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Counsel - Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)

Company Name:  Lyondell Chemical Company

Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  74138
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Global HSES
Division:  Legal & Public Affairs

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2020, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the third consecutive year.

Basic Function



The Counsel - Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) position provides day-to-day legal support on various health, safety, and environmental matters to LYB’s global operations.  The position serves as a subject matter expert in U.S. environmental law, and health and safety law, working closely with operations, site HSE and corporate HSE, as well as other attorneys in the legal department.  The position is expected to manage a docket of HSE legal matters, partnering with the business to proactively identify issues and advise on practical solutions.   The position will be based in Houston and report to the Associate General Counsel - Operations & 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 five years of experience practicing environmental law, preferably including large law firm experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of core federal environmental laws (e.g., CAA, CWA, RCRA, CERCLA) and experience navigating state counterparts; broad-based experience including compliance counseling and enforcement defense, permitting, transactional support, and litigation.
  • 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.
  • Some travel will be required when permitted (10-15%).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience advising on Texas air law.
  • Experience in the chemical or petrochemical industries. 
  • Experience advising on health and safety (e.g., OSHA) and product safety matters (e.g., TSCA, REACH).


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