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Legal Counsel

Date: 22-Mar-2021

Location: Farnborough, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ

Role Purpose

To provide expert intellectual property (IP) legal advice and services to the QinetiQ Group businesses.

QinetiQ has technical expertise and knowledge in technologies predominantly used in the defence, aeropsace and security markets, both in the UK and internationally. Part of QinetiQ's business model is the creation, protection and exploitation of IP in its areas of technical expertise. This role will principally support the exploitation, through licensing and partnering of QinetiQ's IP and provide advice and support regarding QinetiQ's IP exploitation strategy.


Key Accountabilities

1. Delivering comprehensive and high-quality legal services, across QinetiQ's businesses, covering a broad range of IP matters, including technology transfer and some trademark work.

2. Drafting, reviewing and negotiating licences, assignments and other agreements relating to technology transfer and exploitation.

3. Advising and supporting due dilligence exercises in relation to technology to be transferred.

4. Supporting the development and implementation of processes and procedures for efficient technology transfer, IP protection and exploitation.

5. Developing and maintaining effective relationships with internal clients and external customers and licensees of the business; and promoting the value of both the Legal and IP function and IP creation and protection.

6. Advising on new and forthcoming legislation and regulations relevant to IP law; identifying legal training needs for the business and opportunities for process improvements.

7. Supporting the business by providing legal advice and services as necessary to help our business meet its sales and delivery targets in relation to IP exploitation and technology transfer.

8. Supporting the maintenance and exploitation of the QinetiQ trademark portfolio.


Key Capabilities/ Knowledge


1. Sound judgment and ability to manage busy workloads in order to meet deadlines; and to close deals in order to meet business needs.

2. An ability to understand, and work effectively, in a complex organisation, efficiently managing multiple work streams and competing priorities.

3. Strong communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills.

4. Excellent influencing and negotiating skills.

5. Training and mentoring skills are both highly desirable.


Experience & Qualifications

1. UK or Commonwealth qualified solicitor, barrister or ILEX or equivalent qualification and/ or equivalent experience to meet the capabilities outlined in this role description. ( 1-4 years PQE, as a guide to the level of experience required by the role).

2. Experience in legal practice or in-house, in contract law, IP law and commercial law, with some understanding of technology transfer concepts, tools and principles.

3. Demonstrable experience in drafting and negotiating IP licences and other technology transfer contracts.

4. Experience of defence industry contracting and managing the registration and proection of trademarks is highly desirable.



QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. People around the world depend on us for their safety and security, and to enable the safety and security of others. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Our is a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines, and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake  this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, we get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Come and find out how you can play a role.