Legal Counsel

Last updated 13 days ago
Location:Akrotiri and Dhekelia


Would you like to work within an interesting and challenging role, supporting our Maritime Services business? We currently have a vacancy for a Legal Counsel at our site in Portsmouth.

In this role you will grow to understand the needs of our business and provide legal solutions that enhance and protect the Company and support its objectives. You will provide generalist and, over time, specialist legal advice, managing a broad range of legal risk and opportunity.

This role will provide you with ample opportunity for career advancement both with Maritime Services and potentially other parts of the broader BAE Systems business. You will be able to work closely with key stakeholders, and be involved with transactions through their whole lifecycle. You will be joining a business that is both interesting and diverse and which plays a key role in the UK’s defence sector.

Your main responsibilities as a Legal Counsel will involve:

Providing in depth, professional, timely and pro-active legal support on a cross-business / business specific basis to internal customers (cross functionally).

Working to ensure, in conjunction with colleagues in the relevant business/specialist legal team, that the Maritime Services business is consistently compliant with applicable legal and business policy requirements.

Making an effective contribution to business performance in an advisory capacity by providing advice in simple language that is easy for the business client to understand.

Identifying, analysing and prioritising core legal issues, explaining these effectively and understanding their relative significance.

Delivering excellent legal solutions in an effective, timely, and proactive manner to meet the demands of the Maritime Services business.

Providing training on matters of law and policy to various functional and business areas.

Efficient use of external counsel as and when required.

Contributing to the wider BAE Systems legal function as a member of the global legal community and leveraging/sharing knowledge and capability accordingly including engaging in effective collaboration across the function and business.

Your skills and qualifications:

Qualified solicitor or barrister with relevant commercial or corporate law experience at a leading law firm/appropriate in house department.

Can provide expert, pragmatic, commercial Legal advice.

Knowledgeably, thoroughly but succinctly drafts standard legal documents in plain English.

Applies subject matter knowledge to commercial and business problems and issues.

Understand and deliver solutions to support the strategy of the business and its priorities.

Commercial understanding of government contracting processes.
What we're looking for in you:

As a Legal Counsel, you will have a strong customer focus and the ability to build relationships internally and externally. You will demonstrate a high level of attention to detail and take responsibility for own work. You will have a proactive approach to solving problems, managing your own areas of responsibility on a project whilst also showing the ability to work within a team.

You will have strong negotiation and influencing skills through the use of sound and rational argument to persuade and influence. You will have excellent people, collaborative and resource management skills.

Location: Portsmouth
Salary: Competitive

Benefits: Our employees receive an excellent benefits package which includes a competitive pension scheme, 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.

Flexible Working: At Maritime Services, we embrace flexible and modern working arrangements and feel this is an important part of the benefits that we have on offer. It helps us to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. This role can be undertaken either full time, part time, job share, flexible hours or we would welcome your suggestions for how we could make this role fit your circumstances.

Maritime Services

Join us and help to define the future of global maritime defence capabilities. With approximately 3,500 employees based at five UK locations and revenue of £600million, we pride ourselves on employing the best professionals around and offer significant opportunities for committed employees to learn and grow with us. Our people are encouraged to be as creative as they can be and are always looking at ways to develop and challenge the way we do things, identifying and prioritising continuous improvement activities across the business.

From our headquarters in Portsmouth, we are proud to support the Royal Navy in global operations. BAE Systems Maritime Services delivers end-to-end support to over 50 per cent of the Royal Navy's surface fleet. Our services include ship upgrades, repairs, dockyard facilities management and provision of combat systems training. We also develop and support the Royal Navy’s complex equipment, such as radar, torpedoes and small boats.

With our international programmes and core support to the Ministry of Defence, you could find yourself working on the iconic Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers, Type 45 Destroyers, Type 23 Frigates, Type 26 Global Combat Ships, Hunt Class Mine Countermeasure Vessels, Offshore Patrol Vessels, historic ships and more. Our highly skilled teams design, develop, support and maintain a wide range of complex equipment. This includes Spearfish, one of the most powerful and capable wire guided torpedoes on the market. Currently undergoing a major upgrade programme, Spearfish will soon benefit from further sophisticated advances in its homing, warheads, tactical and fuelling systems, as well an upgraded guidance link. Then there’s Artisan, the 3D radar that can identify a target the size of a tennis ball, travelling at a speed of more than 2000 miles an hour more than 25 kilometres away!

Join us and the projects you’ll be involved in will form the backbone of the Royal Navy for decades to come. You'll be part of something important; something you can be proud of.

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.