Manager Contracts, Data and IT Law
26/04/2021

Region: Brussels
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Data protection & privacy
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: LexGO26/04

ENTSO-E coordinates the cross-border system operations, system development and electricity market activities of 42 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) which covers 35 countries. ENTSO-E is currently looking to recruit a Manager Contracts, Data and IT Law.

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ENTSO-E is the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity. ENTSO-E coordinates the cross-border system operations, system development and electricity market activities of 42 electricity transmission system operators (TSOs) which covers 35 countries.

The successful applicant will work in the ENTSO-E Secretariat in Brussels and will be part of the Legal and Governance Section comprising about 12 staff. The successful candidate will report directly to the General-Counsel.

The Legal and Governance Section in conjunction with the Legal and Regulatory Group (so-called “LRG” and composed of in-house lawyers from each TSO) provides legal support and expertise to ENTSOE’s activities organised across four Committees (System Development, System Operations, Market and Research Development and Innovation) and provides legal support to the all bodies of the Association. The Legal and Governance Section is the central place for cross- section processes and governance matters.

Travelling across Europe is required (when allowed).

The successful candidate will work under the general guidance of the General-Counsel and will report to the General-Counsel on the various tasks and responsibilities, as described below. Note that the role may evolve over time:

Contracts / IT

  • In close cooperation with the relevant Association bodies and the busines sections, contribute to the development, the implementation and the monitoring of the Association services sourcing strategy to ensure alignment with the Association goals,
  • In close cooperation with the relevant Association bodies and the busines sections, especially the Digital section, contribute to the development of a coherent contractual framework for all ENTSO-E platforms and IT related service contracts.
  • Manage the process of providing timely and customer orientated legal support in the drafting and negotiation of a wide range of agreements in the context of ENTSO-E deliverables (including licence agreements, software development and maintenance agreements, consultancy agreements, agreements on exchange of information, EU funded contract and consortium agreements, network codes, etc) and in the sourcing of services (including review of purchasing documents, follow-up of internal purchasing policy and internal reporting where required, regular review and improvement of internal contracting policies)
  • Keep an up-to-date and efficient Contract management Tool in the Association
  • Provide ad-hoc advice in relation with GDPR compliance (in close cooperation with the GDPR Officer) or related to intellectual property;
  • Develop and manage the process for ensuring legal compliance with multi-party agreements entered between the Association, its members and/or third parties; ensure regular reporting on risk of non compliance, including proposal for mitigation and remediation, to the General Counsel.
  • Develop, coordinate and monitor the legal compliance dashboard and the legal risks dashboard, report non-compliance issues and propose mitigation and remediations measures to the General Counsel.
  • Provide legal support to the Legal and Regulatory Group and its subgroups, legal input to the Board and the Assembly of ENTSO-E, the above includes:
    • delivering and presenting preliminary draft legal opinions, finalising the draft by collecting legal input from the members of the Legal and Regulatory Group and its subgroups and establishing a trustful and solid cooperation with them;
    • collaborating and when relevant managing projects with LRG members and with transversal involvement of all Secretariat sections; and
    • contributing to LRG meetings.


General

  • Be aware and develop broad understanding of activities amongst other working groups or sections. Assess the need for cross-section /working group cooperation for producing high quality and consistent deliverables. Involve colleagues in a matrix structure to participate to the deliverables;
  • Ensure that the General Counsel is timely and fully informed on relevant topics for the Cross-Committees Chairs meetings; the Main Office Holders meetings and the Head of section meetings on topic of his/her area of responsibilities.
  • Ensure regular reporting to the General Counsel on areas of responsibilities and, where needed, identify and advise her on handling complex issues.
  • Contribute in close cooperation with the other Legal and Governance Section managers to efficient and motivating Legal and Governance Team Meetings, including proposing agenda topics and presentations to the General Counsel, ensuring records of decisions, as well as ensuring follow up.
  • Provide guidance and delegation to team members on a daily basis for operational activities.
  • Ensure internal management and application of HR processes, including timesheet sign off, balanced scorecards, individual development plan, evaluation and reviews.
  • Perform resource and Budget planning for the team and monitoring to manage within year;
  • Planning, monitoring and reporting of legally mandated deliverables.
  • Keep up-to-date his/her legal knowledge in his/her areas of responsibility and provide advice to the General Counsel on best practice taking into account the Association specificities.
  • University degree in Law with LL.M or specialization in Information Technology law and Data law. Knowledge of Belgian law is a plus.
  • Between 6 to 8 years of relevant experience (in law firm or in-house) demonstrating outstanding skills and understanding of the above subject matters, including managerial experience
  • Experience in procurement
  • Experience in conducing multi-party contractual negotiations and adopting customer-oriented attitude by guiding his/her internal clients and offering them the most appropriate solution.
  • Project management focused with proven ability to plan and organise, to manage multiple projects, to establish priorities and to get things done.
  • Experience inside an Association is an asset.
  • Experience in management and change management
  • Interest in Energy law and European matters with preferably experience with the TSO Community.
  • High level of integrity, including attention to confidential information.
  • Ability to listen, build trust and resolve conflict in a consensual way.
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in business English.
  • Ability to work within a multinational and multicultural professional environment
  • Innovative and curious legal mind.

We are looking for a permanent resource joining our offices based in Brussels. Although 100% teleworking is currently in place as recommended by Belgian government, the successful candidate will be asked to relocate to Belgium. We are a dynamic European association and are delighted to offer you the opportunity to work for ENTSO-E on truly exciting projects focused on the electricity sector. With us, you will contribute to building the world’s largest integrated electricity market – impacting not only those in the energy sector but also Europe’s overall economy, today and in the future.

You will work in a truly multi-cultural environment, with colleagues from over 20 different nationalities.

Our people are the heart of our association. We value work life balance. We offer a broad range of training and development, to make sure our employees continue to develop.

We offer market competitive compensation and benefit package, with excellent insurance coverage for you and dependent family members (such as hospitalization, supplemental medical plan). You will benefit from group insurance and travel insurance. You have the opportunity to participate in a Flexible Benefits Plan to choose for those benefits that create the best value for you. We also offer a maximum of flexibility enabling to have a good balance between working digitally and in physical meetings with Members and colleagues.

If you want to play a role in creating a sustainable world, then ENTSO-E is the place for you!

Interested?

Please submit your complete application consisting of a motivational letter and curriculum vitae on the Entso-ecareer website before May 6, 2021.


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