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Director Deputy General Counsel - Regulatory Affairs- FR

Posted Jul 09
Full Time
HybridWashington, District Of Columbia

At CN, everyday brings new and exciting challenges. You can expect an interesting environment where you’re part of making sure our business is running optimally and safely―helping keep the economy on track. We provide the kind of paid training and opportunities that long-term careers are built on and we recognize hard workers who strive to make a difference. You will be able to thrive in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

The Director, Deputy General Counsel, Regulatory Affairs is responsible for providing legal opinions on matters related to the regulatory, safety and economic frameworks applicable to CN in the United States (U.S.), as well as cross-border issues with Canada and Mexico. The role requires proactive leadership, autonomy, and flexibility as the incumbent represents the Organization before various regulatory agencies and handles outside counsel in judicial authorities. Moreover, the position supports all CN functions on any regulatory matters raised.

Main Responsibilities Legal Opinions Regulatory


  • Provide legal opinions respecting the Interstate Commerce Act, the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) Termination Act, and the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act and all other statutes applicable to CN activities
  • Strategize to advise departments on initiatives to validate consistency with the regulatory framework, including commercial contracts and operational plans, and cross-border legal issues
  • Review and strategize communication materials prepared by the Government and Public Affairs department



  • Strategize and make various filings with all regulatory agencies in support of CN’s position
  • Give instruction to outside counsel acting on behalf of CN in outside courts
  • Engage with government officials having a direct influence on the orders to be issued to CN
  • Attend meetings or hearings, either as Lead Counsel or to provide instructions to outside counsel, dealing with matters affecting the Organization’s interest
  • Manage an extensive internal and external network and facilitate other relationship building across CN

Cross-functional Counsel


  • Adopt a proactive and strategic cross-functional approach in the provision of legal opinion, including supporting CN strategic initiatives
  • Collaborate with CN functions and externally to solve problems creatively
  • Provide counsel to all functions at CN when the questions raised involve the regulatory framework and work with them in planning strategy

Working Conditions

The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday and flexibility to work remotely in accordance with CN policy. The role requires being available on-call 24/7 to respond to critical incidences. Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent must be able to meet tight deadlines, handle pressure, and stress. The role requires occasional travel (up to 40%) within the U.S. or Canada.

Requirements Experience

Regulatory Affairs

  • Minimum 10 years of experience with the rail industry
  • Demonstrated experience in a fast-paced environment with a strong ability for prioritization and the capacity to adapt to various working models and cultures
  • Experience in the transportation or railroad industry or federal agency regulating railroads*
  • Any experience for these above would be considered as an asset



  • Bachelor’s Degree or Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Member of good standing admitted in Washington, DC
  • Clerkship with a federal judge*
  • Any education for these above would be considered as an asset



  • Demonstrates agility and drives change
  • Knows the business and stays current on industry needs
  • Applies critical thinking
  • Sets direction and inspires others
  • Communicates with impact
  • Delegates and empowers others to create accountability
  • Collaborates with others and shares information
  • Demonstrates active listening
  • Identifies needs and finds solutions to create value for all stakeholders
  • Leads by example for the safety and security of all

Technical Skills/Knowledge


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Extensive knowledge of the federal statutes that may apply to CN activities, including the Interstate Commerce Act, ICC Termination Act, STB Reauthorization Act, and the Federal Rail Safety Act
  • Ability to learn and understand railway operation and activities concerning the regulatory framework

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

Au CN, nous sommes déterminés à bâtir le chemin de fer le plus sûr, le plus inclusif et le plus durable de l’Amérique du Nord, à l’image des collectivités dans lesquelles nous exerçons nos activités. Les études révèlent que souvent, les candidats des groupes sous représentés ne posent pas leur candidature à moins de croire qu’ils correspondent tout à fait à l’offre d’emploi. Même si vous ne vous reconnaissez pas dans toutes les exigences énoncées dans l’affichage d’un poste, nous vous encourageons quand même à poser votre candidature. Si vous avez besoin d’un accommodement pour le processus de recrutement (notamment d’autres formats de documents, des salles de réunion accessibles ou d’autres mesures d’accommodement), veuillez communiquer avec notre équipe à .

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