Supervising Associate - Essex Legal Services

England, Essex, Chelmsford
Up to £62500 per annum
17 Nov 2020
27 Nov 2020
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Please note this is a fixed term contract for 6 months with a possible 6 month extension.

Essex Legal Services provide high quality, professional, legal advice across the Council and to increasing numbers of external clients. We provide a client facing legal service which proactively embraces change and delights the customer.

As part of a specialist legal team you will provide advice, information and interpretation to clients which underpins effective decision making, performance management and meets statutory requirements. Working closely with senior leaders, you will be making a real difference to the delivery of Essex Legal Services' business and the business of our clients.

We require a qualified solicitor, barrister or Chartered Legal Executive, with 5 years post qualification experience and a member of the appropriate professional body. You will have significant commercial awareness to contribute to the development of new external streams of business and the ability to build excellent working relationships that encourage collaboration and exert influence, to drive a continuous improvement culture.

You will be responsible for line management of staff.

This role is based within the Corporate and Commercial Team which advises on commercial matters such as contracts, grants, state aid, procurement and complex project work and other corporate matters such as governance, decision making, the setting up of companies and other legal entities and company secretarial matters.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

  • Accountable for leading the provision of timely and accurate legal advice across the Council and to external customers to produce the best possible outcomes.
  • Responsible for delivering the strategic business plan for legal services which supports and drives the councils wider Organisation Strategy and vision.
  • Responsible for line management of staff.
  • Works collaboratively with function leadership teams to make recommendations which drive better informed decision-making across the Council.
  • Responsible for interpreting client needs and providing them with a service they value; driving the delivery of productivity and efficiency improvement.
  • Responsible for assisting with development of staff in Essex Legal Services, through delivery of training and informal learning.
  • Works closely with the Head of Service and senior leaders of ELS to develop current and future business opportunities, to promote the Essex Legal Services' vision to the external market.
  • Responsible for the delivery strategy for services, ensuring that performance is clearly defined in terms of benchmarked outcomes and short, medium and long-term business targets.
  • Build strong working relationships across the Council, schools, other local authorities and the private sector to ensure a quality advice service is provided to the customer.
  • Delegated functions as detailed in the Council's constitution (and as amended from time to time).
  • Knowledge, skills and experience
  • Qualified solicitor or barrister or chartered legal executive enrolled with the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board or the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, as appropriate.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, 5 years post qualification experience and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Line management experience.
  • Significant experience of working within a legal setting in a politically sensitive environment, providing high-quality advice to a wide range of customers.
  • Commercial awareness and financial acumen, with sufficient professional credibility to maintain the existing client base and develop new streams of business.
  • Proven track record of building strong working relationships across a large, complex organisation, with internal and external partners/stakeholders and clients.
  • Proven track record of providing advice and guidance on complex legal matters to both customers and colleagues.