Grade 7 Commercial Lawyers - Manchester

Manchester, Greater Manchester
£50,010 to £56,510
14 Dec 2018
07 Jan 2019
2 years
Contract type

Grade 7 Commercial Lawyers - Manchester

Closing date: Monday 7th January 2019
Salary: National - £50,010 to £56,510
Working Pattern: Full time or part time
Number of Posts: 5
Location: Ralli Quays, Manchester M60 9LB

HMRC is currently undergoing significant transformation across the organisation, presenting exciting opportunities for experienced commercial lawyers to join our increasingly high-profile team. Our commercial lawyers advise on some of the most interesting, high value and complex public procurement and contractual commercial legal issues within government, making this a really exciting time to join HMRC’s legal team.

Our commercial law teams, based in Manchester and London, provide legal support to HMRC's largest transformation programmes including IT and Estates as well as the department’s day to day banking and general commercial operations, including all aspects of, commercial contracts, intellectual property rights, public procurement and state aid, contract and supplier management, and disputes resolution. Each team has mini-team team leaders and is overseen by a Senior Civil Servant.

HMRC is also becoming a smaller, more digital and more highly-skilled organisation, bringing people together in 13 large Regional Centres.

This transformation includes redesigning our processes around our customers, creating great online services, and making better use of the data we have to change the way we do our compliance work. It is also about making HMRC a great place to work by investing in staff skills and career development, creating modern, collaborative working environments and offering more rewarding and interesting work.  HMRC’s commercial lawyers benefit from these changes as well as advising on the commercial arrangements that help to bring them about.

Person Specification

In order to achieve our ambition of being the most digitally advanced tax authority in the world, we are looking for bright, ambitious commercial lawyers ready to advise on these cutting-edge projects and make a difference for the public good. In particular, you should have:

  • Strong academic background and excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Strong transactional background, with drafting and negotiation experience - an understanding of data protection and competition law issues would be an advantage but is not essential
  • Sound working knowledge of contract and commercial law
  • Business and results orientated. You work effectively with people at all levels and enjoy taking responsibility and leading on projects from day one
  • Good self-awareness and a commitment to using feedback to learn and develop as a professional

Candidates with good experience in IT/technology licensing, outsourcing and services agreements, and/or property law transactions are particularly encouraged to apply, although no previous experience of public sector work is required.

Required qualifications

You must be a qualified lawyer with extensive demonstrable post-qualification experience in the below areas gained in a respectable private practice and/or in-house role.

What the work includes

  • Commercial contracts: negotiation and contract management issues
  • IT contracts (outsourcing agreements, IT procurement, managed services, software & systems development, advising on cutting-edge digital solutions)
  • Framework agreements
  • High degree of client contact on a day-to-day basis
  • Advice on relevant law such as procurement law and public law as applicable (training on these will be provided for those new to public sector work)
  • Mentoring of, and support from, less experienced lawyers (for candidates with more experience)
  • The opportunity to build strong working relationships with colleagues across the organisation, working in a high-performing, friendly and supportive environment
  • Working with external lawyers as required

Selection process details

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Please note that your personal statement should be up to 750 words and should be aligned to demonstrating the relevant skills and experience listed in the Person Specification.

If you are invited to interview you will be asked to complete an online legal professional skills question before your interview.  You will be advised of a clear deadline for submitting your response.  Further details around what this will entail will be provided should you be invited to interview.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment with these to take place in Manchester.

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