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15th October 2020
GKN Aerospace is the world's leading tier one multi-technology aerospace supplier. Founded in 1759 and with a rich history in innovation, GKN Aerospace are industry leaders in the manufacture of high value composite and metallic aero-structures and engine products.
The company is organised into three divisions: Civil Airframes, Engines and Defence. With 18,000 employees operating across circa 50 manufacturing sites in 15 different countries, the business' technology is used throughout the aerospace industry on a global scale.
The company are at an exciting point in their history having completed a landmark year and with 95% of revenues generated from North American and European markets in 2018, the business is looking to expand its presence in the rest of the world and GKN Aerospace are well placed for growth due to their focus on Asian markets, increased aerospace spending and diverse customer base.
We are seeking a Senior Counsel for GKN Aerospace's Civil Airframe business to deputise the newly appointed Head of Legal for GKN Aerospace's Civil Airframe division.
Civil Airframe is the largest division within GKN Aerospace. Airframe provides a wide range of parts including wing structures, fuselages, electrical wiring systems and components for major platforms ranging from helicopters to business jets to the most used single aisle aircraft and the largest passenger planes in the world.
The Senior Legal counsel will be based in Solihull at Blythe Valley but covers a global remit where travel (subject to current restrictions) will be a part of the role.
The role will provide senior level support to the Head of Legal and you will advise on a range of multi-jurisdictional issues across the Civil Airframe business. The role is incredibly general covering matters in the following areas:
* Commercial contracts,
* Procurement/supply chain management
* Product safety/HSE
* Real estate
* Data protection
* Licences / approvals required to fulfil BL contracts
* Export control/other compliance issues
* Company secretarial
The Senior Counsel will also assist the Head of Legal in functional matters including: - reporting, people management, stakeholder management, training, policies and processes, best practice sharing.
You will be an experienced and robust In-house lawyer with at least 7 PQE who has held a generalist positon with solid post qualification experience in a complex organisation. It is desirable that you have manufacturing experience. You will be commercial and pragmatic having advised on a wide variety of business issues.
You will be a technically strong lawyer with the ability to prioritise key issues. You will have a track record of being an influencer and an effective relationship builder. You will be comfortable working outside your legal remit when required and have the ability to be a true 'counsel' to the business - displaying a high level of emotional intelligence. You will be comfortable deputising for the Head of Legal and handling matters significant matters as required.
On offer is a generous package, with bonus, car allowance and pension.
GKN Aerospace offers an incomparable environment for an In-house lawyer. The quality and variety of work is incredibly high. If you are an individual who has a desire to be part of a new legal team, to help shape a Legal and Compliance function, to be in a business that is at the cutting edge and essentially be somewhere you can make a difference then this is the opportunity for you.
This role is exclusively retained to Neelam Morris at BCL Legal. Any direct or third party applicants will be forward to BCL Legal.
BCL Legal is an equal opportunities employer.
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