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Legal Counsel

$207,370- $261,140/ year
Posted Apr 01
Full Time
On Site
Richland, Washington

Project Overview

Bechtel is a global engineering, construction and project management company that has “built the world” for more than 120 years, having constructed Hoover Dam, the English Channel Tunnel, entire cities in the Middle East, the second-largest solar thermal power project in the world, and millions of miles of roads and pipelines. We produce a lasting, positive legacy by creating jobs, growing economies, connecting communities to resources, shoring up and expanding infrastructure, and making the world a cleaner, greener, safer place. 

Join us as we make history at the Hanford Vit Plant, known as the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant. We are designing and building a one-of-a-kind facility that will turn radioactive and chemical waste left over from World War II and Cold War plutonium production into a form safe for disposal. Your efforts will help protect the nearby Columbia River and the communities, salmon, and wildlife along its shorelines throughout the Northwest. 

Sitting at the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers near two mountain ranges, our community provides access to year-round outdoor recreation, 300 days of sun a year, more than 200 wineries within a 50-mile radius, and the amenities of large cities just a three-hour drive (or short flight) to Seattle and Portland.

Full-Time In Office: This position is a full-time role located in the Richland, Washington project office, and works a 9/80 schedule, offering every other Friday off.


Position Summary

Provide support on legal and commercial issues involving the Hanford Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant (WTP) project in Richland, Washington including work closely with WTP Project team personnel providing legal advice and assist in the negotiation and settlement of claims with clients, subcontractors and vendors.



  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with external and internal counsel of our customers, together with other influential contracts and commercial customer personnel to proactively influence positive outcomes for the organization. 
  • Independently develop legal and commercial positions for recommendation to Project Management.
  • Proactively advise and assist WTP project functional managers with commercial, legal, and contract issues.
  • Advise WTP Project Management on compliance with the Company’s internal protocols and procedures, in addition to assisting with the review and disposition of issues arising under the corporate compliance agreement.,
  • Under the overall supervision of the on-site WTP Legal Senior Counsel, the Counsel will usually work on WTP project legal matters independently. Certain matters may require collaboration with other members of NS&E Legal. Counsel may retain legal services from outside counsel as appropriate.
  • Counsel may direct and review the work of other members of the WTP Legal Department’s administrative team.
  • The legal work associated with the position is typically complex and difficult – the issues to be addressed are often unique and require a high order of original and creative legal analysis for their resolution.


Qualifications and Skills

Basic Qualifications

  • Must hold a current license to practice law in the United States.
  • Juris Doctor degree and 15 or more years of progressively responsible experience, including experience with contracts of engineering and construction and projects – from a major law firm or major engineering, procurement, and construction firm (EPC). Experience should incorporate time working on FAR based government contracts as well as commercial EPC. In lieu of a degree, 21 years of relevant experience.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be able to complete and pass a pre-employment drug screen, physical (if located at the construction site), and background check which includes verification of employment and education.
  • Must be able to obtain a Department of Energy badge for access to the Hanford Site. (Even if teleworking, must still be able to comply with security requirements to obtain a badge)
  • Must possess the right to work and remain in the United States without sponsorship.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Well-honed advisory, negotiation and drafting skills.
  • High degree of business acumen and a strategic approach.
  • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels within the company.
  • Must be prepared to travel on an ‘as needed’ basis.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing and managing corrective action plans.


Bechtel’s internal staffing policy includes the minimum time that you need to be in your current position before applying to a new position. Please refer to the applicable policy manual and ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

At Bechtel, our employees enjoy a competitive total rewards package that includes comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans, along with optional disability and supplemental insurance options, generous paid time off (160 hours annually, accrued 6.16 hours per pay period), nine paid holidays, paid parental leave, discretionary bonuses, and a well-designed 401K plan with matching and profit-sharing components. 


Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through five global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Energy; Mining & Metals; and Manufacturing & Technology. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status (except as authorized by law), protected veteran status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Bechtel employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or show proof of a negative test result prior to accessing Bechtel sites/facilities to the extent required by applicable law or by customer requirements.

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