Legal Affairs Officer
Legal Affairs Officer
Salary: £40 - 45k p.a. full-time equivalent, dependent on experience
Basis: 12 month contract, approx. 60% time; flexible working available
Eligibility: you must be eligible to work in the UK
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based educational charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.
Established in 2008 and first known for our product — the wildly successful Raspberry Pi computer — the Foundation has developed educational content and programmes that are helping millions of people learn new skills.
In October 2015 we merged with Code Club, followed in May 2017 by a second merger with the CoderDojo Foundation. Together we now represent one of the largest sustained global efforts to help young people learn about computing and digital making. You can read more about our mission, values, and goals in our 2018–2020 strategy.
We are looking for a part-time Legal Affairs Officer to join the Performance team, which is responsible for a range of central functions, including legal, governance and compliance. Reporting to the Director of Governance and Performance, and working with our General Counsel and In-house Counsel, this is a part-time role required while our In-house Counsel is on parental leave. You will be an integral part of the team, and you will be the type of person who understands the importance of - and enjoys - working openly and collaboratively. Similarly, you will understand what it means to be effective in-house, and adapting your approach to suit the culture of the business you’re working in.
As a charity with a technology trading subsidiary, charitable subsidiaries in the US and Ireland, and activities around the world, our day to day business touches a breadth of areas of the law, spanning trademarks and IP, commercial, contract, charity, corporate, data protection, and employment. You will be someone who has a breadth of experience and who has developed a great legal mind, that you love applying to new questions. You’ll be adept at researching new areas of the law to provide advice in a timeframe that befits the magnitude of the risk to the business. You don’t need to be practising - in fact, this role would be ideal for someone who has several years of post-qualifying experience, who may have had a change of career, and is now looking to re-engage in the law, perhaps in a different way than before.
We strive to make the Foundation a place where talented people who care about our mission can do the best work of their careers. We have a flexible and collaborative approach to all aspects of our work. If you’re the right person for the job, we’ll make it work for you, and you can be confident that you’ll be working with an exceptional team.
- Manage the ticketing system and work with the General Counsel, In-house Counsel, and Director of Governance and Performance to allocate work.
- Providing legal advice and support on a variety of areas of law and jurisdictions.
- Advice and training on general compliance, data protection and governance matters in a charitable context.
- Drafting, negotiating, and managing a range of commercial contracts, including services contracts, supplier and licence agreements, grant agreements, partnership agreements, sponsorship contracts, leases, and other commercial contracts.
- Managing aspects of IP and trademark protection and enforcement.
- Supporting our internal statutory compliance review process.
- Developing templates, processes, guidance, and training that supports business managers to do low-risk legal work effectively.
- Ensuring that our legal position is robust while upholding our core values as a charity.
Experience and personal attributes
- Be a qualified lawyer (although you need not be practising currently), ideally with several years post-qualifying experience
- Have a solid working knowledge of the English legal system
- Have strong written and verbal communication skills with internal and external stakeholders
- Be adept at assessing and managing legal risk
- Have strong analytical and problem solving skills
- Have excellent attention to detail
- Have the ability to translate complex technical information into plain English advice
- Be able to prioritise effectively.
- Be able to work effectively in a team.
You’ll ideally have experience of:
- At least 3 of the following areas of law: data protection, trade marks & IP, general commercial and contract, employment, charity
- Company secretarial and governance in a charitable framework
- Experience of contract negotiation and drafting
- Working in-house
- Balancing legal position with the needs and culture of the business.
In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:
- 25 days’ annual leave
- Generous company pension scheme with 8% employer and 4% employee contributions
- Life assurance and long-term illness insurance policy
- Investment in professional development and learning
- Flexible work hours as needed, to fit around childcare or other commitments
- Generous family leave policy
- Cycle-to-work scheme and season ticket loan policy
- Regular organisation-wide maker days to improve your digital making skills
- Monthly all-staff meetings and socials
- Fresh fruit, tea, coffee, drinks in all our offices
Timetable for applications
Rolling applications accepted, phone interviews starting from w/c 12th August.