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Newport News, Virginia, United States

Date:  Apr 14, 2024

Req ID: 36577 
Team: N358 LEGAL 
Entity: HII Corporate Office

US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes 

Shift: 1st 
Relocation: Relocation assistance will be available 
Virtual/Telework Opportunity: No - Not eligible for telework 

Travel Requirement:  Yes, 10%-25% of the time 

Meet HII’s Corporate Team
HII’s corporate team is responsible for providing strategic direction across technological and business disciplines, including accounting, finance, human resources, sales, operations, business development, legal, sustainability, communications, information technology, security, and more. In service of our employees, leaders, customers, and shareholders, we have the privilege of supporting thousands of colleagues across the entire business. Find the role that’s right for you. Apply today. We look forward to meeting you.


The Role

HII seeks a motivated and dynamic attorney to serve in the role of Senior Staff Counsel at its Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) Division. NNS designs and builds the most advanced ships in the world using its expertise in nuclear propulsion, naval design, and high-tech manufacturing. NNS is currently building the new Ford-class aircraft carriers and Virginia-class fast-attack submarines, modules for Columbia-class ballistic-missile submarines, and performing Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) on Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. NNS also provides fleet support services in Navy ports worldwide. With approximately $6 billion in revenues and more than 25,000 employees, NNS is the largest industrial employer in Virginia and the largest shipbuilding company in the United States. The selected attorney will report directly to the Vice President and Chief Counsel of NNS and advise NNS’s supply chain organization. The supply chain organization supports all shipbuilding programs and is integral to NNS’s business operations. Supply chain ensures timely procurement of quality material and services to support ship construction.  NNS works with over 2500 suppliers across all fifty states and internationally.  The division places and manages billions of dollars in purchases per year from standard company stock to complex critical products and services.

Candidate will provide strategic and day-to-day legal and business counsel to supply chain personnel, including its executive leadership, as follows:

  • Draft, review, and advise on agreements including third party terms, software licensing agreements, government contracts, construction contracts, non-disclosure agreements, and lease agreements.
  • Advise both entry-level buyers and senior leadership on emergent supply chain issues including quality matters, warranty, delay, bankruptcy, and other contract enforcement actions.
  • Collaborate with investigations counsel on supplier quality issues and FAR Mandatory Disclosures to report supplier fraud and misconduct.
  • Train, mentor, and partner with clients and colleagues across the business, at all levels of expertise, and build a broad and deep understanding of significant legal considerations in leading and growing the business.
  • Seamlessly integrate practical business advice and considerations into legal counsel to position the business to avoid potential problems, meet day-to-day challenges, and improve performance and operations.

Must Have

Must have a J.D. degree and Virginia State Bar membership (or ability to obtain state corporate counsel license), plus 4 or more years of experience as a practicing attorney, with a preference for candidates with a background in commercial contracting, government contracting, and provision of general business counsel.

Must have a current active security clearance or the ability to obtain/maintain a security clearance.

Nice to Have

Prior government contracts experience, including exposure to Department of Navy contracts and the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program, is preferred.


We build the world’s most powerful, survivable naval ships and defense technology solutions that safeguard our seas, sky, land, space and cyber. HII’s diverse workforce includes skilled tradespeople; artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML) experts; engineers; technologists; scientists; logistics experts; and business administration professionals.


Recognized as one of America’s top large company employers, we are a values and ethics driven organization that puts people’s safety and well-being first. Regardless of your role or where you serve, at HII, you’ll find a supportive and welcoming environment, competitive benefits, and valuable educational and training programs for continual career growth at every stage of your career.


Working at HII is more than a job - it’s an opportunity to build a future. We offer comprehensive benefits including: medical, prescription drug, dental and vision plan choices, on-site health centers, tele-medicine, wellness resources, employee assistance programs, savings plan options (401K), financial education and planning tools, life insurance, tuition reimbursement, employee discounts, early childhood and post-secondary education scholarships, and more. Some benefits may vary depending on your specific division or work location. 

Together we are working to ensure a future where everyone can be free and thrive.

Today’s challenges are bigger than ever, and the nation needs the best of us. It’s why we’re focused on hiring, developing and nurturing our diversity. We believe that diversity among our workforce strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas and enriches the work lives of all our employees. 


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. U.S. Citizenship may be required for certain positions.

Do You Need Assistance? 
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this e-mail address.

Additionally, you may also call 1-844-849-8463 for assistance.

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