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Counsel HSE

Company Name:  Lyondell Chemical Company

Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  71862
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Global HSES
Division:  Legal & Public Affairs

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the world’s largest plastics, chemical  and refining companies and a member of the S&P 500. LyondellBasell (  manufactures products at 55 sites in 17 countries.  LyondellBasell products and technologies are used to make items that improve  the quality of life for people around the world including; packaging, electronics, automotive parts, home furnishings, construction materials and biofuels.

Basic Function


The Counsel, HSE position provides day-to-day legal support on various health, safety, and environmental matters to LyondellBasell’s global operations.  The position serves as a subject matter expert in environmental, health and safety law, working closely with operations, site HSE, and corporate HSE, as well as other attorneys in the legal department, government relations, strategic projects and transactions, and corporate sustainability.  The position is expected to manage a docket of HSE legal matters and function as a strategic partner to the business, analyzing complex factual and legal issues, proactively identifying issues and advising on practical solutions.   The position will be based in Houston and report to the Lead Counsel, Global HSE.

Roles & Responsibilities
  • Provide legal advice and counsel on HSE compliance issues, including air, water, waste, hazardous chemicals, personal and process safety, product safety, and security issues.
  • Represent the company in enforcement actions before agencies with jurisdiction over environmental, health and safety issues.
  • Manage privileged investigations and provide support as needed to environmental, health safety or security incidents.
  • Advise on HSE legal aspects of commercial transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
  • Work with legal disputes team to manage and resolve disputes with third parties relating to HSE issues.
  • Keep informed of regulatory and policy developments, participate in industry associations as designated, and partner with the business to identify potential impacts and compliance strategies.
  • Manage outside counsel involved in HSE matters, including setting and maintaining budgets.
  • Provide training to HSE clients as needed.
  • Work with HSE paralegal to manage HSE disclosure reporting process.
Min. Qualifications
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school. 
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience practicing environmental law.
  • Excellent knowledge of core federal environmental laws (e.g., CAA, CWA, RCRA, CERCLA) and experience navigating state counterparts.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to communicate complex legal and technical issues to executives and non-legal personnel.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage projects and lead cross-functional teams to achieve results.
  • Negotiation, influencing and advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • A commitment to excellence, teamwork, rigor, continuous improvement and engagement.
  • Member in good standing with a state bar.
  • Current admission or eligibility for admission to the Texas Bar.
  • Significant travel will be required internationally and domestically (15-25%).
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience practicing environmental law at a large law firm.
  • Experience advising on Texas air law.
  • Experience in the chemical or petrochemical industries.
  • Experience working with European or other international environmental laws.
  • Experience advising on health and safety (e.g., OSHA) and product safety matters (e.g., TSCA, REACH).
  • Broad-based experience including compliance counseling and enforcement defense, permitting, transactional support, and litigation.
LyondellBasell Core Competencies

The successful candidate will have the following competencies:


  • Instills Trust and Exemplifies Integrity: Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity.
  • Demonstrate Courage:  Stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said, acting with integrity, doing what is right.
  • Building Effective Teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Ensures Accountability:  Holding self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Drives Results:  Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Collaborates:  Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives, within and across functions.
  • Cultivates Innovation:  Creating new and better ways for the organization to be successful.  Uses lateral thinking.  Questions the status quo.
  • Customer Focus:  Building strong customer relationships and delivering customer-centric solutions.  Focuses on internal and external customers.





Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.

LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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