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Corporate Counsel, Copper & Diamonds

Posted on: 27 Aug 2019 1039 views
: Corporate Counsel
: RioTinto
: JD
: 5
: 7
  • Contribute to the development of one of the world’s largest undeveloped copper deposits
  • Direct and substantial interaction with business clients
  • Role based in Greater PHX area

About the role


We are looking for a Corporate Counsel to assist with providing legal support to the Resolution Copper Project in Superior, Arizona.  


This role is a great opportunity to provide meaningful and integrated legal support that will have a direct impact on business unit operations. Reporting to the Senior Corporate Counsel you will: 

  • Provide timely, accurate, independent and commercially-focused legal advice;
  • Manage external legal resources in a cost-effective and directed manner;
  • Draft and negotiate legal documents;
  • Provide direct support for environmental compliance & permitting, land use issues, the communities team, and the Rio Tinto compliance framework;
  • Give legal training for executives and other relevant Resolution and Rio Tinto employees;
  • Manage projects as designated. 

About you

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • The ability to effectively liaise with key external stakeholders;
  • Networking skills that will enable you to develop relationships and collaborative approaches with other business functions and subject matter experts;
  • Significant experience in either (1) the area of environmental law (preferably in the natural resources context); or (2) administrative or regulatory counselling and litigation for industrial clients;
  • A minimum of 5-7 years of experience post qualification with a law firm or corporate legal department;
  • A license to practice law in Arizona, or the ability to obtain a license to practice law in Arizona via examination or admission on motion within one year of commencement of employment.

It will also be beneficial if you have: 

  • Experience with compliance frameworks;
  • Experience with occupational safety or mine safety regulation;
  • Knowledge of Arizona water law;
  • Knowledge of the mining industry. 

Where you will be working


The Resolution orebody is one of the largest undeveloped copper deposits in the world.  The Resolution Copper Project (Rio Tinto 55%, BHP 45%) is simultaneously progressing studies, underground development, permitting, surface remediation, and other activities related to both the future Resolution Mine and the historic Magma Mine.

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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.

Equal Opportunity Employer  M/F/D/V

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