Senior Legal Counsel

Subsea 7

Vacancy information

As Senior Counsel your key responsibilities will be to provide legal and contractual support, including:

  • Reviewing and qualifying terms and conditions and other requirements contained within client invitations to tender, in compliance with Subsea7 tendering and contracting principles;
  • Taking the lead to identify and advise tender teams on steps to mitigate potential contractual and commercial risks;
  • Preparing contractual risk summaries and attending tender boards (if required) as part to present the contractual risk summary to the management team;
  • Supporting seeking appropriate deviations from contracting principles where required;
  • Attending meetings with prospective clients and major suppliers to negotiate and arrive at acceptable terms and conditions of contract.
  • Evaluating insurance recommendations and reviewing client-provided Construction All Risk insurance.
  • Reviewing and revising other types of agreements including confidentiality agreements, mutual hold harmless agreements and other legal documents relating to tenders.
  • Reviewing, qualifying and negotiating general legal agreements including joint bidding agreements, partnership agreements, consortia, vessel charters and other types of contractual agreements generally used in energy & construction industry .
  • Working closely on a collaboration mode with projects and PLSV daily-rate contracts, including Project managers, SCM Project Services management and other internal stakeholders.
  • Providing guidance to contracts, supply chain and project personnel on contractual wording/risk mitigation and advising on contractual interpretation.
  • Providing corporate legal support including occasional support on company secretarial matters.
  • Delivering ad hoc training to other functions.
  • Supporting peers and management and providing legal advice and support, anticipating and managing legal risks associated with the business strategy and operations.
  • Advising on and ensuring claims and disputes are handled in such a way that minimizes risks and is cost effective.
  • Providing support on Subsea7 compliance & ethics program, promoting this agenda and ensuring that the Company policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Participating in managing litigations for the organization
  • Carrying out other in-house legal related tasks.


  • Qualified lawyer – Minimum honours of Brazilian Bachelors’ law Degree (or equivalent international law degree).
  • At least 6 years of experience as a qualified lawyer in Brazil (and in the same or similar industry).


  • Experience as an in-house counsel or comparable law firm experience.
  • Prior in-house experience with an EPCI contractor.
  • Experience on complex tenders involving multiple stakeholders.
  • Relevant previous experience in a commercial / contracting environment with strong commercial awareness and negotiation skills.
  • Experience of advising on litigation matters and disputes.

Interpersonal / Self-Management:

  • Multi-task function requiring excellent communication skills in Portuguese and English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify risks and propose alternative strategies in order to mitigate risks while accomplishing the preferred path forward for the business if possible.
  • Ability to work successfully in a dynamic team environment across departments.
  • Ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality.
  • Strong commercial mindset.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Strong planning, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills.
  • Strong ethical values and willingness to raise concerns to internal team members.

As a person, you are service-minded, always aiming at delivering high quality, optimum support. You have a structured, analytical and target orientated approach to your assignments, an open-minded and cooperative personality, always keeping in mind what is best for the company.

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