Who we are:
This is an exciting time for NOVONIX as we build and grow our battery materials and technology company to service the critical needs of the electric vehicle and energy storage supply chains. As a leader in the industry with operations in both Canada and the United States, NOVONIX develops advanced, high-performance materials and equipment, and provides consultative testing services for the global lithium-ion battery market. We provide the necessary materials and technologies our clients need to manufacture batteries that must have longer lifecycles, are more energy-efficient, have reduced chemical use and waste generation, and support a cleaner power input for an environmentally sustainable energy future.
Our Battery Technology Solutions division, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, focuses on innovative battery research and development, along with providing advanced battery testing equipment and services on a global scale. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, our Anode Materials division manufactures our synthetic graphite anode materials used to make lithium-ion batteries, which power electric vehicles, energy storage units, personal electronics, medical devices, and more.
In the role of Senior Corporate Counsel, you will be joining a small legal team that is doing cutting-edge, diverse work. This person will report directly to the Assistant General Counsel and will be primarily responsible for reviewing, negotiating, and drafting day-to-day commercial agreements across all business functions. The Senior Corporate Counsel will also support a wide variety of legal needs as they arise and will be expected to demonstrate sound judgement, balance legal and business risk, and proactively tackle projects in new situations.
• Draft, review, negotiate and serve as business partner on a wide variety of commercial agreements that support and enable business operations and company initiatives, including but not limited to, supply and offtake, distribution, customer, professional services, and confidentiality agreements.
• Work directly with the business, providing day-to-day advice across all levels of management on contracting issues, resolving issues that arise in existing customer, supplier, and other third-party relationships.
• Advise on legal, compliance and commercial issues and strategies across all business functions, including sales and marketing, manufacturing operations, finance, human resources, and information technology.
• Provide counsel on legal issues involving potential legal, professional, or reputational risks to the company.
• Collaborate with team members to develop more effective and efficient ways to review and negotiate complex agreements or address new or evolving issues.
• Develop and maintain standard forms of contracts, terms and conditions, and related documents.
• Support and enhance legal operations, including the use of databases for legal record retention and a contract tracking system to facilitate contractual compliance and management.
• Work with colleagues across multiple business functions on projects in support of broader initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic partnerships.
• Assist in management of employment-related matters, including advising on, preparing, and updating company-wide policies.
• Support compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations and create and train employees on company policies.
• Manage relevant outside counsel relationships.
Required Qualifications and Competencies:
• J.D. from accredited, reputable law school with excellent academic credentials.
• Admission to state bar in good standing and licensed to practice law in the state in which you reside.
• At least 5-7 years of increasingly sophisticated experience, including time in an in-house legal department and preferably in a multinational, publicly traded company.
• Experience across a range of compliance and commercial legal issues that can be drawn on to provide practical, pragmatic legal solutions and advice.
• Experience with developing and rolling out compliance programs including delivering legal compliance training.
• M&A experience and fundamental understanding of antitrust matters are a plus.
• Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
• Capable of working under pressure and working independently and juggling competing priorities while meeting deadlines.
• Natural curiosity and initiative to get to know the business and capacity for quickly understanding detail.
• Ability to provide innovative solutions that balance legal and business concerns, enjoy working hard and being challenged, have strong written and oral communication skills, demonstrate sound and pragmatic judgment in ambiguous situations.
• Flexibility and willingness to handle matters outside areas of expertise when required.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work cross-functionally and interact proactively and confidently with multiple stakeholders and with remote teams.
• High integrity and high moral standards.
• Travel, as needed.
• Healthy sense of humor.
Job Deadline/Expiry Date: 01/03/2023