Senior Legal Counsel

OceaneeringHanover, MarylandFull Time

Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Oceaneering Technologies (OTECH) performs a wide range of engineering services and products for unique marine systems for military and commercial customers. OTECH innovates wherever practical rather than inventing making it “faster to field” than others in its industry; the typical development/delivery cycle for complex mechanical, hydraulic, electrical systems is often completed in 12-15 months. Technical capabilities span the entire engineering spectrum. These skills have been demonstrated in successfully delivered systems, including Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs); Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs); saturation diving systems; surface and sub-surface vehicle launch and recovery systems; advanced offshore cranes; and life support systems.

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Position Summary

The Senior Legal Counsel for Aerospace & Defense Technologies (ADTech) serves as both a business partner and a subject matter expert on legal and U.S. Government contracts and compliance -related matters, with responsibility for ensuring timely, accurate, and risk-weighted legal advice and service. A member of a colleagial and highly effective Legal Department, the Senior Legal Counsel works in close collaboration with other Oceaneers across business units and functional departments to enable business and maximize profit in furtherance of the Company’s strategic objectives and within its Mission, Vision, and Values.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide accurate, relevant, complete, and timely legal advice (including but not limited to document drafting and review, oral or written advice on legal issues, and managing outside counsel and other legal support providers) to internal client(s) in accordance with Company policy, risk tolerance, and budget
  • Ensure that the Associate/Assistant General Counsel and other stakeholders are timely made aware of legal issues, risks, and proposed solutions where there is a risk of material impact on the Company’s financial, operational, and reputational results
  • Draft, review, and negotiate various commercial and Government contracts and agreements (including parent company guarantees), and advise other legal, contracts, commercial, and/or operations personnel on such matters.
  • Experience of supporting businesses operating in the U.S. Government Contracting space
  • Supervise or support the handling of claims, litigation, and/or internal investigations
  • Advise on labor and employment matters, including policies and practices related to hiring, termination, and restructuring, and on disciplinary, grievance, and discrimination matters
  • Promote compliance with the U.S. Government Contractor Compliance Policy and the Corporate Code of Conduct, especially as it relates to mischarging, procurement integrity, trade controls, intellectual property/data rights, and other legal topics unique to U.S. Government contracting
  • Serve as the Legal Business Partner to the ADTech Vice Presidents and General Mangers (VP/GMs). The Legal Business Partner role requires close coordination and communication with the relevant VP(s) about business goals and legal and contractual methods for achieving the best results for the business, as well as about ensuring compliance with relevant laws and regulations that apply to the business; and/or
  • Serve as a global Subject Matter Expert on all areas of U.S. Government contracting, International Traffic In Arms Regulations and other relevant regulations supporting other members of the Legal Department and other Oceaneers



  • Law degree from accredited university
  • Licensed (or otherwise eligible to apply for licensure) to practice law in one or more relevant jurisdictions
  • 6+ years of legal experience in the area of U.S. Government contracting in law firm, Government or defense contractor
  • Deep knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and its supplements
  • Fluent in English


  • Experience in a law firm or as in-house counsel for a global business, particularly one with technology and other complex service and manufacturing offerings
  • Litigation, labor & employment, M&A experience a plus
  • Management experience in a law firm or as in-house counsel

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, And Other Characteristics

  • Brings a proactive, team-oriented approach
  • Develops and maintains strong professional relationships with Legal colleagues, other Oceaneers, and external customers and suppliers
  • Demonstrates cultural sensitivity and the ability to effectively communicate across a multinational company
  • Identifies and collaborates with others to improve existing processes in order to achieve greater consistency and efficiency in the delivery of legal support to the business
  • Willing to travel, domestically and internationally, as needed

Additional Information

This position is Hybrid - Remote and will require commuting to a designated office. Hybrid work schedules are determined by the hiring manager based on business need.

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or other non-merit factors.

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