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Legal Services Managers (2 posts) - Suffolk County Council

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£58,746 (pro rata for part time)

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In Suffolk County Council 2020/21 Business Plan, Matthew Hicks, Leader of Suffolk County Council, launched and championed the Big Suffolk Conversation:

"A conversation that will encompass as many voices and ideas as possible from across the diverse demographics of Suffolk to help with a single aim - to create a long term vision for our county, led by the people of Suffolk and used to help inform decisions across our county. What do we want Suffolk to look like, feel like and be like in 2050? Where should our communities be? How should older residents be cared for? What kind of future do we want for our children? And as important: How will we pay for it? These questions cannot be answered in isolation, but require joined-up thinking, planning and vision. I am excited to see where this conversation leads us.

Whilst the Council's main priorities are focusing on housing, inclusive growth, commercialism and climate change, with the ongoing and change in circumstances, what the Council achieves means creative planning around our ever evolving priorities; and now (more than ever) we need to be thinking about the future and what we want it to be like.

We want you to be part of Suffolk's growth and development in providing a Lexcel quality assured legal service to assist and support the council in achieving its goals and objectives this year and beyond. To reflect the fast-moving agenda for the council, our legal service has recently transformed its design and business model in becoming an able and effective strategic partner in developing the scope and landscape of the 'long term vision of our county'.

If you are interested in being part of the Suffolk vision, we want you to join our service to accomplish, grow, build and be part of our future.

So, if you want the benefit of flexible working, varied and challenging legal work, the day to day benefits of working in an in-house legal team then we invite you to join our team.

We are seeking two Legal Service Managers to combine their strength and abilities with the existing management team, with a proven track record of enhanced strategic, financial, and operational thinking and prowess.

The roles will lead and manage specialist teams covering in each area of the new model, namely Commercial, Planning, Property and Highways Team and the Safeguarding and Social Care / Disputes, Education and Employment Teams. You will be able to demonstrate an intellectual flexibility in working across several disciplines whilst assisting the legal service management team in creative day to day workings of the service. Highly developed people management skills are a must as the service requires optimum support of the staff across differing levels and abilities. You will be confident in deputising and supporting the Head of Legal Services across all functions including budget and financial management.

In your role you are expected to undertake:

* assisting in the overall management of legal services (including review and allocation of tasks to work streams)

* lead responsibility for corporate governance for area of practice, for strategic projects for area of practice, for support to the regulatory activities of the Council for area of practice

* co-ordination of training and development across legal services, provide training and development on relevant issues, provide a training and development programme for Councillors (particularly in the regulatory area)

* contribution to the dissemination of developments in the law across the Council

* management of budget responsibilities for the Practice Group

* assistance in the identification and development of possible income streams

* management of the most complex and difficult legal cases

* following the Lexcel quality procedures, from inception to completing on target

* leadership and management to G8 Supervising Associates, and to other professional staff across Suffolk legal services, including 1:1s, mentoring, recruitment, training, supervision, and development

* major contributions and expert advice to corporate governance and strategic projects to ensure the best possible outcomes for the Council

* support the Head of Legal with Deputy Monitoring Officer duties, if required in representing the Council before committees, inquiries, and other hearings and providing high-level client relationship management to both internal and external clients.

You must be a qualified solicitor, barrister, or Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow).

We have a great benefits package including:

* flexible working options to support you, your work-life balance and career

* a generous leave entitlement

* contributory pension scheme

* public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme

* company discount scheme

* a wide range of staff support networks and representative bodies.

Relocation package available.

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

For an informal discussion only please contact Nigel Inniss, Head of Legal Services, Suffolk County Council Legal Services on telephone (01473) 264236.

Apply online at: or call 0345 601 4412 quoting the job ref.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile.

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