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Senior Legal Commercial Manager

British Geological Survey

Location: Keyworth, Nottingham
Salary: £54,043 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th May 2024
Closes: 23rd June 2024
Job Ref: 240000IZ

This role will be based at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham

A great benefits package is offered, including an outstanding pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and access to flexi-time

Full-time – 37 hours a week (some flexible working options may be available, including a small amount of remote working, in line with BGS policy)

BGS is looking for an experienced, highly skilled, and motivated Senior Legal Commercial Manager, reporting directly into our Head of Legal and IPR.

You must be a highly skilled & experienced legal and contracts negotiator, expert in providing pragmatic legal advice and legal drafting solutions, to advise in relation to and then facilitate the undertaking of commercial and collaborative work, contributing to navigating complex bid/tender opportunities and then securing & maintaining contracts/agreements on optimal and legally secure terms.

We also want you to review our internal legal, contractual, and operational frameworks associated with bid, tender, contractual and certain procurement processes; with the confidence, gravitas, and leadership skills to implement then maintain any identified opportunities for improvement or greater efficiency, whilst not losing sight of the primary objective: providing operational legal support for BGS’s geoscientific research activities. You will also be expected to deputise for the Head of Legal and IPR in their absence (eg on leave).

To succeed in this exciting new role, you will need to be:

  • An expert trusted legal and contracts resource for BGS.
  • Comfortable with and experienced in leading and managing the provision of legal support, negotiation, and problem-solving skills to large scale national and international research projects.
  • Comfortable with managing your own responsibilities and workload, within an often high-pressured, time-critical legal environment – but at the same time becoming an integral and respected part of the Legal & IPR Team, able to manage, guide and mentor other members of the team as appropriate.
  • Adaptable, flexible, and pragmatic, thinking outside of the box when required, in relation to getting complex, sensitive, or non-standard situations ‘over the line’ when required and be able to demonstrate robust commercial awareness, but within the context of BGS’s primary status as a research institute.
  • A superb communicator, able to build relationships both with legal counterparts at the organisations BGS works for/with (including any external legal advisors they may appoint), as well as with BGS Business Development and other Operational colleagues and geoscientific staff, understanding the context of research being undertaken and what a ‘good’ outcome looks like from their perspective(s).
  • Able to demonstrate experience of the aims and objectives of research/public sector organisations as well as commercial operations.

There may be a requirement for occasional travel within the UK or overseas, as required. The post will benefit from BGS’s hybrid working arrangements, with some limited option for remote working, whilst spending most of your time working from our Keyworth site.

Please also refer to the additional specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.

Applicants are required to include a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability for the role (via the ‘Apply’ button above). We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process.

The closing date is Sunday 23 June 2024. Interviews are expected to be held in late June 2024 / Early July in Nottingham.

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