Attorney III - Sustainability (1476)

Recruiter
Engie
Location
Houston, Texas
Salary
Competitive
Posted
20 May 2019
Closes
08 Jun 2019
Ref
2005_RET00000237
Category
Sustainability
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
At ENGIE North America, innovation and excellence create a platform for growth. We have a range of businesses in the United States and Canada, including clean power generation, cogeneration, and energy storage; retail energy sales; and comprehensive services to help customers run their facilities more efficiently and optimize energy and other resource use and expense. Nearly 100 percent of our power generation portfolio is low carbon or renewable. Globally, ENGIE is the largest independent power producer and energy efficiency services provider in the world, with operations in 70 countries employing 150,000 people, including 1,000 researchers in 11 R&D centers.
We are looking for talented and motivated individuals to create the future of energy and customer solutions. Join a rewarding and flexible work environment that encourages innovation and creativity to help customers meet their energy challenges today and in the future.

The Role: Attorney III

Purpose
Perform transactional legal work and manage compliance matters for ENGIE's Sustainability business. Develop and negotiate sustainability products (e.g. energy efficiency projects, financing solutions, demand response, retail renewable products). Assist with retail M&A, service contracts and partnership agreements.

Location/Department
Houston, TX / ENGIE Retail, Legal

Status
Salary - Exempt

Essential Job Functions
  • Negotiate retail energy sales contracts including Buyer-proposed modifications to existing ENGIE templates and development of new contracts and product offerings.
  • Provide legal review and markups of Buyer RFPs and draft contracts. Work closely with Sales, Business Control, Credit, Supply, and Sustainability groups to respond to Buyer RFPs and negotiate transaction agreements.
  • Negotiate and manage service agreements with vendors and affiliates, related to energy efficiency contracting, demand response, and renewables.
  • Negotiate and manage renewable power purchase agreements, REC purchase agreements, etc.
  • Provide support to sustainability product development teams to draft multi product supply contracts that incorporate energy efficiency, demand response, renewables, and on bill financing.
  • Negotiate and manage broker contracts, and work with sales to manage any broker complaints or compliance issues that arise.
  • Research and maintain knowledge of public service commission regulations and utility tariffs in various deregulated states affecting contracts, which regulations include customer protection rules, marketing & advertising laws, broker and aggregator rules, and other retail electricity provider requirements. Identify and recommend actions to maintain compliance and mitigate risks associated with the foregoing.
  • Manage retail regulatory compliance matters at the ISO, utility and state levels including maintaining licenses in several states, managing retail reporting requirements, and responding to commission inquiries and customer complaints. Identify and recommend actions to maintain compliance and mitigate risks associated with the foregoing. Manage licensing and compliance matters related to new sales channels, new customer classes, and new product offerings (including Think Energy residential and mass market initiatives).
  • Assist with retail M&A work, including due diligence and ethics reviews required by business development policies. Manage customer and operational issues associated with enrolling, serving, and managing acquired books of business.
  • Solicit information about commercial objectives of the retail business unit through regular correspondence and attendance at department meetings. Advise the company how to achieve its commercial objectives in conformity with applicable law, the company's risk profile, and regulatory requirements, in each case relying on previous experience, internal research, or external legal counsel.
  • Evaluate and assess financial and other risks associated with potential claims affecting the retail business unit, using statues and case law (both publicly available and through subscription services), internal resources or external counsel. Advise the company on recommended changes to processes and contracts to minimize risks of disputes and litigation.
  • Provide legal, ethics and contract training to sales personnel. Regularly meet with and advise retail business unit clients to accomplish commercial objectives.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned.


Requirements
  • Significant background and working knowledge of retail electricity contracting and state regulatory commission requirements.
  • Previous experience negotiating renewable power purchase agreements, reviewing environmental claims, etc., are desired.
  • Experience with FTC guidelines around marketing claims is desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills, a strong commitment to professional/ethical standards, an ability to flexibly adapt to changing priorities and demanding deadlines with minimum of frustration, and an ability to timely support multiple complex assignments with superior legal work products and/or practical legal advice are essential to success in this position.
  • An intellectually curiosity self-starter
  • Confident, able and quick to learn
  • Working effectively as part of a team
  • Producing results in the face of adversity


Essential Physical Abilities
  • Ability to meet highest attendance requirements
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbally.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments on a timely basis with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Ability to use personal computer, calculator, etc.
  • Could involve some lifting.


Education/Experience
  • BA/BS required
  • JD from an ABA accredited law school
  • 5+ years of legal experience of law firm and/or in house experience in the US in the Energy industry preferably retail electricity
  • Licensed to practice law in Texas or another US jurisdiction, and in good standing
  • Excellent drafting and commercial skills
  • Being familiar with, and demonstrate responsibility for a range of structured finance transactions
  • Technical and legal (and other) risk awareness skills
  • Proven experience of US regulation concerning retail electricity
  • Demonstrating experience with innovative deals and structuring
  • Articulating firm's governance and risk policies
  • Transaction and project management skills


Working Environment
Work environment characteristics 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 not exposed to weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

For this role you must have authorization to work in the United States. Qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity, or expression, genetic information or any other legally protected status.

This job advertisement is supported by the ENGIE Talent Acquisition team. Agency involvement is not required. All related inquires must be done to the Talent Acquisition team, not direct to ENGIE North America Managers.

Additional Information
  • Posting Date: Apr 8, 2019

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