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Senior Sourcing Legal Counsel

London , United Kingdom

Ref#: 9677251066

Date published: 5-Mar-2021

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CBRE Global Workplace Solutions is a leading global provider of integrated facilities and corporate real estate management. We are recruiting a Senior Sourcing Legal Counsel to join the team located in London. The successful candidate will be supporting the sourcing legal issues and contracts for its Global Workplace Solutions in the EMEA region and where required, globally. The position is home based and in Central London reporting to the Head of Legal for GWS in EMEA and Global Supplier Programs Director, GWS Supply Chain.

The role entails the management of the full range of legal, risk and governance issues which affect and are integral to facilities management service delivery within the region and globally. More specifically, the role can be categorised into 3 key areas:

1. Sourcing Deals - With a specific focus on supply chain solutions, assists sourcing  leads, commercial managers and GWS Supplier Programs Director with the contractual aspects involved in sourcing contracts in which GWS is engaged – e.g. providing templates, contract guidance, feedback, comments and mark-ups of sourcing contracts. 

2. Legal Advice - Provides legally accurate and commercially astute advice as required in response to BAU sourcing contracts and other legal issues from a sourcing perspective including (but not limited to): Corporate, Finance, Data Privacy, Technology and Litigation,

3. Strategy - Works closely with the Head of Legal to lead the Legal Team in the proposal, development and execution of team objectives and strategy in relation to sourcing matters. Promotes sourcing best practice compliance with contractual, legal and regulatory requirements across GWS. Support the development of a world-class Legal Team. 

Role Summary:

• Provide general legal support to Global Head of GWS Supply Chain and GWS Supplier Programs Director regarding vendor/subcontractor matters
• Provide legal support as part of Supplier Partner Program governance team responsible for overall management of program including review and approval of all new and renewed Preferred Supplier Agreements (PSA’s) and oversight of how PSA’s are used by the business
• Sourcing Contract Red Green Lane Contracts List (Supplier Rebate) (“List”) – to own and update the legal aspects of the List and request input from GWS Supplier Programs Director and other departments identified by GWS Supplier Programs Director
• Templates – review and update GWS standard contract templates (Master Service Agreement, Service Agreement, Preferred Supplier Agreement, NDAs, etc.) used for vendors/subcontractors who provide services to CBRE’s clients where CBRE acts as facilities manager (“Downstream Contracts”); establish a periodic review timetable to update / improve/ adjust the Templates based on country / client / industry change
• Provide legal input to Supplier Partner Program governance framework including rules on who can engage suppliers on PSA. Provide legal input to PSA Governance packs and assist with communication, training and adoption of the prescribed governance
• Review and negotiate legal issues in high value Downstream Contracts, where required
• Assist in creating local country agreements for global Downstream Contracts to be used in EMEA, where required
• Provide guidance and guardrails on use of Downstream Contracts and other related processes
• Conduct legal clinics to train sourcing managers on use of Downstream Contracts and other related matters
• Collect flowdowns and customise for use in EMEA context; liaise between team/account where the flowdowns originated and assist in developing a guide for use in EMEA; and provide legal clinic on flowdowns where necessary
• Publish quarterly legal bulletins for supply chain on any updates, case studies, and other legal-related announcements
• Manage SharePoint that provides materials on Downstream Contracts and guides primarily to sourcing managers; and
• Liaise with local counsels on local law queries
• Ensure alignment with Country Counsel as appropriate
• Review country statue/regulatory issues & challenges to determine how they affect the supply contracting set up as and when such issues come up
• Own & Manage Supply Contract execution process, signatory records & amend/adjust as required to ensure continued efficiency
• Continue to develop & manage contract clause library

Experience Required: 

• Solicitor qualified in England and Wales with a minimum of 15 years PQE
• Training contract completed at quality law firm with extensive knowledge of all aspects of Contract and Commercial Law
• A demonstrable track record of broad-based commercial law experience across multiple jurisdictions which preferably should include multinational companies
• Significant previous experience practicing law in the UK; solid working knowledge of Acquired Rights Directive/TUPE legislation and ability to apply the same in the business context and strong grasp of legal issues in sourcing contracts and a strong grasp of TUPE and Acquired Rights Directive legislation
• Extensive in-house experience with ability to bridge business risk strategies with legal requirements; ability to provide “customer focused” delivery in terms of legal advice
• In-depth knowledge of sourcing transactions
• Results driven and goal orientated – commitment to “get the deal done”
• Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work across boundaries and cultures whilst encouraging excellence and accountability
• Fluency in English
• Working knowledge of GDPR and other globally applicable data protection and privacy laws
• Knowledge of Facilities Management, Project Management and Portfolio services
• Flexibility towards international travel
• Comfortable in supplier facing situations

About CBRE Global Workplace Solutions:

As one of CBRE’s core global businesses, Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) provides end-to-end services to occupier clients across the entire lifecycle of a building. Our teams help companies improve their operations and reduce costs, through expert facilities management, project management, real estate and energy and sustainability services. Our dedicated teams work across all industries, and support clients ranging from global Fortune 500 companies to single, iconic buildings.

CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2019 revenues of $23.9 billion and more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices). CBRE has been included on the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #128 in 2020. It also has been voted the industry’s top brand by the Lipsey Company for 19 consecutive years, and has been named one of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies” for eight years in a row, including being ranked number one in the real estate sector in 2020, for the second consecutive year. Its shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CBRE.”

Application Process:

Your application will be reviewed by our Talent Resourcing Team and you will be contacted if you have been successful in being short listed for the role.

Taking into consideration the costs of sponsorship, the nature of the role and the financial resources of the account in question, we are unable to offer sponsorship for this role.

No agencies please.

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