VP & Sr. Counsel

New York, NY
Full Time
01-12-2019
Job #: 4938BR Exp.: 5+ Years
Description:
Position Summary
Safari Energy has an exciting opportunity for a collaborative, highly-energetic and results-driven professional to join our team! As an important contributor within a fast-paced, early stage company environment, this hands-on position requires a high attention to detail, superior communication skills, and the ability to work within a cross-functional team of professionals. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an entrepreneurial passion for renewable energy development and a desire to work with clients to transform the way they procure energy.

Reporting to the CEO and General Counsel, the Senior Counsel will assist in delivering first class legal support to the various business units of Safari Energy. The ability to work both independently and provide team leadership and mentorship are critical, as well as the desire and innovative mind set to operate as an important contributor within a fast-pace, early stage company environment.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Assist business teams such as Asset Management, Procurement, Sales & Marketing, and Business Development in drafting clear and concise technical documents such as Requests for Proposals (RFP), and other contract documents with timely delivery
  • Structure and negotiate equipment supply, EPC, O&M, lease, power purchase, performance guarantee and warranty agreements with commercial customers for solar, energy storage and solar + storage projects
  • Review and help prepare responses to requests for proposals and other competitive tenders
  • Provide a first level review of various contracts, agreements and other legal documents, preparing redline comments to review with General Counsel
  • Review and negotiate nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements with vendors and business partners, elevating complicated issues to the General Counsel
  • Work with the General Counsel to ensure quality, clarity and consistency across all legal documentation.
  • On a limited basis, conduct legal research on various legal topics to create memorandum with recommendations and summarize findings to review with the General Counsel.

Candidate Qualifications
Candidates must meet the basic qualifications and pass all required tests or assessments to receive consideration. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility form upon hire.

Basic Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor
  • A current licence to practice in one or more US jurisdictions
  • A minimum of 5 years’ practice experience at a well-regarded law firm, with an additional 5 years in-house experience focusing specifically on Project Finance at a company, preferably in the energy industry
  • Experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts including PPA and EPC Contracts, and/or Sale-Lease-Backs, Partnerships Flips, and Operating Leases
  • A team player with the ability to proactively identify problems, drive projects, make complex cost/benefit assessments, and identify pragmatic/creative legal and business solutions
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively and to juggle competing priorities in a fast-paced, challenging environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to quickly and effectively communicate with people at all levels of the organization
  • Excellent negotiation and communications skills
  • Administrative and managerial skills
  • Analytical ability and strong attention to detail


Closing Date: 22nd March, 2019
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