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Legal Counsel – Contracts

LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. (a Berkshire Hathaway Company)
Posted Aug 24
Full Time
Houston, Texas

LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. (LSPI) is the global leader in the science of drag reduction. In 2014 LSPI was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway, having previously been a wholly owned subsidiary of Phillips 66. LSPI provides flow improver solutions, delivering strategic value to its customers by maximizing the flow potential of pipelines while increasing their operational flexibility, capacity and economic performance. LSPI works with companies in more than 35 countries to solve pipeline flow needs, treating more than 12 million barrels of hydrocarbon liquids a day and providing customers with a total package solution that includes flow improver products and the right injection equipment. LSPI leading brands are LiquidPower™, ExtremePower® and RefinedPower™.

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LiquidPower Specialty Products, Inc. is seeking a Contracts Counsel to join our General Counsel’s Office to negotiate, draft, and review supplier facing contracts, risk management, and general corporate matters. Under limited supervision, this role will oversee the growth of contract management policies, processes and systems to ensure efficient contract lifecycle management operations assessing legal risks and providing legal advice to the applicable business stakeholders. The Contracts Counsel will report to the Associate General Counsel.

**Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating standardized terms for use across suppliers
  • Supporting the Associate General Counsel in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating various supplier contracts, including but not limited to: technology, purchase, services, staffing, software, and construction agreements; statements of work; and engagement letters
  • Applying innovative problem-solving skills and practical business judgment to minimize risk and foster long-term internal client relationships
  • Assist and make recommendations in the establishment, implementation, and communication of formal policies, processes and procedures to govern a supplier contract throughout its life-cycle from sourcing through negotiation to termination
  • Assist with the on-going development and improvement of systems to support the contract lifecycle management policies and process
  • Perform industry research on legal matters related to the specific commodities and suppliers managed as well applicable legislation
  • Contribute to the holistic negotiation of agreements with suppliers that achieve the optimal combination of service, cost, quality, and risk mitigation
  • Stay abreast of and contribute to sourcing and procurement’s legal trends and functional innovation particularly around legal and contractual matters
  • All other duties as assigned


  • J.D. required. Recognized technical or professional certification in privacy, procurement or other relevant professional organizations is a plus
  • Active member of the U.S. state bar
  • 3-8 years of commercial law transactional legal experience in a law firm and/or corporate legal department
  • Existing knowledge of procurement commodities, including technology, privacy, staffing, operations, facilities, services, global supply chain, and other non-technology related areas
  • Superior contract negotiation, drafting and conflict resolution skills with a deep understanding of commercial contract provisions and contract structures
  • Familiarity with information technology developments, including cybersecurity software and the cloud industry
  • Excellent analytical, verbal, research, writing, and problem-solving skills
  • Extremely detail oriented with strong editing skills with the ability to handle and close negotiations and agreements with minimal support from Associate General Counsel
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate as an effective team member and with minimal supervision to maximize team results
  • Experience in researching and effectively communicating global regulatory requirements
  • Experience advising clients on procurement and supply chain issues
  • Familiarity with supply chain compliance regulations covering topics such as forced labor, conflict minerals, and anti-corruption/bribery
  • Understanding of the workings of international supply chains and how supply chain management drives business outcomes
  • Procurement process knowledge, contract management, financial analysis, market analysis, supplier analysis, supplier diversity, supplier management, technology utilization, strategic planning and integrated supply chain experience
  • Understanding of legal terms vs. business terms, including recognizing, identifying and being able to explain business and legal risks, their implications, and solutions

**Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in developing and supporting process change across Legal and Business teams to centralize and standardize procurement and commercial contract work
  • Prior experience managing lawyers and/or non lawyers
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