Closing date: 12:00pm, 30 April 2021
Location: Flexible across the North of England, but with a requirement to regularly work from our office in Manchester
Salary: £47,616 - £55,552 per annum
Contract: Full time, Permanent
Attachments: See Role Profile
Transport for the North is England’s first Sub-National Transport Body. Our vision remains resolute, one of “a thriving North of England where world class transport supports sustainable economic growth, excellent quality of life and improved opportunities for all”.
Our mission to level-up the UK has become even more prominent in national discourse. It has been formally recognised as a national objective by the Government and referenced in key documents including the National Infrastructure Strategy; review of the Green Book; and most recently the Plan for Growth. TfN’s vision and objectives are entirely in step and supporting of the levelling-up agenda, with transformational infrastructure investment widely accepted as a cornerstone in closing the economic and productivity divide.
Transport for the North (TfN) is looking to recruit the following role:
We need a ’’can-do’’ Senior Lawyer who is a Solicitor, Barrister, FCILEX who will act as the specialist applying expertise to deliver complex professional legal, governance, democratic and corporate information management support services to TfN. You will need to be a well-rounded lawyer, who understands public sector governance obligations and is able to navigate competing demands working collaboratively with the Head of Legal Services. You will take the lead acting as TfN’s Deputy Monitoring Officer supporting compliance and all governance with all associated legal duties and responsibilities.
The successful candidate will partner with relevant business areas, providing high-level specialist advice, identifying opportunities for improvement, designing/delivering new approaches and managing associated external specialists who deliver professional services to TfN. You will work closely with the Head of Legal Services, to promote high standards of conduct and provide greater transparency and protections on Constitutional matters.
What we’re looking for:
The ideal candidate will have demonstrable relevant legal experience at a comparable level within a similar organisation or public body.
The primary role will focus on advising on and supporting good governance processes for the whole organisation and overseeing and dealing with implications of legislative change for TfN. Knowledge of information law and data protection legislation, experience of negotiation in disputes with third parties, advising corporate meetings and of supporting projects that impact on the general public and stakeholders will also be required. You will be expected to act as a subject matter expert, providing specialist legal advice to internal/external stakeholders and partners at TfN.
Strong analytical skills are also an essential requirement. You will initiate and lead the design and implementation of new/enhanced policies, systems and approaches at TfN.
You will have experience of all levels of legal, governance, commercial and contractual management, supplier management, procurement knowledge but the same time be detail driven and use insights to deliver value added solutions.
You will be a self-starter as well as being an excellent team player who is hands on and has the ability to turn vision into reality.
You will be an exceptional communicator and an innovator from design to delivery, with a collaborative approach to work with and across multi-disciplinary teams such as Northern Powerhouse Rail, Strategic Rail, Finance, Procurement, Project Teams, Directors and local transport authorities, drawing on your know-how to give guidance in a solution focused way.
Closing Date: Friday, 30 April 2021 at 12:00 noon
Interview Date: 6th May and 7th May 2021 (via Microsoft Teams)
In return, as well as a competitive salary, our other benefits include:
· 27 days holiday per annum (Pro-Rata for part time employees)
· Access to the local government pension scheme
· Access to various salary sacrifice benefits, including Travel Pass purchase scheme.
For more information on the role and the kind of person we’re looking for please refer to the role profile and person specification.
We welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are particularly keen to encourage applications from women, members of ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities who are currently under-represented.
As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, all applications will be considered on their merit.