Hanwha Q CELLS USA Corp (“HQC US”) develops, invests, and delivers solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery energy storage systems (BESS) projects through Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) services in North America.

The company brings a decade of global leadership in solar PV to deliver utility-scale power generation plants customized for local and regional energy markets. HQC US offers the full spectrum of PV solutions – from the core technology of cells and modules to large-scale project development and investment. With proven capabilities across the solar and battery storage value chain, HQC US minimizes uncertainty and risk and helps customers achieve a higher return on their investment in renewable energy.

HQC US is seeking a Counsel to assist with its growing Commercial & Industrial engineering, procurement, and construction business. HQC US's Commercial & Industrial practice is in its infancy and as such, is uniquely situated to grow within the Commercial & Industrial space and the company as HQC US pursues its goal of being a fully integrated renewable energy provider. The chosen candidate will join a legal team that handles the full life cycle of renewable energy projects from development to sale.

The Counsel's primary focus will be supporting HQC US with legal needs arising in connection with the engineering, procurement and construction of solar, solar plus battery energy storage, and standalone battery energy storage projects in the Commercial & Industrial space, but will also have the opportunity to assist on Utility Scale projects. These needs include reviewing, drafting, and effectively negotiating EPC Agreements, service contracts, subcontracts, supply contracts, and other construction-related agreements. This position reports to the General Counsel or another senior management personnel that the President of the Company may designate. This is a full-time position that reports to HQC US's Irvine office and may require some limited travel. Preference will be given to candidates located in Southern California; however, this position may be remote for the right candidate.

Essential Job Function & Responsibilities
  • Assist the Commercial & Industrial Team in Handling All Issues Arising During the Process of Engineering, Procuring, and Constructing Commercial & Industrial Solar and Battery Energy Storage Projects;
  • Structure, draft, review and effectively negotiate EPC Agreements, service contracts, subcontracts, and other solar, solar plus battery energy storage, or standalone battery energy storage project construction agreements;
  • Provide general legal support to finance, development, construction and operations teams regarding issues in the construction and operation of renewables projects;
  • Advise business teams regarding issues that arise during construction, including change orders, waivers and force majeure notices, and after construction, including warranty claims, as necessary;
  • Provide general legal counsel and strategic guidance to senior management;
  • Effectively and efficiently engage and manage outside counsel; and
  • All other duties as assigned by General Counsel or other senior management personnel.

Required Qualifications:
  • 3+ years relevant experience
  • Strong background in commercial construction, supply, and/or engineering contracts
  • Active membership in at least one state bar
  • Top law firm training preferred
  • In-house experience preferred
  • Renewable energy experience preferred

Position's Offered Salary Pay Range
The anticipated starting pay range of this position, if it is to be located in Irvine, CA is $150,000.00 - $180,000.00 base salary per year.

The above-listed salary range is required by the California Pay Transparency Act and may differ depending on the location of those candidates hired nationwide. The salary range shared in the job description is for the listed position and only pertains to the candidate if they work in Irvine, CA. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to internal pay equity, skill set, education, licenses and certifications, geographic location, essential job duties and requirements, and the necessary experience relative to the job's minimum qualifications. An additional discretionary bonus structure or incentives may be offered as part of the overall compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, dental, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.