General Counsel

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom


Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Based: Cambridge
Contract: Permanent or secondment
Hours: Full-time, part-time, or flexible
Eligibility: You must be eligible to work in the UK

The role

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is looking to appoint our first in-house General Counsel. This is a rare opportunity to join one of the UK’s most innovative and fastest growing charities.

Our mission is to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world. Since launching our first product in February 2012, we have sold over 14 million Raspberry Pi computers and helped kickstart a global movement to get more people involved in computing and digital making. We’ve trained thousands of teachers and engaged hundreds of thousands of young people in our educational programmes, including through our network of over 11,000 Code Clubs and CoderDojos all over the world. Our free educational resources are used by millions of people every year.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is not a traditional charity and this is not a traditional General Counsel role. You will provide legal support across all of our charitable and commercial activities, working closely with all parts of the group, including our wholly-owned trading subsidiary.

While our headquarters are based in Cambridge in the UK, we are a global business, with legal entities and offices in San Francisco and Dublin, and products and programmes that are in demand all over the world.

The Foundation has benefited from pro bono legal support since its inception and we continue to receive high quality pro bono legal support from some of the world’s best law firms in the UK, US, and Ireland. We’ve now reached the size and complexity to need a qualified and experienced lawyer in-house.

The role will be varied, covering all aspects of legal and corporate governance support. The ideal candidate will have six years’ post-qualification experience as a solicitor. Whether your experience is in the commercial or charitable sector is less important than your attitude and mindset. You will need to be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, able to switch contexts quickly, and open to learning what you don’t know.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a unique place to work, with a fantastic team and positive work culture. If you think that you might be the person we’re looking for, we’d love to hear from you.

Main responsibilities

Experience and personal attributes

You must have:

You’ll ideally also have some experience of:


In addition to competitive salaries, we offer additional benefits for all of our colleagues, including:

● 25 days' leave, plus public holidays.
● Flexible working arrangements.
● Good support for working parents, including family leave policy.
● Pension with 8% employer and 4% employee contributions.
● Life assurance and long-term illness insurance.
● Cycle to work, season ticket loan, and childcare voucher schemes.

Timetable for applications
Closing date: 9am Mon 21st Aug 2017
Phone Interviews: 24th & 25th Aug 2017
Initial interviews: Thurs 31st Aug 2017
Second interviews: Tues 5th Sep 2017
*If you’re not available on the above dates, please still apply and let us know in your cover letter. Alternative arrangements can be made for the right candidate.

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