Contract Consultant (3 posts) - Manchester, London or Cardiff
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Education & Society
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 7
Vacancy Description
Location: Manchester, London or Cardiff Contract Type: 2 year Fixed Term Contract / Full-time Pay: Band 7 / £26,406 - £33,112 + Benefits Closing date: Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 23:59 UK Time. Requirements: Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

 Please note that in December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, London E20.


About us:


The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.


Through our work in Education and Society we provide opportunities for people to broaden their horizons and build sustainable futures. Our work in Education aims to raise the quality of education globally and connect people across the globe to share perspectives, best practice and ultimately improve learning outcomes. Our work contributes to global education policy, supports international mobility and collaboration and promotes the UK as a world leader in education and research. Our Society programmes enable individuals, communities and governments to work together to make positive transformation where it matters - from strengthening civil society, to widening access to justice and promoting the rule of law. Our work also includes social enterprise, girls’ and women’s inclusion, youth and sport. The aim is to help build stronger, safer and more inclusive societies.


The opportunity:


We have new opportunities available in the Contract Management team for a 2-year fixed term contract.  Working in an expanding team, based in the Education and Society (E&S) Business Unit you will provide Contract Management advice and guidance to the organisation, to support the pursuit and delivery of business opportunities that maximise benefits to the British Council and minimise risks, in accordance with agreed frameworks and policies.


The Contract Consultant will be required to provide technical expertise in contract management to colleagues in Education and Society, Arts and English & Exams (E&E) which are strategic business units (SBUs) within the British Council, in order to support business development, business delivery, proposals/bids and business case and product development.


It is important to note that the Contract Management services within the British Council do not incorporate the management of suppliers. Contract Management services include the following activities such as: document/contract review, contract drafting, negotiation, facilitation of contract signature and dispute resolution in addition to supporting the tendering process prior to contracting.


What we require of the successful candidate: 

  • Experience of contracting, (including but not limited to drafting, negotiation and review of contractual documentation), contract management and related legal areas, indemnities, liability.  Understanding of UK contract law and statutory requirements and how these are applied in a programme / project management context.
  • Competent across the range of IT systems and packages used by the business (SAP, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, database design and maintenance)
  • An understanding of the procurement cycle
  • Project management experience 

We are interested in hearing from candidates who are currently working as a Paralegal, Legal Executive / Trainee Legal Executive (ILEX) or Legal Assistant.  We would equally be as keen to hear from candidates with a project management background who are involved with drafting, negotiating, reviewing and delivering contracts.


This is an excellent opportunity to work within a close-knit, experienced team and to gain further knowledge of Contract Management within an ‘in-house’ environment.




In addition to a competitive salary and excellent pension contributions, the British Council offers:

  • 32 days annual leave and an additional half day on Christmas Eve
  • £3,300 London Market Allowance for London based staff
  • Interest free travel season ticket loan
  • Employee Assistance Programme 

If you would like to understand more about this post then please see the attached documents:


Role Profile.pdf
BC Core Skills.pdf
BC Behaviours.pdf


Closing date:


If you are interested in applying and feel that you are suitable for the role, please apply before Wednesday 23rd January 2019 (23:59 UK Time).


Interviews will be taking place week commencing Friday 1st and Monday 4th February 2019.


Equality Statement:


Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.


All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.