ESG Legal Counsel – Saudi Arabia

A Global leading energy firm is looking for an experienced environmental/ESG Lawyer to advise on international environmental regulations, you will be devising policy at a group level and then advising around potential issues to both head office but also to their subsidiaries and JV’s globally. Whilst in this role you will sit within the legal organisation who will be part of the legal organisations Global Corporate Compliance department

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Multi-jurisdictional environmental compliance (ESG), climate change and permitting for water discharges, air emissions, solid and hazardous waste storage, treatment and disposal facilities, wetlands and natural resources, and endangered species issues;
  • Negotiating with international permitting and regulatory authorities;
  • The creation and execution of self-audit programs;
  • Assisting the Group Chief Compliance Officer, Corporate Secretary and General Counsel in advising the firms Board of Directors with respect to significant corporate governance and regulatory developments;
  • Overseeing the Group’s compliance program obligations relating to environmental regulations including meeting all commitments of governmental enforcement agencies, as well as interacting with governmental agencies, as necessary;
  • Monitoring legal and regulatory requirements applicable to U.S. and/or U.K. listed companies, as well as, developments in legislation and enforcement to ensure Company has current and accurate compliance policies and procedures;
  • Providing direction, oversight, and counsel during environmental-related compliance reviews, whether conducted by Internal personnel or outside counsel;
  • Supporting the group’s global operations with expert environmental regulatory compliance counseling and advice;
  • Working with the Chief Compliance Officer to address environmental regulatory-related compliance concerns raised by business lines, subsidiary companies, and management;
  • Working with the business lines or subsidiary companies to determine any compliance gaps or practices that may expose the Company to legal liability or reputational harm;
  • Developing and managing compliance systems for tracking third party monitoring and due diligence;
  • Working with other attorneys to monitor the effectiveness of the compliance program;
  • Working with other attorneys and personnel to develop training modules, training individuals to deliver such modules, and rolling-out a comprehensive compliance training program; and Supporting the Law Organization as to compliance law issues.
  • Compliance Counsel must demonstrate sound judgment and unwavering ethics.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates must be currently licensed, admitted to practice, and in good standing in the United States, Canada, or the European Union.
  • 6+ years of hands-on corporate investigations experience at a large multinational corporation;
  • Specific knowledge of and significant experience with multi-jurisdictional environmental regulations is required, along with broad knowledge and experience in matters relating to traditional compliance offices. Special focus will be given to candidates who have significant experience with U.S. and/or U.K. listed companies.
  • Pragmatic, business-oriented, approach to challenges and competing priorities and deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to engage business line leaders to drive implementation of new procedures and legal requirements in a timely manner
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