The Opportunity

Bedford, NS
Legal and Justice

Clearwater Seafoods is one of the world's largest vertically integrated seafood companies with over 1,900 employees in offices, plants, and vessels across the globe. The Canadian company operates from ocean-to-plate, owning its own fishing licenses, vessels, and processing facilities, while also providing delivery to its customers worldwide. Clearwater is recognized globally for its superior quality, food safety and diversity of premium wild-caught seafood, including scallops, lobster, langoustine, clams, whelk, cold water shrimp and crabs.
As a leading harvester, processor and marketer of sustainably sourced seafood, Clearwater supplies its products to wholesalers, retailers, and foodservice distributors throughout the world. Selling its products globally under the Clearwater, Macduff and various private label brands.

Since its founding in 1976, Clearwater has invested in its science, innovative technology and management approaches to support sustainability and grow its wild seafood resource. This commitment has established Clearwater as a global leader in sustainable seafood excellence.

Clearwater Seafoods' Legal department requires Paralegal based at their Bedford, Nova Scotia Corporate Office. This role is a full-time permanent position.

Purpose of Position:

The Paralegal will work closely with the Vice President Legal & Corporate Secretary to provide legal and administrative support.

Reporting Structure

  • This position reports to the Executive Vice President Legal & Corporate Secretary

Job Duties:

  • Prepare, draft, review and edit legal documents and correspondence
  • Organize and maintain accurate records for filing
  • Conducts fact-finding, data collection, and analysis
  • Manages, organizes, and archives documents with software tools and technology.
  • Applies specialized legal terminology appropriately in documents.
  • Assists with research and document preparation

Duties & Accountabilities (Responsibilities)

  • Review requests to VP Legal on a pro-active basis and prioritize items for attention or re-distribution;
  • Accurately prepare, maintain and organize a range of corporate / legal documents and correspondence;
  • Manage and assist with key relationships externally and internally for effective functioning of the Legal Department;
  • Develop and maintain an accurate electronic and hard copy filing system;
  • Draft documents and letters from templates;
  • Manage legal documentation and correspondence in strict confidence;
  • Correspond with counsel and stakeholders;
  • Implement and improve upon administrative processes for more efficient workflow;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Key Behavioral Competencies (Personal Characteristics)

  • Communication - effective communication style and must demonstrate the ability to communicate with senior executives and staff members at all levels in a professional and friendly manner.
  • Multi-tasking - ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple priorities in a high activity work environment.
  • Organizational Knowledge - demonstrate a broad knowledge of the company, as a whole, is sensitive to and respects the roles and relationships of clients, customers, partners, affiliated organizations, external organizations, government agencies and company employees at every level, globally.
  • Adaptability - works effectively during periods of very high activity with varying personalities. Demonstrates resilience in the face of constraints, frustrations, or adversity. Flexible and recognizes opportunities for creating and suggesting alternate solutions to meet organizational goals.
  • Initiative - is a self-starter, influencing events and achieving goals. Takes action beyond explicit job responsibilities. Sets high standards and performance goals, and initiates action independently.
  • Business Sense - High level of professionalism and clearly understands the business implications of decisions while strives to improve organizational performance. Is aware of management issues, processes and outcomes as they impact the company's strategic direction. Sets and achieves priorities with positive impact.
  • Works independently, is well-organized, professional, time-sensitive, tactful and diplomatic.


  • Paralegal diploma or degree or equivalent role-related education experience;
  • Experience working at a law firm or corporate legal department is an asset;
  • Prior work experience as a legal assistant and / or paralegal in a corporate legal environment is considered an asset;
  • Above average computer skills with extensive experience using PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and MS Outlook;
  • Above average communicator - written (grammar) and oral in English;
  • Excellent planning and organizational, prioritization and time-management skills required;
  • Demonstrated initiative; self-motivation, and the ability to work independently;
  • High regard for quality work product and strict attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to deal with difficult situations and people;
  • Effective listening skills;
  • Excellent judgment and decision-making skills.

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Clearwater Seafoods

Clearwater Seafoods is one of North America's largest vertically-integrated seafood companies and the largest holder of shellfish licenses and quotas in Canada. It is recognized globally for its superior quality, food safety, diversity of species and reliable worldwide delivery of premium wild, eco-certified seafood, including scallops, lobster, clams, coldwater shrimp, sea cucumber, langoustine, whelk and crab.

Since its founding in 1976, Clearwater has invested in science, people and technological innovation, as well as resource ownership and management to sustain and grow its seafood resource. This commitment has allowed it to remain a leader in the global seafood market and in sustainable seafood excellence.