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Contracts and Procurement Solicitor OCC7770

Job Details:

Salary Range:          £40,858 - £47,575 per annum

Work Location:         Central Oxford

Hours per week:       37

Contract type:           Permanent

Closing date:            15 March 2019

Interview date:          25 and 26 March 2019

Advert Text:

We have a contracts and procurement position available for highly motivated individual to further develop their career.

 

This position in will undertake a range of legal work, but in particular in relation to the following key areas:

•           General contractual issues (such as early termination, interpretation of clauses)

•           Particular focus on Construction law related matters

•           Specific Council issues (such as the application of the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules)

•           Third party contract documentation

•           EU procurement law and State Aid

•           Tendering process and documentation (both pre-process and process problem-solving)

•           Local authority agencies and partnering arrangements including interface with other agencies (e.g. Health Authorities)

•           General matters allied to contracting e.g. powers

 

 

Great benefits for the role include:

•           Competitive rate of pay from £40,858 up to £47,575 per annum (depending on experience)

•           Working within a multi-million pound organisation

•           29 days’ annual leave each year (plus bank holidays)

•           Flexible working arrangements

•           Staff discount scheme for a range of retailers, holidays, insurance, eating out, health and leisure activities, discounted gym membership, and rail travel

•           A range of activities to support health and wellbeing including an Employee Assistance Programme

 

Sounds good?

 

What we need from you in return - you will need:

•           To be a qualified Solicitor of Barrister

•           Excellent knowledge of the specialist legal areas above

•           The stamina to work as part of a dynamic team in a fast paced environment

•           The skills to be an adaptable employee that can work to tight deadlines

Job Purpose:

1.         To undertake a range of legal work in connection with the work of the team and to provide general legal advice to all client departments of Oxfordshire County Council.

2.         To assist Legal Services in maintaining the provision of an effective and efficient Legal Service to the County Council.

3.         To assist County Legal Services in maintaining the provision of an effective and efficient legal service to the County Council in compliance with the LEXCEL Office Procedures Manual formulated in accordance with the Law Society’s Practice Management Standards.

Job Responsibilities:

1.         To undertake a range of legal work in connection with the team.

 

2.         To provide advice on:

•           General contractual issues (such as early termination, interpretation of clauses)

•           Particular focus on Construction law related matters

•           Specific Council issues (such as the application of the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules)

•           Third party contract documentation

•           EU procurement law and State Aid

•           Tendering process and documentation (both pre-process and process problem-solving)

•           Local authority agencies and partnering arrangements including interface with other agencies (e.g. Health Authorities)

•           General matters allied to contracting e.g. powers

•           The implications of recent legislation and case law

 

3.         Represent Legal Services at appropriate committees and meetings in the above areas.

 

4.         To handle a personal caseload of legal work to a high standard of professional practice

 

5.         To give advice, support and legal representation on behalf of all Directorates of the Council and to ensure that this is done in full compliance with the policies, procedures and decisions of the Council and in accordance with legal requirements.

 

6.         To provide level legal advice and guidance to team members, other Officers, Directors and Members

 

7.         Brief Counsel when necessary.

 

8.         Represent the Council in legal proceedings at court when needed.

 

9.         Comply with the Lexcel Office Procedure Manual, including diary management, time-recording, and case management.

Essential Role Requirements:

SKILLS/APTITUDES          

•           Excellent knowledge of specialist legal area as set out in the JD

•           Excellent analytical and research skills

•           Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player

•           IT literate

 

QUALIFICATION     

•           Qualified Solicitor/Barrister

•           Current law society practising certificate

 

EXPERIENCE

•           Experience of legal practice

•           Provision of quality advice and knowledge

•           Clear knowledge of Law Society Professional requirements

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

•           Organised and methodical

•           Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

•           Good attention to detail

•           Positive approach to change

Desirable Role Requirements:

SKILLS/APTITUDES          

•           Ability to work flexibly

•           Experience of identifying and implementing new ways of working

•           Experience of developing and simplifying new procedures, processes or systems

 

EXPERIENCE

•           Understanding and knowledge of LEXCEL accreditation

•           Attendance and representation at Court Proceedings or other forums

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

•           Local Government or public sector experience

Vetting Requirements:

This post is politically restricted.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Christian Smith, Principal Solicitor (Contracts) on 01865 323932/christian.smith@oxfordshire.gov.uk

 

Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.

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