Here at West Sussex County Council (WSCC) we have two new Solicitor opportunities in our Legal Services team. This team aims to provide the best possible legal and insurance service to the Council. As an organisation, we have a simple goal - to deliver the best possible services to the people of West Sussex. For more information, please visit our website.
In these roles you would be working within the Commercial Team in Legal Services to provide a quality legal service and advice to all areas of the Council. Key areas for this role include commercial contracts, procurement, construction contracts, public health contracts, IT contracts, frameworks and concession contracts.
The WSCC Career Progression Scheme allows fee earners to progress depending on qualifications and relevant experience. Solicitors will be expected to complete any formal post qualification training and examination required by the Law Society. Progression through the grade will be achieved by successful performance of specific and general work areas.
About The Job
Salary: £36,922 - £43,857 per annum
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Location: County Hall, Chichester
Your primary focus will be to provide clear and balanced advice to client services across the Council in relation to various contractual and procurement matters. You will run a mixed case load of commercial contracts, procurement matters, construction and building contracts, public health contracts, IT contracts, framework agreements and concession contracts. You will undertake negotiation and drafting of contracts and advising clients across the Council with your own caseload
You will undertake technical and complex research which requires developed interpretation and analytical skills as well as partnership working with both colleagues and clients in order to deliver a solution on a range of contractual and procurement issues. You will be engaged in often complex and interesting work within an experienced, supportive team which develops and values its staff.
Experience and Skills
You will be a qualified solicitor or barrister preferably with relevant experience in relation to commercial contracts, procurement and construction contracts within either a public and or private sector background However applications from newly qualified solicitors, or solicitors looking to change their field of expertise are also welcome as appropriate training can be given.
In addition you will also be able to demonstrate the following key skills and experience:
- Effective drafting and report writing skills.
- Fully competent research skills.
- Sound organisational skills.
- Competent negotiating skills.
- Ability to analyse and advise on legislative and regulatory text and other legal materials and to present arguments in written form.
- Flexible and adaptable within the range of work for the post.
- Sound IT skills in order to use the case management system and to produce documents.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Qualified solicitor or barrister.
- Relevant chartered status of a professional body or equivalent high-level experience of involved practices.
- Demonstrable experience of delivering a quality customer focused service to others in either the public or private sector.
Rewards and Benefits
In addition to generous annual leave, as an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CRS00438.
To apply, upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
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