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Chief Solicitor (Contracts and Procurement)

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Job ID:

15422

Practice Area(s):

Management, Procurement/Contracts

Location:

West London, London (Greater) 

Role:

Principal/Head of Section, Qualified Lawyer
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Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

30.12.2020

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

LBHF53366
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Job Description:

Salary Range: £62,678 - £84,255 per annum

Work Location: 3 Shortlands, Hammersmith, W6 8DA

Hours per week: 36

Politically Restricted post: Yes

Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Legal Service is creating an in-house Contracts and Procurement legal team and is seeking an exceptional Contracts and Procurement lawyer with substantial post qualification to lead this exciting new team. You will also be a member of the Departmental Management Team and will help to shape the direction of Legal services.

As the successful candidate, you will be an expert in your field with the ability to handle complex contract and Procurement legal work.  As well as having the technical ability you will be professional, enthusiastic, a creative thinker and have the ability to influence, drive progress and give clear and credible advice to senior officers and elected members. You will also manage and lead your team, enabling team members to develop whilst ensuring they reach their targets. You will have a commercial outlook and will look for innovative and collaborative ways to deliver a client focused service which adds value for our clients and taxpayers.

As the successful candidate will predominantly work from home, you will not need to be based in the South East and applications are welcomed from across the country.  The successful candidate will, in the future, need to be able to occasionally attend the offices in Hammersmith.

Applicants are invited to submit a CV and a supporting statement which demonstrates that you can satisfy the Role Specific Qualifications.
 
Role Responsibilities:
•    To assist the Head of Law to manage Legal Services, including participating in the Departmental Management Team and providing strategic leadership to the staff within the Contracts team including ensuring staff development.

•    To manage and provide the efficient and cost-effective delivery of legal services in the Contracts Team within a culture of customer focus, continuous improvement and service excellence.

•    To monitor staff resources and budget appropriately against the demands of work to ensure that the trading account is financially viable and that the team, and individuals, meet their chargeable targets and that performance is of a high standard at all times.

•    To deal with the most complex matters in the Contracts and Procurement team and to have oversight of the most complex matters within the Contracts and Procurement team, liaising with the Head of Law as necessary.

•    To deputise for the Director of Resources including in his/her role as the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

•    The post holder will be required to attend and advise Committees and regularly advise Cabinet Members, the Chief Executive, Directors, Assistant Directors and other officers and Members as appropriate.  

•    To authorise and oversee the input of counsel and external specialist legal advisers as required.

•    To research, advise upon and draft reports on a wide range of sensitive/complex issues affecting the Council, ensuring that all relevant considerations are before Members when policies are determined.  

•    To represent the Head of Law on corporate working groups across the council and with outside organisations, as required.

•    To comply with the professional rules, guidance and regulations applicable to a Solicitor or Barrister in England and to assist in ensuring that Legal Services complies.

•    To undertake any of the responsibilities within this Role Profile for any other council or body which the Council has agreed to provide such services to.

•    To undertake such other duties and tasks as may be required from time to time

Please refer to the Job Description for more information. (Available by clicking on the 'Enquire/Apply' button below).

People Values:
How we act defines who we are.  At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair
We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring
We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators
We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven
We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:
Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes:

Complex problem-solving
The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change.

Critical thinking
The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.

Creativity
You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.

People management
You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.

Coordinating with others
You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.

Emotional intelligence
You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills.

Judgement and decision making
You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.

Negotiation
You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.

Service orientation
You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.

Cognitive flexibility
The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation.

Role Specific Qualifications:
•    Qualified Solicitor or Barrister entitled to practice in England and Wales
•    Significant and extensive experience within Contracts and Procurement
•    Leadership and management experience - preferably within a local government setting
•    High level of political awareness and the ability to interact effectively with Members of the Council and to proactively advise on solutions to problems.
•    Ability to work at corporate level and across departments
•    Substantial and significant experience of local government law and practice
•    Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
•    Ability to manage budgets
 
Hammersmith & Fulham Council 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.
 
