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Directly managing lawyers and day to day work assigned to team
Knowledge, Training and Experience
Solicitor or Barrister with between 2 – 5 years PQE
Considerable experience of commercial contracts.
Detailed knowledge and practical application of the following areas of English law to at least degree level in at least 3 of the following:
Contract law, Competition law, Procurement law, IT law, Data law, IP law, Biosciences, Corporate law,
Evidence of post qualifying and continuing professional development
Must have an understanding of the background to and aims of policy and appreciate the implications of this on engagement
Developed communication skills for delivering key messages to a range of stakeholders both internal and external
to the organisation, some at very senior level.
Good presentational skills for conveying complex concepts.
Ability to use informed persuasion to influence others.
Ability to identify risks, anticipate issues and create solutions and to resolve problems in relation to project or service delivery.
Ability to understand a broad range of complex information quickly and making decisions where opinions differ/no obvious solution
Evidence of planning and delivering projects and legal services on time.
Abilities for financial and staff management
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office with intermediate keyboard skills.
Ability to work without supervision, providing specialist advice to the organisation, working to tight and often changing timescales
Interpreting national policy for implementation
Free Job description Procurement Lawyer
Integration, collaborative working and joint working including agreeing Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)
Legacy organisation transfers – advising on issues arising and liability transfers
Procurement and competition law advice - advising on compliance with procurement obligations, supporting and developing procurements, challenges brought under procurement law, judicial review and Monitor investigation
Data law – advising on compliance with Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act, Caldicott and duty of candour matters
Advising on technology related contracts including software and system procurement and provision of managed services
Advise on the exploitation of IT/IP in projects and contract arrangements.
Key Working Relationships
The post holder will be required to:
Have regular contact with internal and external stakeholders often relating to sensitive, complex, contentious and confidential issues
Participate in relevant internal and external working groups/projects, services and initiatives to provide project, information and analytical advice and expertise
Overseeing the team to develop and implement project data collection systems that provide accurate and timely data
Present project information and issues, explaining complexities, to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
Liaise with other managers to share best practice and ensure consistency
Working within the overall strategic objectives, devise, implement and monitor the strategy. Evaluate, interpret and locally implement best practice.
Provide overall management to the function.
Develop and implement qualitative and quantitative measures to determine performance against the organisational strategy.
Report progress against the strategy through personal representation at senior management forums and by written reports to appropriate boards and groups of staff.
Present complex information on all aspects of function practice in a clear, understandable and audience-appropriate manner to senior management and board level groups.
Ensure that best practice is developed and delivered at organisational and departmental levels. Challenge ways of working and persuade, motivate and influence other senior managers to realign their practice where necessary.
Ensure a smooth transition through decision making process to the management of contracts.
Ensure that an appropriate strategy is in line with business objectives and are fully cascaded.
Personally lead, support and contribute to formal negotiations with senior level staff from external stakeholders, providing a high level of negotiating expertise to secure the most advantageous arrangements.
Advise on innovative opportunities and support all departments in their strategies and programmes to maximise service benefits.
Oversee the tracking of progress against plans and transition milestones, ensuring appropriate processes are in place to flag issues, risks and concerns with the relevant stakeholders.
Work closely with the Heads of other Departments or Directorates to ensure that units understand and adhere to rules and standards, intervening as appropriate.
Ensure the securing of value for money, giving due consideration to all relevant factors including risk, quality and other factors.
Devise, manage and update policies and procedures, ensuring the adoption of best practice methodology, rules, standards and thresholds. Disseminating these methodologies etc. to staff within the department and throughout the organisation.
Collect and report on information of expenditure within the organisation and other relevant governing bodies.
Financial and Physical Resources
The post holder will have some budgetary responsibility for the function and the services provided within that function. This will include evaluating the value for money of new contracts, monitoring the performance of existing providers and ensuring that provider performance aligns, and complies, with contractual terms and conditions
Act in a way that is compliant with Standing Orders and Standing Financial Instructions in the discharge of this responsibility.
Constantly strive for value for money and greater efficiency in the use of these budgets and to ensure that they operate in recurrent financial balance year on year.
Manage panel firms on individual matters including in relation to individual matter budgets.
Support and line manage the lawyers within the team.
To forge positive working relationships, in order to achieve objectives.
To work in a matrix management style and to foster close working relations with other managers
To manage, motivate and develop staff within the team including the management of disciplinary procedures as required,
undertaking staff consultation and considering welfare and safety matters, taking into account instructions and guidelines issued.
To recruit as necessary and performance manage a team that delivers a range of tasks within a matrix structure in a new and challenging environment.
Use appraisal and development policy and procedures to ensure appraisals are undertaken regularly.
Responsible for devising, developing and implementing appropriate information sharing systems to:
facilitate effective working practices for end to end processes
ensure accurate analysis of management information.
Lead the creation and implementation of information systems for collecting, evaluating and interpreting large volumes of intricate data on expenditure to inform the short, medium and long term strategies.
Responsible for the operation and maintenance of information systems, adapting systems where necessary to suit changing information needs.
Responsible for the collection and reporting on information of expenditure both within and outside the organisation, including compliance reporting.
Ensure processes and staff behaviours are in place for appropriate information sharing.
Planning and Organisation
Assist with the development and implementation of the legal strategy and service development.
Develop and implement strategies for improving performance
Drive and lead development and improvement of processes.
Ensure stakeholder representation is engaged throughout the cycle.
Drive process efficiency in the continuous development of the end-to-end cycle and its associated performance metrics.
Accountable for team delivery of the short, medium and long term business plans, achieving quality outcomes.
Identify and liaise with all stakeholders whom you should work with to deliver the above and manage other inter-dependencies
Supporting the board, managers and staff by responding to legal matters arising in a timely and accurate manner, and act lawfully at all times. The role includes: -
Supporting colleagues in areas where legal expertise is required
To deputise for the Head of Legal Services in their specialist field as required.
Providing professional in-house legal advice and services across a range of matters detailed below with a bias towards Commercial, Competition and Procurement.
Commercial contracting, drafting standard contracts, contracts for the purchase of goods and services, advising on suitability of contractual arrangements, managing disputes, breach notices and terminations, partnering and teaming arrangements