Legal and Contracts Lead

Location: Permanent / Full Time
Department: Commercial
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Legal and Contracts Lead

Legal and Contracts Lead | Ireland

  • Permanent position available with a considerable portfolio of works for the next 5+ years
  • To build your career by assisting in the delivery of ‘leading edge’ engineering projects.
  • To work with a vibrant, agile and multi-functional team in delivering projects on time, safely, to budget and to the required quality standards.
  • To benefit from Kirby’s Career Development Programmes that will enhance your leadership capability.
  • To work with the best.
  • Excellent package on offer with room for negotiations

About Kirby Group Engineering
Kirby Group Engineering is an international multi-disciplinary engineering services contractor and leading provider of high-value engineering services to a number of ‘blue chip’ companies. Operating across Ireland, the UK and Europe, Kirby has become the engineering service provider of choice in growth segments such as pharmaceuticals, data centres and power transmission and distribution. Our culture is innovative, collaborative and performance focused. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to grow and develop in a company committed to developing talent and rewarding performance.
Role Purpose
Primary responsibility is Risk Management of Kirby Contracts – responsibilities of the Legal and Contracts Lead include the contract terms and conditions risk review at bid submission / tender stage including tie-backs to Main Contract liabilities, indemnities and obligations. Develop guiding policies for operational / commercial implementation with primary focus on high risk projects. Provide expert support and guidance to Project Teams / support Functions. Comply with best practice on process and Kirby Group Engineering Policies.
Legal and Contracts Lead Responsibilities
In conjunction with your project team, you will be responsible for the execution of various stages of a project as follows:

  • Ensure that a detailed review of all of the contractual obligations and commercial risks is carried out prior to the submission of tenders.
  • Support and Lead contract negotiations within the Company governance guidelines and escalate for approval contract risks prior to contract execution
  • Assist in preparation of Project Risk Registers.
  • Assisting in the handover of contracts post award.
  • Coordinate approval and issue of Bonds, Guarantees and Insurances.
  • Provide ad hoc support to wider business in relation to commercial / legal matters and queries as directed by Senior Management.
  • Provide guidance and support to key Kirby personnel with regard to Company contractual risks, liabilities, obligations, indemnities and conditions precedent T&C’s for compliancy.
  • Undertake internal audit reviews to ensure compliance with Company contract policies. Provide gap analysis review to Project Managers in first instance of escalation and agree actions closeout by whom and timelines.
  • Ensure early appropriate Risk Escalation & offer and lead mitigation solutions.
  • Provide expert support and advice for risk escalated / disputed projects.
  • Understanding of programming techniques and project controls.
  • Assist with the development and award of sub-tier contract packages, ensuring the relevant contract packs are appropriately awarded (inserted – milestone deliverables, general scope of works, technical documentation, document registers, programmes, pricing information, terms and conditions and sequenced priority of documentation, etc. in accordance with standard subcontracts).
  • Bespoke development of higher tier subcontracts – procurement led Global Companies to develop frameworks where none in place.
  • Compliance with LOI / Instruction to proceed requirements for quick award tied into a defined end date.
  • Offer expert knowledge to Lean procedures and practices within the business.
  • Assist in the development of Company Legal/Contract/Commercial procedures/systems and in setting up governance for process mapping.
  • Provide clear direction to the Board, support function managers, project and commercial managers.
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement re: risk management; legal and contractual compliance and commercial awareness within the Group.
  • Develop technical and commercial understanding/awareness of Contract & Project Deliverables supported by the experienced technical teams. (Kirby have process mapped best practice “Kirby Way” training).
  • Manage Client / Supply Chain expectations and maintain and develop relationships.
  • Participate in preparation, development and implementation of new Company Commercial Procedures.
  • Contribute to Functional leadership, bringing best practice into the business, involvement in Business Improvement Initiatives.
  • Understand and comply with the EHS & Q policies/procedures.
  • Flexible to travel between business units and to support projects ad-hoc.

Necessary requirement of the Legal and Contracts Lead

  • Minimum 5+ years of Quantity surveying experience essential on M&E Projects.
  • 3rd level qualification in Construction Economics / Quantity Surveying ideally coupled with a technical background as either Plumber/Pipefitter (or similar) or Mechanical Engineer / Elecrician (or similar) or Electrical Engineer
  • Prior experience working in a similar capacity within the construction industry preferred.
  • Proficient in excel.
  • Detailed knowledge of commercial management and QS Role within construction
  • Knowledge of contract conditions and their applications
  • Overall understanding of the business, client and Sub Contractor relations, and installations
  • Excellent Communication/Interpersonal Skills
  • Excellent Record Keeping and Administration Skills
  • Process driven and focused on EHS and Quality Work Management Systems and Processes
Desired Competencies / Special Role Requirements
  • Person with industry experience in contract reviews pre award.
  • Good knowledge and experience drafting and advising project teams on contract notifications.
  • Experience with contract negotiations and dispute resolution.
  • Experience in drafting sub-contracts, notifications and claims.
  • Strong Irish / European knowledge of M&E industry.

For more information on this Legal and Contracts Lead position or other similar Contracts Manager opportunities based in Ireland the UK or Europe contact the Talent Acquisition Team in Kirby Group confidentially on +353 (0)1 454 0411 or apply in confidence.

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