Legal Counsel

KGS Group is seeking a Legal Counsel to join our growing Legal team in our Winnipeg office. If you are interested in working in a fast-paced, multi-disciplined company, are enthusiastic, dedicated and interested in a career as in-house counsel, then you will enjoy this opportunity.

About Us

We are KGS Group, an employee-owned, multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm serving clients throughout North America. We are different than traditional engineering firms. We believe a commitment to lasting relationships is just as critical as the expertise applied in our work. To us that means we put our clients and people first. We have the discipline to consistently deliver KGS Quality, never taking the easy way out. We always look closer and dig deeper. And no matter the project, we care enough to do it right.

As an employee-owned company, we are invested in our work and our people. Working with us means you will be part of some of the most interesting projects across Canada, the U.S. and beyond. With the extensive, wide-ranging expertise within our company, you will have countless opportunities to learn and grow.

The Role

In this role, you will provide timely and effective legal advice to all levels of management on a variety of matters including general corporate matters, contracts, acquisitions, financing, employment, litigation, intellectual property, risk management and corporate governance.

The Legal Counsel will work alongside the General Counsel to provide day to day guidance, legal advice related to contracts and other legal matters for departments and/or regions. The successful candidate will be on-site or hybrid from KGS Group’s Winnipeg location.

It is expected that this would be a full-time position, but KGS Group would consider other arrangements at the request of the applicant. Flexible schedules may also be accommodated.

Key Responsibilities, include but are not limited to:

  • Provide legal assistance for the negotiation, and interpretation of contracts relating to engineering services.
  • Review, draft, and negotiate a wide range of commercial contracts to support business goals and strategies.
  • Provide timely legal advice to project teams throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Provide proactive and solution-oriented legal advice to management.
  • Support the development of policies, procedures, and programs to ensure regulatory compliance alongside the General Counsel, human resources team, and management.
  • Support business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and financing.
  • Help ensure that projects, contracts, and all actions of the company comply with federal and provincial laws and regulations.
  • Provide guidance on intellectual property matters, confidentiality agreements, and contracts.
  • Provide support for ongoing projects and legal advice in the normal course of business, as required.

About You

To fill the role, we are looking for an applicant to bring forward a good mix of qualifications and previous experiences. Some highlights include:

  • Bachelor of Laws/Juris Doctor degree from a reputable Canadian university (or equivalent).
  • A practicing member of, or eligible to be, a practicing member of the Law Society of Manitoba.
  • 5+ years of legal experience is preferred.
  • Background and experience in the following areas of law is an asset: corporate & commercial, employment, health and safety, policy development, dispute resolution, litigation, human rights, and intellectual property.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, an established record of providing proactive, collaborative, business-friendly advice, analytical problem-solving skills, and negotiation, with ability to explain complex legal concepts to employees and staff at all levels.
  • Industry knowledge is an asset; experience in construction/engineering, and major projects (alternative delivery such as design-build, integrated project delivery (IPD) agreements and strategic projects).
  • Fast-paced, detail-oriented individual with exceptional analytical, organizational and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple files at a time.
  • Diplomatic advocacy and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to provide complete, thoroughly researched, and accurate formal and informal legal opinions.
  • Ability to work with and consult collaboratively and respectfully with key stakeholders on legal documents and policy development.
  • High degree of autonomy with the ability to take initiative and work with minimal supervision.
  • Satisfactory work record, including satisfactory attendance and punctuality.
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office 365 suite.

KGS Group is an employee-owned equal opportunity company offering an excellent compensation and benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience.

KGS Group welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Upon request, KGS Group will provide reasonable accommodation for disabilities to support participation of candidates in all aspects of the recruitment process.

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