Legal Counsel

MDA Space
Brampton, ON/Remote
Added: April 4, 2024
About MDA

Building the space between proven and possible, MDA Space (TSX:MDA) is a trusted mission partner to the global space industry. A robotics, satellite systems and geointelligence pioneer with a 55-year+ story of world firsts and more than 450 missions, MDA Space is a global leader in communications satellites, Earth and space observation, and space exploration and infrastructure. The MDA Space team of more than 3,000 space experts in Canada, the US and the UK has the knowledge and know-how to turn an audacious customer vision into an achievable mission – bringing to bear a one-of-a-kind mix of experience, engineering excellence and wide-eyed wonder that’s been in our DNA since day one. For those who dream big and push boundaries on the ground and in the stars to change the world for the better, we’ll take you there.

The Role

We are looking for a Legal Counsel to join the MDA Legal team. In this role, you will provide legal advice and support on matters relating to commercial transactions, regulatory issues and corporate initiatives for MDA's corporate group and its Robotics & Space Operations, Satellite Systems, Geointelligence and MDA UK business units.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide timely guidance and risk analysis on all types of legal issues including domestic and international commercial contracts, corporate governance, corporate finance, intellectual property/licensing transactions, new business initiatives and corporate structuring
  • Review complex commercial contracts and support contract negotiations with external and internal stakeholders
  • Provide legal support on M&A, joint ventures and other strategic initiatives
  • Provide legal support to the Security and Compliance team on a variety of matters including anti-corruption and third party due diligence, export control, and safeguarding classified information
  • Supervise and coordinate with external counsel where needed, including on annual public company disclosure related matters
  • Assist with the creation, revision and implementation of policies, as well as certain standard form MDA commercial agreements
  • Provide guidance on issues arising from actual or anticipated litigation

Job Qualifications

  • B or JD from an accredited law school and member in good standing of a Canadian provincial bar
  • 2-4 years post-call experience as a lawyer either in-house or with a top-tier law firm with a practice emphasis on domestic and international commercial transactions (preferably in the aerospace, defence or high-technology sectors) and M&A. Previous experience with public company disclosure requirements as well as transactions with governments is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to provide business-oriented legal advice and recommendations
  • Strong communication skills, and an ability to present clear and practical legal arguments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a capacity to build strong working relationships across the organization
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Keen attention to detail, ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong business judgment with an understanding of when to ask for guidance or input
  • Excellent organizational skills, effectively managing priorities while meeting timelines
  • Eligible to qualify for Controlled Goods Program and NATO Secret security clearances

We’re a dream team of purpose-driven, collaborative and passionate people, and we are constantly looking for others to join #TeamMDA to ignite new and innovative approaches to problem-solving that push us forward to improve life on and above Earth. If you’re excited to expand our place in space and driven to inspire the next generation, we’ll take you there.

We have entered a new era of exploration and development, and MDA welcomes all who yearn to suit up and be part of it. An equal opportunity employer prizing diversity, integrity and collaboration, we are committed to growing MDA’s and Canada’s leadership in this next golden age.

Comments/Special Considerations

MDA provides competitive compensation and benefits packages for its employees at all locations. As a team member of MDA, you and your qualified dependents are eligible to participate in a benefit plan that ensures a comprehensive level of protection through competitive health care including; extended healthcare and flexible drug plans, dental and vision benefits, disability income protection, life insurance, group retirement savings plans; and an employee and family assistance program.

MDA is an equal opportunity employer prizing diversity and inclusion. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity. If you require assistance and/or reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please feel free to notify us.