Senior Counsel – NE Siting

Description About the Position: National Grid, one of the largest investor-owned companies in the world covering Massachusetts,New Hampshire,New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and the UK is seeking a zoning attorney for it's Legal Department in Waltham,Massachusetts . The siting and permitting teams play an integral role in the successful delivery of a large portfolio of complex projects in New England . The permitting attorney’s responsibilities will include permitting gas and electric infrastructure projects before municipal boards, including zoning boards of appeal, planning boards, boards of selectmen and city councils. The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years’ experience in zoning and general permitting and a background in managing project teams and working collaboratively with municipalities. Position Responsibilities (including but not limited to): Preparing permitting analyses and securing permits and approvals for gas and electric infrastructure projects in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island Providing review and recommendations on permitting-related terms and conditions of business agreements Exercising independent judgment on legal matters and counseling middle or upper management clients. Identifying business issues and initiatives where significant risks have not been taken into account in order to mitigate risk for the business. Providing support and coaching to less experienced lawyers and paralegals in order to share knowledge and develop technical understanding within discipline. Ensuring all projects are appropriately assessed, designed, planned, resourced and scheduled in a timely and cost effective manner in order to ensure best value for National Grid and its customers. Developing and utilizing peer group network in order to absorb and apply legal, market and regulatory best practice within own area of specialism. Challenging existing processes and continuously seeking ways to do things better in order to drive greater efficiencies for the business Qualifications Knowledge & Experience Required: A Juris Doctor Degree. Admission to and in good standing in MA Bar. RI, NH or VT bar admission a plus. Legal experience, skills and judgment of an attorney with five or more years practicing law in the area of siting and permitting Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to communicate and interact effectively with internal and external stakeholders and regulators Experience in conducting administrative and zoning hearings Ability to think from first principles rather than being solely guided by pre-determined processes. Detailed knowledge and understanding of legal precedent, statutory, regulatory and legislative issues affecting the industry and permitting of utility infrastructure. Ability to think from first principles and demonstrates ability to challenge processes and use knowledge or trends to look at current situations. Ability to conduct legal research. Exhibits high personal standards of commitment and integrity. Ability to bring creative and innovative legal approaches for the benefit of the business client. Ability to establish high level confidence with middle and upper management, business clients and external stakeholders. Ability to manage intermediate legal matters efficiently and effectively. Strong sense of team work; ability to work effectively on multidisciplinary teams. J ob Dimensions: Effectively oversees matters with significant strategic financial or reputational impact. Managing budgets up to $1 billion Business impact. National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that value s a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion t hat drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team. Job : US Legal Primary Location : MA-Waltham Organisation : US Legal Schedule : Full-time Job Posting : Aug 10, 2017, 11:26:34 AM Unposting Date : Sep 9, 2017, 11:59:00 PM