Senior Legal Commercial Manager

United Kingdom
54043.00 GBP Annual
Mar 19, 2024
Apr 08, 2024
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Based at the BGS headquarters in Keyworth in Nottingham

UKRI – Band F – salary is GBP54,043 per annum

A great benefits package is offered, including an outstanding pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, and access to flexi–time

Full–time – 37 hours a week (some flexible working options may be available)


About the role

  • Are you Interested in facilitating major national and international geoscientific research and collaboration projects, within a world–renowned geoscientific research facility?
  • Ready for your next senior legal role, newly created in anticipation of increased (commercial) research activity at BGS, with the opportunity to develop the role, tailored to your experience and skills?
  • Want to make a real difference to the way in which BGS manages the legal, contractual, and operational frameworks supporting its research activities?

BGS is looking for an experienced, highly skilled, and motivated Senior Legal Commercial Manager, reporting directly into our Head of Legal and IPR.

You must be a highly skilled & experienced legal and contracts negotiator, expert in providing pragmatic legal advice and legal drafting solutions, to advise in relation to and then facilitate the undertaking of commercial and collaborative work, contributing to navigating complex bid/tender opportunities and then securing & maintaining contracts/agreements on optimal and legally secure terms.

We also want you to review our internal legal, contractual, and operational frameworks associated with bid, tender, contractual and certain procurement processes; with the confidence, gravitas, and leadership skills to implement then maintain any opportunities for improvement or greater efficiency.

About you

To succeed in this exciting new role, you will need to be:

  • An expert trusted legal and contracts resource for BGS.
  • Comfortable with and experienced in leading and managing the provision of legal support, negotiation, and problem–solving skills to large scale national and international research projects.
  • Comfortable with managing your own responsibilities and workload, within an often high–pressured, time–critical legal environment – but at the same time becoming an integral and respected part of the Legal & IPR Team, able to manage, guide and mentor other members of the team as appropriate.
  • A superb communicator, able to build relationships both with legal counterparts at the organisations BGS works for/with (including any external legal advisors they may appoint), as well as with BGS Business Development and other Operational colleagues and geoscientific staff, understanding the context of research being undertaken and what a 'good' outcome looks like from their perspective(s).
  • Able to demonstrate experience of the aims and objectives of research/public sector organisations as well as commercial operations.

There may be a requirement for occasional travel within the UK or overseas, as required.

Please also refer to the additional specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 7th April 2024. Interviews are expected to be held in late April 2024 in Nottingham.