Excellent opportunity for an In-House Commercial Solicitor / Legal Executive to join a €1.59bn leading authority in the Digital Transformation space.
In-House Legal Counsel – (Enterprise IT & Technology Commercial Contracts Specialist)
Up to £65,000 DOE + Benefits
Daresbury, WA4 / Remote Flexibility + Some Inter-Company Travel
Monday to Friday. (37.5hrs per week) 9.00am to 5.30pm
Start date: ASAP
Who we are:
As a Digital Transformation Partner, we accompany companies into the digital future. Our range of IT solutions includes consulting, implementation, services and the operation of IT systems. Our Customers benefit from our extensive expertise and our innovative portfolio that covers the IT requirements necessary for a successful digital transformation.
Worldwide, we employ over 3,000 employees and have offices in Germany, Austria, Belgium, The UK and The U.S.A.
The In-House Legal Counsel Role:
We are now recruiting for a highly motivated legal professional to join our busy and well established UK-based in-house legal team. You will be expected to offer ad-hoc advice to the business and to review, advise on and negotiate commercial IT contracts with commercial and public-sector customers and suppliers.
Reporting to the Head of Legal, this is an interesting role which will require a “hands-on” and flexible approach.
Exceptional candidates with real ability and commercial nous but lower PQE will be considered.
You will be an exceptional communicator with the ability to understand B2B technology services, to build excellent working relationships across the wider business as well as working with customers to help build a lasting partnership. The role will extend beyond pure legal advice. You will be expected to understand the commercial and business impact of contractual terms and take pragmatic, risk-based commercial decisions to ensure that contracts are entered into efficiently but with minimum risk to the business.
+ Review, amend, draft and negotiate various types of commercial agreements including NDAs B2B IT agreements (IaaS NWaaS private cloud and public cloud agreements), MSAs, professional services agreements, SLAs, supplier agreements and various terms and conditions
+ Maintain and regularly review standard terms and conditions for the company’s product and service offerings
+ Maintain and regularly review standard supplier terms
+ Advise on and produce additional terms and contract documents as required in response to new products and services
+ Liaise with all relevant areas of the business during contractual negotiations, collate feedback and red-line contracts
+ Liaise with Group Security on information security provisions in contracts
+ Be the chief negotiator in customer and supplier contractual discussions
+ Review SDDs and SoWs for consistency with contracts
+ In conjunction with the Chief Commercial Officer, take risk-based decisions on the acceptance of contractual terms
Policies, tools and processes:
+ Assist the Head of Legal to develop frameworks for effective contractual negotiations – including pre-agreed positions on commonly-negotiated clauses
+ Maintain contract registers and advise the business on the principles of good contract management
+ Implement an effective contract management system
+ Ensure that the processes in the legal and commercial department are continuously improved with a view to improving the speed of on-boarding customers and suppliers in a risk-assessed manner
+ Maintain up to date legal registers on legislation affecting the business
+ Assist the Head of Legal to develop a system for assessing risk across commercial contracts
+ Assist the Head of Legal to draft policies required by statute or reasonably necessary to comply with statute, for example: modern slavery and anti-bribery
+ Assist where required to put in place systems, processes, policies and procedures and subsequently maintain the same
+ Provide ad-hoc advice on commercial contracts employment law GDPR Brexit and all other laws and regulations applying to a UK-based IT company
+ Assist the DPO in the interpretation and application of data protection laws and practices, including GDPR
+ Assist the Purchasing & Operations Lead and the Chief Commercial Officer with the creation of supplier tenders
+ Be a key player in responding to customer tenders
+ Manage and escalate risk appropriately within the business
+ Together with the Head of Legal and CCO, assist with the acquisition of new companies and the integration of group companies (both UK-based and internationally)
+ Liaise with external advisors on aspects of commercial, company and corporate law where required
+ Advise the Head of HR on employment contracts and settlement agreements
+ Provide training to the wider business on commercial contracts ad-hoc legal matters and the processes of the legal team
+ Assist with internal and external audits
+ Any other duties reasonably expected of a highly qualified in-house legal professional
Skills & Experience:
+ The ideal candidate will be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister with solid commercial contracts experience (3 years relevant PQE+), gained in-house or within private practice:
+ Excellent communication skills both oral and written
+ Excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work cross functionally and interact confidently with multiple stakeholders
+ Excellent planning and organisational skills
+ The ability to prioritise, manage time effectively and work to tight deadlines
+ Accuracy and fastidious attention to detail
+ The ability to work independently with minimal supervision
+ The ability to work calmly under pressure
+ Highly proficient in MS packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook have experience or be willing to learn to use a document management system
+ Team player – understands the importance of teamwork
+ Pragmatic – understand the wider commercial and business impact of decisions made
+ Commercial – operates at all times with a view to promoting the business’ ultimate objectives
+ 2 years + experience gained in B2B IT contracts
+ Experience of responding to public sector tenders
+ Experience of preparing tenders with procurement
+ A keen interest in and/or a good understanding of B2B technology services
+ Experience of reviewing international contracts
Benefits & Perks:
Includes: 25 days annual leave, life assurance, healthcare cash plan, employee assistance programme, on-line discounts & savings platform, free parking, spot bonus scheme, recruitment bounty scheme, free fruit Monday, dress down Friday, Fundraising, Sports & Social club.
+ Must have the right to live and work in the UK.
+ Due to our location, access to own transport is essential.
We look forward to hearing from you!
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