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Legal Adviser
R16478

Contract type

Full time

Discipline

Legal

Location

Stevenage

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00 Job Description

MBDA is a leading defence organisation that is proud to support our Armed Forces in protecting our nations. We collaborate with governments to achieve a shared goal of defending our freedom.

Salary: Circa £65,000 depending on experience

What we can offer you:

  • Bonus of up to 21% of base salary;
  • Pension of maximum total (employer and employee) contribution of up to 14%;
  • Annual salary review;
  • 25 days annual leave (plus holiday purchase);
  • Fantastic site facilities, including subsidised meals, free car parking and gym on site;
  • Excellent career progression and development opportunities;
  • Flexible working arrangements.

Hybrid working pattern: Where possible, we will seek to accommodate a blended approach to on-site and remote working such as two days on site, three at home but subject to business needs.

The opportunity:

You will act as a trusted Junior Legal Adviser, assisting various stakeholders throughout the business, including the senior management team. You will provide commercially orientated 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.

You will work in the UK Legal Team, which currently consists of four 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;
  • 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;
  • assist the business to avoid taking on risks/liabilities which could have a material financial and/or reputational impact on the Company;provide advice to all departments within the Company, and also provide guidance/advice across our Group;
  • engage and mange external legal support (where required) within approved budgets;
  • promote effective corporate governance;
  • conduct horizon scanning and advise on legal and regulatory change.

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).

You 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);
  • Disputes;
  • Employment;
  • Intellectual property;
  • Regulatory issues;
  • Treasury matters;
  • 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;
What we're looking for from you:

We 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. In particular, you will:

  • be a qualified Solicitor or Barrister;
  • have academic qualifications of LLB, BA (Law) and above, with PQE;
  • have worked in a private practice law firm. Experience working in an in-house Legal team is an advantage;
  • possess the ability to understand a complex situation and summarise it in a concise and easy to understand format;
  • possess the skills and authority to convince clients, both in-house and external;
  • be capable of interfacing easily with other functions in a multi-cultural environment;
  • possess a willing, collaborative, helpful attitude and a calm professional manner, even during times of rapid change;
  • possess strong drafting, legal analysis and negotiating skills;
  • demonstrate willingness to accept responsibility and ownership;
  • have the ability to multi-task;
  • be able to generate commercial risk-based solutions;
  • be able to speak French or another language would be beneficial, although not essential.

What are the benefits 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 positive and supportive Legal team spread across Europe, with a mix of Civil and Common law experience.

Our Business:

We value new perspectives, collaboration, and diversity. We are committed to growing and supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to reach their potential.

We encourage you to speak to us should you require any advice, support or adjustments throughout our recruitment process.

Follow us on LinkedIn (MBDA), Twitter (@MBDAcareers), Instagram (lifeatMBDA_UK) and Glassdoor or visit our MBDA Careers website for more information.

Please Note: MBDA UK Limited requires all employees to achieve the required medical and national security clearance for their role. Further restrictions and/or limitations relating to nationality and/or rights to work may also apply. As a minimum and after offer stage, all successful candidates will need to undergo HMG Basic Personnel Security Standard checks (BPSS), which are managed by the MBDA Personnel Security Team.

Due to the nature of our business, this particular vacancy requires the applicant as a minimum to be a British Citizen or a Dual UK national with British citizenship and capable of achieving the clearance levels mentioned above.



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00 Benefits & Rewards

Annual Bonus

Annual Bonus

Every year in February, we reward our dedicated employees with an annual bonus. Exact amounts and percentages will vary by job grade and on business performance. This can be discussed/explained further with a member of the Resourcing team during your application process. 

We are proud to say that we were able to award our annual bonus to employees even through tough economic times in recent years, when other employers were less fortunate. 

 

25 Days Annual Leave (plus holiday purchase)

25 Days Annual Leave (plus holiday purchase)

Employees receive 25 days of paid annual leave per calendar year, in addition to all statutory and public holidays.

This increases to 26 days after 10 years of service and 27 days after 30 years. You can enjoy more time off by purchasing up to an additional five days holiday through payroll.

Dynamic Working

Dynamic Working

We trust our people to agree, within their teams, where and when they can be most effective. Our Dynamic Working policies allow individuals great levels of flexibility around the hours they work and where they work. Depending on your role and function, this may include options for paid overtime, dynamic leave (time in lieu) and more. 

