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Assistant General Counsel

  • Job reference: AE-000371
  • Sector: Energy, Support Services
  • Location: Oak Ridge
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 3rd largest global design firm by ENR in 2018 with nearly 55,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins Nuclear Solutions US is currently seeking an Assistant General Counsel to join the nuclear team in Oak Ridge, TN.


  • Under the general direction of the General Counsel, interprets laws and regulations, drafts opinions and conducts research with an emphasis on security, export control issues and Special Security Agreement (SSA) compliance for Atkins Nuclear Secured (ANS). Acts as Technology Control Officer.
  • Reviews client contracts for liability and insurance issues; negotiates desired language. Acts as troubleshooter with clients on legal issues which may affect the company.
  • Examines documents, statutes, decisions and ordinances affecting the company and resolves issues or escalates as necessary. Acts as agent of the company in various transactions, as authorized.
  • Provide counsel and advice related to US and International export control and security laws.
  • Draft transactional documents, review contracts and advise client during pendency of bid and proposal process.
  • Develops policies, procedures and document templates pertaining to legal matters.
  • Performs other such duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.
  • Provide governance and legal support to Corporate Secretary related to all Atkins Nuclear Secured Holdings Corporation Board of Directors responsibilities, such as legal opinions, governance and meeting preparation, joint partnerships, and wholly owned subsidiaries.
  • Frequent travel may be required. Must be willing to work extended hours when necessary.
  • Provides legal counsel and advice to technical and admin managers relative to legal matters in areas of responsibility/expertise.
  • Acts under the general direction of the General Counsel. Legal advice provided in areas of responsibility/expertise is recognized as authoritative and may have an important impact on company activities and results.
  • May directly supervise legal staff.
  • Frequent interface with technical and admin managers relative to legal matters in areas of responsibility/expertise.
  • Frequent contact with various outside counsels of clients and other outside counsels the firm may employ, and representatives of outside agencies.


  • JD degree from an accredited law school.
  • Minimum of fifteen years relevant experience, including fundamental knowledge of business, subcontract and/or contract review, negotiation and administration.
  • Nuclear industry experience, particularly with the Department of Energy preferred.


  • Strong management and interpersonal skills, well organized and detail oriented, self-starter with positive attitude and ability to work under deadlines and pressure, customer focused with “can-do” attitude, and strong presentation and negotiation skills.


  • Must be licensed to practice law in one of the 50 states and be prepared to meet Tennessee Bar requirements for in-house practice.
  • General Competencies expected of all Professional and Managers are as follows: Client Service, Commitment, Communication, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Professionalism, Quality and Teamwork.

Due to current law, and in conjunction with the advertised position’s scope of work, candidates that are Non-US citizens are required to be submitted for further approval to the NNSA before being considered for hiring purposes. In addition, any candidates with dual citizenship in the US and another country must undergo further review for approval by the NNSA. Proof of citizenship will be requested upon receipt of application/resume.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

Please view Atkins Equal Opportunity Statement here: 

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