Legal Counsel - Commercial

Hours: 36

Salary: Competitive

Location: Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

United Kingdom

Apply by: 13/10/2019

Legal Counsel - Commercial

Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City AL7 1GA

About the role

Tesco’s Group Procurement function is responsible for buying all goods and services not for resale for the international Tesco group.  The Legal Counsel is part of a small team of lawyers which work hand-in-hand with the business to advise and support on legal risks.  You can expect close partnership and collaboration with the business, a highly diverse workload, and a brief to innovate and improve existing process.
The primary accountability is for:
  • Working alongside the Category Procurement Managers and the relevant business stakeholders to provide legal and strategic advice.
  • Drafting and negotiating major transactions in diverse areas such as head office, distribution or marketing.
  • Providing specialised contracts legal advice.  
  • Facilitating the implementation of best practices, simplified engagement process and ways of working, stream-lined documentation and improved governance/policies.
  • Raising the business awareness around key commercial and legal risks and mitigations,
  • Leading the implementation and embedding of the Group Legal, Commercial and Procurement legal policies.
  • Raise the business awareness around key legal and commercial risks. 

You will be responsible for

  • Advising on a varied range of complex, high profile and business critical commercial contracts.
  • Providing first-line support on disputes, liaising with the specialist in-house dispute resolution team as necessary.
  • Providing general legal advice and support on a range of issues including Data Protection, Competition Law, IT, TUPE and IP.
  • Considering stakeholders concerns and spotting other issues: working with the business (not just for them) and adding value.
  • Thinking “outside of the box” to come up with practical commercial solutions to problems.
  • Simplification and innovation; supporting innovation and use of technology to simplify and improve the provision of legal services.
  • Developing and maintaining excellent relationships with different business units;
  • Engaging with and supporting other lawyers across the UK and international Tesco group.
  • Outsourcing and managing the outsourcing of complex matters to external law firms where necessary (including ensuring we get value for money).

You will need

  • 2-6 years PQE gained at a leading law firm or in-house (although those outside this PQE and with the relevant experience will be considered).
  • In-house experience (which may have been gained on secondment) preferred but not essential.
  • Strong experience of drafting, negotiating and advising on a wide-range of commercial contracts, with a pragmatic and commercial approach. 
  • Ability to identify and navigate complex legal issues with excellent knowledge of contract and commercial law. 
  • To be a self-starter and able to work independently but also thrive on working as part of a wider team, in a dynamic and fast-moving environment. 
  • Strong partnering skills as the role requires an ability to build credibility with very experienced internal and external stakeholders 
  • Excellent attention to detail and organisation skills with the ability to work to deadlines and to manage competing demands from various stakeholders. 
  • A calm demeanour and an ability to work collaboratively under pressure.

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:
  • An annual bonus scheme which you can achieve up to 3.5% of base salary
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 6 months service with 10% off most purchases at Tesco
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day
  • A retirement savings plan - 4%-7.5% contribution rate
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay 
  • Buy As You Earn Scheme
  • Save As You Earn Scheme
  • Deals & Discounts through Tesco including Tesco Mobile & Tesco Bank
  • Deals and Discounts through many other external businesses

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home, out shopping, on the move, anywhere in the world.
Our core purpose is ‘Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day’.
Our business was built with a simple mission – to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them.
In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
We want our customers to be inspired and whatever they are looking for, we’re finding bigger and better ways to provide it.
We need people who share our ambition to deliver for our customers; passionate and confident people willing to take the initiative and drive us forwards. In return we offer excitement, a great team, an excellent benefit package and significant career development opportunities.
If that sounds exciting then we'd love to hear from you.

NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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