General Counsel

Woburn, MA /
Phoenix Tailings – 3. Operations /
Full Time
/ On-site
About Phoenix Tailings 
Phoenix Tailings is the world’s first clean mining and metals production company. Each year, the mining industry discards over 200 billion tons of waste (tailings) and produces more than 7% of the world’s carbon emissions. Using our proprietary novel technology, Phoenix Tailings eliminates this harmful waste from the environment and sustainably creates valuable new materials used in next-generation technologies. 
The foundation of Phoenix Tailings emerged from a group of friends’ backyard conversations about fixing the broken system of metals production. Today, Phoenix Tailings is one of the top sustainability startups in the world, pioneering zero-waste mining . With funding from the US Department of Energy and National Science Foundation, Phoenix has made significant progress on our clean mining mission. 
Why Phoenix Tailings 
At Phoenix, we believe that together, the right people can overcome any obstacle and change the world – and we’re looking for those people to join us! This is an opportunity to work in an innovative, fun, and cutting-edge environment focused on revolutionizing how the world’s primary resources are created. If you share our relentless pursuit of a better future, a passion for innovation, and are excited about working with some of the top innovators in the world, Phoenix is the place for you! 
Our Values: 
You are only crazy if you are wrong 
It’s ok to be wrong 
Lead with Compassion 
Be Resourceful 
What we do 
At Phoenix, we build novel extraction and refining processing techniques and technologies for critical materials that power clean technologies with zero waste and no carbon emissions. 

Learn More: Here

Who we are looking for: 

Phoenix Tailings is looking for a General Counsel to join our team in Woburn, Massachusetts. Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, as a critical leader on the executive team, the General Counsel will contribute to legal and business strategy development and lead legal execution and support for all worldwide commercial activities. This position will be a business-minded thought and proactive leader, as well as a practitioner. This role will be responsible for all commercial, transactional, and commercial special projects and matters for the Company and other matters as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.

What you will do:

    • Set overall legal strategies and functional plans for the company, including activities to be performed in-house or through third-party relationships.
    • Handle complex matters such as supply chain agreements, IT agreements, technology and IP agreements, and commercial matters, including compliance with domestic and international manufacturing.
    • Manage the drafting and negotiation of global commercial agreements that comply with company policies and risk tolerance.
    • Continuously improve standard form agreements, legal processes, and contract management systems.
    • Manage corporate governance and legal compliance for US companies and related International entities.
    • Oversee all legal matters about the organization, including intellectual property and employment law matters and the coordination of any legal matters handled by outside counsel.
    • Corporate and product compliance oversight.
    • Assist in subsidiary management, including oversight of the preparation of state and regulatory filings.
    • Manage daily counseling of assigned business clients, domestically and globally.
    • Monitor and interpret relevant legal and regulatory developments that may impact the Company, proactively identify and advise on potential legal risks, and assist with operationalizing and implementing compliant products and services and operational controls.
    • Collaborate with others across the company to refine our product strategy and business opportunities continuously.
    • Handle legal issues relating to M&A activities, joint ventures, business combinations, and corporate restructurings.
    • Manage commercial legal budget and forecasting.
    • Develop and provide commercial training to the enterprise.
    • Assist in preparing and maintaining corporate governance documentation (i.e., meeting minutes, resolutions, secretary certificates, bylaws, charters, powers of attorney, delegations of authority, etc.).
    • Be responsible for maintaining director and officer information to align with legal and regulatory requirements.
    • Assist in maintaining corporate minute books and other official books and records of the holding company and assigned subsidiaries.

What you have:

    • Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from an accredited law school.
    • Must be an actively licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
    • Minimum of 15 years experience practicing law in a corporate environment with extensive experience in commercial matters, including contract drafting and negotiation.
    • Experience with technology and IP-related agreements, supply chain, and intellectual property experience; public company experience desirable but not a requirement.
    • Excellent written, oral, listening, and organizational skills with proven ability to interact effectively with varied audiences, including executive team members.
    • Excellent communication, negotiation skills, and executive-level presentation skills.
    • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and manage workload, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet deadlines in a changing, fast-paced environment.
    • Proven ability to lead a team and excellent coach and mentor who values their team's success.
    • Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence with the ability to stand firm on issues with business clients when necessary.
    • Track record of solid business partnering and providing best-in-class legal support across a spectrum of corporate/commercial legal issues.
    • Track record of working as a trusted advisor to the Exec Team & Board.

Core Competencies:

    • A high degree of self-sufficiency, independent judgment, and business appreciation, all to manage risk cost-effectively.
    • Superior legal and analytical skills – excellent judgment and initiative in selecting the most effective solutions and possess a business-oriented approach to problem-solving.
    • Strong business acumen, including thinking like a business person and integrating legal and business issues to partner effectively with business leaders.
    • Business-oriented approach to problem-solving, tempered by an appreciation for legal complexity and risk.
    • Detail-oriented and resourceful with excellent follow-through skills.
    • Collaborative, business-minded, and team-orientated promoting innovation and motivation throughout the team.
    • “Roll up the sleeves” mindset.
    • Prior International experience is a plus.
    • Intellectual property experience is a must.
    • Experience with corporate compliance matters, including but not limited to corporate governance and securities law compliance issues, is desirable.
    • Experience practicing law in the legal department of a technology company is highly desirable.
    • Ability to pivot quickly with business needs and be highly responsive to clients and senior leadership.
At Phoenix Tailings, we have an open culture that values learning, and we are looking to grow the team with enthusiastic individuals who share our vision of sustainable mining. We offer an attractive compensation package with benefits including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, and an unlimited vacation policy. 
Phoenix Tailings, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we value diversity at all levels. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information, or any other applicable protected characteristics, and these characteristics will not be a factor for consideration of any work-related decisions (including but not limited to hiring, firing, compensation, and discipline).