Counsel - IT and Privacy

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Counsel - IT and Privacy

We currently have a vacancy for an experienced lawyer to work in the IT and Data Law team within BAE Systems Head Office at our site in Farnborough.

The role requires you to be able to deliver clear and concise guidance relating to use of new technology and IT services by the Company. You will also be supporting lines of business and functions in implementing and managing all aspects of the Company’s data protection compliance strategy, and ensuring the Company responds appropriately to new and existing IT, information and cyber security related regulatory and contractual obligations.

Your main responsibilities in the role will involve:

Ensuring an effective and compliant response across BAE Systems plc to its IT, information and cyber security related regulatory and contractual obligations, and any changes to those obligations or the wider threat environment

Providing legal advice on data protection matters and ensuring ongoing compliance with data protection requirements across the organisation

Ensuring legal risks associated with the storage and hosting of the information, intellectual property and data that the Company is responsible for are appropriately mitigated

Negotiating and drafting relevant contractual terms in a manner that documents an acceptable allocation of risk for the Company and, where applicable, supporting individuals in our commercial and procurement functions in negotiating and documenting those contractual terms

Promoting understanding and awareness of IT and data protection related legal risks across the Company’s businesses and functions

Delivering training for Data Protection Leads within business units and functions, and providing support and guidance to Data Protection Leads on complex matters

Monitoring changes to relevant legislation and Government contracting strategy, and where appropriate, engaging proactively on such changes where they present risk or opportunity for BAE Systems businesses

Your skills and qualifications:

Qualified solicitor or barrister

Excellent technical understanding of commercial contracts, with experience of IT contracting and outsourcing


Good knowledge of UK and European data protection law as it applies in the UK

Experienced in drafting, negotiating and advising on legal and contractual issues related to procurement and use of IT Systems and Services, including outsourcing, and cloud based SaaS, IaaS and PaaS offerings as both supplier and customer

Experience of advising commercial organisations on data protection compliance issues and advising international organisations on data protection issues on a cross jurisdictional basis

What we're looking for in you:

You should have strong interpersonal skills, particularly experience of working, and being able to communicate effectively, with stakeholders at a range of levels within the organisation. You must come across as confident and authoritative, with the ability to persuade others where necessary.

You will need to be pragmatic so as to devise sensible legal solutions to ensure compliance but which are consistent with effective business operation. You should also have excellent written skills, particularly the ability to translate complex concepts into readily understood messages.

Location: Farnborough

Salary: £Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, enhanced annual leave allowance and a Company contributed Share Incentive Plan. We also offer a range of additional benefits such as flexible working, an employee assistance programme, Cycle2work and many local and national employee discounts. Some employees may also be eligible for an annual incentive.

Head Office

“If you’d like to make a real difference where it counts, BAE Systems is the place for you.

From keeping soldiers, sailors and pilots safe to helping countries prosper, from developing the next generation of supersonic aircraft to investing in the next generation of super-smart talent – at BAE Systems, we work together to give our customers an essential edge in protecting the things that really matter. Lives, livelihoods, ways of life.

As part of the Head Office team, you’ll be at the heart of this endeavour – working closely with our air, maritime, land and cyber and intelligence businesses to support our customers around the world.

Join us and you’ll be encouraged and rewarded to excel in this important work. Apply your talent where it counts”.

We recognise that an inclusive and diverse workplace – where all employees feel respected, valued and able to achieve their full potential – is vitally important. Not only does it inspire creativity and collaboration, it’s good for business. We celebrate our differences and believe our diverse skills, abilities and perspectives strengthen our culture and our overall performance.

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified people.

Please be aware that many roles working for BAE Systems will be subject to both security and export control restrictions. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform for the organisation.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we sometimes close our vacancies early. It is therefore advisable to apply as early as possible if you would like to be considered for a role with BAE Systems.