Director & Associate General Counsel - Spire Resources

Date: Nov 24, 2022

Location: Houston, TX, US, 77002

Company: Spire Inc.

Company Overview

At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our business. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow. That’s why we’re always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.

We value safety, inclusion, and integrity. We connect to people, get the job done, and leave a memory and everything about our culture comes back to one thing: a handshake at the front door. We have 4 essential behaviors that show how the Spire culture comes to life:
Living Spire (Essential Behaviors)
• We Collaborate: We reach across boundaries to connect with each other and deliver on our promises. We put teamwork first, knowing that our collective energy makes us stronger.
• We Care: We create good memories by treating people how we want to be treated: We are inclusive, respectful and kind. We actively create a caring culture that feels like a handshake at the front door.
• We Advance: We are active learners who never stop looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, and our company. We embrace ongoing development and process improvement with passion and tenacity.
• We Have Perspective: We strive to gain additional perspective about Spire’s business and the ever-changing energy industry. We know that every employee plays an important role in Spire’s success, and we give our best to better understand how to help move the company forward.

Summary

The successful candidate will play an integral role in advising Spire Resources LLC’s operating subsidiaries (including Spire’s natural gas pipeline and storage businesses, natural gas liquids transmission business, and a standalone commodity trading business) in its day-to-day operations and be responsible for managing legal affairs for this fast-growing company. 

The ideal candidate will be a strategic thinker with demonstrated experience in most, if not all, of the following areas (i) commercial contract negotiations including NAESB-related sale and purchase of natural gas and other contracts for structured transactions; (ii) commercial and regulatory litigation; (iii) regulatory affairs and energy infrastructure development/permitting; (iv) regulatory, including FERC and other regulatory authority, compliance report; and (v) community, state, and/or federal governmental affairs.  At a minimum, the candidate will be required to have both energy midstream commercial and regulatory experience. 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the General Counsel in managing the strategic and tactical legal risks for the company, and be able to articulate the legal risk profile of the company’s operating subsidiaries including Spire STL Pipeline, Spire Storage West, Spire NGL, and Spire Marketing
  • Provide day-to-day counsel to business clients concerning business objectives and commercial activities of the company 
  • Negotiate commercial and other contracts (including NAESBs, transportation precedent agreements, tariff-based transportation contracts, operational balancing agreements, interconnection agreements, and construction and vendor contracts, as necessary) with limited oversight 
  • Assist in meeting pipeline tariff obligations, and take a lead role in managing all regulatory filings including filings to FERC, PHMSA, the BLM or other regulatory authorities
  • Advise on FERC Standards of Conduct matters
  • Collaborate to help lead applicable compliance education and formalized training.
     

Essential Characteristics and Competencies

Extensive knowledge of energy midstream (with emphasis on natural gas) transactions and regarding key governing laws and regulations such as the Natural Gas Act, FERC pipeline regulations, FERC Gas Tariffs, FERC certificate approval processes for new and expansion of natural gas infrastructure (including natural gas pipelines and underground storage infrastructure), as well as a working knowledge of federal and state environmental regulations is preferred. Midstream natural gas industry knowledge is however required.  

Supervisory Responsibilities

Required Education (certifications, licenses)

  • BA/BS degree 
  • JD degree 
  • License to practice law in any U.S. jurisdiction 
     

Required knowledge, skill and abilities

  • Minimum eight (8) years of legal experience
  • Demonstrated ability to build lasting professional relationships with internal colleagues and executive management 
  • Working knowledge of natural gas commodity trading business
  • Must demonstrate integrity, decisiveness and good judgment under pressure
  • Ability to manage a diverse and demanding workload, work independently and as a member of a team
  • Strong ambition to learn and ability to communicate with people of different professional backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required 
  • Superior analytical skills are required 
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Must be willing to travel, as necessary
     

Physical demands, environment and schedule

  • Job is performed in a typical trade floor office environment, but is subject to time pressures and constraints, and is often dependent on input from others  
  • Occasionally, work may be performed from home, after normal work hours or on weekends 
  • Periodic travel as business requires
  • Subject to drug and alcohol testing, per applicable federal regulations
     

Competencies

We Advance
We Care
We Collaborate
We Have Perspective

Posting Requirements

Disclaimer:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

 

Posting requirements: The above posting description is intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

 

Spire, Inc., and its subsidiaries are Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

 

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.


Job Location: Houston

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