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Date: May 18, 2017

Location: Houston, Texas, US

Company: Hess Corporation




Hess is a leading global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas.


We have a world-class portfolio of assets with industry-leading margins and visible growth in areas where we have proven technical capabilities: Asia Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, onshore U.S. and the West Africa conjugate margin. We are a leader in the production of shale oil and gas, and one of the largest operators in the Bakken formation, North Dakota. We are also known for our expertise in the development and production of projects in deep water offshore.


Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth.  We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.


For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at



The Senior Legal Counsel will have responsibility for directly and independently providing legal support to Hess’s commercial and upstream business units, subject to minimal supervision.  The Senior Legal Counsel will also partner with other attorneys across the legal department on various transactional and asset related matters, and will manage projects within the legal department.  The Senior Legal Counsel must be self-directed and accountable, and comfortable with working on a team, as well as, independently with minimal supervision.  The Senior Legal Counsel must be able to think critically, identify issues that need to be elevated for input and propose recommendations based on sound legal judgment. The volume and depth of the particular assignments will vary according to legal department needs and Counsel’s abilities and experience. 



Provide legal support to business units:

  • Independently negotiate and draft various commercial, midstream and marketing contracts.  For example: Gas Gathering and Process Contracts; Crude Oil Transportation and Sales Contracts; Pipeline Transportation Contracts, NAESB forms; etc. 
  • Independently negotiate and draft credit support documents related to commercial and marketing operations.  For example: Guarantees, Letters of Credit, Netting Agreements; etc.


Understand Hess Upstream, Midstream and Commercial businesses and structure to identify cross-business issues, and work collaboratively in a team to develop solutions/recommendations


Support regulatory review and compliance practices within risk controls function related to the Dodd Frank regulation and the Regulation on Wholesale Energy Market Integrity and Transparency, among others.


Partner with other attorneys in the legal department regarding transactional matters, leasing and land issues, regulatory compliance and business governance matters;


Manage and support legal department projects related to business realignment and risk controls;


In conjunction with the business unit, gather and analyze relevant information to develop action plans;


Apply knowledge, past practices and experiences to complex problems that impact the business unit;


Develop recommendations for more difficult and complex issues;


and other duties as assigned.




  • Excellent organizational skills with superior attention to detail;
  • Ability to maintain accountability while managing simultaneous tasks and deadlines;
  • Desire to work in a team setting
  • At least two of the following are required -
    • Experience negotiating and drafting oil and gas commercial, midstream and/or marketing contracts;
    • Experience negotiating and drafting credit support agreements;
    • Academic understanding of upstream oil and gas business and related contracts (JOAs, Unit Agreements, Leases, etc.) and/or M&A due diligence and transactions.


Education, Training & Certifications

  • J.D. Degree or equivalent and active license to practice law in a U.S. jurisdiction
  • 7+ years of professional level work experience in a Corporate Law Department and/or Law Firm.



Leading at Hess refers to competencies considered absolute pre-requisites for success. How you deliver results is as important as what you achieve. Every employee is expected to demonstrate the behaviors within these competencies to be considered an effective performer and, ultimately, earn career growth opportunities.

  • Builds Trusted Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Creates Effective Teams
  • Thinks Strategically
  • Inspires Innovation
  • Demonstrates Courage
  • Drives Continuous Improvement
  • Makes Quality Decisions
  • Delivers High Performance


Hess is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability.


Posting Notes: Brad Janik | Employee | Legal | United States| Texas | Houston | | |  | | No