Salary: £35,750 - £42,000 per annum pro-rata, Boston Spa
£39,000 - £46,020 per annum pro rata, St Pancras
Part Time (18 hours per week) / Permanent
Boston Spa, Yorkshire or St Pancras, London
The British Library is one of the world’s most significant research libraries, holding a vast collection of material, which is used by people from all over the world. This presents us with a complex variety of contractual relationships and challenges, both from a commercial and non-commercial viewpoint.
The Legal and Contracts Services team is the first point of contact for advice on legal and contractual matters, and performs a wide range of legal and contract support activities. As a member of our evolving team, you will deliver a robust legal advisory and contract drafting service to the Library which crosses the range of the Library’s commercial and non-commercial activity with other bodies including, for example, publishers; PLC’s; rights holders; information brokers; other libraries; universities; museums; funding bodies; charitable institutions and scientific/research bodies throughout the world.
You will have extensive experience of negotiating contracts with significant financial and strategic implications; determining the Library’s rights and obligations on specific issues (e.g.regulatory prerequisites, legal compliance, licence construction, changes in legislation etc.) and advising on the acceptability or otherwise of contractual arrangements proposed to the Library by external bodies; reporting in depth on the implications and negotiating alternatives where necessary to safeguard Library interests.
You will provide specialist advice and consultancy on contract management issues, supporting a number of complex change programmes and advising upon the efficacy and robustness of legal frameworks.
You will have in-depth knowledge of Contract Law and Company related Law and the ability to assimilate information quickly and concisely. You will need to prioritise a large workload, whilst managing customer expectations. The role is dependent on team working, supporting colleagues as well as working on your own initiative.
You will ideally be LPC accredited with 3 years PQE or equivalent comparable qualifications and experience working in a similar role in a public sector or library environment, This is an exciting opportunity for a legal and contracts professional to begin a career path at the Library and as an integral part of the Legal and Contracts Services team you will be representing this important national – and international – institution.
For an informal discussion, please contact Ricky Olejnik on +44 (0)20 7412 7960.
Closing date: 2nd July 2017