Senior Legal Counsel

Rio Tinto
London, LO, UK
Jan 14, 2021
Feb 13, 2021
Audit & Legal
Full Time
Senior Legal Counsel
  • Join an encouraging leadership group, committed to your growth and development
  • Work in a collaborative and fast paced environment
  • Permanent role, based in London, UK.

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are looking for a Senior Corporate Counsel, Copper and Diamonds working closely with the Copper and Diamonds General Counsel and Copper and Diamonds product group supporting all legal matters for existing assets and any other new business. A specific area of focus will be the Oyu Tolgoi project in Mongolia. The OT project is a complex and strategically important project to Rio Tinto and requires significant legal support in terms of JV governance, public disclosure, disputes and international arbitration, project financing, government negotiations and sovereign risk mitigation.

We are an open, connected global team that includes some of the industry's best and brightest minds. We offer competitive, performance-focused remuneration and a wide range of benefits to reward your contribution. With a global reach, the opportunities to develop and grow your career are broad and exciting.

Reporting to the General Counsel Copper & Diamonds and working in a challenging and exciting environment, within the legal department, you will be:
  • Providing advice across a broad remit of legal issues including commercial contracts, M&A and litigation as well as strategic support to the Copper and Diamonds product group
  • Structuring and advising on complex multi-stakeholder negotiations from construction to closure
  • Managing the business' major legal and commercial risks
  • Ensuring adherence to the highest standards of compliance in order to build and protect Rio Tinto's reputation
  • Providing strategic guidance beyond legal advice to support a complex project with various interrelated stakeholders

What you'll bring
  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Strong experience in non-OECD jurisdictions and dealings with complex Government and multi-stakeholder issues
  • Experience supporting complex negotiations and transactions
  • Strong corporate/commercial experience, including exposure to complex contracts, M&A and joint ventures as well as managing litigation/arbitration and an understanding of project financing
  • Accustomed to operating in an international business
  • Strong technical and analytical skills alongside a proven track record of formulating and offering creative solutions to commercial problems
  • Experience of managing relationships with external advisers and ensuring that a cost-effective service is delivered
  • Strong cross-cultural awareness and ability to quickly adapt to the situation and have a flexible style for an appropriate audience amidst uncertainty and competing interests
  • Commercial & ethical judgement and the willingness & confidence to exercise it
  • Works seamlessly across organisational and geographic boundaries in pursuit of broader corporate goals. Strong relationship-builder and a collaborative colleague who builds effective working relationships at all levels across the business

What we offer

Be recognised for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you've helped the world progress.
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A competitive salary package with annual cash incentive awards for eligible employees
  • Career development & education assistance to further your ambitions
  • Access top tier family-friendly health and medical programs and pension plan
  • Wellbeing benefits
  • Generous Rio Tinto employee share program
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Ongoing individual wellbeing support for you and your family for personal and professional matter
  • Leave for all of life's reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls 'progress' begins with
a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium the world's first to be certified "responsible" helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe.
Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.