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Legal Counsel

Date: Nov 20, 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 Bristol (GTC) or Blythe Valley (Solihull) sites supporting our Civil business line with a focus on the commercial team and primarily the Airbus account providing legal advice on a wide range of legal and compliance issues whilst reporting to the Head of Legal - Civil. The incumbent will need to be flexible for quarterly travel within the UK, the EU and North America to attend team, customer and supplier meetings and there is flexibility for working from home for up to 50% of the time dependent on the needs of the business. The Legal Counsel will provide technically competent and timely advice including drafting, reviewing and negotiating complex international contracts with both customers and suppliers, supporting the commercial team on customer engagements and the procurement team on supplier issues, contentious matters with both customers and suppliers, corporate governance (including some company secretarial matters) and regulatory issues.

Job Responsibilities

  • Act as a Legal contact point for the Airbus team
  • Support the Head of Legal and Senior Counsels on internal projects including reporting, training and risk management activities
  • Support ad hoc on M&A, Employment, Product Safety/HSE, Environmental, Real Estate, Data Protection, licences and approvals required to fulfil BL contracts, Investigations and compliance issues
  • Work frequently with other members of the Legal and Compliance team on a matrix basis
  • Be flexible showing sound judgement when dealing with organisational ambiguity
  • Own your own development adopting a growth mindse 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 relevant Bachelor of Laws (LLB) or equivalent
  • A UK, US or EU qualified lawyer who is qualified to practice as a Solicitor in England & Wales
  • 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 sales and customer matters
  • Experience of managing and resolving cross border disputes 
  • Experience of internal and external stakeholder management building and owning relationships



  • In house legal experience within the manufacturing or aerospace industries
  • Experience of drafting and negotiating cross border commercial contracts that include procurement and supply chain matters


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:

  • £65,000 to £85,000 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