Senior Legal Counsel

  • Emera
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Sep 20, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

The opportunity:

We are looking for an ambitious, hard-working, and business-savvy Senior Legal Counsel to join the existing team of two lawyers & two paralegals at Emera Energy.  You will serve as a key legal advisor to our energy marketing, trading and asset management business.  Responsibilities will include contract drafting and review, regulatory compliance, providing legal advice to our trading team and management, advising on risk mitigation, and generally protecting the Company’s interests. 


As a Senior Legal Counsel, you will:

  • Work closely with the trading and origination teams to draft, revise, analyze and negotiate a wide range of natural gas and power 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 traders, middle office and other departments to facilitate efficient contract negotiation and customer onboarding and ongoing relationships, 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, providing legal analysis of regulatory changes and new service offerings, updating the Company’s compliance manual and training documentation, and assisting with the Company’s annual compliance week and other training initiatives.

  • Provide expert advice to 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 commercial litigation as they arise, including overseeing external counsel, as needed.

  • Oversee corporate governance matters including legal entity management and director and officer changes.

  • Manage or assist with various Company projects ranging from cyber-security preparedness and response, mergers and acquisitions, financings and corporate reorganizations as needed.

  • Manage one or more legal team members.

  • Other duties as assigned.

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

Skills, Competencies 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.

  • 6+ 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 dynamic and fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated self-starter with excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills, with demonstrated success in presenting ideas and legal concepts in a practical and non-legalese manner.

As the successful candidate you value a diverse workforce that is reflective of your community and support a workplace where everyone feels welcome, respected, and seen.

At Emera Inc., 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.  As Senior Legal Counsel, you build 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.

Why join Emera Energy?

Emera Energy (EE) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Inc. (TSX:EMA).  Based in Halifax, Emera Energy manages energy commodities and provides related energy management services on behalf of customers throughout Canada and the United States.

Emera is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest publicly traded companies, and a North American Top 20 utility. Our ability to serve more customers in more places is thanks to the commitment of our 7,100 employees in Canada, the USA, and the Caribbean. As we develop, we are excited to welcome new team members who are committed to our purpose and our approach to business. Emera 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 employee-sponsored saving plans.

  • opportunities for career growth: including a strategic focus on employee development plans, ​ opportunities to advance within and between our affiliate companies, 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, scholarships for children of employees.

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, you are a strong leader who works to advance a safety culture by placing safety, health, and wellness above any business objective. You understand the importance of strong inclusive teams and develop employees to take on challenges and opportunities. 

Reports to:   Vice President Legal & Regulatory Affairs

Application Requirement:   To apply, please click on the blue ‘APPLY NOW’ button in this job posting, complete all required information fields, and attach your cover letter and resume into one single file to the online form.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline: We encourage you to apply at your earliest opportunity but no later than October 3, 2022. Late applications may not receive consideration.

Recruitment and Promotion Policy: When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available. We are 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.

In accordance with Emera’s occupational health and safety program and the Emera Vaccine Program, subject to any approved accommodation, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  For clarity, “fully vaccinated” means 14 days since having the number of doses or combination of doses of a vaccine approved by Health Canada or local public health agencies in the jurisdiction in which they will be employed.

At Emera we value diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including persons who identify as racially visible, Indigenous, persons with disabilities, women in underrepresented roles and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Applicants from these equity groups may self-identify through the on-line application process. Emera supports candidates and employees with access and accommodation needs.