Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel, Burnaby, British Columbia

When you join our team as a Legal Counsel, you will be responsible for providing legal advisory services to Interfor’s operations and corporate teams within our Western Region (BC, WA, OR) on contracts, M&A transactions, regulatory compliance, disputes, corporate policies and good governance. Based at our Corporate Head Office at Metrotown and reporting directly to the General Counsel as part of a four lawyer legal team, the successful candidate will have at least four years of top tier corporate commercial experience, obtained in a leading law firm and/or sophisticated corporate in-house environment. As the preferred candidate, you have excellent contract negotiation and drafting skills, with a practical, results-oriented approach to solving day-to-day legal issues the company may face. Prior experience working with public companies, including transactional experience, combined with excellent interpersonal skills and a team first approach will make you the ideal candidate for this role.

What You’ll Do

  • Draft, negotiate, and review a wide variety of commercial contracts.
  • Update the Company’s contract templates by staying up-to-date with changes in law and judicial decisions, using clear, plain-language drafting skills.
  • Support the transactions and operations teams in M&A activity, including due diligence and post-transaction integration.
  • Research and draft company-wide policies that meet legal requirements and Company standards in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Provide support in the management and resolution of disputes and litigation matters, including working with outside litigation counsel.
  • Provide general legal advice and support to operations and corporate teams, including woodlands, log procurement, manufacturing facilities, capital projects, environment, health & safety, sales & marketing, information technology, human resources, sales & marketing and procurement/purchasing.
  • Interpret contracts, legal documents, laws and regulations for leaders in the business and advise on best practices for compliance.
  • Provide legal support for special projects and other related duties as required.

What You Offer

  • Qualified Solicitor who is a member in good standing of the Law Society of British Columbia or has the ability to obtain such qualification. Equivalent qualification in Washington or Oregon will also be considered.
  • 3+ years of post-qualification experience (PQE) in corporate/commercial, transactions and contracts.
  • Experience in the following will be considered advantageous:
  • public company / securities
  • forest products industry
  • US-based operations
  • in-house practice experience
  • ability to speak and read French
  • experience using a contract lifecycle management (CLM) system
  • Knowledge or experience in business law, property law and M&A are all considered an asset, as is an interest in developing a generalist practice that draws on specialized outside resources as necessary.
  • Effectively balance business needs and priorities against legal risks, to provide timely, practical legal advice and services.
  • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to write in clear, concise and plain language.
  • Effective problem-solving skills, with a pragmatic mind-set and ability to innovate.
  • Comfortable assessing legal frameworks applicable to new and existing businesses across Canadian and US Northwest jurisdictions.
  • Able to work independently with supervision and support, as well as collaboratively as a key member of the legal team.
  • Able to work effectively with people who have a wide range of seniority, experience and backgrounds.
  • Committed to working with the highest ethics and integrity.

Who We Are

Interfor is a growth-oriented forest products company, operating in all major forest products markets across North America. We offer one of the most diverse lines of wood products to customers around the globe, produced in safety-focused, world-class facilities. We strengthen and contribute to the local economies, build value for our employees and customers, and operate with world-leading sustainable forest management practices. We are proud to produce sustainable building materials that contribute to a healthy and sustainable future. Check out www.interfor.com to learn more about our approach to sustainability.

Interfor is one of the largest forest products companies in the world and we’re growing in exciting directions. Come be a part of our success! #StartHereGoFar

What We Offer

Interfor builds value for our employees by providing a career where they can contribute, grow, and prosper. We offer a competitive salary, based both on what you bring to the role and benchmarked to market conditions. You’ll also get a competitive benefits package including:

  • Extended Health & Dental

  • Short Term Disability Insurance

  • Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Life and AD&D Insurance

  • Additional (Employee Paid) Life Insurance

  • RRSP Matching Plan

  • Participation in our Employee Share Purchase Plan (ESPP)

  • Paid Vacation

  • Employee Assistance Program

We want you to grow your career with Interfor. With our industry leading training programs and track record of promoting from within, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ‘Start Here. Go Far.’ Check out our Employee Development Programs to learn more at www.interfor.com/careers.

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applicants offered a position must successfully complete a pre-employment drug test and background check. Interfor is an Equal Opportunity Employer building a capable, committed, diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual identity, gender, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.