Counsel, Government & Commercial Contracts at Relativity Space

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Team and Role Overview:  

Relativity is creating the first autonomous rocket factory. Our vision is to build the future of humanity in space -- starting with rockets. We have an ambitious mission, and we understand that it takes a team to achieve it. Our team is driving towards our mission of launching our first 3-D printed rocket to orbit in 2021.

Our Government and Commercial Contracts Counsel will join our close-knit legal team and partner closely with other teams, including Business Development, Regulatory Affairs and Launch & Infrastructure, and Engineering & Manufacturing to drive and negotiate contracts that have a big impact on the company. You will help support and build Relativity’s government contracting function as we continue to acquire government contracts for launch and other services. We will rely on your contracting prowess and experience in the space or aerospace & defense industry to demonstrate strong business and legal judgment and get contracts to the finish line. You are unafraid to help leaders and employees see the big picture, you deliver legal advice with confidence and you are comfortable advising on decisions with significant legal and commercial implications. You are willing to present creative solutions to challenges you come across and tackle tough issues, all while being driven by a strong ethical compass and legal considerations.

This role will be reporting directly to the Assistant General Counsel.

The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives:

You will be advising the company on a broad range of commercial and government contracts. Among other things, you will:

  • Serve as subject matter expert on FAR, DFARS, and other agency laws and regulations pertaining to government contracting;
  • Negotiate, draft and advise on:
    • government contracts;
    • commercial contracts, including service agreements, statements of work, material supply agreements, hardware purchase agreements, software license agreements, marketing agreements, facilities agreements, and NDAs;
    • real property leases;
    • agreements involving handling intellectual property and data rights; and
    • customer sales contracts.
  • Collaborate with regulatory counsel to implement government contracting best practices, including FAR and DFARS compliance;
  • Execute agreements swiftly while ensuring protection of company’s interests;
  • Collaborate cross-functionally and ensure appropriate visibility across functions; and
  • Seek creative solutions to difficult problems and come up with proactive solutions and strategic advice on matters of company opportunities and growth.

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies:

  • JD degree from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • Admitted to and member in good standing of California bar, or else other state Bar with ability to become registered in-house counsel in California promptly upon joining Relativity
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience at a top-tier law firm or corporate legal department
  • Experience advising on, negotiating, drafting, and handling compliance with government contracts.
  • Strong knowledge of government contracting (including government procurement regulations)
  • Experience in space or aerospace & defense industries.
  • Experience negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts and technology transactions.
  • Detail-oriented problem solver with ability to think about the big picture.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to translate complex legal issues to layman terms with ease.
  • Skillful drafter and issue-spotter who takes both legal and business risks into consideration.
  • Strong knowledge of space, intellectual property and contract laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and manage demanding workflows and competing deadlines.

Nice to haves:

  • Familiarity with export control laws.
  • In-house experience at a dynamic and fast-paced emerging-growth company.
  • Experience negotiating commercial real estate contracts.
  • Top secret clearance.

About Relativity Space

Relativity is building humanity’s multiplanetary future. We invented a new approach to design, build, and fly our own rockets, starting with Terran 1 – the world’s first entirely 3D-printed rocket. We fuse 3D printing, artificial intelligence and autonomous robotics to pioneer the factory of the future. Disrupting 60 years of aerospace, Relativity offers a radically simplified supply chain, building a rocket with 100x fewer parts in less than 60 days.

Relativity Space has raised over $1.3 billion, most recently at a $4.15 billion valuation, from iconic investors including Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, BOND, Coatue, Fidelity, General Catalyst, ICONIQ Capital, K5 Global, Mark Cuban, Playground Global, Social Capital, Tiger Global, Tribe Capital, Y Combinator, and 3L. Our customers include major global satellite providers and we have been awarded launch contracts by NASA and the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Location

3500 East Burnett Street, Long Beach, CA 90815

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.

Nat

Lead Recruiter

What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.

Tim

CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!

Samantha

Talent Operations Coordinator

What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Parking
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications
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