In-house Commercial Lawyer - Full Time or Part Time

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About the Role

We’re looking for an In-house Commercial Lawyer to join us in Manchester. Joining our expanding legal function you will report to our Legal Counsel and will deal with a broad spectrum of legal issues. As a subject matter expert in an innovative, FTSE 100 tech business you will be critical in ensuring that we facilitate our aim to lead the digital future of the UK automotive marketplace whilst protecting our assets and considering risks.

Working closely with our Legal Counsel you will offer support and guidance to a variety of stakeholders across multiple business areas including technology, partnerships, product and advertising. You will be encouraged and empowered to lead on a number of projects with the full support of the Legal Counsel. Your role will be diverse and will include: advising on marketing and advertising content, such as TV commercials and digital campaigns; drafting product/service terms and conditions; agreeing complex commercial contracts with our partners, suppliers and customers; and advising on new product launches from inception to go live. Alongside this you will assist with the management of external counsel, where required and appropriate, to ensure any external advice is delivered in a cost-effective manner.

What we're looking for

You will be a qualified solicitor with around 5 years PQE*, but we have an open mind and would consider candidates with more or less experience than this. You might already be working in an in-house role or you could be ready to move into your first in-house role, and have some relevant secondment experience. You will have a strong grounding in leading on the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of commercial contracts including IT/technology/creative/software and marketing contracts. This will include drafting clauses and contracts for which no templates exist. It is also essential that you have a working knowledge of intellectual property, with a focus on copyright and trademarks.

Through your PQE experience you will have developed a commercial and pragmatic approach that allows you to make informed decisions autonomously. We love working in an Agile environment and value collaboration so it’s important that you’re flexible in your approach and are a great relationship builder. Your strong communication and influencing skills will allow you to communicate complex legal issues in a way that suits the audience’s need.

In addition to the above essential requirements, we would be particularly interested in candidates that have experience of advising on marketing/advertising content, including a working knowledge of the Advertising Standards Authority and CAP/BCAP codes. Experience in advising on adtech/programmatic advertising and competition law generally would also be advantageous. Finally, experience of negotiating and advising on data processing agreements would also be desirable.

Benefits and more

We are happy to consider applications on either a full, part time or flexible basis. If you have any questions surrounding working hours before applying please reach out to us. We offer a competitive salary and a great flexible benefits package which includes 28 days holiday, plus half day closures on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, healthcare, company pension and lots of extras that you can personalise to suit your lifestyle.

Everyone is unique in their own way and we are looking for people from all walks of life to become part of our inclusive culture. We’re committed to making Auto Trader a diverse and inclusive environment for everyone. Diversity for us means respect for and appreciation of differences in: gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, race and ethnic origin, religion and faith, marital status, social, educational background and way of thinking. Our commitment is to ensure you get the chance to be the best that you can be, showcase your full potential and make the right choice for you.

Coronavirus Message: If you are successful in applying to this role you will take part in a virtual assessment process, and your on-boarding experience will involve you largely working from home, with the option to spend time in the office if you wish. We've worked hard to create a COVID-secure space office, which includes our desks being spaced out more than 2m apart, a one-way travel system around the office and increased cleaning and hygiene measures. We are closely monitoring government guidelines and are looking forward to spending more time in our offices when it is safe to do so. If you have any questions relating to how we are keeping our candidates and employees safe please reach out to us on 0330-3039006.

*We use PQE levels is a guide to the level of experience required for the role and this does not prohibit applications from candidates who are able to demonstrate the necessary skills and experience that fall outside of this range.