Statoil Legal Counsel in Stamford, Connecticut

Legal Counsel


  • Job ID: 195961

  • Country: USA

  • Location: Stamford, Connecticut

  • Company: Statoil US Holdings Inc.

  • Contact Name: Charles O'Brien II

  • Workplace: Onshore

  • Discipline: Legal

  • Education Preferred: Juris Doctor

  • Experience Preferred: 7 - 10 Years

  • Closing Date: May 252017

Job Description

Statoil is an international energy company with operations in more than 30 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf, we are committed to accommodating the world's energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. We are headquartered in Norway with 21,000 employees worldwide, and are listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges. In just a few years Statoil has positioned itself as one of the largest lease holders in deepwater Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Our GoM portfolio is managed out of our Houston office. The Statoil Houston office, which was established in 2002, also manages our Alaska, Marcellus, Eagle Ford and Bakken shale gas portfolios. To date Statoil has invested more than USD $11 billion in US upstream activities, and currently produces more than 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day. We have US offices located in Anchorage, Austin, Houston, Stamford and Washington D.C. USA, and are looking for talented people to contribute to our growing activity base.

Legal (LEG) is the competence unit for all legal matters related to the Statoil group’s business areas and corporate activities and consist of legal experts, specialists, consultants, and qualified support personnel. The department has overall responsibility for advising on all legal matters and on ethics and anti-corruption compliance, undertaking Integrity Due Diligence research and acting as the Corporate Bodies’ secretariat within the Statoil group.

Job Description

This position will offer challenging tasks involving LEG’s responsibility with regards to the Marketing, Midstream and Processing business unit, related to Statoil’s activities in North and South America. There will be considerable time dedicated to:

Negotiation and drafting of contracts and documentation related to spot and term purchase and sales transactions for crude oil, refined petroleum products, natural gas liquids and natural gas transactions (ISDA Master Agreements, NAESB frame agreements, term purchase/supply agreements, storage agreements, pipeline and railcar transportation agreements, payment netting agreements, parent company guarantees and letters of credit);

Drafting and negotiating confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements and joint venture agreements;

Advising trading units with regards to transactional matters;

Close interaction with the following departments: trading desks, credit, operations, risk control, business development, tax and senior management;

Assist in preparing regulatory filings with EPA, CFTC, FERC, DOE, USCG and state regulatory agencies;

Advise senior management and commercial staff in connection with federal and state regulatory matters;

Prepare formal comments in response to proposed rulemakings from federal and state agencies;

Business development opportunities for the trading units; and general legal support as required.

In addition to these operational matters, there will be exposure to other legal and corporate matters including:

Implementation of corporate directives and governing documents;

Engaging and directing US outside counsel when necessary;

Regulatory affairs, including interaction with various industry trade associations; and general corporate legal assignments.

The position will report to Managing Counsel – LEG MMP NA.


Experience and legal competence within the laws and regulations affecting the wholesale marketing and transportation (both waterborne and onshore via pipeline, truck or train) of crude oil, refined petroleum products and gas liquids in North America, South America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on the U.S.;

7 - 10 years of reevant experience preferred

Experience and insight in how the Marketing, Midstream and Processing business unit conducts its activities and operates its projects;.

Competence in the regulation of both exchange traded and OTC derivatives used for price discovery and hedging purposes;.

Excellent contract negotiation and drafting skills;.

Knowledge and understanding of administrative law;.

Competence within the area of Corporate Governance;.

Competence within the area of Compliance/Anti-Corruption legislation and Statoil’s internal procedures and guidelines;.

Juris Doctor and licensed to practice law. In addition, if applicant is not licensed by the State of Connecticut Bar upon hiring, applicant will be expected to register as Authorized House Counsel with the State of Connecticut Bar subsequent to hire .Juris Doctor and licensed to practice law. In addition, if applicant is not licensed by the State of Connecticut Bar upon hiring, applicant will be expected to register as Authorized House Counsel with the State of Connecticut Bar subsequent to hire

Personal Qualities

Understand and manage all types of risk (particularly legal and operational risks associated with the marketing and transportation of hydrocarbons);

Organized, with ability to prioritise activities and make decisions in complex situations with many parties involved;.

Capable of working independently;

Solution driven with a commercial mind;

Communicate in a precise way;

Bring up ethical issues and challenges immediately;

Continuously develop sound expertise, demonstrate

commercial awareness and customer orientation;

Show dedication and endurance, follow through and pay attention to important details;

Demonstrate social responsibility and contribute to

sustainable development;

Project leadership skills;

Willingness to travel.

Ability to live by "I am safety" expectations.

We Offer

Statoil offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package. Statoil is an equal opportunity employer.

General Information

Make sure that we are able to give your application consideration: Please attach copies of your diplomas, certificates and grades in English or Norwegian (or another Scandinavian language). Applications submitted without such attachments will unfortunately not be evaluated. If you are in the process of completing a degree, please upload an official temporary transcript or other document describing subjects and grades completed to this point.

Our values are to be courageous, open, collaborative and caring. We believe in these qualities, which are essential for building an even stronger Statoil. If you can identify with them, you could be the one to strengthen our team. Candidates are expected to openly offer all relevant information about themselves during the recruitment process.

All permanent and temporary hires will be screened against relevant sanctions lists to ensure compliance with sanctions law and increase security.

An Equal Opportunity Employer: Females, Minorities, Veterans, Disables, and Other Protected Groups. Statoil is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor - priority referral requested.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.