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Project Counsel

Company Description


Dragados is an international contractor established in 1941 that specializes in major infrastructure projects, including bridges, roads and highways, tunnels and underground projects, buildings, energy and environmental infrastructure, dams and hydraulic works worldwide. Dragados is the construction arm of ACS Group, one of the leading infrastructure developers in the world with presence in more than 40 countries, ranked No. 1 on ENR’s 2016 Top 250 International Contractors list.

Dragados’ success and future depends on attracting, developing and retaining diverse and skilled talent. We believe that our company’s achievement begins with great employees. Dragados began U.S. operations in 2005 and 2008 in Canada. Strategic partnerships with Schiavone, Picone, Pulice, J.F. White and Prince enhanced Dragados ability to complete large scale projects, using the latest technologies to resolve technical challenges.


Corporate Headquarters:

810 7th Avenue, 9th Floor

New York, NY 10019

Main Office: 212.779.0900


www.dragados-usa.com          www.dragados-usa.com/career

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Position Summary / Objective: Dragados USA, on behalf of its joint venture, Hampton Roads Connector Partners, is currently looking to hire a Project Counsel specialized in construction contracts and negotiations for our project office in Norfolk, Virginia. As Project Counsel assigned to the I-64 Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion Project, the position will have the opportunity to work on an exciting, high profile and complex design/build project. Project Counsel will assist project management with strategic initiatives and manage the legal efforts to provide practical and sound legal advice and counsel to the project team in a variety of legal work related to the joint venture’s construction business, including a wide range of transactional, procurement and claims matters. Drafting and negotiating the agreements related to the joint venture’s construction activities and claim management form the core of the position’s workload. This requires a full understanding of the complex risk-transfer structure on Design/Build projects. Principal/Essential Duties & Responsibilities: Gain a deep understanding of the key project contracts (prime contract, major subcontracts, and purchase orders). This includes, among other things, acquire familiarity with: (i) notice procedures and deadlines in the agreements; (ii) contractual risk allocation; (iii) invoicing and payment provisions; (iv) contractual remedies and preconditions to obtaining relief; and (v) dispute escalation and resolution sequence. Provide advice to project management team on the contractual impact of proposed actions. Provide training to the project management team on the key project contracts. Drafting project correspondence to be sent to the Owner, key subcontractors and critical third parties. Gather the necessary technical or commercial data necessary for the specific piece of correspondence in question. Seek input, review and approval from the Project Manager. Support the project management team in creating the necessary awareness in all key personnel at the Project so that issues which may require contractual response are identified and communicated in a timely fashion. Disseminate good practices with regards to internal communications (internal memos, e-mails between team members). Ensure good practices to that effect are followed. Advice in the identification and preparation of claims in close coordination with project management team. Management of disputes and claims. Coordinate with partners’ in-house and Project outside counsel. Review, as requested by the project team, solicitations (RFQs, RFPs) to be issued to vendors (subcontractors, suppliers, etc.). Reviewing, drafting, and negotiating construction-related contracts (design/build agreements, subcontracts, joint venture agreements, etc.) according to company policies Reviewing any adjustments made to contracts and ensuring that the specifications comply with agreements made Open and transparent communications with and functional reporting to Dragados USA’s General Counsel/Senior Vice President and willingness to take direction. Perform other related duties as required and assigned. Qualifications: Required Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate required. 7 to 10 years of law firm or in-house experience with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in contracts and negotiation is a must. At least 5 years of construction experience required, preferably in-house. Admitted to the Bar (license to practice law) required, preferably in Virginia. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Word, Excel, and Outlook is required. Team player with strong communication skills, reporting skills, analytical skills, negotiating skills and organizational capabilities. Familiarity with contract documents and contract law. Must be willing to register as in-house counsel, if not admitted to Virginia Bar and to the extent required by Virginia regulations. Preferred In-house counsel experience. Admitted to the Virginia Bar. Dragados USA Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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