This is an opportunity to provide general legal support in respect of the SSRO’s statutory functions. Reporting to the Director of Legal and Policy, this role would suit a public lawyer with experience advising public bodies on delivery of a range of functions. Advising in relation to the SSRO’s regulatory functions will be a key part of the role, but some experience advising on contracts and procurement would be an advantage.
The Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) is an executive non-departmental public body that supports the effective operation of the scheme of regulation of single source defence contracts established by Part 2 of the Defence Reform Act 2014. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) is the Sponsoring Department for the SSRO.
In carrying out our work under the Act, the SSRO’s statutory aims are to ensure that government obtains good value for money from its expenditure on qualifying defence contracts and that suppliers are paid a fair and reasonable price under those contracts. The SSRO has the following functions:
· To provide the Secretary of State with its assessment of the appropriate baseline profit rate, capital servicing rates and funding adjustment for each year.
· To produce and publish statutory guidance on determining whether costs are allowable in qualifying defence contracts and calculation of the contract profit rate for each contract.
· To keep compliance with contract reporting requirements under review and provide statutory guidance on completing reports.
· To give expert opinions and make determinations in response to referrals from the Secretary of State and defence contractors about application of the Act and the Regulations.
· To keep Part 2 of the Act and the Single Source Contract Regulations under review.
By working for the SSRO you will be an important part of a dynamic organisation. Our staff have a range of professional skills, and include accountants, bankers, analysts, economists, researchers and military experts.
This is a full-time role, but we would be happy to consider flexible working arrangements with the successful candidate, which may include part-time working (i.e. less than five days each week, or reduced hours each working day) and working both in the office and from home.
What will I be doing?
- Providing timely, high-quality legal advice and recommendations in relation to the SSRO’s functions and corporate matters.
- Providing written legal reports to the SSRO Board and committees.
- Drafting, research and other, directed activities.
- Working collaboratively with all colleagues in the SSRO to deliver the SSRO’s work.
- Participating actively in case teams to deal with referred questions and related work.
- Supporting the SSRO’s procurement, including the preparation and completion of contracts.
- Managing the delivery of external legal support, as required.
- Identifying, assessing and managing potential areas of legal risk to ensure that decisions are legally robust, evidence-based and consistent with SSRO policies and guidance.
- Representing the SSRO, for example in stakeholder engagement or negotiations.
- Actively learning and developing your skills and experience.
- Promoting the SSRO’s values.
What skills do I need to be effective in this role?
- A qualified lawyer with a solid academic background and relevant experience.
- A “can-do” attitude, with the willingness and ability to work flexibly and undertake a wide variety of activities.
- An ability to switch between tasks, to quickly get up-to-speed on new subjects and to deliver to sometimes challenging timetables, consistently delivering high quality and robust legal services.
- An ability to produce high quality legal advice, to make recommendations to senior management and to stand by those recommendations.
- A pragmatic, solutions-focused and commercial outlook, mindful of the wider context and issues and with sound analysis and judgement of legal risks.
- Strong communication skills, with ability to explain and defend a position to a variety of audiences and to express legal issues in easy-to-understand plain English.
- A team player who enjoys and has experience of working collaboratively with others.
- An ability to build strong working relationships, internally and externally, and to engage with stakeholders at all levels in business and government.
- Exhibits the highest standards of integrity at all times.
- A good understanding of the defence sector.
- Relevant regulatory experience.
- Experience of public procurement and contracts.
Closing date to 25 June at 12:00.
Interviews are to be held morning of 29 June
In order to increase your chances of being shortlisted please ensure you submit a supporting statement in addition to your CV clearly addressing how you meet the essential & desirable criteria as outlined in the person specification.