Legal Counsel - Installation, Transportation & Logistics (S)

Req Id:  11136
Job Family:  Legal And Contract - Legal

Schiedam, NL, 3115JD Porto, PT, 4100-136



Energy is a fundamental basic need of our society. Fossil fuels, including oil, are an essential source of energy and will remain so until renewable energies have the capacity to meet the growing demand for energy.

Nearly 5,000 SBMers globally are proud to design, build and operate floating facilities that produce more than 1% of the world’s oil. We do it in the safest, most affordable, and most sustainable way. And we continuously strive to reduce emissions, in line with our emissionZEROTM program.

As a leader in floating technologies for the oil and gas industry, we recognize the significant importance of climate change and the growing need for renewable energy. We invest in products and services that enable the transition towards renewable energy, with a focus on Floating Offshore Wind, Wave Energy, and Carbon Capture and Storage. In addition, we also develop Smart Digital Services to improve and support everything we do.

Oceans play a central role in producing the energy of today and of tomorrow. We work together with the world’s leading energy companies to make that happen. We act responsibly and ethically so that communities where we operate benefit from our presence and activities.

We are committed to sharing our experience to deliver safe, sustainable, and affordable energy from the oceans for generations to come.

We are Energy. Committed.



  • Providing accurate, relevant, and timely advice to SBM on a variety of legal topics in support of the GR&S, FPS and Operations business lines in respect of contracts for installation (of FPSOs, FSOs), transportation, logistics and other related contracts
  • Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating various commercial contracts and agreements, utilizing both standard templates utilized by SBM and industry standard contracts (in particular BIMCO), such as installation contracts, charterparties, transportation, logistics, framework agreements, Memoranda of Agreements (MoAs), Memoranda of Understandings (MOUs), confidentiality agreements
  • Draft, develop and update SBM’s suite of standard contract templates for installation, transportation and logistics’ scopes
  • Provide legal support and advice in relation to the operation of the Normand Installer, SBM’s multi-functional anchor handling and offshore construction vessel. including negotiating framework agreements, subcontracts, charterparties and claims 
  • Assessing, proposing (and where appropriate) ensuring and managing, adequate mitigation of legal risks to the GR&S business line in relation to installation, transport and logistics contracts.
  • Managing and prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines from the GR&S and Installation business line, often at short notice.
  • Ensuring compliance with all laws and regulations that apply to the business.
  • Promoting legal, compliance and risk management best practice throughout the company.
  • Communicating with and managing certain third-parties such as external counsel, ship brokers, experts and/or auditors in line with SBM legal services procurement processes (providing feedback on legal panel performance).
  • Staying up to date with changes to legislation and case law, particularly in relation to laws, rules and regulations that directly affect installation, transportation and logistics.
  • Providing input on and/or proposing adequate legal tools/contractual set-ups to serve SBM’s primary business goals.
  • Designing and delivering legal training to the business as needed in line with SBM Training Calendar initiatives.
  • Liaising with the business leaders and support functions.
  • Reporting and updating LCCI Leadership Team, head of Legal for GR&S, head of Legal for FPS and Product Line Directors on key legal issues and risks, including lessons learnt and improvement areas for the business.



  • Law degree common law, or civil law with sound common law working experience
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written) (Dutch, French and Portuguese language skills are a plus)


  • A minimum of 3 years PQE as in-house lawyer or in private practice a must 
  • Experience in marine transportation, offshore support vessels and logistics 
  • Experience of drafting, negotiating and advising on BIMCO contracts (in particular SUPPLYTIME, TOWCON, TOWHIRE, HEAVYCON, HEAVYLIFTVOY, CONLINEBOOKING) 
  • Understanding of marine insurance, including P&I insurance
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written) (Dutch, French and Portuguese language skills are a plus)


  • Team player and taking an active role to train and educate others
  • Good organizational skills
  • Proactive and curious
  • Financial acumen
  • Ability to work accurately and quickly 
  • Good interpersonal relations skills 
  • Discretion, courtesy and tact
  • Good negotiating and diplomacy skills
  • Reliable and accountable




SBM Offshore N.V. is a listed holding company that is headquartered in Amsterdam. It holds direct and indirect interests in other companies that collectively with SBM Offshore N.V. form the SBM Offshore Group (“the Company”). For further information, please visit our website at The companies in which SBM Offshore N.V., directly and indirectly, owns investments are separate entities.


SBM Offshore is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. SBM Offshore does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.  All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.