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Legal advisor

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in strategically contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

    Job Description

    Who are we looking for?

    An exciting opportunity has arisen for a well-organised individual to join UKAEA as a Legal Advisor. This role is the perfect opportunity for somebody looking to progress further in their career.

    You will be joining an established Legal team to support the demands of the organisation as it goes through significant changes both with current programmes and commitments and provide legal advice on potential new engagement within industry and in R&D. 

    As a Legal Advisor, you will have excellent knowledge and understanding of contract, intellectual property and corporate governance law and practice. 

    You will have excellent negotiation and communication skills, with high degree of professional ethics and integrity. A proven track record as a qualified Solicitor in business environment is essential to be successful in this role.

    What will you be responsible for?

    You will deliver a credible legal advice service and support to UKAEA and liaise with external lawyers and advisers as appropriate. Your main responsibilities include:

    · Give accurate and timely counsel to executives and managers in a variety of legal topics (e.g. contractual / commercial, intellectual property, construction and engineering, procurement, commercial property, corporate finance and Brexit related matters)

    · Advise on internal governance policies and regularly monitor compliance

    · To assist with liaison with government and external bodies relating to the formal structure and functions of UKAEA and other issues such as public procurement, subsidy control and export control

    · Research and evaluate different risk factors regarding business decisions and operations

    · Communicate and negotiate with external parties (regulators, external counsel, public authorities etc.), creating relations of trust

    · Draft and complete agreements, contracts and other legal documents to protect UKAEA’s legal and commercial position

    Qualifications

      Essential skills, experience and competence required

      ·  Qualified solicitor with extended relevant Post Qualification Experience

      ·  Proven experience as a solicitor in a commercial environment

      ·  Strong negotiation skills with appropriate and contextual business judgement

      ·  Excellent knowledge and understanding of contract, intellectual property and corporate governance law and practice

      · High degree of professional ethics and integrity

      · Sound judgement and ability to analyse situations and information, including taking a practical but compliant approach to contractual risk profiles

      · Excellent oral and written communication skills

      · Time management and ability to prioritise

      . Research skills and ability to present the results of such research

      Desirable experience and competence required

      · Full comprehension of the influences of the external environment of an organisation like UKAEA

      Additional Information

      What we offer

      • A competitive salary  
      • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
      • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
      • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
      • Emergency leave (paid) 
      • 30.5 days annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
      • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
      • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
      • Annual corporate bonus scheme  
      • Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

      We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

      Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 28/3/2022 . We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

      Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

      Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/criminal-records-checks-for-overseas-applicants . If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.

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      Corporate Services
      Type of Employment
      Full-time
      Discipline
      Legal
      Salary
      £53,017 to £56,555 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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