Senior Counsel - Technology & Procurement


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Full time - permanent
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Shire Park, Kestral Way, Welwyn Garden City
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GB Head Office

What’s in it for you

We offer excellent benefits that help make Tesco a great place to work.  These include but aren’t limited to:

  • Annual bonus scheme of up to 45% of base salary
  • Car allowance of £7,320 per annum
  • Holiday starting at 25 days plus a personal day (plus 8 Bank holidays)
  • On-site state of the art gym at our Welwyn Campus with discounted “Gympass” membership & free health checks via Nuffield Health
  • Retirement savings plan - save between 6% and 10% and Tesco will match your contribution
  • Life Assurance - 5 x contractual pay
  • Share Schemes – Join our ‘Buy As You Earn’ & ‘Save As You Earn’ share schemes after 3 months service
  • Colleague Clubcard (including a 2nd card for a family member) after 3 months service
  • Colleague Discounts:
    • 10% increasing to 15% after every pay day for a four day period, off most purchases at Tesco
    • 10% off One Stop
    • 10% off pay monthly & SIM only deals with Tesco Mobile
    • 20% off all F&F purchases
    • 20% off car, pet and home insurance at Tesco bank. T&C’s apply
    • 25% off Tesco Café
    • 50% off complete glasses purchases & free eye tests (other offers available) at Vision Express
    • 50% off health checks at Tesco Pharmacy
  • An exclusive deals and discounts website saving you money on everyday purchases, treats for the family, eating out and utility bills for the home
  • Health screening every 2 years
  • Private medical insurance offered by Bupa
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Shuttle Bus Service to/from Welwyn Garden City Station to Welwyn Campus
  • Opportunities to get on - take advantage of our ongoing learning opportunities and award-winning training, to help you achieve the job and career you want
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme helps you deal with life’s challenges
  • Financial wellness - Tesco has partnered with experts to help you make the most of your money
  • Get involved in a range of fundraising activities with our long-term charity partners

About the role

The Senior Counsel - Technology and Procurement works closely with the leaders of the Technology and Procurement functions and Legal Directors and Senior Counsel to deliver effective legal business partnering to the business

Technology – working closely with senior Technology partners including the CTO to ensure the delivery of Technology contracting, licensing and development and leading the three transactional lawyers working directly with the team. The work the team undertakes includes Statements of Work, agreements and amendments for domestic and international services transactions, including Statements of Work relating to cloud services, SaaS, consulting/implementation services, maintenance agreements and renewals, software license agreements and non-disclosure agreements as well as maintaining up to date knowledge of legal issues pertaining to software implementation, licensing, and cloud transactions

Procurement- The Procurement team handles all goods not for resale purchased across the Tesco Group. The Senior Counsel provides strategic advice to the Procurement Director and their direct reports on best practice on contracting and RFP’s and works with other senior partners in Distribution and Procurement. We have three dedicated procurement lawyers who support critical procurement initiatives and run our contracting technology systems.

The role will have a high level of internal and external visibility. A strong level of strategic leadership, commercial judgement and the ability to work effectively in a matrix environment is required.

You will be responsible for

  • Leading the Technology and Procurement team (6 lawyers) and contributing to the running of an effective and proactive function
  • Sitting on Technology and Procurement leadership teams and providing legal and commercial input into planning, pipeline and strategy
  • Assisting with the development and leading the implementation of Group legal policy and assisting with the delivery of the compliance agenda
  • Leading on major transactions and negotiations
  • Specialist advice and handling external law firm delivery

You will need

The Senior Counsel will be a highly qualified lawyer with significant technology experience either from buy or sell side, combined with a suitable mix of commercial experience and a high degree of adaptability to new areas.

To succeed in this role, the Senior Counsel will have a track record of leading and transforming teams. Knowing when to challenge but also with experience of getting the best out of people and a firm grasp of commercial issues and contract law is also required.

About us

Our vision here at Tesco is to become every customer's favourite way to shop, whether they are at home or out on the move.  Our core purpose is ‘Serving Britain's shoppers a little better every day’.  Our business was built with a simple mission – to be the champion for customers, helping them to enjoy a better quality of life and an easier way of living. This hasn't changed. Customers want great products at great value which they can buy easily and it's our job to deliver this in the right way for them.  In the UK, we serve some 66 shoppers every second, so it's our goal to ensure every one of those customers experiences just a little better service on each visit.
We are proud to have an inclusive culture at Tesco where everyone truly feels able to be themselves. At Tesco, we not only celebrate diversity, but recognise the value and opportunity it brings to enable us to serve our shoppers a little better every day. We're committed to creating a workplace where differences are valued, and make sure that all colleagues are given the same opportunities.  We're a big business with diverse working patterns and many business areas which means that we can find something that works for you.  Everyone is welcome at Tesco.
It remains that Shire Park is our central location for Head Office teams. We have recently announced that we will be moving towards a more blended working week – combining office and remote working.  Our base will be the office, where we connect, collaborate and innovate – and there will be the expectation for everyone to be in the office more often than not. For Head Office roles we therefore expect colleagues to spend a proportion of their time at our offices in Shire Park.

We are supportive of colleagues having conversations with hiring managers about what office presence will look like in the context of the role.

NOTE: Should you be successful in your application, your offer will be subject to and conditional upon you providing your bank account details on your agreed start date.