Legal Advisor

Culham, Abingdon, UK
£48,310 - £54,897 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
May 14, 2019
Jun 14, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types
UKAEA`s mission is to lead the commercial development of fusion power and related technology and position the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy. Nuclear fusion is the process that powers the Sun. UKAEA manages the UK fusion programme at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) which is one of the world`s leading fusion research laboratories. Our scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy for tomorrow`s power stations.

New science facilities linked to our fusion research are now operational at Culham covering research in and testing of materials, components, robotics and autonomous systems. In addition, UKAEA runs a training centre for advance skills enabling Oxfordshire business to offer young people hi-tech and engineering apprenticeships of the highest quality.

The Legal Department provides legal advice at all levels of the organisation supporting these activities. This includes international R&D collaboration with other research institutions and industry, procurements of public contracts to support the R&D projects and their infrastructure requirements, and grant agreements with the EU Commission and UKRI to fund these projects and, as supplier, contracting with international organisations engaged in the fusion programme for provision of specialist scientific related services and the supply of plant and equipment.

Are you a qualified solicitor or barrister with excellent communication and influencing skills at senior level?
Do you have a commercial background either gained from a leading practice or industry or in the public sector, with a relevant degree or equivalent qualification?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Legal Adviser to join our Legal Department and provide advice at both strategic and operational levels on wide ranging topics (the core activities for this role being on contracts to cover grants, procurements, intellectual property licensing, research services, R&D collaboration and non-disclosure undertakings).
The Legal Department covers other topics including state aid, public procurement, employment, pension administration, GDPR/FOI requests, Export Control regulations (UK and USA) and real estate property (re development and leasing of science and innovation facilities).
Whilst experience in any of topics could be useful, experience in relation to them is not required. UKAEA engages a number of external law firms to support the Legal Department and CPD training opportunities will be provided.

The post-holder will be someone who likes engaging in continuous learning by increasing new understanding, new knowledge, and new skills.
We would like to hear from you if you enjoy collaborating with others from a broad range of backgrounds and you`re enthusiastic, a clear communicator, and keen to learn things outside of your core field of legal expertise to meet the needs of the business.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the Organisation to help make us an employer of choice.
UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.

Knowledge skills and experience


-Qualified Solicitor or Barrister

-Proven experience as a legal counsel at senior level in business or public sector environment

-Strong negotiation skills with good business judgement

-Excellent knowledge and understanding of contract, intellectual property and corporate governance law and practice

-Full comprehension of the influences of the external environment of a corporation

-High degree of professional ethics and integrity

-Sound judgement and ability to analyse situations and information

-Excellent verbal and written communication skills


-Knowledge of state aid, public procurement, employment, pension administration, GDPR/FOI requests, Export Control regulations (UK and USA) and real estate property (re development and leasing of science and innovation facilities)

-Knowledge of Procurement under the Public Contract Regulation 2015

Special requirements:

- Knowledge of Procurement under the Public Contract Regulation 2015
Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions

- Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

- Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews

- The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.