Head of Legal - UK Operations

Full Time
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Swindon / Wiltshire
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* Build strong relationships with the Group functions, including Procurement, IT, Finance and Research, Design and Development, and manage the provision of daily support to them. * Manage and develop a team of enthusiastic, talented and skilled in house counsel. * Provide expert, ethical and pragmatic advice and support on commercial and contract issues across the business. * Proactively identify arising risk areas and work with the business to develop risk mitigation solutions. * Draft and negotiate contracts with suppliers and customers. * Support and advise on tender processes across the business, particularly in manufacturing, IT and on capital equipment projects. * Provide input into contract control processes and reviewing and maintaining precedent documents. * Manage contract disputes with third parties. * Deliver relevant legal training programmes. * Manage external counsel where appropriate, ensuring compliance with the companys cost management processes. * At least 8 years' post qualification experience, with in-house exposure post training a significant advantage. * A sound understanding of all aspects of commercial law and an ability to apply that knowledge pragmatically in a business environment. * Excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills. * Experience of managing matters with a cross border and foreign jurisdiction element, and managing external legal counsel. * Good awareness of the role of Legal in business decisions and the ability to actively contribute in the taking of those decisions. * Confidence and technical ability to be able to deal with issues outside your experience and the ability to learn quickly on the job. * Evidence of being a self-starter who is good at identifying problems and proactively remedying them, and who demonstrates professionalism, pride and integrity in all aspects of your work. * An ability to work successfully with a minimum level of supervision in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment. * Line management experience. * Experience of manufacturing contracts is an advantage.

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