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Senior Legal Advisor

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MBDA Missile Systems – Deliver for a more secure tomorrow

Salary: £85K-£95K + car allowance + bonus + benefits

The OpportunityYou will act as a trusted Senior Legal Adviser, assisting various stakeholders throughout the business, including the senior management team. You will provide legal advice principally to the UK business, but also to the parent and sister companies and colleagues abroad, as required. You will also assist with company secretarial functions within the Company's and Group Legal Department.

The RoleYou will work in the UK Legal Team, which currently consists of three lawyers who are firmly integrated into the wider international legal team.

Your aim is to ensure that the business/projects operate with minimum acceptable risk with regard to legal implications.

To ensure that the Company recognises its rights, whether contractual, or in relation to assets e.g. intellectual property, and to utilise and protect such rights.

To avoid taking on risks/liabilities (particularly with respect to the projects of the business) which could have a material financial impact on the Company.

You will provide advice to all departments within the Company, and also provide guidance/advice across our Group. Inherently the role is mixed, both in the context of the ranges of legal advice required and also by reason of the fact that responsibility is requested and taken for activities which do not fall squarely within other areas (examples: OECD, Data Protection and Freedom of Information).

Key ResponsibilitiesYou will provide advice on matters including:

Contractual terms (e.g. sales and marketing, procurement, R&D, co-operation and partnering and security related agreements, IT)



Intellectual property

Regulatory issues

Company secretarial duties, including board minutes and resolutions

Defcons and other Government/s terms

Provision of training, particularly to the Procurement and Commercial functions on contractual terms and conditions and Defcons

Training and development of junior members of the team

Acquisitions & disposals

What's in it for you?

An opportunity to learn and develop new areas of practice, as well as learn the cultural and behavioural skills necessary to work effectively in-house within a multinational Legal department in an international defence company

Take responsibility for the development of Legal activities primarily focused on contractual and procurement matters, but including a wide variety of diverse activities too

Develop knowledge of the products, technologies and customers within a key defence sector

You will work in a multinational environment, with opportunities for international travel

You will be part of a Legal team spread across Europe, with a mix of Civil and Common law experience

What we're looking forWe are looking for someone who can demonstrate good legal skills, who is happy to be a “generalist” and, where there are gaps in their existing legal knowledge, has a desire to learn on the job and expand their competencies

The ability to understand a complex situation and summarise it in a concise and easy to understand format

The skills and authority to convince clients, both in-house and external

You will be capable of interfacing easily with other functions in a multi-cultural environment

You will possess a willing, helpful attitude and a calm professional manner, even during times of rapid change

Strong drafting, legal analysis and negotiating skills

A willingness to accept responsibility and ownership

You will have the ability to multi-task

You will be able to generate solutions

Fluency in French or another language useful but not essential

You will be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister

You will have academic qualifications of LLB, BA (Law) and above

What would you get?

Flexible working *opportunities for career progression *great bonus scheme *comprehensive pension scheme *annual salary review *fantastic working environment and site facilities *social, charitable and sporting activities.

Why us?

MBDA is an award winning company; committed to providing an inclusive working environment where our employees can be themselves and everyone has equal opportunity to reach their full potential. We value difference and know that a diverse community makes for greater innovation and brings a breadth of skills, experience and perspectives.

We're here to help and want to ensure you have a positive experience throughout our recruitment process. We recognise that everyone is unique and we encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments.

MBDA is a proud member of Working Families – the UK's work-life balance organisation. We welcome applicants who are looking for flexible working arrangements.

We understand that flexibility benefits our people, our teams and our business; wherever possible we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working

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Please Note: MBDA UK requires all employees to achieve the appropriate clearance relevant to the role

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