Our local authority client has a 3 month contract vacancy (with the possibility of extension) for the role of a CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT OFFICER, details as follows
To provide a high level of legal support in the provision of contract and procurement-related legal services to the Organisation and its officers.
To provide proactive legal advice and carry out legal research on a wide range of contract/procurement matters.
To draft documentation as appropriate to ensure that the aim of the client is achieved in a timely manner, and Organisation’s resources are used efficiently.
To provide legal services on a wide range of procurement and associated matters including the preparation of advice and provision of suitable guidance and support for Organisation departments.
To interpret and apply statute, case law, government guidance and court procedure as appropriate in order to provide timely and appropriate legal advice.
To support and assist the senior procurement solicitor(s) as needed, including carrying out more complex aspects of procurement transactions.
To liaise effectively with officers within the organisation, external solicitors, members of the public and organisation members on procurement matters, whether by phone or in writing.
To provide legal updates as required to Organisation officers about any legal developments in the commercial sector.
To monitor the fees of counsel and other external advisors to ensure effective management of the Organisation’s financial resources and to generate income by charging third parties legal fees where appropriate.Essential Requirements
Degree or other equivalent level in a relevant work area or with significant practical professional experience in procurement/contract area of law.
Knowledge of primary and delegated legislation, case law and rules relating to procurement and contract law and practice.
Knowledge and experience of all aspects of business focused Teamwork including goal setting and performance review.
Demonstrate an understanding of equality issues and how they affect the workplace and individual behaviors.
Demonstrate a high level of organisation skills and managing a variety workload.
Excellent level of IT literacy with the ability to use MS Office, Nuance Advanced, Westlaw, Practical Law and specialist legal case management software such as IKEN.
Demonstrable working knowledge of drafting documents in order to be legally binding.
Demonstrable experience and understanding of the principles of professional conduct for lawyers working in local government setting.
Experience of solving varied legal problems either individually or working with colleagues in the Team or in the Organisation generally.
Experience of drafting legal documents with high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.If you have the necessary experience and qualifications to fulfill this role, please submit your CV ASAP