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Principal, Principal Counsel (IT SPC)

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Posting Date: 06-Dec-2017

Location: London, GB

Company: EBRD

Requisition ID 11841
Office Country United Kingdom
Office City London
Division Office of the General Counsel
Dept. / Bus. Group Office of the General Counsel
Business Unit Corporate Team
Contract Type Short Term
Contract Length 12 months
Posting End Date 05/01/2018 


The Principal, Principal Counsel - IT Specialist is responsible for providing all relevant legal services relating to EBRD's IT requirements, including English law governed commercial contracts for the purchase or licencing of IT products and services. The Principal, Principal Counsel - IT Specialist is responsible for ensuring the highest standards of documentation as well as protection of EBRD's interests and compliance with EBRD's mandate, policies, and procedures.  In this position you will interact directly with a large number of internal and external stakeholders at all levels.


This role will be offered as a 12 month short term contract.


Accountabilities & Responsibilities


  • Providing the full range of legal assistance on a substantial number of new and existing IT matters, including: transaction structuring, drafting and negotiating legal documentation, advising on legal and policy issues.
  • Monitoring the Bank's portfolio of IT transactions, including: advising relevant departments on the interpretation of agreements, managing variations, and dealing with contentious matters.
  • Selecting and managing the engagement and work of external law firms, ensuring cost effective utilisation of legal services and appropriate balance of internal and external legal advice.
  • Contributing to the Bank's template database, including through the preparation and dissemination of a template Master Services Agreement and related legal documentation.
  • Contributing to the knowledge management activities of OGC, including through the preparation and dissemination of memoranda and policy briefs, developing and updating IT-related resources, and participating in EBRD's on-going policy dialogue by providing legal advice/updates in relation to IT matters.
  • Assisting OGC Management on specific assignments.
  • Participating in the supervision and mentoring of the work of OGC Associates


Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications


  • A law degree from a leading university.
  • Normally not less than seven years’ PQE in an international law firm, the in-house legal department of a top commercial/investment bank, or international organisation (including EBRD).
  • Currently admitted to practice law in England and Wales.
  • Extensive professional legal experience in IT matters, including: advising on and negotiating agile and waterfall outsourcing methodologies, cloud computing contracts, data privacy issues, information security and confidentiality issues.
  • Professional experience gained in one or more of EBRD’s countries of operations is an advantage.
  • Excellent command of the English language, including the ability to independently draft and negotiate legal documents in English.
  • Excellent drafting, negotiation and project management skills as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills.



Diversity is one of the Bank’s core values which are at the heart of everything it does.  A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities.

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