Legal Services Manager

Ordnance Survey

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Job Description

About the Role 

This is a key role that helps deliver an efficient and effective in-house legal service for OS, contributing to the effective management of OS's legal risk environment.  This role supports the Head of Legal Services in ensuring the provision of a high-quality service by the Legal Services team as a whole.  In addition, this role is responsible for ensuring the provision of a high quality administrative and support function within the Legal Service team.   In more detail, this includes the following responsibilities:

Supporting the Head of Legal Services in ensuring the provision of a high-quality service by the Legal Services team as a whole.  This includes the following functions:

Monitoring and managing demand for Legal Services and progress against team targets

Day-to-day management of team budgets and expenditure

On-going review of external Legal Services Panel

Co-ordinating and arranging training requirements and legal know how resources

Organisation-wide change projects (e.g. records management; technology, system and process changes)

Regularly liaising with colleagues in relation to audit requirements, company secretarial matters, business continuity planning and risk management

Supporting with Solicitors Regulatory Authority compliance and Practising certificate requirements

Identifying and proposing opportunities for continuous service improvement

Leading the Legal Services support and administration function within the Legal Services team.  The support and admin team carries out a range of important functions including the following:

Acting as a primary point of contact for OS colleagues who need legal advice and assistance.

Managing and administering the legal instruction system; managing enquiries and ensuring clarity of instructions, objectives and related information; liaising with and helping to manage engagements with our external legal advisors.

Supporting in-house lawyers through information gathering, contract and document production and management; providing support for Ordnance Survey’s Freedom of Information Officer where required.

Updating and maintaining legal resources (e.g. precedents, records management, know-how, standard documents, subscription services, invoicing).

Completing and reviewing standard legal contracts, and non-standard legal contracts under supervision.

What we’re looking for:

A team player and motivated self-starter with a “can do” attitude  

Excellent organisational and communication skills

Excellent IT skills, including MS Office Applications (Word, Excel etc)

Experience of leading and/or managing service delivery in a professional services environment, preferably within legal service provision  

Ability to identify potential issues, confidential / sensitive information, improvement to systems / processes

Preferably, some experience and /or outline knowledge of the principles of contract law, contract review and drafting

The Rewards 

We want you to love what you do. That’s why our benefits package rewards a job well done. We’ll give you:  

Salary – £36,414 to £40,698

Performance related bonus

Competitive pension

At OS we embrace flexible working and can consider different working hours dependent on the role and your personal circumstances

25 days annual leave - (30 days after five years) bank holidays and an extra 3 over Christmas

Plus a suite of excellent additional benefits

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Location: OSHQ is based in Southampton, Hampshire but at OS we believe work is something you do, not somewhere you go. We embrace a hybrid working model where we believe the choice is with the individual on when they work from our fantastic office or from home. We want to continue to be an inclusive employer and recognise that one size doesn’t necessarily fit all..

Apply now: Please upload your covering letter and CV demonstrating your suitability for the role.

If you have a disability we will try our best to make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to this post in the application / interview process due to a disability.