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Corporate Counsel, Commercial

TITLE:            Corporate Counsel, Commercial

LOCATION:    Bellevue, WA

TerraPower is a nuclear technology company based in Bellevue, Washington. At its core, the company is working to raise living standards globally through a more affordable, secure and environmentally friendly form of nuclear energy along with innovations in medical isotopes to improve human health. In 2006, TerraPower originated with Bill Gates and a group of like-minded visionaries who evaluated the fundamental challenges to raising living standards around the world. They recognized energy access was crucial to the health and economic well-being of communities and decided that the private sector needed to take action and create energy sources that would advance global energy deployment. TerraPower’s mission is to be a world leader in new nuclear technologies, while developing innovators and future leaders in the nuclear field. As a result, the company’s activities in the fields of nuclear energy and related sciences are yielding significant innovations in the safety and economics of nuclear power, hybrid energy and medical applications – all for significant human health benefits. TerraPower is seeking to hire highly motivated and forward-thinking professionals who are interested in focusing on advanced nuclear reactor research and development and influencing change within the nuclear power landscape and bringing forward the critical production of medical isotopes.  TerraPower is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, as a federal contractor, TerraPower has instituted an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP) in an effort to proactively recruit, hire, and promote women, minorities, disabled persons and veterans.

Corporate Counsel, Commercial

TerraPower is seeking a Corporate Counsel to provide legal support on commercial and regulatory matters for TerraPower. The Corporate Counsel will report to the Senior Corporate Counsel, and work with the Senior Corporate Counsel and the other TerraPower lawyers (together, the “TerraPower Lawyers”) as requested. The Corporate Counsel will work collaboratively with TerraPower’s business and technology personnel, outside counsel and counsel for TerraPower’s suppliers, R&D collaborators, and other contractors both in the US and abroad.


  • Provides programmatic support for the TerraPower Lawyers, and reports to the Senior Corporate Counsel.
  • Prepares drafts of agreements and other documents and handles both routine and first line non-routine contract review and negotiations in support of the Procurement team and Contracts team.
  • Creates and formats documents electronically including letters, memos, status reports, presentations (PowerPoint), spreadsheets (Excel), and other related documents.
  • Provides legal support for TerraPower government contracts and grants and associated compliance requirements.
  • Prepares updates to and provides administration of legal policies and procedures in consultation with other TerraPower Lawyers.
  • Supports the creation of, and updates to, standard contract templates for TerraPower’s business.
  • Files, tracks and updates a variety of business and legal templates and documents.
  • Understands the nature of the business in order to provide value-added service and enhance working relationships.
  • Facilitates daily contact with other TerraPower Lawyers and other TerraPower personnel via email, phone and videoconference.
  • Manages external work with outside lawyers and others regarding matters on which the TerraPower legal team is working.
  • Initiates and sustains continuous improvement in TerraPower contracting advice, negotiations, templates, drafting, implementation and management, undertaking negotiations and contract management when needed.
  • Initiates and implements technological improvements to streamline legal review and support.
  • Determines the priority and responds appropriately and coordinates communications with stakeholders.  Makes recommendations as needed regarding appropriate action and follow-up.
  • Conducts legal and other research (electronic and other resources), creating deliverables ready to share directly with the other functions within TerraPower.
  • Provides back-up support to other TerraPower Lawyers and other legal team members.
  • Participates actively in group meetings to understand short and long term goals of legal team and the business.
  • Coordinates communication and service requests from various parts of the TerraPower business.
  • Performs other tasks and projects as requested from time to time by the TerraPower Lawyers and in support of the TerraPower business.
  • Advises on legal and regulatory/export control issues as needed.
  • Coordinates with intellectual property team on IP issues.
  • Manages outside counsel.
  • Periodic domestic travel may be required.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience, including law firm experience, preferably in commercial contracting, technology, and/or energy sectors, and/or inhouse experience; experience in the nuclear sector a plus.
  • Strong contract and commercial law experience, including technology transactions.
  • Experience drafting and negotiating government contracts, grant agreements and related supporting contracts.
  • Experience documenting complex contracts and business transactions in a clear and organized manner.
  • Familiarity with regulatory matters, including export control, preferably in the nuclear context.
  • Ability to manage outside counsel effectively and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated creativity in legal approaches to complex problems and issues that balance business needs and legal risks.
  • History of integrity, sound legal and business judgment and an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and ability to work independently across time zones and cultures to quickly address novel situations and change.
  • Technical background or proven ability and interest in learning new technologies.
  • J.D. required with license to practice in at least one state.  Member of the Washington State Bar, or eligible for admission via in-house rule APR 8(f) which must be obtained promptly after start date.
  • The successful candidate will have a high degree integrity, communicate openly and display respect, be trustworthy and have a desire to foster teamwork.

Job Functions

Job Functions are physical actions and/or working conditions associated with the position.  These functions may also constitute essential functions for the job which the employee must be able to fulfill, with or without accommodation.  Information provided below is to help describe the job so that the applicant has a reasonable understanding of the job duties/expectations.  An applicant's ability to perform and/or tolerate these actions and conditions will be discussed and workplace accommodations may be made on a case-by-case basis following an individualized assessment of the applicant and other considerations, including but not limited to any governing safety standards.

  • Motor Abilities: Sitting and/or standing for extended periods, bending/stooping, grasping/gripping, fine motor control (hands)
  • Physical exertion and/or requirements: Minimal, with ability to safely lift up to 25 pounds
  • Repetitive work: Prolonged
  • Special Senses: Visual and audio focused work
  • Work Conditions: Stairs, typing/keyboard, standard and/or sitting working environment of >8 hrs./day
  • Travel required: 0-5%

TerraPower’s technology is controlled for export by various agencies of the U.S. Government.  TerraPower must evaluate applicants who are foreign nationals (other than asylees, refugees, or lawful permanent residents) in accordance with U.S. Government export control requirements.  To facilitate TerraPower’s export control reviews, you will be asked as part of the application process to identify whether you are a U.S. Citizen or national, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the United States.  Government export authorization approval times vary.  Based on the business needs for a particular position, TerraPower may not consider a foreign national from a country if it is impracticable to obtain timely Government export approval.

Job details

Salary Range: $157,405 - $218,119 *Typically, our employee salaries are within .90 – 1.0 of the mid-point of the posted salary band.  Any salary offered within the posted salary band is based on market data and commensurate with the selected individual’s qualifications and experience.  This range is specific to Washington State.

Job Type:  Full-time


  • Competitive CompensationSalary, eligible to participate in discretionary short-term incentive payments
  • Comprehensive Medical and Wellness BenefitsMedical
    Life and Disability
    Gender Affirmation Benefits
    Parental Leave
  • 401k Plan
  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO)21 days of annually accrued PTO
  • Generous Holiday Schedule10 paid holidays
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Professional and Educational Support Opportunities
  • Flexible Work Schedule
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