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Contracts Manager

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Contracts Manager

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When your groceries arrive at your door or you sign for your online parcel, one or more of our software, telematics or proof-of-purchase solutions has probably been used. Our solutions deliver value to many of the UK's leading grocery retailers and food logistics providers as well as to household names including JCB, Eddie Stobart, Carlsberg, Waitrose and Royal Mail.

Reporting to the Finance Director, your principal role is to support the contractual and legal needs of Microlise. You will ensure a 100% customer-focused service is delivered at all times and mitigate or eliminate contractual risk to Microlise wherever possible. You will streamline an efficient, standard-repeatable process and ensure this is continually developed and integrated into the group, whilst providing specialist advice and guidance relating to contract law within a commercial environment.

Do you have a hunger to learn and develop your knowledge with new legislation and legal developments? Are you an experienced Contracts Manager looking for a new challenge and role that you can really make your own? Then this could be for you!

What you will be doing day to day

To provide a suitable in-house suite of contract templates that adequately protect the interests of Microlise

To develop and integrate a scalable process for the contracts function, including a contract management policy

To provide sound commercial advice and recommendations for a variety of contracts across departments

To implement a Contract Management System that will enhance efficiency and visibility of contracts pending and executed

To identify and manage memberships to necessary resources such as SimplyDocs and IACCM membership

To provide ad hoc, on-demand support for Microlise personnel when required regarding contractual queries and support

To negotiate client/supplier contracts to reflect a balanced, Microlise-friendly agreement wherever possible

Ensure wherever possible that all contract-related conflicts/disputes are resolved in a timely manner

Effectively manage contracts throughout the contract life-cycle

Proactively manage all expiring contracts with relevant account owners

Promptly notify relevant personnel of any key issues

Implement a contract risk matrix and analysis

Provide handover support to Delivery, ensuring key terms are highlighted in the process

To manage the renewal of Microlise Trademarks and/or Patents

Continuously assess and monitor the contract functions performance, identifying weaknesses and putting in place appropriate measures to overcome any downfalls

To provide training/guidance on legal issues that may impact the business

To create and present contract-related presentations to the board/operational board when required

To implement realistic and measurable key performance indicators to allow for contract-optimisation

To demonstrate self-awareness regarding personal and technical training needs

What we're looking for

Educated to degree-level, preferably in Law or an applicable commercial discipline

Demontrable experience in a similar role with an in-depth understanding of Commercial Contract Law

Proactively stay abreast with new legislation and legal developments in the UK and overseas

Relevant work experience gained in a commercial office as a Contracts Manager/Specialist

Experience with a variety of contract-types, including but not limited to, Master, License, Supplier, Service-Level and NDA contract-types

Experience of working with software/technology Agreements

Sound understanding of Data Protection Laws and principles

Experience in Contract Management, balancing changing priorities and meeting deadlines

User of CRM databases

Excellent communication skills, with the ability to confidently communicate at all levels, to multiple stakeholders

Client focused approach, utilising knowledge and experience, demonstrating outstanding levels of diplomacy and tact

A flexible attitude and able to thrive in a high-pressure environment

Willingness to work in a matrix environment and values the importance of teamwork

Able to problem solve effectively and generate innovative ideas, in turn translating them into practical solutions

It would be advantageous if you had

Knowledge and demonstrable experience supporting with corporate secretarial duties

Familiarity and understanding of international commercial law particularly France, Australia and New Zealand

Why Microlise?

Proudly Midlands-based, Microlise has been privately-owned for thirty years. Our growing business is guided by our culture which drives the way we behave, the way we work, the way we connect with our customers, and the way we support and develop our people.

Full support and training to ensure you are well equipped to succeed in your role

We believe in our culture, values and staff successes, take a look around our careers page to see why our employees love Microlise

25 days holiday, excluding bank holidays

Vitality Health Insurance, Employee Assistance Programme and subsidised eye tests and glasses

Free Costco membership

20% off EE mobile and line rental, and other local discounts

Great staff extras: Easter eggs, yearly BBQ, Christmas gifts and annual staff awards!

Recruitment Process

For successful candidates, interviews will take place whilst the advert is still live, via telephone and video conferencing; so don't delay getting your application in! Whilst ordinarily this role is based from our Head Office in Nottingham, we suspect the successful candidate will be working remotely initially, in line with government guidelines.

Recruitment Agencies

Whilst we make every effort to directly source candidates for our live roles, we do have a very small preferred supplier list on the occasion we may require additional support. We therefore we do not accept speculative CVs and/or cold calls to our Recruitment Team or Hiring Managers
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