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
 
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

For further information or to apply, please click on the 'Enquire/Apply' button below.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Adesuwa Omoregie, Head of Law, on 07717450746

Closing date: 1 February 2021

Interview date: 15 February 2021
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London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham
West London, London (Greater), United Kingdom

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Chief Solicitor (Contracts and Procurement)

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Job ID:

15422

Practice Area(s):

Management, Procurement/Contracts

Location:

West London, London (Greater) 

Role:

Principal/Head of Section, Qualified Lawyer
col-narrow-right   

Employment Type:

Permanent Full-Time

Posted:

30.12.2020

Employer type:

Local Authority

Employer Ref:

LBHF53366
col-wide   

Job Description:

Salary Range: £62,678 - £84,255 per annum

Work Location: 3 Shortlands, Hammersmith, W6 8DA

Hours per week: 36

Politically Restricted post: Yes

Hammersmith and Fulham Council’s Legal Service is creating an in-house Contracts and Procurement legal team and is seeking an exceptional Contracts and Procurement lawyer with substantial post qualification to lead this exciting new team. You will also be a member of the Departmental Management Team and will help to shape the direction of Legal services.

As the successful candidate, you will be an expert in your field with the ability to handle complex contract and Procurement legal work.  As well as having the technical ability you will be professional, enthusiastic, a creative thinker and have the ability to influence, drive progress and give clear and credible advice to senior officers and elected members. You will also manage and lead your team, enabling team members to develop whilst ensuring they reach their targets. You will have a commercial outlook and will look for innovative and collaborative ways to deliver a client focused service which adds value for our clients and taxpayers.

As the successful candidate will predominantly work from home, you will not need to be based in the South East and applications are welcomed from across the country.  The successful candidate will, in the future, need to be able to occasionally attend the offices in Hammersmith.

Applicants are invited to submit a CV and a supporting statement which demonstrates that you can satisfy the Role Specific Qualifications.
 
Role Responsibilities:
•    To assist the Head of Law to manage Legal Services, including participating in the Departmental Management Team and providing strategic leadership to the staff within the Contracts team including ensuring staff development.

•    To manage and provide the efficient and cost-effective delivery of legal services in the Contracts Team within a culture of customer focus, continuous improvement and service excellence.

•    To monitor staff resources and budget appropriately against the demands of work to ensure that the trading account is financially viable and that the team, and individuals, meet their chargeable targets and that performance is of a high standard at all times.

•    To deal with the most complex matters in the Contracts and Procurement team and to have oversight of the most complex matters within the Contracts and Procurement team, liaising with the Head of Law as necessary.

•    To deputise for the Director of Resources including in his/her role as the Council’s Monitoring Officer.

•    The post holder will be required to attend and advise Committees and regularly advise Cabinet Members, the Chief Executive, Directors, Assistant Directors and other officers and Members as appropriate.  

•    To authorise and oversee the input of counsel and external specialist legal advisers as required.

•    To research, advise upon and draft reports on a wide range of sensitive/complex issues affecting the Council, ensuring that all relevant considerations are before Members when policies are determined.  

•    To represent the Head of Law on corporate working groups across the council and with outside organisations, as required.

•    To comply with the professional rules, guidance and regulations applicable to a Solicitor or Barrister in England and to assist in ensuring that Legal Services complies.

•    To undertake any of the responsibilities within this Role Profile for any other council or body which the Council has agreed to provide such services to.

•    To undertake such other duties and tasks as may be required from time to time

Please refer to the Job Description for more information. (Available by clicking on the 'Enquire/Apply' button below).

People Values:
How we act defines who we are.  At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair
We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring
We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators
We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven
We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:
Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes:

Complex problem-solving
The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change.

Critical thinking
The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.

Creativity
You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.

People management
You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.

Coordinating with others
You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.

Emotional intelligence
You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills.

Judgement and decision making
You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.

Negotiation
You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.

Service orientation
You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.

Cognitive flexibility
The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation.

Role Specific Qualifications:
•    Qualified Solicitor or Barrister entitled to practice in England and Wales
•    Significant and extensive experience within Contracts and Procurement
•    Leadership and management experience - preferably within a local government setting
•    High level of political awareness and the ability to interact effectively with Members of the Council and to proactively advise on solutions to problems.
•    Ability to work at corporate level and across departments
•    Substantial and significant experience of local government law and practice
•    Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
•    Ability to manage budgets
 
Hammersmith & Fulham Council 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.
 
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
 
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

For further information or to apply, please click on the 'Enquire/Apply' button below.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Adesuwa Omoregie, Head of Law, on 07717450746

Closing date: 1 February 2021

Interview date: 15 February 2021