Senior Legal Counsel


About the position

Nel ASA is searching for a new Senior Legal Counsel to strengthen our legal department. Our mission is to contribute to Nel’s success by providing high quality, proactive, practical and timely legal advice and contractual support to assist the business and achieve profitable growth. We work within a wide range of legal topics, in particular Contract Law, Commercial Law, M&A and Compliance, and we are passionate about developing our knowledge in line with the business growth.

The Senior Legal Counsel shall assist the General Counsel in all legal activities within the Nel Group and continue to develop and improve the legal function across the Group. As a key business partner, you will work on a wide range of complex commercial & corporate matters, the majority will contain international elements. This includes drafting of partner agreements, sales agreement, sub-supplier agreements, to work on tender reviews, local corporate governance, IPR, insurance, claims/litigation management and compliance. The Senior Legal Counsel will also work closely with the project manager/team during the project execution phase.

Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Draft and negotiate complex strategic contracts, such as joint venture agreements, consortium agreements, sales contracts, sub-supplier contracts and financing agreements
  • Identify and mitigate contractual risks, both in the tender and project execution phase
  • Participate in negotiations of major/strategic contracts
  • Follow-up of the execution/implementation of major projects
  • Ensure compliance with requirements following from being a stock listed company
  • Improve and further develop the risk management routines across the Nel Group
  • Ensure that the Nel ASA and its affiliates operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Represent Nel ASA and its affiliates in all legal matters
  • Develop, improve and align legal standards and templates across the Nel Group
  • Build long-term relationships, oversee and coordinate the work of external law firms
  • Run ad hoc business development projects
  • Lecture and present on legal topics and cases in connection with internal educational initiatives and case presentation for decision makers.
  • Follow-up ongoing dispute


  • A Master of Law degree or higher
  • Minimum 5 years’ post qualification experience in an in-house environment (preferably in a Construction, Mechanical or Industrial Engineering, Oil & Energy, or Renewables & Environment sector) or in a reputable law firm
  • Demonstrated experience from:
    • review and qualification of complex, high value turn-key and supply-only contracts
    • leading negotiations on complex, high value turn-key and supply-only contracts
    • one or more of the following areas: compliance, M&A, IPR, insurance or employment law

Specific Skills/Abilities Example

  • Excellent English written and oral skills, preferably in combination with French, Spanish or German.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Takes personal responsibility
  • Co-operative
  • Ambitious
  • Empathetic
  • Commercial mindset
  • Self-confident
  • Thrives in start-up environment
  • Creates structure
  • Willingness to work across geographies and time zones
  • Available for occasional long-distance travel

The company can offer:

  • Job breakage: 100%
  • Good development opportunities in a company in strong growth
  • A good working environment with skilled colleagues and professional environments
  • Competitive insurance and pension schemes

About Nel

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.

Closing date

Applications for this position must be received by 02/12/2020

Equal opportunity employer

Applications for this position must be received by 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.