Legal Counsel

Job City:  Guildford
Professional Area:  Legal
Job Req ID:  118824

BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is home to 4,800 digital, cyber and intelligence experts. We work collaboratively across 16 countries to collect, connect and understand complex data, so that governments, nation states, armed forces and commercial businesses can unlock digital advantage in the most demanding environments.



Role summary


We have an opportunity for an experienced Legal Counsel to join the Digital Intelligence legal team. This is an opportunity to join a highly collaborative group of experienced lawyers providing business critical advice and support to the business winning activities of Digital Intelligence, as well as to contribute to broader group initiatives, guidance and training. The team provides a full range of legal support. This role will also provide you with the opportunity to gain exposure to high level stakeholders across the business.


The role is offered on a permanent basis, and reports to the Head of Legal, UK & EMEA. The base location will be the Guildford Head Office, however in line with our Hybrid Working approach this role will involve both home and office working.


What you’ll be doing


Your main responsibilities as a Counsel will be: 


  • Supporting bids and programme delivery in key territories
  • Advising on a wide range of contractual matters
  • Leading on legal-focussed matters including data protection and disputes
  • Maintaining our “licence to trade” through good governance and compliance
  • Managing your portfolio of matters through appropriate prioritisation
  • Working closely with other members of the Legal Function and other functions including Commercial, Finance, Tax and Procurement
  • Gathering the data needed when facts are uncertain
  • Proactively suggesting ways to improve how the Legal Function and wider business works and what it delivers 


What we’re looking for


This role is well suited to a proactive and “can do” individual, who has the ability and willingness to adapt easily to a wide range of internal clients and their various requirements and styles. You should be technically sound, commercially minded and risk-aware, and be able to provide appropriate full-range legal advice as required by your internal clients. You should have strong interpersonal skills and be able to communicate easily and effectively with stakeholders at a range of levels within the organisation, both in the context of negotiation and advice but also in the provision of training and collaboration amongst your colleagues.


The essential skills and experience required for the role are:


  • Qualified solicitor or barrister 
  • In-house Legal experience 
  • Excellent technical understanding of commercial contracts
  • Experience in technology and cyber security


Life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence 

We are embracing Hybrid Working. This means you and your colleagues may be working in different locations, such as from home, another BAE Systems office or client site, some or all of the time, and work might be going on at different times of the day.

By embracing technology, we can interact, collaborate and create together, even when we’re working remotely from one another. Hybrid Working allows for increased flexibility in when and where we work, helping us to balance our work and personal life more effectively, and enhance well-being.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to the success of BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. We are proud to have an organisational culture where employees with varying perspectives, skills, life experiences and backgrounds – the best and brightest minds – can work together to achieve excellence and realise individual and organisational potential.

Division overview: Functions

At BAE Systems Digital Intelligence, we pride ourselves in being a leader in the cyber defence industry, and the business could not operate without all the dedicated work of our Functions teams. From Finance & Operations through Communications & Marketing, to HR and Site Operations and more, our Functions teams enable our divisions to implement ground-breaking digital transformations and crucial defence software.

As part of Functions, you will be supporting and partnering with our global business from the backline, being a strategic advisor within your specialist area, and ensuring the business runs smoothly and efficiently. We all have a role to play in defending our clients; and this is yours.


Job Title:  Legal Counsel

Job City:  Guildford
Professional Area:  Legal
Job Req ID:  118824