Lawyer - Contracts and Procurement
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/816/27246
  • Published: Fri 16/09/2022, 10:59 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 24/10/2022, 0:59 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £46,634 to £52,625 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Reigate

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Lawyer - Contracts and Procurement

The starting salary for this role is £46,634 per annum with a Lawyers Career Scheme providing the opportunity to progress to £52,625.

Are you looking to take the next step in your career in Contracts, Procurement and Projects?

Are you as committed as we are to working as part of a supportive, successful and Lexcel accredited in-house legal team that delivers timely, clear and effective legal advice, representation and assistance to the Council?

Are you looking to work in an agile organisation that focusses on outcomes?

If so, an exciting opportunity has arisen within our Contract team for a qualified Solicitor or Lawyer.

About you

We are looking for a Contracts and Procurement lawyer, with substantial experience of the law and practice in this area to join our friendly and committed team.

If you consider yourself to be an effective and dynamic individual, with some experience of managing and supervising people and have the ability to motivate others whilst working in a team, then this is the role for you!

The Role

You will be working as part of a team of contract Lawyers to provide advice across a broad range of contract and procurement (and related) issues to support the Council in the provision of its services. As a Lawyer you will have the opportunity to assist with managing junior members of the team, alongside actively contributing to the future delivery of first class legal services.

You will provide quality proactive legal advice on issues including procurement matters, NEC construction contracts, general contract queries and will also have conduct of a full, varied and demanding caseload.

You will clearly demonstrate that you have good experience in the relevant areas of law and the following skills and abilities:

  • Negotiating and drafting documentation such as construction contracts, service agreements, facilities management services
  • Providing solutions-focused and enabling advice on a range of (mainly commercial and procurement) matters and an ability to learn quickly about subjects in which you may not have had prior experience
  • Effective team working
  • Leading/ contributing at client and project meetings
  • Advising Members and Senior Officers of the Council
  • Managing competing priorities to achieve client/ statutory deadlines
  • Exemplary client care and organisational skills
  • Assisting with management of junior members of the team

The team is supportive and knowledgeable and there is a commitment to development and training of our in-house talent. Our Legal Services department is Lexcel accredited.

Our administrative base is in Reigate but we also have an office in Weybridge, where our Support Team is based. However, the Council adopts an agile working policy, so we are able to provide some flexibility in terms of where you work from.

Benefits

From flexible working arrangements to job sharing we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied to support agile working. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit our webpage on Staff Benefits.

At Surrey, our values and behaviours are just as important as our skills and abilities. They shape who we are as an organisation. Find out more about the values we follow.

Interviews will take place on 3rd and 4th November at Woodhatch Place, Reigate.

This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Contact Details

For an informal discussion please contact Simoine Morgan-Barnes by e-mail at Simoine.morgan-barnes@surreycc.gov.uk.

We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.

Our Commitment

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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