If you are looking to move into an in-house role and want to apply your legal skills in a Foundation that is making massive changes in the way people think about the global economy, we would love to hear from you. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Our employees are passionate about making a real difference.
We are looking for a Legal Counsel to work within our Operations team: an exciting opportunity to use your legal skills in a highly professional environment supporting our mission-led Foundation.
Working autonomously and collaboratively within a small, flexible and responsive in-house legal team your work will cover contracts, projects, finance, disputes, regulatory and compliance matters and governance.
Specific role responsibilities include:
Drafting and negotiating contracts including in respect of funding, the Foundation’s Network, IP, software/IT and services.
Identifying, analysing and advising on a broad range of legal and regulatory issues and risks, including in relation to contracts, charity law compliance, company secretarial matters, corporate governance, personal data and competition law.
Assisting with managing the Foundation’s IP portfolio, including working with our trademark agents for international trademark registrations, assisting in brand management and protection.
Working with the brand, communications and wider teams on reputational matters.
Advising on intra-group and other corporate structural matters.
Qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales (including by way of transfer).
NQ to 2 years’ PQE, with any post qualification experience at a high-ranking law firm and/or in a high-performance in-house environment.
High-quality commercial/transactional experience ideally across sectors. Further experience in finance, technology, corporate, compliance and governance is desirable.
Experience in a fast-paced commercial environment, with flexibility to adapt to changing business needs.
Excellent drafting skills, together with strong networking and communications skills.
We will look for evidence of your ability to manage a varied and busy workload.
Desired starting date: ASAP
Closing date: 18th April 2023
Salary range: Up to £50,000 per annum depending upon experience.
Benefits package: generous holiday allowance (25 days plus UK bank holidays and discretionary extra days leave) generous parental leave; enhanced pension options/private health scheme after 6 months; wellbeing programme.
Location: UK based with regular attendance at our office in Cowes, Isle of Wight (subject to individual circumstances). Some international travel may be required.
Relocation support: We offer support with relocation from overseas, such as: helping to source accommodation, travel expenses to the UK (dependent on circumstances and eligibility). Many colleagues will have faced the same challenges as you (including relocating pets!) and we will be happy to assist you in this transition.
What we do
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation develops and promotes the idea of a circular economy. We work with, and inspire, business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally. Our mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy.
Our vision is a new economic system that delivers better outcomes for people and the environment. Business models, products, and materials are designed to increase use and reuse, replicating the balance of the natural world, where nothing becomes waste and everything has value. A circular economy, increasingly built on renewable energy and materials, is distributed, diverse, and inclusive.
Our commitment to you
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment and providing a working environment free from discrimination. Job applicants will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.