• Legal Counsel - Energy / Projects

    Job Locations UK-London
    Job ID
    2019-2067
    # of Openings
    1
    Business Entity
    Octopus Group
    Category
    Legal & Compliance
    Type
    Permanent Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Octopus Group includes Octopus Investments, Octopus Energy, Octopus Healthcare, Octopus Property, Octopus Ventures and Octopus Labs. Our aim is to have an impact in everything we do, and to make a vital contribution to the UK economy by helping people, companies and institutions generate wealth. We call it ‘a brighter way’, changing today for a better tomorrow. And we’re always on the look-out for smart, talented people who share our values.

     

    About the role

     

    The role sits within the Legal and Company Secretariat Centre of Expertise which leads the management of the group’s legal and governance risk matters.

    Responsibilities

    The role is divided into 3 key areas:

     

    Asset Management:

    • Interpreting and enforcing project level documentation, such as EPC Contracts (with focus on solar and wind), bonds, asset management agreements, equipment supply agreements, land leases, connection agreements, planning consent documentation and all other documentation relating to renewable energy projects.
    • Working with the Energy Investment team to advise on loan documentation with a particular focus on assisting with refinancing and compliance.
    • Management of legal disputes, including legal correspondence, instructing legal firms, negotiating and/or preparing settlement documentation.
    • Working with key third party suppliers (such as wind and solar asset managers) to manage Octopus’ energy investments and protect Octopus’ energy funds from a commercial and contractual perspective including strategy, risk and mitigation analysis, internal reviews and liaison with all subject matter experts in their various disciplines; and
    • Stay abreast of legal developments affecting Octopus’ energy funds and synthesize the information to incorporate it into the company's transactional best practices
    • Educate Octopus energy team members as regards legal and risk management issues
    • Represent the company's interests and interface directly with external counsel with clear and concise instructions and management of appropriate legal fees and costs.

     

    Energy Investment

    • Advise the Energy Investment team on new transactions in renewable energy, including greenfield, brownfield and constructed projects within the UK and Europe.
    • Preparation of exclusivity agreements, framework agreements, review of project level documentation and advising the Investment team on legal aspects of new energy projects.
    • Strategize with company executives prior to client negotiations
    • Structure third party transactions to be most advantageous to Octopus’ energy funds from a legal and business perspective
    • Counsel, advise, and consult Octopus energy investment managers based on the accurate interpretation of contract documents and the facts of a business opportunity
    • Develop internal guidelines, handbooks, best practice guidelines, toolkits, and packaged knowledge on various legal and business issues
    • Develop subject matter expertise in areas relevant to the Energy team, including in particular renewable energy in the UK and Europe.
    • Be responsible for updating, managing and utilizing Gatekeeper – the documentation registry for all contracts across the business.

     

    Governance, Due Diligence & Supplier Risk:

    • Support business operations to resolve SLA breaches of contract and provide guidance to resolutions.
    • Monitor performance of external firms and liaise with Legal Centre of Expertise as required.

    Qualifications

    • Experience working on wind and/or solar energy projects (ideally UK and Europe) from a law firm or working in house in a fast-paced corporate legal/transaction group/environment with around 6/7 PQE but will consider candidates with higher or lower PQE if they can demonstrate ability to fulfil the requirements of the role.
    • Although a Energy/Projects role, assist in providing legal advice across other areas as required by the General Counsel.
    • Ability to support, promote, develop and implement Legal and Company Secretariat Centre of Expertise initiatives
    • Proven ability to efficiently manage energy assets and a large volume of transactions
    • Independently manage drafting transactional documents and correspondence
    • Able to present alternatives and proposed solutions
    • Responsive and follows through on commitments
    • Strong time management, prioritization, and organizational skills
    • Ability to apply judgement to broaden influence
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Proven experience of procurement/supplier and relationship management
    • Excellent negotiation skills and the ability to lead key negotiations at a senior level
    • Confidence to manage budgets and undertake financial forecasting
    • Excellent communication, presentational and interpersonal skills
    • Self-motivated and proactive
    • Comfortable with complexity and ambiguity and an appetite to address the toughest commercial challenges
    • Must be curious and seek to instil automated and digital solutions wherever appropriate
    • Must be comfortable in using technology and leveraging digital applications and media platforms

    Our Values

    Be helpful

    Random acts of kindness make the workplace a better place so, go out of your way to be helpful, and give people reasons to smile.

     

    Be straightforward

    Life is complicated enough. Don’t make it harder for yourself, or for others. Sometimes the simplest approach works wonders.

     

    Be bold

    Every great business started with a flash of inspiration. If you’ve got a great idea, don’t keep it to yourself.

     

    What we offer

    Octopus has built an exciting and inclusive high-performance culture where employees feel empowered. This means we welcome discussions around flexible working hours. We also understand the value of diversity, and we have a team dedicated to promoting gender, ethnic, socio-economic, LGBT and disability equality, to make sure we back up our words with actions. All Octopus employees are given the opportunity to develop new skills, aim higher and accelerate their careers.

     

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