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Senior Legal Counsel

Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Salary: up to £95K (DOE)

Department: Legal

Location: Newport

Our Story

IQE plc is the leading global supplier of advanced wafer products and material solutions to the semiconductor industry. IQE's core business is the design and manufacture of compound semiconductor wafers or "epiwafers" using a process called epitaxy. IQE's epiwafers are used in advanced electronic and photonic components which enable a broad portfolio of today's technology products.

Our Vision

IQE's vision is to be the best advanced semiconductor materials solutions company in the world. Being best means delivering outstanding quality, service, technology and value such that we become the first-choice supplier for all our customers.

Our Mission

IQE's mission is to deliver the best advanced semiconductor materials solutions to our customers through technology leadership; to provide our employees with a safe, stimulating and rewarding work environment; to partner with our suppliers to form mutually beneficial relationships; and to provide our stakeholders with a rewarding investment.

IQE is signed up to the Tech Talent Charter which aims to improve diversity in the tech sector. We welcome applications from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The more diverse we are, the more experiences we have to draw upon.

Summary of the role

IQE is transforming the way in which it does business. We're looking for an exceptional Senior Legal Counsel to support the business' legal and compliance objectives.

You'll provide commercially-focused legal and compliance advice across IQE's global teams. You'll be focussed on delivering excellent advice on supply agreements, research and joint development agreements, non-disclosure agreements and in supporting the legal team to develop and support the business as it enters a phase of growth.

You'll identify risks and contribute to their mitigation, and provide specialist training for our people. You'll interact with a range of individuals including representatives from technology, sales, senior leaders and external counsel.

You will take responsibility for IQE's day-to-day legal and compliance activities and support IQE's General Counsel & Company Secretary with strategic and complex matters.

Key Responsibilities

To negotiate, draft and advise on a variety of commercial contracts, with a particular focus on supply agreements

To support and guide our sales and research & development teams with contract-related issues and negotiation

To work with and support other members in the legal team

To support the General Counsel with the development of the legal function

To work with our external advisers where appropriate

To provide training and guidance to non-specialists

To maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant laws and practices

Qualifications / Essential Skills

England and Wales qualified with around 4 to 6 years' PQE

Experience in a variety of commercial contracts

Experience in a technology business

Enthusiasm and drive to support the business through a period of change

The ability to communicate legal matters to non-legal personnel in a clear and concise manner

The ability to work autonomously


Discretionary bonus scheme

LTIPs (subject to qualifying period)

Employee Assistant Program (EAP) - variety of discounts and deals

BUPA (self-cover)

Company pension - option to pay up to 5% matched by IQE up to 10%

25 days annual leave plus UK Bank Holidays
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