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Bakersfield preferred (will consider Long Beach, CA), California
Full Time - General Counsel
0-5 years experience
Corporate Generalist, Energy, Environmental
Reporting directly to the President, the General Counsel will perform and manage all legal aspects of the company and provide strategic advice and support for operations and management.
Mitigate risk to the organization by practicing preventive law, proactively informing and educating management.
Manage policies and objectives involving local, state, and federal government affairs in coordination with internal subject matter experts. Lead analysis of proposed legislative and regulatory actions, determine the potential impact on the organization and develop responses, including creating policy proposals, providing public testimony and written comments. Coordinate regulatory and legislative efforts by working with government officials and stakeholders to represent and advocate for the company.
Keep informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends, and develop policies, programs, and training as needed, including environmental, health and safety, and labor and employment.
Provide leadership on cross-functional teams, identify legal concerns and participate in analyses for determining preferred resolutions. May include interacting with external counsel, advisors, vendors, and business partners.
Draft, review, negotiate, and interpret agreements in support of various company departments, e.g., finance, human resources, IT, engineering, maintenance. Advise on contract status, legal risks and liabilities.
Coordinate and manage external law firms, ensuring timely and accurate work product and results.
Manage any litigation and/or regulatory enforcement in which company is involved.
Provide education and training to staff to insure awareness of legal issues and how to spot and/or avoid them. Subjects include ethics, privacy, political activity and procurement.
Coordinate various audit and review programs to promote process improvement, ensure compliance, and mitigate risk throughout the business.
5+ years’ experience in legal practice, preferably with law firm and in-house experience.
Demonstrated experience successfully driving legal strategies, goals and objectives including process improvements and resource efficiencies in legal services.
Excellent organizational and planning skills and the capacity to simultaneously handle a variety of complex matters under deadline pressure in a dynamic environment.
Strong demonstrated experience drafting and negotiating contracts.
Excellent written, verbal and analytical skills and an ability to communicate complex issues simply.
Demonstrated ability to build strong working relationships to positively influence effective outcomes while maintaining adherence to proper legal standards.
Responsive and service-oriented attitude.
Attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, and external partners and vendors.
Some travel required (e.g., Sacramento, Fresno, Washington D.C., Long Beach)
Internal Number: GC2018
About Kern Oil & Refining Co.
Kern is a small, privately owned petroleum refiner located in Bakersfield, California, in the southern San Joaquin Valley, with a corporate office in Long Beach, California. Kern has operated for over 70 years and has approximately 135 employees. With a refining capacity of 27,000 barrels per stream day, Kern is the only small refiner in California producing CARB Reformulated Gasoline and Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel.