Senior Corporate Counsel

Turner Construction     Construction     General Contracting     -     March 18, 2020

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Turner Construction

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Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse market segments. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community.

Position Overview

Division: Bay Area Main
Project Location(s): Oakland, CA 94601 USA
Minimum Years Experience: 8
Travel Involved:
Job Type: Regular
Job Classification: Experienced
Education: Law Degree
Job Family: Construction
Compensation: Salaried Exempt

Job Family:     Construction
Job Title:         Senior Corporate Counsel
Reports To:     Associate General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer
Level:              6-7

The work location for this position will be either Oakland, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. 

Position Description: Serve as legal partner to Business Unit or Regional leadership on various topics, including business practices and policies, contract negotiations, and contested claims.

Essential Duties & Key Responsibilities: 

  • In coordination with BU leadership, prepare, review and negotiate construction and commercial agreements on behalf of Business Units and Departments. 

  • Lead and execute all stages in the contract life cycle, from preliminary/conceptual advice, through structuring, negotiating, drafting, closing, and any subsequent conflict resolution.

  • Ensure that all contracts accurately reflect business objectives as well as compliance with all federal, state, local laws and regulatory requirements.

  • Negotiate teaming and joint venture agreements and perform related due diligence. 

  • Direct the management and resolution of contested matters. 

  • Advise on major change orders and waivers/releases.

  • Identify contractual noncompliance by owners, trade partners, and elevate to leadership for action. 

  • Manage budgets for litigation matters (in collaboration with Risk Management Claims Director). 

  • Develop and implement company policies in support of strategic initiatives in collaboration with senior management. 

  • Develop and maintain internal relationships and provide coordination and oversight with outside counsel when necessary.

  • Review and record performance of counsel, consultants, mediators and arbitrators involved in dispute resolution matters.

  • Assist in the development of best practices with respect to contract terms.

  • Prepare and deliver legal training to Business Units on a variety of legal topics, including project specific requirements and ethics/compliance.

  • Other activities, duties, and responsibilities as assigned
  • Qualifications: JD degree with a valid law license. Minimum of 8 years’ experience with an emphasis on construction law or related transactional practice preferred, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience.  Operates at an accelerated performance level with ability to prioritize many simultaneous complex and competing demands activities, requests, and short-cycle deadlines. Ability to work across functional lines and all levels within organization. True collaborator, maintain balanced view of business and effectively challenges senior management, providing candid, honest assessment. Supervisory/management of small team preferred.  Proven written and verbal communication abilities with emphasis on problem solving and negotiation, with ability to explain complex legal concepts to employees and staff at all levels.  Proficiency with computer applications, including Microsoft Office suite, and various legal case management systems.  Ability to read, understand, and interpret contracts and insurance documents.  Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to work with staff at all levels, both internal and external.  Ability to travel.

    Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Employee must be able to travel via multiple modes of transportation.

    Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. On a regular basis this job is performed in an office environment with usual office working conditions, free of disagreeable elements. On an occasional basis, the employee may travel to and work at a job site location or client office location and be located in a trailer or other temporary structure. The noise in this work environment may be moderately loud.
Turner is an Equal Opportunity Employer — minorities/females/veterans/individuals with disabilities/sexual orientation/gender identity.
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