Legal Counsel


Job Ref: #143

Cleantech, Energy Storage, EV & EV Charging


Envision AESC, a leading battery technology company committed to providing stable, open and affordable renewable energy, is seeking a Legal Counsel to eventually be based in Douai and be a key member of the global legal team. In this role, you will provide best-in-class legal advice, and work on wide variety of corporate legal matters including but not limited to: France domestic and international markets, significant customer and vendor agreements, M&A and financing transactions, advising local business teams and working with partners. You will leverage strong business acumen and international experience to manage a variety of matters and oversee issues related to real estate, labor & employment, intellectual property, litigation, and regulatory compliance.


Legal Counsel – Key Qualifications


  • The successful candidate will have at least 5 to 8 years of general corporate and commercial legal experience gained at a respected law firm and/or in-house at an MNC
  • The candidate must be mature and able to work independently
  • Excellent client service and communications skills (oral and written)
  • Strong interpersonal and consultative skills; ability to interact effectively and work diplomatically with individuals at all levels
  • Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations, consistent with good business practices
  • Must have experience functioning as an entrepreneurial, strategic advisor to the senior teams executing business strategy
  • Must be creative and passionate about growing the business and understanding how to attain goals within different cultures
  • Comfortable with oversight of real estate, labor & employment, intellectual property, litigation, and regulatory compliance
  • Candidates must hold a law degree and have passed a bar

· French (native) and English (fluent) language skills are required


Scope and Responsibilities


  • Support the Legal Director on domestic and international matters and projects
  • Negotiate, draft and review commercial agreements
  • Provide legal advice to major function teams (e.g., the Sales, Purchasing and HR teams)
  • Develop and provide compliance-related training programs and activities
  • Provide necessary training to the business on legal topics
  • Participate in corporate transactions including managing joint venture partners and mergers & acquisitions
  • Actively participate in forensic investigations, working collaboratively with other corporate staff
  • Select and manage external counsel on a cost-effective basis
  • Work collaboratively with the Legal Staff worldwide on various matters
  • Manage filings and other corporate secretarial matters for corporate entities


Personal Attributes


  • Passionate about driving value in a growing business and meeting the challenges of a net-zero future
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively, work diplomatically, and foster relationships with individuals at all levels
  • Intellectual, problem solver who can act as a strategic business partner to senior business teams
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High emotional intelligence and self-awareness
  • Proactive—NOT reactive—mindset; capacity to make difficult decisions
  • Capable, personable and able to work with great flexibility
  • High integrity with the ability to interact effectively at all levels throughout the organization
  • Innovative, detail-oriented, self-starter who can bring a new perspective to the business
  • A collaborative and progressive team member who embodies the company mission and values

Envision AESC

Envision AESC is the world’s leading battery technology company and lithium-ion battery manufacturer with battery plants in Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and China. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of France’s highest-profile manufacturing plants as Envision AESC is building a new battery manufacturing plant in Douai, Hauts-de-France to support its business growth in Europe.

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