Legal Lead

We are seeking a Legal Lead to work within our operations division. This is an exceptional opportunity to use your legal skills in a highly professional environment supporting our mission-led organisation to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. 

Reporting to our Chief Operating Officer, you will have overall responsibility for the legal function at the Foundation, motivating and leading our in-house legal team. The role includes contract management, the legal aspects of corporate and commercial matters, legal and regulatory compliance, disputes, and corporate secretarial matters. You will also contribute to organisation policy, insurance and governance across the organisation’s international activities.

Specific role responsibilities include:

  • Managing contracts including structuring, negotiation and drafting.

  • Managing charity law, competition law, personal data, and other legal/regulatory obligations, risk and compliance. 

  • Managing insurance within the organisation.

  • Ownership of prospective/actual dispute/litigation. 

  • Legal inputs into project management processes.

  • Work with internal teams on organisation policy, identification and management of organisational risk, governance and corporate structure. 

  • Advise on matters relating to employment/employee contracts, policies and employee relations. 

  • Manage external stakeholder relationships including external counsel. 

  • Coordinating media efforts across Foundation-wide initiatives collaborating with other teams and international offices.

  • Secretarial services for the Trustee Board. 

  • Manage and develop the small Legal and Contracts team. 

Your profile: 

  • Senior Legal professional: an English-qualified solicitor with 10+ years’ post qualification experience ideally with some years within a top-tier English law firm, followed by in-house experience within a fast paced business or not-for-profit organisation. You must hold a valid practising certificate. 

  • Demonstrated experience in:

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills including first class technical (legal), communication and administration is essential.

  • International experience is useful, but not essential.

Desired starting date: ASAP

Closing date: 3rd February 2023

Salary range: £82,000 - £95,000 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.