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Senior Lawyer - Contracts and Procurement

Job Introduction

We are a modern and progressive authority that is ambitious and empowers its employees to be courageous and innovative in their approach.

Staffordshire Legal Services is a large in-house corporate legal team, consisting of lawyers, trainees and support staff, with a key focus on staff training, retention and progression. The services supports the county council in the delivery of its objectives by providing quality services to support the Council’s functions.

We have two vacancies available. The successful candidates will undertake a rewarding varied caseload of commercial, contracts and procurement matters (one of the roles will include Private Finance Initiative (PFI) so previous experience of this will be required for one of the vacancies.)

There are a number of benefits to working at Staffordshire County Council including generous holiday entitlement, flexi time, annual leave purchase scheme, employee discounts, local government pension scheme, optional car lease scheme and a staff parking discount scheme.

We understand the importance of a work-life balance and currently offer remote working with attendance at our Stafford office on flexible patterns and in accordance with business need.

Main Responsibility

Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • providing complex legal and procurement advice to clients on various matters relating to all Directorates of the Council
  • one of the two roles will provide advice on Private Finance Initiative (PFI), so please state in the Supporting Information section of the application if you have experience of this
  • Reviewing, drafting and advising on a variety of complex agreements including frameworks, services contracts, ICT contracts, social care contracts, collaboration agreements, section 75 agreements and various central and local government grant funding arrangements and loan agreements including Subsidy Control considerations
  • Undertaking legal input into strategic legal advice and risk, including drafting Cabinet reports where required
  • Undertaking the role of lead legal advisor on large complex projects and coordinating advice and roles and responsibilities across the project team
  • Ability to work without supervision and with a high level of self-sufficiency
  • Advising on Council Constitution, Procurement Regulations, governance and decision making
  • Strong technical skills and an ability to understand and work through complex issues and provide pragmatic commercial solutions for clients. 
  • Supervising staff, including deputising for the team seniors as required and delivering training where necessary
  • Maintaining high standards of honesty and integrity when liaising with council officers, colleagues, stakeholders and any external organisations

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for you to be a Qualified Solicitor or Barrister with:

  • sound commercial, contracts and procurement knowledge
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • excellent organisational skills with the ability to prioritise a varied workload
  • local authority knowledge but this is not essential
  • a passion to learn, enthusiasm and the desire to excel as a local government lawyer
  • an interest in local government or broader public services sector
  • the ability to adopt a practical and commercial approach to legal issues
  • the ability to meet deadlines whilst working under pressure
  • proficient in the use of Microsoft applications and document management systems

If you are unsure if your skills and experience are suitable for this role or for an informal chat please contact Imran Razaq, Deputy Legal Services on 01785 854186 or  imran.razaq@staffordshire.gov.uk

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to Our rewards and benefits - Careers at Staffordshire

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Gold Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

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