Legal Counsel

  • Key role in a world-renowned organization

  • Opportunity to develop core skills as part of a global legal team of experts

  • Role based in Montreal         

About the role


We are looking for a Legal Counsel to support the Rio Tinto Group in the delivery of high quality, independent and timely legal advice on aspects affecting its various businesses that are of corporate, commercial and operational significance in Canada and other parts of the Rio Tinto Group globally as required.


Reporting to the Chief Legal Counsel - Aluminium, you will:

  • Provide advice and assistance in managing legal matters and risks facing Rio Tinto and its businesses, which include the legal parameters for strategic business objectives as varying scenarios arise or are considered e.g. new and on-going projects, , changing government regulation, critical incidents and operational issues, acquisitions/divestments, some of which may have a long term impact.

  • Analyze legal risks including corporate, commercial, regulatory and compliance aspects in a wide range of matters, such as corporate and business law.

  • Manage external legal resources cost effectively.

  • Maintain awareness of all material internal business developments and external legal developments which may lead to a need for legal advice.

  • Provide advice, draft and negotiate a range of agreements, legal documents and manages projects as designated.

  • Manage claims, litigation, disputes and alternate dispute resolution mechanism, including strategy and directing the work of outside counsels.

  • Advisory and leading role in Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) matters; such will include an advisory role in environmental permitting and compliance as well as other types of licenses (construction, operations, etc.); providing efficient response to HSE critical and urgent matters; participating to BRT processes.

  • Liaise, develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of the Rio Tinto Legal team globally and the Rio Tinto business units / corporate functions locally, and promote collaboration and information sharing.

  • Review and develop template documentation as may be required for repetitive transactions and circumstances.

  • Assist the business with maintaining the compliance framework and license to operate that enable Rio Tinto to comply with its legal, regulatory and corporate requirements. 

About You


To succeed in this role, you will have: 

  • Licensed Attorney, qualified to practice in Canada (preferably in the Province of Quebec)

  • 5-7 years post qualification experience within a major corporation or law firm

  • Experience in dealing with Commercial contracts and negotiation

  • Excellent leadership; decision-making and management skills as well as business acuteness

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken, in French and English

  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and collaborate efficiently with all members of the organization, including operations managers and members of the executive committee.

  • Ability to travel, to various Rio Tinto sites and other locations as required.


About us

As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.


Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, coal and uranium: our materials make up the world around us. You’ll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and throughout your home.


Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce

We are a diverse team of talented, enthusiastic individuals who foster a culture of inclusion. No matter how they may differ, our people share one thing in common. It’s a belief that work is more rewarding when we are accepted and valued for our differences, not judged by them. We all have something to contribute, and it’s this contribution that makes for a great organization and fulfilling career.


So if this sounds like you and the opportunity you are looking for, apply now.         

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.

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