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Graduate - Legal Operations Specialist

We're looking for a Graduate Legal Operations Specialist to support our operational, budgetary and project management functions. Learn more and apply today.


Job description

Job title: Graduate Legal Operations Specialist
Team: Legal
Location: Any Scottish Enterprise Hub within Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh or Aberdeen (with working from home options)
Salary: £31,115
Hours: Full time 35 hours a week (flexible working considered)
Status: Permanent
Closing date: 8 May 2024
Job ref no: R00494

Be part of building Scotland's future

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's national and international economic development agency. We work to transform the Scottish economy by helping businesses to innovate and scale. Our work is critical to the Scottish Government’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET) and its goals of creating high-value jobs, boosting productivity, and growing national wealth.

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The opportunity

Now’s the ideal time to join Scottish Enterprise’s Graduate Development Programme as part of our legal team. It’s from here that high-quality legal advice, assurance and leadership are provided to enable Scottish Enterprise to continue its missions strategy and delivery. Our team works across multiple projects – delivering a responsive and exceptional legal service focused on outcomes, prioritisation, productivity, innovation and collaborative working.

The role

As a Graduate Legal Operations Specialist, you’ll help us provide the operational, budgetary and project management support that drives Scotland’s economic growth. This means you’ll need a blend of people skills and technical ability to help you understand and analyse needs, identify problems and share in the development of solutions. You’ll also be able to study as part of a training programme to become an accredited paralegal.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring service delivery according to agreed measures and procedures
  • Representing the legal team and its work by building relationships across Scottish Enterprise, as well as with other bodies such as our partner legal firms
  • Critically reviewing and suggesting improvements to our existing processes and procedures, defining success measures and working with the team to implement changes

Who we're looking for

You’ll need to be comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary team in a fast-paced and challenging environment where innovation is strongly encouraged. Multiple projects will mean having to frequently re-prioritise your workload to meet expectations. In addition, you will:

  • Have qualifications or skills and experience at SCQF Level 9 as a minimum, e.g. BA, ordinary degree, graduate diploma or SVQ at Level 9 (ideally in law, business or finance)
  • Enjoy working with people to turn team needs into workable solutions
  • Organise your work, track progress (your own and your team’s) and know what’s coming up next
  • Resolve any conflicting timescales and priorities so you continue to deliver efficiently
  • Always want to know why things are how they are – and crucially, look for ways to improve them
  • Be a skilful communicator in a challenging environment and engage positively at all levels
    Have commercial awareness and be able to develop relationships across the legal team

Ideally, but not essentially, you’ll also have:

  • Working knowledge of Excel

What we offer

If successful, you'll gain access to the following benefits: 

  • Membership of the Scottish Enterprise Pension and Life Assurance Scheme – a pension based on your final pensionable salary, flexible retirement options and generous life assurance cover
  • Up to 43 annual leave days a year (including public holidays), with the opportunity to buy additional holidays
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • A health cash plan
  • Our Employee Retail Benefits Scheme
  • Our Employee Assistance Scheme

Life at Scottish Enterprise

As one of Scotland’s Top 10 Flexible Employers, we pride ourselves on empowering our colleagues to work when and where they can best deliver their role in support of our corporate plan.

Learn more about working with us 

How to apply

If you're interested in this role, please complete your application form by 8 May 2024.

Assessment Centres will be held in Glasgow and Edinburgh between the 11 and 14 June 2024, with a start date in September 2024.

Our values

Being part of Scottish Enterprise means being open to new ideas and trying different ways of working. We support each other to reach our full potential. We celebrate shared success and learn together when things don’t go so well. And we always treat each other fairly, with respect and understanding. Together, we are the difference.

At Scottish Enterprise, we’re proud to celebrate difference. Diversity of experience and thought is vital to the success of our vision for the future of every community across Scotland. As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applicants from a wide range of individuals, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, gender identity and expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

We commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required, not only during the application and assessment process but throughout employment with us.

We have the following networks which are open to all colleagues to help drive inclusion, Disability Positive, Gender Balanced, Multi-cultural, Multi-Generational and Pride (LGBTQ+).

Apply now to build your future with us.

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