Vacancies with Vattenfall Heat UK

Legal Counsel - Edinburgh

Vacancy available until July 10th, 2020.

29 June 2020

Vattenfall is now looking for the right person to fill the position as Legal Counsel for Vattenfall Heat UK, part of Vattenfall’s Business Area (BA) Heat in Edinburgh

Vattenfall is one of Europe’s largest electricity generators and producers of heat and operates in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. We exist to help all our customers power their lives in ever climate smarter ways and aim to be free from fossil fuels within one generation. We established a new business in the UK, as part of our Business Area Heat to provide low carbon heat and energy services to B2B customers and local authorities. Focussing initially on district heating and cooling networks, this new business has been successful since its incorporation in March 2018 and is now engaged actively in negotiations in the market. We therefore have a need for a Legal Counsel in our UK Legal team to work closely with this business.


Your responsibilities as Legal Counsel

As the demand for legal expertise in our Heat business continues to grow, we are looking to recruit for our Legal team in the UK. You will be focussed on all legal and contractual matters of the UK Heat business, reporting to the Director of Legal, UK. You will be working closely with the Senior Legal Counsel in the team together with Regional Directors, Heads of Delivery, Contract Managers and Project Managers of the business supporting mainly downstream contract negotiations.

Whilst the Senior Legal Counsel focuses on upstream (client) negotiations, you will be expected to have an excellent working knowledge of delivery, supply-side and operational contracts as the business moves to the construction, operation and maintenance phases of its heating, cooling and other innovative energy solutions for large developments. You should also understand “backing risk” between upstream and downstream contracts.

A construction background (in either legal or a previous career) would be an advantage in applying for this role, and/or a good commercial background dealing with the entirety of contractual relationships in a “cradle to grave” approach. The Heat team will be required to handle a range of contracts or varying value and type and therefore an ability to demonstrate a wide range of legal and commercial skills will be beneficial.

You will have experience of negotiating and structuring contracts in the district heating market with either public or private sector clients and this role will present an opportunity to develop your experience with other energy services contract structures such as performance contracts.

Your personality and background

The remit is diverse and challenging and you will need to be commercially aware and minded, pragmatic and able to work effectively under pressure. You will be an exceptional and talented individual with good communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work independently as well as part of a team.

The Heat team is an exciting and dynamic team. You will be expected to work daily with colleagues from a number of different specialisms, from engineering and design to health and safety, to operational readiness. You will need to be extremely organised, dedicated and proactive in order to manage a multitude of tasks on a daily basis.

Your qualifications as Legal Counsel

You will be an English or Scottish qualified lawyer, with solid commercial experience gained at a respected law firm or in-house with up to 5 years’ PQE. Ideal candidates will have experience in district heat matters.

Our offer

Good remuneration, a challenging and international work environment, and the possibility to work with some of the best in the field. You will be working in interdisciplinary teams and you can always count on support from committed colleagues. We offer attractive employment conditions and opportunities for personal and professional development.


Edinburgh. This position will involve travelling both within the UK and to other European locations.

More information

We welcome your application in English, including CV and cover letter via the application button at this page. The last day to apply is the 10th of July 2020. For more information about the position or the recruitment process, you are welcome to contact Milou Remery, Corporate Recruiter, on

This job is available as a job-share or as a flexible-hours role.

We kindly request that you do not send applications by any means other than via our website as we cannot guarantee that we will be able to process applications that are not made via our website.

Our organisation

Energy is our contribution to quality of life – day after day. With around 20,000 colleagues Vattenfall provides comprehensive electricity and heating offerings to several million customers in northern Europe. For the work ahead we need people who are fully dedicated to our customers and to a sustainable society – people like you.

At Vattenfall, we are convinced that striving for diversity helps build a more profitable, efficient and attractive company. We seek a harmonious balance of employees in terms of age, religion, gender identity and expression, sexual identity, disability and ethnic background.

We believe that the UK’s direction of travel towards a clean, competitive, reliable and customer-focused energy sector matches our own ambition to help our customers power their lives in ever climate-smarter ways and be free from fossil fuel within one generation. Vattenfall’s vast heat solutions and network experience, working in partnership with cities and regions, can help drive the UK’s transformation to a zero-carbon heat future.


We look forward to your application!

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