Head of Legal

Southampton, Hampshire
£45,271 - £52,061
21 Sep 2018
30 Sep 2018
Practice area
Energy and environment
Head of Legal
Full time
Contract type

Head of Legal
£45,271 - £52,061
Full time
Open ended

About Us
The Natural Environment Research Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About the role
The National Oceanography Centre is seeking a Head of Legal to deliver the provision of a robust and pragmatic legal function that can deliver advice on a broad range of frequently complex issues.

The role will lead the provision of all types of legal advice in order to give the Directors assurance that there is effective management, across NOC, of all legal and contracting issues.

The Head of Legal will have oversight of the end-to-end commercial and research contracting process, from supply chain to customer contracting. Responsible for developing the overall strategy and leadership for all legal activities across NOC, including governance, risk, compliance and assurance. The Head of Legal will play a critical role in the provision of advice on Intellectual Property matters; including managing and protecting NOC’s IP portfolio and commercialisation opportunities. 

The role provides leadership and development of a seamless, effective and efficient commercially aware contracting team, delivering a high quality, flexible and professional responsive service.  This includes developing and establishing, the overall legal liabilities within a well-documented and controlled risk assurance and insurance framework.

About you
As Head of Legal, you will provide vision and leadership to develop and deliver an excellent legal strategy and operational framework. You will be legally qualified with significant experience to enable the confidence to work without professional legal supervision. You will have experience of working effectively with senior management within either the public sector, third sector, higher education, or in a corporate legal role and will need to demonstrate the ability to deliver a high standard of legal advice  against a full range of legal, policy and regulatory obligations.

You will have excellent written and oral communication skills, with a high degree of self-reliance and be able to cope with regularly changing priorities while still delivering a high standard of service.

You will be able to provide concise and clear advice on complex legal and compliance matters with the ability to influence others at a more senior level. Advanced negotiation skills are essential to be successful in this role.

You will report to and work closely with the Associate Director of Corporate Business Support as an integral member of the wider Corporate Business Support (CBS) Directorate. Working with your counterparts across CBS on a business-partnering basis to ensure continuity and alignment, of a cost-effective, customer focused corporate service to NOC. As an experienced leader, you will be proficient at building effective teams with a proven track record of developing individuals and teams to their full potential

What we offer
At the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to flexible employment practices to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

How to Apply
Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.
Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply click the apply button.
The closing date for applications is 30th September 2018.