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Job Summary:

Supports the commercial services and wholesale energy trading activities of NRG Energy, Inc., and its subsidiaries. This individual will be a team oriented and commercially focused attorney that will be a critical part of the commercial services legal team. The attorney will be capable of collaborating frequently with team members, originators, traders, and other stakeholders within the organization, including, maintaining a value-added relationship with commercial, credit, risk, and compliance teams. Day-to-day responsibilities include advising leadership and other stakeholders on legal risks, strategies, and structures for a variety of commercial energy transactions, including, derivatives, swaps, options, and physical purchases and sales of power, natural gas, environmental attributes, and other commodities. In addition, responsibilities will include reviewing and negotiating master trading agreements, credit support arrangements and transaction confirmations. This individual will ideally be highly versatile and self-motivated, capable of exercising sound legal and business judgement under time sensitive and fast paced conditions, to deliver a high quality and well-conceived work product that furthers the organization's business objectives.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Structure, draft, negotiate and facilitate wholesale transactions around a variety of commercial energy activities in power, natural gas, renewable energy, environmental attributes, and other commodity and energy management services, including, negotiating master trading agreements, such as ISDAs, NAESBs, and EEIs
  • Ability to work across various segments of the organization that may be out of the area of direct responsibility to assist corporate, commercial and industrial and retail teams with wholesale oriented transactions
  • Ability to work well both independently and in a team environment
  • Work with outside counsel as necessary within budget constraints

Working Conditions:

  • Hybrid work schedule; a combination of working remotely from home and 1-2 days a week in the office
  • Some travel may be required

Minimum Requirements:

  • JD degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in NJ, TX, or another state
  • Three (3) years of combined legal experience in a law firm or sophisticated corporate legal department

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of master trading documentation, such as ISDA, NAESB and EEI
  • General familiarity with regulatory regimes governing derivatives and trading activities, such as under FERC, CFTC, Dodd-Frank, NFA, and exchanges

Additional Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Specific knowledge of natural gas, power, or ISO/RTO markets is a positive
  • Basic working knowledge of the UCC, bankruptcy and insolvency law, and general commercial law is preferred
  • Familiarity with Canadian derivatives regulations or energy/commercial law is not required but would be considered a valuable attribute
  • Clear understanding and adherence to ethical principles, company values, code of conduct and policies
  • Proven track record of exercising sound business and legal judgment in a fast-paced and high-volume environment
  • Excellent contract drafting and communication skills, particularly to assist non-legal stakeholders in understanding complex legal and regulatory risks and requirements


NRG Energy is committed to a drug and alcohol free workplace. To the extent permitted by law and any applicable collective bargaining agreement, employees are subject to periodic random drug testing, and post-accident and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. EOE AA M/F/Protected Veteran Status/Disability

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Level, Title and/or Salary may be adjusted based on the applicant's experience or skills.

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Nearest Major Market: New Jersey
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Direct Energy operates in the Energy industry. The company is located in Houston, TX. Direct Energy was founded in 2022. It has 2900 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Dental Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits, 401(K), Remote Work Program, Paid Holidays and Paid Sick Days. To see all 40 open jobs at Direct Energy, click here.
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