Contracts and Risk Manager, Projects

Wallingford, CT, 

United States

Are you passionate about the energy transition? Join us.

Nel is a global, dedicated hydrogen company, delivering optimal solutions to produce, store, and distribute hydrogen from renewable energy. We serve industries, energy, and gas companies with leading hydrogen technology. Our roots date back to 1927, and since then, we have had a proud history of development and continuous improvement of hydrogen technologies. Today, our solutions cover the entire value chain: from hydrogen production technologies to hydrogen fueling stations, enabling industries to transition to green hydrogen, and providing fuel cell electric vehicles with the same fast fueling and long range as fossil-fueled vehicles – without the emissions.

About the position

Provide high quality, proactive, practical, timely business and legal advice, as well as contractual support to assist the business with achievement of profitable growth objectives aligned with Nel’s mission.
Your objective, using a structured approach, is to be the guarantor for uniform and high-quality standardization, process alignment, and governance in all cycles of the contract management process to deliver all pre- and post-order activities in a collaborate way with other departments such as the Corporate Legal, Management, Sales, Projects, and Applications Engineering.


  • Identify and mitigate contractual risks in both the proposal and project execution phases.
  • Lead/assist the proposal/sales team efforts to prepare, review, provide clarifications, and submit proposals/RFQ’s.
  • Review and provide clarifications to contracts/subcontracts and modifications for internal approval.
  • Assist the proposal/sales function with the alignment of the entire contract including the T&C’s, scope of work, compensation and schedule.
  • Assist the proposal/sales function with leading multi-discipline teams through all stages of the contracting process.
  • Assist the proposal/sales functions with negotiations with customers for contracts related to key projects.
  • Develop negotiation plans for new contracts/contract modifications including identification and mitigation of contractual risks in all phases of project execution.
  • Ensure alignment and incorporate guidelines/instructions from corporate legal department.
  • Drive alignment with sales representatives and customers on both legal and business matters; implement industry best practices as applicable.
  • Manage and track customer and internal communications during contract negotiations.
  • Part of the Projects Team focused on contract execution, contract deliverable management, subcontract flow down (internal and external), and change order execution.
  • Support project pre-bid, kick-off, and review meetings including organization and follow-up of contract related content.
  • Provide guidance to the different Nel teams (EU, US, and Korea) to coordinate region relevant contractual positions.
  • Assist in maintaining the organization’s internal standard contract documents.
  • Establishment and implementation of (sub)contracting strategies to meet Nel’s project execution objectives.
  • Manage subcontractor relationships including implementation of performance development programs.
  • Work on special projects as needed.
  • Lead Project and Enterprise Risk Workshops to identify contractual and business risk and develop mitigation strategies for the PMO to execute.
  • Manage Project Risk Registers with the Project Managers to track and quantify risk mitigations strategies.



Master’s degree in Business Administration or a JD/LLM with contract management and legal experience. PMP is a plus.

Required skills and abilities

  • Minimum seven (7) years’ experience in contracts administration with a strong emphasis on EPC delivery projects; experience in an in-house environment (preferably in a Construction, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, Oil & Energy, or Renewables & Environment sector) or at a reputable law firm is preferred.
  • Skilled at leading negotiations on complex, high value, contracts ranging from supply-only to turn-key.
  • Thorough understanding of contract and procurement strategies, complex agreements, negotiations and contract formation, performance issues and contract close-outs.
  • Capable of using sound judgment and creativity for resolution of contract issues within the confines of legal requirements while maintaining good customer relation-ships and protecting the company’s interests.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an integrated team.
  • Must have a sense of urgency and ability to work in a fast-paced environment while producing results and maintaining a high level of attention to detail.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and ability to prioritize.
  • Highly proficient with MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and possess excellent analytical, verbal, and written skills.
  • Willingness to work across geographies and time zones.

Preferred skills and abilities

  • Experience with international commercial contracts (including international conventions), commercial contracting methods, and export regulation; FAR/DFARS experience is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce CRM System, ERP systems, and DocuSign is preferred.


  • Problem-solving
  • Ownership
  • Negotiation
  • Attention to detail
  • Co-operative/Collaborator
  • Ambitious
  • Empathetic
  • Commercial mindset
  • Self-confident
  • Business ethics
  • Thrives in start-up environment
  • Creates structure
  • Commitment


  • Nel will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States. This is not a position for which sponsorship will be provided.
  • Individuals with temporary visas such as E, F-1, H-1, H-2, L, B, J, or TN or who need sponsorship for work authorization now or in the future, are not eligible for hire.

Equal opportunity employer

Nel is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.


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