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Commercial, IT and Procurement Lawyer

Reporting to: Business lead – AE lead lawyer
Team: Legal Services
Contract type: Permanent - part-time (21 hours)
Salary: Between £76,635 and £101,731 per annum (pro-rata) dependent on skills and experience, with access to performance related pay, bonus and civil service pension scheme
Location: Brighton
Closing date: Sunday 19 September 2021

Job ref: 106187

TPR grade: 6

About us

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) is responsible for protecting workplace pensions in the UK. We work with employers and those running pensions to help people save safely for their retirement.

We have a fantastic office located in the heart of Brighton that is a short distance from the train station, shops and the sea.

We put our 800+ employees first by supporting flexible working and offering a diverse, lively and inclusive environment. This includes LGBT+ Network (PROUD), Women’s Network, BAME Network (ME), and a Disability Network, which offer supportive spaces to connect.

We are committed to making TPR a great place to work. We do all we can to support our people reach their full potential with training, secondment and development opportunities.

Role

We’re looking for a five-year+ (Post-Qualified Experience) PQE procurement lawyer with strong commercial skills and a good understanding of IT contracts.

Working closely with the procurement team you will provide advice and support on operational and policy matters to ensure best value, compliance with procurement rules, risk is managed appropriately, and disputes are resolved as effectively as possible. You will also provide advice organisationally to key stakeholders across TPR at all levels.

Your advice will be high quality, consistent, timely, commercial and pragmatic and will cover legal issues as well as legal risk on a wide range of subjects.

You will support complex, large and high profile/high risk commercial negotiations and be able to represent and support TPR both internally and externally in a number of forums and proceedings.

You will play an important role in the legal services team, contributing to the knowledge management system and providing TPR wide training on areas within your remit as appropriate.

Responsibilities

  • Provide high quality, timely, consistent and pragmatic legal advice to a range of different stakeholders.
  • Identify and advise on client decisions that create unmanaged legal risk and/or legal risk beyond TPR's risk appetite statement.
  • Provide advice which facilitates the effective project management of cases, commercial contracts, policy and procurement.
  • Lead on and support, as necessary, negotiations with external suppliers ensuring contracts are concluded successfully and disputes are avoided.
  • Contribute to the internal legal knowledge management system.

Essential and desirable criteria

Essential

  • A minimum of five years' PQE as a solicitor or barrister with a current practicing certificate in England and Wales.
  • Demonstrable post qualification experience of providing consistent, clear, audience.
  • Tailored risk-based advice on procurement - both IT and non-IT commercial contracts.
  • Information regulation and governance in relation to IT and European Law, as well as solid technical knowledge in those areas.
  • Relevant knowledge of pensions legislation, Equality Act 2010, Data Protection Act 1998, Human Rights Act 1998, FOI Act 2000, IORP Directive 2003/41 and EIOPA Regulations 2010/1094 as well as elements of UCITs and Solvency II Directive.
  • Awareness of current public law, procurement, commercial, information regulation and governance and European Law environment as well as strategic trends and issues.
  • Demonstrable ability to understand and support the needs and aims of TPR, present the organisation's views both internally and externally, including assisting fellow internal advisers and experts present their outputs.
  • Highly organised, creative, resilient and self-motivated and able to prioritise a full portfolio of work and competing deadlines.
  • Good advocacy, negotiation and persuasive skills with a proven ability to influence, both orally and in writing, with experience of participation in negotiations and
    presenting internally and externally at all levels.
  • Experience of handling difficult situations and acting under pressure, including explaining the impact of unmanaged legal risk.

Person specification

  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Negotiating skills.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication skills at all levels.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Personable and a team player.

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £76,635 and £101,731 (pro-rata), we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

Please send your CV to recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk along with a covering letter, quoting ref 106187 with details of how your experience and skills meet our essential criteria and details of your notice period.

We are an inclusive employer and offer equal opportunities to all regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis.

Please be aware we are currently holding interviews through MS Teams due to COVID-19.

If you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk