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Procurement Lawyer Job Description
This role provides legal and business affairs support to the Procurement Team. The role will involve drafting, negotiating and advising on a range of procurement arrangements (including HR, facilities, professional advisory, marketing and technology relationships) and supporting the Procurement Team secure first class contracts with suppliers
•Ensuring compliance of service arrangements with all relevant law and regulation, including the company’s own ‘Fair Trading’ requirements.
• Providing ad hoc data protection, employment law, intellectual property advice as it relates to service arrangements and advice on drafting and negotiating supply contracts to other members of Business and Legal Affairs across all divisions .
• Working with the Senior Lawyer, Technology & Procurement to improve practice and protocols and to ensure completion of contracts in a timely manner.
• Helping revise and develop precedents, training, advice notes and other documentation.
Scope & Impact
This role is the primary contact for the Procurement Team and will become a key member of that team. A key aspect of the role is supporting the Global Head of Procurement and the Senior Lawyer, Technology and Procurement improve existing processes for procurements and to drive best practice in supplier relationships. Success in the role will be measured by the ability of the postholder to deliver first class supply contracts and legal advice relating to procurement matters in a collaborative, professional and timely manner.
It is very important for the postholder in this role to develop strong relationships with all of Procurement Team (including the Global Head of Procurement), the Senior Lawyer, Technology and Procurment (and any other lawyers involved in procurement contracts) and with lawyers more generally across the divisions.
• Drafting and negotiating all forms of procurement agreements, including all forms of service and technology agreements to achieve high quality supply contracts.
• Reviewing and negotiating terms and conditions for third party suppliers and providing advice on how to manage any associated risks and strengthen relationships with supplier.
• Working closely with the procurement team to deliver effective support and advice as a key team member in RFP and competitive tender processes.
• Liaising across divisions in relation to procurement activity, and working closely with all other BLA teams.
The successful candidate will have the following experience and attributes:
• Experience of drafting and negotiating outsourcing and long term service arrangements and technology contracts.
• Understanding of public procurement best practice
• Sound understanding of English contract law and intellectual property rights.
• Sound understanding of employment law as it relates to service arrangements.
• Sound understanding of data protection and privacy law.
• Understanding of the specific procurement needs of the media industry and ability to adopt pragmatic commercial solutions to issues.
• High quality education and training credentials – probably from a respected city TMT department. Preferably some in-house experience (perhaps through secondments).
The postholder must be a qualified solicitor or barrister with at least 2 years PQE.