SMMT Job Vacancies

Legal Counsel (FTC)

10 May 2024 #SMMT Job Vacancies

A vacancy exists for a full-time fully qualified Legal Counsel (one-year fixed term) to support SMMT’s Data Intelligence Project.


  • To be the lead contact for the contract lifecycle, including contract coordination, processes and issues arising under the SMMT Data Intelligence (SDI) business
  • To provide contract and general commercial legal advice and support to SDI, with a focus on the management and drafting of advice on contracts for the purchase and sale of data and sales queries (bespoke and online)
  • To provide occasional legal support to other SMMT in-house projects including research on Compliance, Data Protection, Procurement, Litigation and Intellectual Property matters
  • To provide periodic support for the provision of legal updates, circulars and information for the SMMT Legal Committee, Data Protection Working Group and other related meetings


  • UK qualified solicitor or barrister
  • Experience: one/two years post-qualification commercial experience, in-house or in private practice, familiar with commercial pressures
  • Demonstrable commercial awareness
  • Ability to communicate and argue confidently, fluently, precisely and concisely, orally and in writing
  • Ability to analyse, to organise, to plan, to research, to think critically, logically and constructively
  • A reliable, highly organised individual, with an eye for detail
  • Flexible, able and willing to undertake SDI project work on a timely progressive basis, both solo and in collaboration and support with the SDI team or members of the team (remotely and in person)
  • A self-starter, but also able to follow instructions and work effectively without constant supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to effectively communicate with SDI colleagues, customers and stakeholders at all levels for both contentious and non-contentious matters
  • Have an appreciation of commercial confidentiality, or sensitivity, of some information and importance of avoiding damage to SDI or SMMT’s image, profile or reputation
  • IT (preferably Microsoft) competence and willingness to learn and use new technologies


  • Managing the process and undertaking the drafting/negotiating/approving SDI contracts with external suppliers or customers, in accordance with instructions
  • At the request of the Business Development Manager or Head of Legal, to include direct contact with existing or potential customers to resolve contract issues arising
  • To work in close collaboration with the SDI team to ensure timely progress on resolving and closing legal issues arising, especially issues concerning the sale of data under licence
  • Addressing any contentious issues (whether contract/negotiation/licence) or disputes which may arise and summarising the recommended course of action, where appropriate to the Head of Legal for further instructions
  • Liaise and negotiate with all relevant parties (internal and external) as required on SDI projects
  • Researching and advising on legal matters, for example new or forthcoming legislation relevant to the SDI business or the automotive sector
  • Supporting the provision of regulatory updates, circulars and information for SMMT members through the Legal Committee, Data Protection Working Group and other meetings

Prospective candidates should contact with a CV and covering letter by 20 February 2024.

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