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Senior Commercial Contracts Advisor

Company:  Exertis UK
Salary:  Up to £50,000 DOE
Location: 

GB, RG24 8EH

Contract Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  22-Jan-2023
Description: 

The Commercial Contracts team assists the Exertis (UK) Ltd business, as well as other Exertis group companies, in the negotiation and drafting of their agreements with vendors, customers and service providers. 

The Commercial Contracts team currently comprises of two commercial contracts advisors, one commercial contracts administrator, and one commercial contracts manager.

The Senior Commercial Contracts Advisor role is a new role that we are recruiting for and will be an integral member of this Commercial Contracts team, working on commercial, sales and service contracts for the Exertis UK business and other UK group companies. 

The Senior Commercial Contracts Advisor will report into Commercial Contracts Manager who in turn reports into Purchasing Director. The Senior Commercial Contracts Advisor will also liaise with the Senior Legal and Compliance Counsel.

We are the guardians and enforcers of the vendor onboarding (set-up) process, which we see through from initial screening and due diligence of the vendor, to contract finalisation and signature.  The team reports in to the Purchasing Director, who has overall responsibility for decisions regarding business risk on vendor contracts.  On the customer side, we work alongside sales colleagues to negotiate preferential terms, with any business risk decisions being escalated to the Chief Operating Officer.  We also have regular interactions with the Legal and Compliance Counsel on compliance issues, review of new business models , review of supply of service contracts and the development of new contract templates.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with legal training and contract drafting and negotiating experience, who wants to work on all aspects of distribution contracts and service contracts in a demanding environment.  The drafting work will cover both commercial and operational aspects of the document (here working alongside commercial and sales colleagues, as required) as well as the more legal and compliance-related provisions (such as warranties, indemnities and limitations of liability, and clauses which have a competition law impact).  A successful candidate will be expected to manage various contract tasks received from the business according to a priority scale, and to push these through to completion in an expeditious manner.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Reviewing of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), distribution agreements, customer contracts and supply of services contracts
  • Review of Privacy Impact Assessments, data protection agreements (DPAs)
  • Vendor onboarding process - management of & coordinating new vendor set-up from receipt of initial partner screening form through to contract finalisation
  • Business overview & review to determine the terms required for a new contract/contract amendment/contract renewal
  • For vendor contracts, issuing standard terms, or review of a vendor’s terms, as appropriate. For customer contracts, drafting amendment to standard terms, or review of bespoke customer terms, as appropriate.
  • Running compliance checks on vendors and assessing outcomes, investigating and closing out risks or escalating issues raised
  • Drafting and reviewing contract terms in line with the business’ risk tolerance principles
  • Redlining unacceptable terms or preparing standalone comments, negotiating terms, coordinating and managing both internal stakeholders and representatives of third parties with the aim of reaching agreement on contract terms
  • Escalating key risk terms, or clauses where parties cannot reach consensus, as appropriate
  • Preparing final contract documents, coordinating signatures, scanning & filing completed contracts including capture of finalised vendor contract terms in contracts management tool
  • Vendor termination process - preparation of contractual documents/letters to facilitate termination
  • Demonstrating strong awareness of and commitment to Ethics and Compliance and the Group Business Conduct Guidelines

 

Skills and Experience

 

  • Admitted as a Solicitor in the courts of England & Wales
  • Minimum work experience or equivalent in a commercial contracts role, ideally at least 3 years PQE, working on commercial or sales contracts in a negotiation and legal drafting capacity
  • Skilled at using tracked changes and comments in contract documents to reflect the negotiation discussions between the parties, and agreed terms
  • An effective communicator, with the ability to draft clearly and concisely, and to adapt contract language to reflect business requirements and/or agreed terms
  • Ability to work with different stakeholders at various levels within the business, is proactive at developing relationships with colleagues and decision-makers, and seeks to understand their contractual requirements
  • Can deal efficiently with a mix of complex and straightforward agreements, and a myriad of business contract priorities, in a high pressure environment
  • Problem-solving mindset, enjoys the challenge of unfamiliar tasks, can suggest creative alternatives to satisfy the requirements of multiple stakeholders
  • Preferable skills – data protection law, competition law, manager experience

 

Benefits

  • Good potential for career development (whether managerial or legal)
  • Good opportunity to develop new skill sets e.g., new areas of law and lots of internal trainings