Senior Legal Counsel – Public Sector

About the Legal Team

The Capgemini Group has a global legal team of over 120 lawyers led from our Group Legal offices in Paris. Within that global team, there are local and regional legal teams of varying size.  The UK & Ireland Legal team currently consists of around 20 UK based lawyers, supported by lawyers based in India and Poland.  To enable us to support ongoing growth in the Group’s business, the UK Legal team wishes to recruit for this new role.  The legal team is motivated, enthusiastic and supportive and enjoys an excellent range of high quality legal work. In the UK, the Legal team is also part of a business community called Core Services.

Main purpose of the role

Capgemini is seeking to recruit a senior non-contentious IT/commercial lawyer to its UK Legal team to support its Public Sector Market Unit.  We have a bold and creative approach to providing business solutions and are looking for a bright, talented and commercially experienced and astute lawyer.  The successful candidate will work closely with a broad range of internal stakeholders and external clients and will advise on a wide variety of commercial issues and transactions, varying in nature, complexity and value, as well as ad hoc legal issues. 

 

The successful candidate will benefit from substantial autonomy and will work on all phases of deals.  In addition, the successful candidate will be part of the global legal team and will need to comply with and deploy locally the Group’s global contracting principles, business ethics and values as well as company policies.

 

Applications are welcomed from lawyers with contract law experience, whether in-house or in private practice, particularly specialising in IT law and especially with a background in public sector procurement.  

 

Although Capgemini is open to assessing candidates from diverse professional backgrounds, the responsibilities and skills required for the role are likely to favour candidates eligible to practice law in England & Wales, e.g., candidates holding or eligible to hold a practising certificate as a solicitor of England & Wales. Due to the nature of the role, it is the expectation that the successful candidate should be eligible and prepared to gain UK government security clearance (SC) – to be arranged by the company.
 

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities
The successful candidate will enjoy a degree of responsibility appropriate to a senior lawyer providing a full legal service, including:

 

⦁    Acting as the legal head of the Public Sector Market Unit. This includes being the primary point of contact for this area of our UK business, liasing with the business leads and other key stakeholders to manage pipeline and resource for related matters on behalf of the UK & Ireland General Counsel, therefore Public Sector experience is essential.
⦁    advising on all phases of deals, ranging from the proposal/bid review stages through to negotiation and post signature issues.  This includes providing strategic legal advice at all stages of the deal
⦁    negotiation of contracts for the provision of IT, outsourcing (including business process outsourcing), consultancy, digital and engineering services
⦁    supporting the Group’s compliance programme, raising regulatory compliance issues
⦁    being the manager/reviewer of other team members if required
⦁    supporting the outsourcing of work to team members based in India and Poland.  Supporting that work includes providing appropriate support, feedback and, on occasions, training
⦁    delivering occasional legal training and presentations to the business 
⦁    liaising with our external lawyers.
 

Additional responsibilities

Ancillary roles will include providing legal sign-off on deals (including through the UK & Group legal sign-off processes), attending, development and presentation of legal training courses, policy drafting, assistance with dispute resolution (e.g., by managing external litigators) and working as part of the global legal team on global initiatives, including on occasions international transactions. You may also be called upon to advise on non-client related matters such as those relating to suppliers, partners and other parties, and may be required to support legal compliance initiatives in areas such as competition law, export control, anti-bribery and corruption.

Essential skills

  • Commercial IT experience within the Public sector
  • Sound understanding of government frameworks
  • Excellent grasp of general commercial and contract law, including in the area of technology in spheres such as cloud, digital, data protection and cyber security
  • Ability to manage and lead complex special projects, including the legal support of large value and complex bids and transactions
  • A strategic outlook and ability to support direction setting for the legal team and the business, bringing your own experience and thinking and leading projects in this area
  • Proficiency in understanding and managing risks arising out of your work
  • Demonstrated subject matter expertise and thought leadership 
  • Expert in verbal and written communications for both formal and informal settings, with effective negotiation skills
  • Strong leadership, influencing and decision-making skills – proven stakeholder management and capable of forging relationships with top management, senior executives, business managers, team members, clients and third parties
  • Confidence to influence the business at a senior level and set expectations
  • Demonstrated empathetic style and valuing of diversity
  • Strong commercial skills and understanding
  • Demonstrated resilience and ability to work under pressure, such as resilience to multi-stakeholder demands and changes during negotiations within tight timelines
  • Ability to work successfully as part of a team, foster knowledge sharing and lead and coach small teams, including those located outside the UK
  • Lead efforts to suggest improvements to work practices and develop new thinking and approaches profitable for Capgemini’s business, including as based on feedback, personal insight and best practice 
  • Capable of delivering training in own area of expertise 
  • Awareness of the external business environment applicable to Capgemini, particularly in relation to public sector matters.
     

Why we’re different

At Capgemini, we help organisations across the world become more agile, more competitive and more successful. Smart, tailored, often-ground-breaking technical solutions to complex problems are the norm. But so, too, is a culture that’s as collaborative as it is forward thinking. Working closely with each other, and with our clients, we get under the skin of businesses and to the heart of their goals. You will too.

 

Capgemini is proud to represent nearly 130 nationalities and the cultural diversity that brings. Our holistic definition of diversity extends beyond gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, race, age and religion. Capgemini views diversity as everything that makes us who we are as an organization, including our social background, our experiences in life and work, our communication styles and even our personality.  These dimensions contribute to the type of diversity we value the most: diversity of thought.

About us

A global leader in consulting, technology services and digital transformation, Capgemini is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’​ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. It is a multicultural company of 200,000 team members in over 40 countries. The Group reported 2018 global revenues of EUR 13.2 billion. People matter, results count.
 

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Posted on:

October 18, 2021

Experience level:

Experienced Professional

Contract type:

Permanent Full Time

Location:

Any UK Base

Business units:

SBU Shared Services.

Department:

Corporate Function