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Legal Counsel

Date: Jun 9, 2022

Location: Blythe Valley, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

About GKN Aerospace

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircrafts fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn. Together as “one GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

Job Summary

The Legal Counsel will be based at our Blythe Valley (Solihull) or Bristol (GTC) sites supporting our Civil business line and Global Procurement function whilst reporting to the Head of Legal - Civil, the incumbent will need to be flexible for quarterly travel within the UK and the Netherlands to attend external and internal meetings and there is flexibility for working from home for up to 50% of the time dependent on the needs of the business. This role will involve the provision of technically competent and timely legal advice on a wide range of legal and compliance issues to support procurement and supply chain related activity, the incumbent will draft, review and negotiate complex international contracts with suppliers, support and advise on contentious issues, claims and litigation, advise on and implement best practice processes for procurement contract lifecycle management, perform procurement contract negotiation and approval, manage supplier disputes and claims, conduct amendments and terminations and manage regulatory issues.

Established in 2019, Blythe Valley hosts GKN Aerospace’s Global Functions which provide support to all of our employees, across a range of activities including; HR, IT, Finance, HSE, Corporate Governance, Purchasing, Supply Chain, Global Communications and Legal. We partner with the world’s major aircraft and Original Equipment manufacturers including; Airbus, Astronics, Aviation Partners Boeing, BAE Systems, Bell Helicopters, Boeing, Bombardier Aerospace, Cessna, Cobham, Dassault, General Automics, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Honeywell, Jaguar Land Rover, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, MOD, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls Royce, Sikorsky, Saab, Textron, Triumph. Blythe Valley is home to 50+ employees and onsite/local facilities include Break out spaces, communal café, showers, Java Lounge coffee house, day care nursery, health club, cycle and motorcycle covered parking and vehicle electric charging stations.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure that supplier related activity (contracting, disputes and otherwise) is carried out with appropriate awareness of and consideration for the related customer arrangements
  • Support the Civil Business Line 
  • Act as the primary Legal contact point for the Procurement Global Commodity Team on global procurement matters, claims and process/precedent development
  • Support the Head of Legal and Senior Counsel on internal projects including reporting, training and risk management activities
  • Support M&A, Employment, Product Safety/HSE, Environmental, Real Estate, Data Protection, Licences and Approvals, Investigations and Compliance
  • Work frequently with other members of the Legal and Compliance team on a matrix basis
  • Work with organisational ambiguity showing good judgement
  • Own your own development to continuously improve your legal and non-legal skills
  • Proactively seek opportunities to collaborate within and support the development of the Legal & Compliance function

How You'll Contribute

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:


  • A UK qualified solicitor registered with the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority)
  • A relevant Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or equivalent
  • Significant legal PQE experience 
  • Legal training completed at a recognised top tier law firm 
  • In house legal experience
  • Experience of drafting and negotiating cross border commercial contracts that include procurement and supply chain matters
  • Experience of managing and resolving cross border disputes 
  • Experience of internal and external stakeholder management building and owning relationship


  • In house legal experience within the manufacturing or aerospace industries

We are looking for people who want to make a difference, talented members with the skills and passions to become the best of the future in what they do. The Legal Counsel will be a dedicated, pragmatic, credible and adaptable professional with clear and confident communication skills as well as exceptional prioritisation and organisation skills. The role will require team and cross functional collaboration together with the ability to work independently and the incumbent will possess a high level of commercial acumen, sensitivity and integrity. 

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:


  • £60,000 to £80,000 per annum dependent on experience
  • £5,500 car allowance per annum
  • Opportunity to earn up to 22.5% bonus 
  • Hybrid working – giving you the opportunity to balance home and office working
  • Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
  • Life Assurance 8 x salary
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Income protection
  • Shopping discounts
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 

Why Join Us

A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

Hybrid Work Approach
We understand our employees thrive by working differently, what works for one may not work for another, offering different ways of working is core to us creating a great employee experience. We’re pleased to provide a hybrid working approach enabling you to balance your time between working remotely and working in our offices.  We’re also keen for our employees to achieve a work life balance so we’re happy to discuss flexible working options with you should the role be able to accommodate it. 

Join us and keep the world moving … click on the link below to apply