Purpose of job
The Principal Counsel (IT Specialist) is primarily responsible for providing legal and policy advice and support on matters within their area of responsibility. Working closely with other staff across the Bank, the Principal, Principal Counsel (IT Specialist) assists in the development of policy and ensures that legal risks and issues relating to matters assigned to them are identified, addressed and managed.
The Principal Counsel (IT Specialist) serves as a focal point for the provision of all relevant legal services in their area of responsibility – being commercial contracts for the purchase or licencing of IT products and services, ensuring the highest standards of documentation, protection of EBRD’s interests and compliance with EBRD’s mandate, policies, and procedures. The Principal Counsel (IT Specialist) may interact directly with a large number of internal and external stakeholders at junior and senior levels.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
- Provides the full range of legal assistance on a substantial number of new and existing IT matters, including: transaction structuring, drafting and negotiating legal documentation, advising on legal and policy issues.
- Monitors the Bank’s portfolio of IT transactions, including: advising relevant departments on the interpretation of agreements, managing variations, and dealing with contentious matters.
- Selects and manages the engagement and work of external law firms, ensuring cost effective utilisation of legal services and appropriate balance of internal and external legal advice.
- Contributes to the Bank’s template database, including through the preparation and dissemination of a template Master Services Agreement and related legal documentation.
- Contributes to the knowledge management activities of OGC, including through the preparation and dissemination of memoranda and policy briefs, developing and updating IT-related resources, and participating in EBRD’s on-going policy dialogue by providing legal advice/updates in relation to IT matters.
- Assists OGC Management on specific assignments.
- Participates in the supervision and mentoring of the work of OGC Associates.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications
- A law degree from a leading university.
- Normally not less than seven years post-qualification legal experience in an international law firm, the in-house legal department of a top commercial/investment bank, or international organisation (including EBRD).
- Currently admitted to practice law in England and Wales.
- Extensive professional legal experience in IT matters, including: advising on and negotiating agile and waterfall outsourcing methodologies, cloud computing contracts, data privacy issues, information security and confidentiality issues.
- Professional experience gained in one or more of EBRD’s countries of operations is an advantage.
- Excellent command of the English language, including the ability to independently draft and negotiate legal documents in English.
- Excellent drafting, negotiation and project management skills as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working.