Commercial Solicitor (Commercial, Major Projects and Investments)

Horley (other locations within SGN’s footprint may also be considered)
14 Feb 2019
14 Mar 2019
Vacancy Type
Solicitors, In-House
Full Time
Practice Areas
Experience Level
Mid Level

Commercial Solicitor (Commercial, Major Projects and Investments)                
Location: Horley (other locations within SGN’s footprint may also be considered)
Reference: req212

An excellent opportunity has become available to join Scotia Gas Networks Limited’s (SGN) well established and highly regarded Legal and Compliance team.

You will provide key legal support to SGN’s expanding group of companies by the delivery of high quality commercial legal advice. The role will offer a varied mix of work supporting directorates across the business with both a regulated and unregulated commercial focus. You will have opportunities for interaction with individuals at all levels of the business including the Executive.

SGN’s commercial legal team are based at SGN’s Head Office in Horley, Surrey. Horley is based five minutes from Gatwick Airport and just over 30 minutes by train from Central London. The wider Legal team are spread across locations in Horley, Reading and Glasgow and we will consider locations other than Horley for the role although travel to Head Office will be required. 

 What does a Commercial Solicitor do? 

  • Responsible for providing effective and efficient legal advice on all aspects of commercial contracts and projects to support both SGN’s regulated and rapidly expanding unregulated businesses.
  • Establishing relations with key business partners including Procurement, Commercial, Operations, IT and Innovation teams by maintaining and enhancing current relationships and ways of working including a move towards greater self-service.
  • To lead, review, draft and influence the negotiation of a wide variety commercial contracts and legal documentation, including (i) SGN’s regulated supply chain frameworks; (ii) innovation/IP contracts; (iii) unregulated commercial project/construction work including opportunities for M&A and other investment exposure; (iv) corporate back office support, including IT and outsourcing; and (v) support of the contract management of the above.
  • To liaise with and influence senior managers and Directors in the negotiation and award of contracts.
  • Ensuring that all business is conducted in accordance within its statutory powers and licence, internal governance and other applicable laws and regulations.
  • Making legal recommendations to assist with business decisions and assisting the business assess and manage the risk.
  • Educating the business in relevant legal issues and raising awareness levels across the group, including attending and chairmanship of internal and external meetings.
  • To assist in the mentoring and development of more junior team members.
  • Instruct, assist and manage external sources of legal advice via panel firms as required.
  • Support the Legal and Compliance’s team Roadmap by developing processes and documentation that ensure SGN’s legal provision is more efficient.

Do you have what we are looking for? 

The ideal candidate will:

  • be a UK qualified lawyer or equivalent with at least 6 years PQE* with in-depth knowledge of one or more of commercial, supply chain, procurement law (ideally Utilities Contract Regulations), intellectual property and projects gained in either in-house or private practice (although some exposure to an in-house environment would be preferable it is not essential).
  • have good commercial sense;
  • have strong communication skills being skilled and credible in presenting to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing;
  • have strong negotiation skills;
  • have strong interpersonal, organisational and project management skills,
  • able to communicate and manage well at all levels of the organisation; 
  • a thoughtful and practical approach to problem solving with the ability to make decisions based on accurate and timely analysis;
  • possess the ability to deliver pragmatic solutions to the wider business on complex commercial issues; and
  • highly motivated and efficient with a preparedness to learn new areas of law.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career in an innovative, business focused and vibrant legal team at one of the UK’s leading utilities providers.

*The PQE is a guideline only and anyone with the necessary skills to succeed may apply. 

What will I get in return? 

  • Market rate depending on experience.
  • 25 days holiday (with opportunities to extend) plus public holidays and bank holidays
  • Private pension scheme  
  • Annual performance award

Who we are 

SGN is the UK’s second largest gas distribution company, operating three of the largest regional gas distribution networks across Scotland, Southern England and Northern Ireland. SGN’s regulated gas businesses, provide a safe, reliable and efficient supply of natural gas to 5.9 million customers through 74,000km of gas mains and services. SGN also has an established and rapidly growing unregulated business which currently delivers construction and renewable gas projects as well as metering and smart metering services and is continually on the lookout for further growth opportunities - several of which are in progress. Annual turnover for 2017/18 was £1,156m with network investment of £398m and a regulatory asset value of £5.5bn

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