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Counsel - Florham Park, NJ

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.
We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.
We are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!
Where the Chemistry Happens…
We have a great opportunity for Counsel to join our team.
Counsel (1701318)

You will provide day-to-day regulatory advice and counseling to BASF’s Corporate and Site EHS and manufacturing community in areas of the environment (air, water, waste), occupational safety and industrial hygiene (OSHA and MSHA), process safety (RMP and PSM), and transportation (DOT) including regulatory compliance and permitting.
Formula for success. You will….
  • Evaluate and negotiate allocation of environmental contamination risk in acquisitions and divestitures
  • Handle litigation and compliance enforcement, including interacting with federal, state and local environmental agencies
  • Monitor and advise EHS function of upcoming legislative and regulatory changes
  • Develop and improve compliance policies and procedures
  • Take a leadership role in independently managing projects from beginning to end
  • Contribute to BASF’s legal interaction with our trade associations
  • Counsel EHS and Real Estate in the investigation, remediation and re-deployment of active and inactive sites. Provide training to EHS community on all aspects of environmental issues
  • Negotiate orders, consent decrees and other agency documents applicable to remediation of owned and formerly owned manufacturing sites
  • Review and draft environmental provisions for a wide variety of commercial agreements
  • Work with outside counsel as needed
Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…
Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.
The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Ingredients for success. What we look for in you.....
  • Law degree from an accredited institution with bar admission in at least one US state is required
  • Minimum 8 years of in-depth environmental, health and safety statutory and regulatory legal experience in either a corporate or law firm setting is required
  • Broad legal knowledge with high degree of proficiency in understanding, interpreting and applying complex federal and state environmental statutes, regulations, and governmental policies required
  • General understanding of corporate economics and requirements of accruing for environmental remediation liabilities is required
  • Prior in-house experience supporting the EHS technical function preferred
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills essential to the ability to act as attorney/advisor to variety of internal stakeholders, including senior management, counsel and work cooperatively with BASF Corporate and Site EHS, Real Estate Accounting and business groups, participate in teams to solve problems, and represent BASF with government and industry groups
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously to meet critical deadlines
  • Proven experience identifying and implementing creative solutions and proactively identifying developments in environmental and health and safety law, and developing practical real world solutions to address the impact of such developments on BASF's business and risk allocation decisions
  • Strong sense of teamwork