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Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world’s premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.

Position Summary
Provides legal counsel and representation in all matters related to the company’s operations in the Eastern Hemisphere including Europe, the Middle East and Africa, including: commercial transactions; disputed matters; compliance; and counselling in a variety of areas, such as those below. Demonstrates judgment, a strong work ethic and team orientation, and exceptional attention to detail.
Duties & Responsibilities


ESSENTIAL – regional legal support, including the following:

  • Working as a high-energy, team-oriented problem solver;
  • Engaging actively with client contacts to execute projects and develop and maintain relationships;
  • Drafting, negotiating and providing advice with respect to transactional documents in all aspects of the Company’s energy operations, such as agreements for sales and service, vessel charters, exchanges of confidential and proprietary information, and agencies and distributorships;
  • Supporting the handling of claims and managing adversarial proceedings;
  • Advising on labour and employment matters;
  • Advising additionally on international trade, data protection including GDPR, maritime, risk management, sales and other legal/compliance issues;
  • Coordinating with the regional compliance manager on ethics and compliance matters;
  • Developing and delivering training in various areas, including contracting, code of conduct and other compliance issues;
  • Advising on property matters, including reviewing and drafting leases, licenses, and asset sale and purchase agreements;
  • Providing a supporting role in due diligence and other elements of corporate transactions;
  • Researching and communicating legal advice orally and in writing;
  • Coordinating work with outside counsel;
  • Ensuring the efficient use of budgets for external professional fees;
  • Traveling regionally and elsewhere as appropriate; and
  • Working additional hours as necessary.

  • Assisting with the establishment, liquidation and management of subsidiaries, and advising on subsidiary governance;
  • Experience in immigration and other mobile workplace issues; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
  • Reporting Relationship

  • This position will report to the Assistant General Counsel, Eastern Hemisphere
  • Qualifications


  • A qualified, practising solicitor in England and Wales and/or Scotland
  • At least five years of post-qualification legal practice experience (law firm or corporate), including not less than two years’ prior experience in-house dealing with employment relations and corporate and commercial transactions, particularly energy-related contracting matters, legal compliance and outside counsel management.

  • Training in an international legal setting, corporate or law firm
  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret common financial, scientific and technical information and legal documents.
  • Ability to effectively present information to personnel of all levels, including senior management, company directors and public groups.
  • Experience in the specialty practice areas referenced in the Essential Functions section above.
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics

  • Brings a proactive, team-oriented approach to work in the Legal function;
  • Develops and maintains productive professional relationships with colleagues and client contacts;
  • Displays excellent written and oral communication in the English language;
  • Is flexible with respect to travel in the region on a regular basis and worldwide occasionally;
  • Synthesises complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data;
  • Actively engages with client to identify business needs, manages difficult client situations and responds promptly to client needs;
  • Understands the business risk environment;
  • Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations;
  • Inspires and motivates others to perform well;
  • Understands business implications of decisions;
  • Develops strategies to achieve organisational goals;
  • Displays willingness to make decisions;
  • Adapts to changes in the work environment;
  • Able to use standard IT tools, including MS Office and cloud-based platforms
  • Working Conditions
    This position is considered OFFICE WORK which is characterised as follows:

  • Almost exclusively indoors during the day and occasionally at night
  • Occasional exposure to airborne dust in the workplace
  • Work surface is stable (flat)
  • Physical Activity/Requirements
    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    This position is considered LIGHT work.




    Lift up to 20 pounds

    Lift up to 10 pounds

    Repetitive movements of arms and hands

    Climbing, stooping, kneeling, squatting, and reaching


    Sit with back supported

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