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Commercial Contracts/Technology Lawyer

Location:Dublin, Remote

Job Length:Permanent

Date:07/04/2021

Firm:Irish Life

Job Type:Full Time

Email Address:

Reference:210223

Practice Area:In-House/ Public Sector

Web Address:https://life-careers.com/

Irish Life is one of Ireland’s largest financial institutions with a presence across a range of financial services markets. We are one of Ireland’s leading financial services groups with over 1 million customers. For over 75 years, we’ve been helping people to look after their life insurance, pension and investment needs, and more recently their health insurance.

It is a subsidiary of Great-West Lifeco and a member of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies.

They are proud of their culture of developing and supporting the growth and professional development of their people. The focus has resulted in a team of top talent with high standards, positioning us at the forefront of our industry.

The Group Legal Department fulfils a crucial role in providing accurate, timely and commercial legal advice and support across the Irish Life Group and Canada Life Group subsidiaries (“the Organisation”).

What they offer

During Covid-19 they have transitioned from onsite working to remote working and they continue to monitor the evolving situation. Protecting the health and safety of their employees is our top priority. As a remote worker you will be supported to get up and running with the technology required and other supports that are needed.

When they return to onsite working, as an employee, you will be able to avail of the following:

  • Work place convenience - excellent city centre location with all public transport within easy walking distance, subsidised restaurant, free tea, coffee onsite;
  • Personal protection - Company Pension, Death in Service Benefit, Health Insurance, and Income Protection scheme;
  • Recreation - onsite swimming pool, squash courts, and gym. Regular social and sporting events and a very active staff charity;
  • Health and Wellbeing - company wide and local team events, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program, Bike to Work Scheme, an employee assistance programme, eye testing and annual flu vaccine to name but a few.

Job purpose

This role sits within the broader Group Legal Department and is responsible for providing Irish legal expertise, advice and support to the European Procurement Function based in Dublin which procures a wide range of goods and services on behalf of the organisation from suitable external suppliers in accordance with all applicable group policies and standards and regulatory requirements.

Key accountabilities

The successful candidate will enjoy work of the highest quality and variety available in an in-house role in Dublin. You will be one of two experienced lawyers providing quality, practical and timely legal advice and support to the European Procurement Team. You will be an important part of the Commercial Legal Team that also supports the Insurance Division and the Independent Distribution Division.

In particular, this exciting new role will involve:

  • Providing expert legal advice to the European Procurement Team on various supplier agreements covering IS contracts, corporate services, contractors and professional services;
  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating all varieties of commercial contracts falling within the European Procurement Team’s remit, and advising on their legal interpretation;
  • Instructing, overseeing and managing external counsel where appropriate, to ensure the timely delivery of quality legal services;
  • Interacting with various internal stakeholders across the organisation;
  • Advising on legal, regulatory and operational risk;
  • Applying your legal knowledge and expertise to devise practical working solutions for the organisation;
  • Working collaboratively with your legal peers in the Group Legal Department and making valuable contributions to legal team meetings, knowledge sharing and training where appropriate.

Desired knowledge/experience/skills

You will possess the following skills and experience;

  • A qualified Solicitor in Ireland with post-qualification experience in commercial contracts and in particular technology contracts (3+ years);
  • Excellent working knowledge of all forms of cloud based agreements (Saas, Paas and Iaas), data protection and outsourcing agreements strongly preferred. A good understanding of the regulatory requirements (in particular those of Solvency II) applicable to the financial services sector would also be an advantage but is not essential;
  • Experience of working in-house an advantage and supporting a procurement function also highly desirable;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure to challenging deadlines and be focused on delivering results.

Subject to satisfaction of the required levels of technical legal expertise, a competency-based approach will be used to assist in the selection process. The competencies we will assess are:

  • Behavioural competencies;
  • Communication and influencing;
  • Building and maintaining relationships;
  • Commercial awareness;
  • Problem solving and decision making;
  • Risk and control;
  • Planning and organising.

This role would particularly suit a Solicitor currently working in private practice who is looking to move into an in-house role that will offer work of the highest quality in a dynamic organisation or a Solicitor already working in-house who is looking for an exciting, challenging role.

They reserve the right to select a shortlist from the applications received. The selection process employed will be at the discretion of the group.

If you wish to apply for this role please click at Legal Counsel - Commercial Contracts/Technology Lawyer

ILGL supports equal opportunity.

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