably with exposure to the energy industry.  You have gained an understanding of complex business transactions, have strong attention to detail, and will thrive in an entrepreneurial culture with a team of highly motivated and successful professionals.

Our head office is located in the beautiful city of Halifax, Nova Scotia and our preference is to have a candidate who is located in or willing to relocate to Nova Scotia.  Please be aware there is a possibility that this will begin as a temporary work-from-home position due to COVID-19.

Specifically, duties will include:

  • Work closely with the trading and origination teams to draft, revise, analyze and negotiate a wide range of natural gas, power and renewables trading and marketing contracts, including NAESBs, ISDAs, natural gas transportation and storage agreements, asset management agreements, energy management agreements, financial derivatives, and associated credit documentation.
  • Communicate and interact with front office, middle office, and other departments to facilitate efficient contract negotiation and customer onboarding, ensuring compliance with the Company’s credit, risk, and know-your-customer policies.
  • Enhance the Company’s culture of compliance by managing aspects of the Company’s compliance management system, ensuring that the Company’s regulatory requirements are met.
  • Provide legal analysis of regulatory changes and new service offerings.
  • Ensure that the Company’s compliance and training documentation is up to date and assist with the Company’s annual compliance week and other training initiatives.
  • Advise the business on risk mitigation and compliance, including FERC, CFTC/Dodd Frank, ISO/RTO market rules, exchange rules, anti-corruption, and import/export requirements.
  • Handle commercial disputes and related litigation as they arise, including overseeing external counsel in a cost-effective manner.

You will be responsible for your personal safety, that of co-workers, and those under your direction, by observing all Occupational Health and Safety Rules and Regulations.

Skills, Capabilities, Education and Experience:

As the ideal candidate you recognize yourself in most of the following competencies, and possess or are working towards the desired skills and experience listed below:

  • Professional with the highest ethical standards and integrity.
  • LLB or JD degree.
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ post-call relevant commercial and transactional legal experience at a reputable law firm or in-house environment. 
  • Previous experience with energy trading contracts, regulatory compliance or risk management is highly desirable.
  • Be a member in good standing of a provincial law society and be eligible for admission to the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society. Admission to the bar in a U.S. jurisdiction would also be considered.
  • Strong interpersonal skills are a must: you work collaboratively with team members to achieve the Company’s goals and maintain and strengthen relationships with our clients and key stakeholders. 
  • Business acumen: you offer practical legal advice that fully appreciates the business risks and opportunities of a particular transaction.
  • Super organized and detail oriented.
  • Clear, effective, and practical contract drafting skills, with a touch of creativity.
  • Display enthusiasm while maintaining a high level of productivity in a fast-paced environment.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated success in presenting ideas and legal concepts in a practical and non-legalese manner.

At Emera, our employees are our greatest strength.  Our Leadership Competencies set standards that advance our business strategy, deliver results for customers, and provide career development for employees. As the ideal candidate for this position you speak up on health, safety, and environment issues, and demonstrate a belief that all injuries are preventable.  You support flexibility in the workplace and embrace change. A Legal Counsel builds strong collaborative relationships with a commitment to a respectful, inclusive, and productive work environment while demonstrating integrity and a commitment to operational excellence for our customers. Lastly, we encourage you to proactively ask questions and seek information to understand how your work relates to the business goals and make well informed decisions.

Reports to:  Senior Legal Counsel

Remuneration: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Emera Energy offers a comprehensive remuneration package including a competitive salary, potential for an incentive bonus, pension plan, share purchase plan and employee wellness program. 

Form of Application:   To apply, please go to www.emera.com – click on the Careers link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to APPLY for the Emera Energy opportunities. Complete all required information fields, and copy and paste your covering letter and resume into the online form.

Application Deadline:   All interested candidates should apply no later than, Friday, June 4, 2021.  Late applications may not receive consideration.

Recruitment and Promotion Policy: When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available. We’re committed to providing employees with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for jobs.  Hiring and promotion of employees is based on skills, capabilities, knowledge and demonstrated abilities. 

We value diversity in the workplace and strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including African Nova Scotians and other members of the visible minority community, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and women in non-traditional roles.  Applicants from these designated groups wishing to self-identify may do so through a series of questions in the on-line application process.

Normally, unless otherwise requested in advance, the supervisors of internal candidates selected for an interview will be contacted in order to facilitate scheduling of the interviews.  The supervisor will maintain the confidentiality of the employee’s application.

Practice Area(s)

Energy Law

Experience

2+ years