Lawyer - Commercial and Procurement
London, United Kingdom | req484
Grade B - £42,712 – £50,110 per annum (London Framework)
Contracted Hours: Full time 37 hours per week
Contract Type: Fixed-term opportunity for 12 months
Location: London Office, E20 1JQ
Closing date: Friday 13th August 2021 at 11.59pm
Are you committed to helping us regulate health and social care within England?
We are looking for individuals who are caring, demonstrate integrity, work well as part of a team and always strive for excellence in everything they do. Help us make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve.
Let us tell you a little bit about the role....
We are recruiting a Lawyer within Governance & Legal Services to provide robust, responsive legal advice and support to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), covering all areas of law that potentially impact on the organisation and its work.
You will develop strong relations with colleagues throughout the organisation and with external stakeholders, using your experience and knowledge to shape legal solutions, with primary responsibility for providing legal support for the significant increase in commercial and procurement activities.
What we're looking for from you...
You’ll be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. This should be accompanied by a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience OR proven substantial experience in providing commercial and procurement legal advice.
You’ll have an established history of managing caseloads and proven commercial law experience with emphasis on public procurement. You must be able to quickly adapt to and advise on the work of CQC’s Commercial and Contracts Team and other corporate clients and be able to work under pressure in a small but busy team. As a Commercial and Procurement Lawyer within CQC, you will be responsible for providing advice and have conduct of legal files relating to commercial and public procurement matters.
Duties will comprise of drafting, advising and negotiating commercial contracts with focus on IT contracts, service contracts, TUPE, information rights, intellectual property rights, supporting projects, advising senior officers and key stakeholders on governance issues, and advising on procurement matters to ensure compliance with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and other legislation.
You will also be responsible for developing strong relations throughout the business, using knowledge to shape legal solutions.
What we can offer you...
Your health and wellbeing are important to us and are supported through generous annual leave, a cycle to work scheme, discounted gym vouchers and access to a free employee assistance service 24 hours a day. We also understand the importance of financial health and offer membership of the NHS pension scheme, contributing about 14% of basic salary. You will also be able to access discounts to supermarkets, high street stores, electronics, and fleet cars.
We want to support you to succeed and have training opportunities and the support of experienced managers and mentors.
- Provide legal advice across CQC as required in line with established quality and service standards.
- Providing coaching, support, supervision and line management (as required) to Legal Officers / Legal Trainees and Paralegals.
- With involvement and/or support from Legal Managers and Senior Lawyers as appropriate, undertake complex, high profile and high value casework and policy development work.
- Draft and advise on every part of the commercial process, from the commercial law implications of a policy, through to designing the appropriate commercial construct, ensuring that projects appropriately manage legal risks, that contracts are managed effectively, and that any disputes are resolved as effectively as possible.
- Advise on handling supplier performance issues and disputes before they reach a formal dispute resolution procedure.
- Build strong relations with CQC colleagues and leaders in order to champion, prioritise and embed appropriate legal advice.
- Support the Legal Managers, Senior Lawyers and wider legal team to deliver directorate objectives, and provide an excellent legal service to CQC, including the delivery of training and legal awareness.
- Identify legal issues and risks, and escalate them to Senior Lawyers or Legal Managers, as appropriate.
- Have the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience to actively promote diversity and equality of opportunity, treat everyone with dignity and respect and avoid unlawful discrimination.
Essential Skills and Experience:
- Qualified Solicitor, Barrister, or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, entitled to practice in England and Wales
- 2+ years post-qualification experience
- a newly qualified Solicitor, Barrister or Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives with proven substantial experience in providing commercial and procurement legal advice
- Good commercial and contract law experience is essential.
- A good working knowledge of and experience of public procurement, information governance and intellectual property issues.
- Excellent powers of analysis of legal commercial problems and sound commercial legal judgement
- An ability to negotiate effectively and to draft commercial contacts
- An understanding of public law
- Able to present complex information in an easily understood, accessible format.
- Strong communication and presentation skills and the ability to secure and maintain the confidence of a range of CQC stakeholders.
- Able to analyse risk and benefit within a fast-paced environment, and to reassess priorities on a continual basis.
- Ability to think strategically and creatively, to see legal issues in the wider context and advise accordingly.
- Ability to support and develop colleagues
- Effective networker and relationship builder.
- Good working knowledge of IT systems including Microsoft Office packages (Outlook, Word, Powerpoint, Excel).
For an informal discussion or further information about this role please contact the hiring manager Ayo Owusuh, Legal Manager – Ayo.Owusuh@cqc.org.uk
Note for external candidates:
CQC are currently working through an organisational transformation programme which includes the creation of a new target operating model. This role is offered as a fixed term contract as part of the transition process to that new model. For further information on this and to access our team information packs please visit https://www.cqc.org.uk/about-us/jobs/information-applicants
CQC is committed to promoting a fair and inclusive workplace where all our people can flourish and reach their full potential. We know diverse teams allow for a more creative and productive environment and therefore encourage applications from everyone regardless of: age, gender, gender identity or expression, religion or belief, disability, ethnicity or sexual orientation.