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Corporate Counsel and Director of Contracts

Company: RailWorks Corporation
Location: Ontario
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Corporate Counsel and Director of Contracts The Corporate Counsel and Director of Contracts (“Counsel”) reports directly to the EVP, PNR RailWorks Inc (“PNR” or “Company”), with a dotted reporting line to the EVP, General Counsel of RailWorks Corporation. The Counsel will work with all divisions and functions within PNR RailWorks providing legal direction, guidance and assistance to all businesses and business heads. The Counsel will be expected to become familiar with the entire PNR RailWorks’ organization and will be expected to travel to PNR RailWorks operations throughout Canada. This individual must have the stature and maturity to represent the legal department and PNR RailWorks management both internally and externally.

The Counsel’s overall responsibilities will focus on three areas:

Legal Matters : Responsible, under the supervision of the EVP PNR RailWorks, and RailWorks Corporation’s General Counsel, for managing various legal matters related to both corporate and operational activities.

Contracts and Claims : With specific respect to PNR RailWorks’ operations, will have primary day to day responsibility for coordinating the review of commercial commitments from the project bid stage through completion, providing guidance and support to operations management, defining opportunities for process improvement and conducting on-going contract training. In addition, will be actively involved in litigation and claims management.

Compliance : Working with other members of management, will be expected to assist in ensuring that PNR RailWorks and all subsidiaries and affiliates meet or exceed all federal, provincial and local laws and regulatory requirements in Canada. Will assist the EVP PNR in formulating legal, proper and appropriate policies and assure that the Company adheres to them.

The activities of the Counsel are expected to be “outcome oriented” providing high quality, value-added legal services and advice relating to contracts, new business opportunities, contract disputes and litigation, acquisitions, legislation, regulation and related compliance matters.

Primary/Essential Responsibilities and Duties Legal Matters Provides legal counsel on various issues, including surety matters, employee and labor relations, tax issues, licenses, leases, health and safety matters, commercial contracts and protecting intellectual property

Provides legal counsel in the preparation of bids and proposals

Provides legal counsel on issues arising from actual or anticipated lawsuits, including litigation matters and other legal proceedings

Provides legal services related to the dissolution and wind-up of discontinued businesses or completed projects

Contributes to the Company’s business growth efforts; provides legal services associated with acquisitions and dispositions of real property, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions

Contracts and Claims Structures, drafts and negotiates complex construction contracts and subcontracts, procurement and vendor contracts, financing contracts, professional services agreements, consulting, employment and confidentiality agreements, joint venture and teaming agreements, memoranda of understanding, purchase and sale agreements, leases, etc.

Manages contract disputes and related contract issues with clients

Reviews and interprets all contracts related to the management of the Company’s various construction projects, and provides legal advice including administration of commercial and government contracts in accordance with Company policies and legal requirements

Compliance Assists the EVP PNR and RailWorks Corporation’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in the administration of the Company’s Compliance Program

Advises on new legislative and regulatory requirements and recommends changes to policies and processes as appropriate

Reviews and interprets the requirements of governmental agencies, laws, statutes, rules, regulations and court decisions.

General/Other Responsibilities and Duties

Maintains corporate records per internal policies and as required by law

Engages with and manages the work of outside legal counsel as needed

Other responsibilities as may be assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications Bachelor's Degree and Juris Doctor from an accredited law school

Admission to the Ontario Provincial Bar as an attorney qualified to practice law

A minimum of two years of legal practice with k nowledge of the construction industry and extensive experience in construction law, gained either in an in-house position with a contracting business and/or in a law firm practicing construction law

Strong planning, organizational and management skills and the ability to meet deadlines

Strong business acumen and the ability to make practical evaluations of risk

Current knowledge of federal, provincial and local laws, legal codes, executive orders, and government regulations that pertain to the Company’s areas of business

Expertise in drafting a broad spectrum of complex contracts and agreements

Strong negotiating and litigation and ADR skills

Strong decision-making skills with the ability to successfully carry out decisions

Excellent client relations , written and verbal communication, and presentation skills

Ability to perform with a high level of discretion, professionalism, and integrity

Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office suite.

Other Requirements Should expect a minimum of 25% travel, predominantly within Canada.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions Works in an office environment

Frequently sits for long periods of time

Frequently speaks, reads, writes and uses a computer keyboard

May require occasional standing, walking, lifting, stooping, or bending

Travels frequently by airplane, train and automobile.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment with PNR RailWorks without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law.

Keywords: RailWorks Corporation, Ontario , Corporate Counsel and Director of Contracts, Other , Ontario, California

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