Senior Lawyer (Contracts & Procurement)

CEC NJC – Grade 11
£40,728 to £47,294 per annum 
Ref No E1341
Closing Date 12/12/21

Cheshire East is an amazing place to live and work. As one of the largest employers in the borough, we are able to offer you a wide range of challenging and rewarding career opportunities.

At Cheshire East Council we are working for a brighter future – together and our commitment to you is that our workplace culture will provide a shared purpose, a well-led organisation with valued people succeeding together as one team and one council to deliver the best service for our customers and communities.

If you want to be part of our award-winning council and contribute to our ongoing success, have the flexibility and drive to enable us to innovate, are committed to working as part of a team and striving to deliver exceptional service wherever you can, we would especially like to hear from you.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds and want our workforce to reflect the diversity of our local communities so that we can all work for a brighter future – together.

Brighter Future

We want you to join our dynamic and modern legal team! You’ll be involved in an interesting and diverse range of legal work, reflective of the Council’s strong ambitions for the future. There are a number of major Council projects and initiatives underway which require the support of proactive, client and solutions focused legal professionals. We are building upon an already strong legal team, and if you want to work in a supportive and friendly environment with opportunities to expand your skills and experience, we would love to hear from you.

We are seeking a Senior Lawyer to work within the Contracts & Procurement Team (Legal Services). This role will provide legal and procedural advice and services in the most effective and efficient way to meet the requirements of the Council as a whole and specific Services and Departments.

The successful candidate will be able to provide commercial and contract advice in relation to Framework Agreements and Call-Off contracts, Supply and Services term contracts (high value and complex), Grant Funding Agreements (grants to Schools and Private Sector projects, Collaboration Agreements / MOUs, IT agreements. They will provide advice on procurement law and potential challenges. They will have a good working knowledge of company law and local authority trading models.  They will be asked to advise on and review reports. A sound understanding of the role of lawyers in a local government setting and risk based decision making would assist, as would an understanding of local government and administrative law.  They may be asked to take on challenges not currently within their field of expertise, and to provide training to clients and stakeholders from time to time.

We believe people are our greatest asset. That’s why we’ve gone out of our way to give staff everything you they need to make their job easier. At Cheshire East, you’ll receive:

  • 25 days paid holiday a year increasing to 30 days after 5 years continuous local government employment
  • A career average salary local government pension scheme
  • Opportunities for training and development
  • Flexible working arrangements

For an informal chat about this role please contact Adrian Leslie, Principal Lawyer, 01270-686549

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