Assistant General Counsel

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Hanwha Q CELLS America is looking for an Assistant General Counsel. You will join a collegial team of 10 legal professionals and report to the General Counsel. You will be given responsibilities primarily in financing transactions for residential solar sales and financing products, including asset-backed securities, debt, tax equity, sale-leaseback and warehouse lending facilities. Our legal team is expected to grow rapidly over the next few years and there will be exciting opportunities for career growth. Q CELLS is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and providers of solar photovoltaic (PV) products and solutions. Hanwha Q CELLS America, headquartered in Irvine, California, has been rapidly expanding its business in North America through the expansion of products and solutions, including distributed energy solutions, direct-to-homeowner solar sales and financing, and EPC services. We provide an opportunity to be part of an exciting and growing world-class global business in an interesting and expanding industry of the future. This position will be based out of our Irvine office, with an in-office schedule that is set at the direct manager’s discretion in accordance with the company policies and procedures. Remote options could be considered for exceptional cases.


  • Support the residential solar financing, third-party ownership (TPO) and distributed energy teams with asset backed securities, tax equity transactions, warehousing lending facilities and other project financing-related transactions, including drafting and negotiating all transaction documents for the Company’s direct-to-homeowner business.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to provide strategic business-oriented legal advice.
  • Negotiate, draft and review various commercial agreements with customers, suppliers, partners and other third-party agreements on an as needed basis.
  • Supervise and manage outside counsel in various matters on an as-needed basis.
  • Create legal and commercial forms and processes and educate the business on important legal and commercial matters.

Required Qualifications

  • 10+ years experience
  • Top law firm training preferred
  • In-house experience, preferably with a broad range of responsibilities
  • Strong background in financing transactions, commercial contracts and corporate and strategic transactions
  • Experience working for a direct-to-homeowner solar financing, distributed energy and/or TPO business at a clean energy or global technology company
  • JD from a top law school preferred
  • Membership in at least one state bar
The salary range is required by the California Pay Transparency Act and may differ depending on the location of those candidates hired nationwide. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to, skill set, education, licenses and certifications, essential job duties & requirements, and the necessary experience relative to the job’s minimum qualifications.
  • This target salary range is for CA positions only and should not be interpreted as an offer of compensation
Hanwha Q CELLS America Inc. (“HQCA”) is headquartered in Irvine, CA, and handles sales for the North American region. It is a subsidiary of Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., one of the world´s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ), Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ), and San Francisco, USA (Energy Storage/Inverter & Software HQ). Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, the company provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, government, and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm, and a Top 8 business enterprise in South Korea. HQCA recently acquired Geli, a leading developer of Energy Management System software for energy storage, solar, and other renewable resources.

  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • Paid Time Off
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • 401K
  • Paid Holidays
  • All benefits dependent on role and eligibility

Physical, Mental, & Physical Demands

To comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the essential physical, mental and environmental requirements for this job are listed below. These are requirements normally expected to perform regular job duties. Incumbent must be able to successfully perform all of the functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Standing: 20% of time
Sitting: 70% of time
Walking: 10% of time

Pulling: up to 10 Pounds
Pushing: up to 10 Pounds
Carrying: up to 10 Pounds
Lifting: up to 10 Pounds

(F = Frequently, O = Occasionally, N = Never)
Turning: F
Twisting: F
Bending: O
Crouching: O
Balancing: N
Climbing: N
Crawling: N
Kneeling: N

(F = Frequently, O = Occasionally, N = Never)
Typing: F
Handling: F
Reaching: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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