In-house Lawyer (Commercial) - WFH

Job Description

Salary: £70 000

 

  In-House Lawyer (WFH)

Department      Legal and Compliance

Reporting to     Chief Commercial Officer

 

Who we are

Synalogik Innovative Solutions was founded in 2018 to develop a world-leading cloud-based intelligence, cleansing and analysis products for the insurance, gaming, financial services and government sectors.

Synalogik are pioneers in the automation of intelligence & investigation analysis. Our team is a collaboration of specialists drawn from fields across the private and public sectors including: energy, insurance, telecoms, retail, The Bar of England and Wales, policing, defence and other Government agencies.

Synalogik are not your usual software house or consultancy.  We are wholly focused on conceptualising, designing and delivering innovative solutions that make a real impact for our customers, solutions which currently exploit cloud based deployments together with NoSQL and Graph databases driven via Microservice and container based architectures.

Our product, Scout, is the result of thousands of hours research, refinement and build. It is, without doubt, the leading solution in the automated collection, analysis and reporting of intelligence from disparate sources. Scout is a proudly data agnostic platform, giving clients versatility to seamlessly switch between data suppliers and aggregate data from multiple sources.

Our vision is “To revolutionise the way criminality is detected, investigated and prosecuted, by providing a financial and strategic advantage to our global client base.”

The Position

The primary focus of this role is to provide day to day support to our Commercial and Data Protection teams. You will be liaising with Government Department legal teams, FTSE 100 legal teams and global data providers. The role will require skills in negotiating terms, drafting agreements, satisfying compliance requirements and ensuring we meet the high standards of our many policies.

We are looking for a UK qualified solicitor with 3+ years' PQE, with exceptional legal skills in commercial contract drafting and negotiation, data protection and, preferably, experience of public procurement processes.

Main Responsibilities 

•          Reviewing, drafting and advising on a range of commercial contracts for the procurement, engineering, sales and marketing teams: including NDAs, strategic purchasing agreements, product development and/or data integration agreements, service level agreements for provision of tech solution product offerings including software, services, analytics and big data.

•          Leads in recommending and implementing any necessary changes, updates or improvements to the in-house contracting process

•          Assisting with the development of a culture of contracting excellence through proactive engagement with key stakeholders and to help drive continuous improvement of contracting process, quality and turnaround times.

•          Providing contract negotiation/red flag training and support to commercial teams, and new starters/others, as required.

•          Draft, review and negotiate a wide range of commercial and IT contracts, including:

- Sales and marketing partnership and agency contracts

- Goods and services supply contracts

              - IT systems and services contracts, including SaaS, Cloud services, development, IT outsourcing and new technology solutions.

              - B2B and possibly B2C contracts

•          Work closely with the business supporting bids and tenders for provision of our services in a wide range of sectors, including:

- Reviewing tender documents, raising clarification questions, and ensuring compliance with bid timetable and instructions.

- Assessing and advising on the risk profile of new contracts

- Working with multiple business stakeholders to obtain relevant input to the bidding process and ensure a clear understanding of bid and contract requirements.

- Assisting with both contract and data compliance provisions.

•          Providing ad-hoc legal advice, supported by our legally qualified CCO, on a wide range of issues, including:

-          Consumer law questions

-           Data protection and privacy matters

-           Confidentiality issues

-           Employment contracts

 

•          Provide support to the CCO in:

- Reporting / tracking significant legal matters

- Ensuring compliance with delegated authorities and protocols.

- Managing the relationships with our legal panel of external solicitors.

•          Work to improve business standards and reduce risk, including by:

- Drafting and assisting in the implementation of new policies and procedures

- Providing legal updates and training to the business.

•          Have sound knowledge of contract law, particularly drafting and negotiating commercial and IT contracts.

•          Experience with procurement law including competitive tender processes conducted pursuant to public procurement regulations and/or anti-trust matters.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Essential

•          England and Wales qualified solicitor with 3+ years' PQE

 

KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE

Essential:

•          Substantive post qualification experience drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide range of commercial contracts, ideally in the technology sector.

•          Experience with different varieties of software arrangements, for ex. SaaS, Cloud, etc.re-occurring revenue models and new technologies is also essential.

•          Have come from a private practice background or in-house

•          Sound contract law knowledge, particularly drafting and negotiating commercial and IT contracts.

•          Experience with procurement law including competitive tender processes conducted pursuant to public procurement regulations and/or anti-trust matters.

•          High attention to detail, sharp legal analytical and pragmatic problem-solving skills.

•          Real commercial awareness of the context in which legal advice/assistance is given/received.

•          Ability to build relationships with key stakeholders

•          Experience in dealing with commercial contracts is essential

•          Should be commercially aware and astute

•          A personable individual who can deal with third parties and other professionals

 

Desirable

•          A knowledge of Intellectual Property law would be advantageous, as would experience in data contracts

•          Strong communication skills (written and oral) and strong organisational skills to manage workload and deadlines to achieve desired results and drive engagement with key stakeholders.

•          Legal experience in the software sector is desired, but not required

•          Some knowledge of competition law is desired, but not required.

 

PERSONAL SKILLS

Essential

•          Ability to influence and advise.

•          Excellent communication skills

•          Advanced written and oral communication skills

•          Able to work autonomously

 

Desirable

•          Confident and professional manner

•          Tight organisational and time-management skills

•          From time to time travel abroad may be required, therefore a passport and independent nature is essential

•          A self-starter with a keen eye for detail, the ability to manage and prioritise their own workload under pressure

•          Clean Driving license – essential car user with access to company vehicle or allowance

 

 

Personal Characteristics

•          Committed to continuously educating yourself by attending professional workshops, industry events, certification courses, and reviewing professional publications.

•          Handle stress well

•          Willing to travel on a regular basis for your work

 

How we will support you

We are embracing Hybrid Working.  You will be joining a team who are a fun, smart and vibrant bunch.  By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another.  Hybrid working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively and enhance wellbeing. 

•          Work-life balance is important ; you’ll get 24 days annual leave, increasing 1 day every year up to 30 days.  You also have the option to carry over from the year before

•          You will have the flexibility to work from home and can work around core hours with flexible working

•          You will have a dedicated career mentor to help you develop your career and guide you on your journey through Synalogik

•          Monthly one-on-ones, and a generous learning budget to attend conferences or go on courses

•          A competitive Pension scheme into which the company will contribute 5%

•          Private medical and dental Healthcare Insurance

•          Life Insurance

•          Use of the latest IT techonology including top of the range MacBook Pro or Air

 

Your learning and development is key to your future career. At Synalogik we pride ourselves on having the best team; as such your CPD and support are a corner stone of the working environment we seek to create.

 

 

 

 

 

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