When applying, please check the job advert for details, then make sure to discuss what to expect with your recruiter. 

Enhanced Parental Leave

Enhanced Parental Leave

We recognise that having or adopting a child is a significant life event for our employees and as a family friendly employer we offer a range of enhanced family leave provisions to support employees before, during and after a period of leave.

Our enhanced parental leave offers up to 26 weeks for maternity, adoption and shared parental leave. Enhancements are available for paternity leave, neonatal leave and fertility testing and treatments.

We also offer 2 weeks enhanced pay for paternity leave, and neonatal care leave for up to 12 weeks where a period of extended hospital care is required after birth. Employees also have access to support whilst undergoing fertility testing and treatments. 

Discounts and Vouchers

Discounts and Vouchers

We offer a choice of two dining and lifestyle cards so you can save money at restaurants, cinema, days out and more as a member. You will have access to hundreds of discounts and rewards on a wide range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment options.

Our rewards portal also offers access to a range of cashback benefits and discounted purchases with partner retailers. 

Gym Memberships

Gym Memberships

Keep fit for less with our on-site gym located at Stevenage, without breaking the bank.

We also offer discounted fees at over 3,500 gyms nationwide, with memberships paid via payroll. 

Pension Scheme

Pension Scheme

Our MBDA Retirement Savings Plan is a 'Defined Contribution' plan in the Mercer Master Trust, administered by Scottish Widows.

The standard contributions are 4% of an employee's base salary and 6% employer contributions. You can increase both employee and employer contributions by up to 2%.

 

Share Incentive Plan

Share Incentive Plan

The Share Incentive Plan (SIP) is available for you to join and reinforces our commitment to long-term share ownership amongst our employees.

Free Financial Advice

Free Financial Advice

We know money matters in life, so we want to make sure our employees are both paid what they deserve, and also have access to resources that can help them plan for the future.

Through selected partnerships, we offer a range of free seminars, held throughout the year, to help you make good financial decisions for now and the future.

Extracurricular Learning Budget

Extracurricular Learning Budget

You can receive up to £150 towards the cost of approved courses each year including group language lessons.

Health and Dental Insurance

Health and Dental Insurance

Cover you and your family with the option to select our six levels of dental cover. You can choose to visit NHS or private dentists and the cost is deducted through payroll. 

We've teamed up with AXA PPP to offer a selection of private healthcare plans, deductible from your net pay, for you and your family. 

Employee Assistance Programme

Employee Assistance Programme

Our employees' wellbeing is our priority. That's why everyone at MBDA UK can access free, confidential advice on a range of financial, personal and workplace issues, available 24/7.

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Training and Development

Development of our people is of vital importance to us at MBDA, which is why we ensure everyone has access to the teams, tools and resources needed to achieve their goals. This includes our dedicated in-house Learning & Development team, our Apprenticeship programmes, a variety of online learning platforms, and much more.

We encourage new learning and will provide up to £150 in financial support per year if you wish to participate in further study in your own time.

If you lead a team, or hope to do so in the future, we offer a range of management training opportunities, with paths designed for people of all experience levels. 

Dynamic Working

We want our people to work when and where they feel they can be most effective. For most of our employees, we have a flexi-time scheme that allows you to choose, within certain parameters, when you start and finish each day and how you can use time you have accrued.

For roles that do not have to be based on one of our sites full-time, you will have opportunities to work from home as part of your agreed Dynamic Working arrangement.

If you have worked the time, you are also able to accrue and take up to 15 days of Flexi-leave per annum, in addition to the 25 days of annual leave provided and bank holidays.

Security Clearance

All employees at MBDA are required to hold UK Security or BPSS Clearance. 

For further information, please view our Security & Vetting page.

Awards

    

We're proud to be a nationally recognised employer at MBDA. We have received a range of employer awards including Glassdoor Best Places to Work 2022; Gold awards from Investors in People, the 5% Club, and Armed Forces Covenant. We are also currently ranked #1 in the UK's Best Big Companies to Work For 2022 league table, as well as #1 for Manufacturing.

Check out our blog ("Our Stories") for the latest MBDA news and awards.

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