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17 Mar 2021

Full-Time Senior Corporate Counsel Joint Ventures and Litigation – Posted by Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Job Description

Job ID : 609

Closing Date : 03/30/2021

Job Category : Corporate

Location : NOVA Head Office

Will relocation be considered for this position:  Yes/No

Who We Are:

NOVA Chemicals develops and manufactures chemicals and plastic resins that make everyday life safer, healthier and easier. Our employees work to ensure health, safety, security and environmental stewardship through our commitment to sustainability and Responsible Care®. NOVA Chemicals, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is wholly-owned ultimately by Mubadala Investment Company of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

NOVA Chemicals helps shape a world where products vital to our health and happiness are even better tomorrow than they are today. We are seeking talented and passionate people who enjoy working in a collaborative, innovative environment to join our dynamic team. Through our commitment to Responsible Care®, we take pride in our focus on safety and responsibility.

As a member of the Legal Team, the Counsel/Senior Counsel Joint Ventures and Litigation will report to the Assistant General Counsel, Corporate & Commercial with a dotted line reporting relationship to the Associate General Counsel, Regulatory, Litigation & Environmental. This role will assist with managing NOVA Chemical’s risk by providing leadership and advocacy on joint ventures and litigation matters. Working with internal stakeholders in various functional areas, key shared accountabilities will include:

  • Assisting with joint venture strategy, including relationship management and communications
  • Assisting with litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution, and legal settlements
  • Assisting with litigation strategy, including related communication strategy

You Will Use Your Expertise To:

  • Support the Associate General Counsel, Regulatory, Litigation & Environmental on the litigation and joint venture matters.
  • Provide counsel regarding procedure, timelines, potential outcomes, legal obligations, risks, and potential violations for litigation and joint ventures and escalates as required.
  • Identifiy and manage relationships with external legal counsel for litigation and joint venture matters.
  • Provide input into and execute NOVA Chemicals’ litigation and joint venture strategy.
  • Drive new approaches and continuous improvement using your growth mindset.
  • Participate in the preparation of the budget for the litigation and joint venture legal function.
  • Oversees legal reviews by understanding the business drivers, clarifying complex technical issues, and ensuring a successful collaboration with internal and external parties.
  • Leverages technical expertise and analytical skills to manage complex legal issues.
  • Drives decisions involving complex legal issues with the potential of having a significant financial impact on NOVA Chemicals, often under time sensitive conditions.
  • Provides general advice on legal matters.

What We Are Looking For:

The successful candidate will have a Juris Doctor or equivalent from an accredited Canadian University with a minimum of 10-15 years of relevant primary experience in joint ventures with secondary experience in complex, contentious commercial litigation. A degree from an accredited university in Finance, an MBA or CFA designation is an asset.

  • Current membership (in good standing) with a bar association in Canada with a preference shown for licensing in Alberta or a willingness to become licensed in Alberta.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve complex and sometimes contentious commercial matters skillfully and with NOVA Chemicals’ best interest in mind.
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions in which NOVA Chemicals operates.
  • A proven team player able to work on diverse, multi-disciplinary teams who is willing to help others, regardless of the task to achieve a common goal.
  • Willingness to respectfully challenge other’s viewpoints and accepting of having their own viewpoint challenged by others.
  • Effective negotiation, interpersonal, conflict resolution and communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Strong business acumen and a commercial mindset.
  • Ability to communicate complex legal, technical and/or business information to various audiences.

You Can Stand Out If:

  • You are passionate about your work and put care and thought into all that you do.
  • You are responsible and follow through with your commitments to others and to safety.
  • You are innovative and are willing to challenge your biases when problem solving.
  • You are collaborative, inclusive, and work well with others towards team goals.

Additional Information:

  • This role will be located at NOVA’s Head Office (“NHO”) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Why NOVA Chemicals?

NOVA Chemicals’ flexible benefit programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees, because when it comes to benefits, everyone has different priorities. Our benefits offerings will vary based on your work location, and are an element of the “Total Rewards” package used to reward employees.

Check Us Out Online:

  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for company news.
  • Follow us on Linkedin and Glassdoor for job updates.
  • Read more on our Responsible Care® and sustainability initiatives like Project STOP


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

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