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Commercial Counsel (Global Procurement)

Date: Mar 9, 2023

Location: USA: Woodlands, TX, US, 77380

Company: CPChem

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Commercial Counsel


CPChem is seeking qualified candidates with relevant experience and a passion for helping clients achieve business objectives while serving as Commercial Counsel supporting its Global Procurement organization.  The position is based in CPChem’s headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas, and reports to Lead Counsel, Manufacturing, Global Procurement & Projects.  CPChem’s Legal & Public Affairs Department is comprised of approximately 65 professionals responsible for managing legal, communications, and government affairs activities across CPChem’s global operations.




  • Acts as primary support for CPChem’s Global Procurement and Manufacturing teams for commercial contracting needs. 
  • This position provides front-line legal counsel for procurement and plant contracting needs, including legal support in a broad range of areas: (1) general commercial support for domestic manufacturing and procurement; (2) strategic procurement with some project support and collaboration; (3) drafting, negotiation, and counseling related to supply and maintenance contracts, master services agreements, blanket purchase agreements, engineering and construction services and other general vendor and similar-type agreements; and (4) continuously improving efficient systems and content for legal service delivery and training.
  • The position will have responsibility for supporting key organizational strategic initiatives, which may include a wide range of activities related to improvement or growth projects in the manufacturing realm. 
  • The candidate should have general industry knowledge as to the challenges faced with vendor and supplier transactions, including contract negotiation considerations on warranties, indemnity, risk management and compliance; and be able to provide client training on legal issues, collaboration on strategic procurement practices / processes, plus capture and counsel on minor dispute resolution items. 
  • This position’s legal support will include issue spotting, and collaboration across various functional areas in the organization, connecting and liaising with other department and company SMEs as needed.
  • Candidate must demonstrate skills and judgment necessary to advise clients regarding high value transactions, multi-faceted risk scenarios, negotiation of complex commercial and plant agreements, occasional emerging disputes, and the provision of prompt and pragmatic advice on critical legal and strategic issues, all in an arena where environmental, social, and governance, sustainability, and climate change is an ongoing and dynamic element.
  • The successful candidate must consistently demonstrate communication, organization and time management skills, and maintain positive, collaborative and approachable conduct in a fast paced business setting.

Professional Qualifications

  • JD from a nationally accredited law school with a strong academic background;
  • Admission to practice before a U.S. state bar, preferably Texas (Note: Admission to State Bar of Texas will be required after reasonable period of time);
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a corporate legal department or in private practice with relevant transactional and commercial contracting responsibility;
  • Experience in commercial strategy and contract drafting with prudent, risk-based business counsel and identification of material legal, regulatory and contracting issues;
  • Experience in contract negotiations in a manufacturing setting such as petrochemical, energy midstream, refining, or other process safety covered manufacturing operations is preferred;
  • Effective at developing and improving systems and processes to enable more efficient legal service delivery in routine activities;
  • Effective at explaining complex legal issues to personnel at all levels of the organization, including technical and non-technical stakeholders, in a clear and concise manner; and
  • General proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, SharePoint and remote- / collaborative-work platforms.  Proficiency in Ariba and/or Docusign MS is a benefit.

Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to work proactively, as part of a collaborative team, and with autonomy;
  • Organized with time management skills to perform in high volume periods while maintaining relationships with multiple clients, business stakeholders, legal and business management teams;
  • Ability to institute enterprise goals and strategies in an evolving regulatory and external stakeholder environment;
  • Consistently exhibit strong work ethic and high ethical standards; and
  • Strong and persuasive communication and writing skills.



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Travel Requirements: Up to 10%

Eligibility for Relocation: No

Closing Date: 04/02/2023

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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