Contracts Manager


London, GB

Department or practice area:  Risk Management

Taylor Wessing


Taylor Wessing is a global law firm that serves the world's most innovative people and businesses. Deeply embedded within our sectors, we work closely together with our clients to crack complex problems, enabling ideas and aspirations to thrive. Together we challenge expectation and create extraordinary results. By shaping the conversation in our sectors, we enable our clients to unlock growth, protect innovation and accelerate ambition. 


With 1000+ lawyers, 300+ partners, 29 offices and 17 jurisdictions we are looking to expand our Risk Management  team, with the addition of a Contracts Manager.

The opportunity for you


Under the general direction of the General Counsel's office, the Contract Manager's role is to efficiently manage and deliver the contractual aspects of the Firm's procurement of third-party suppliers to the Firm in the UK.  This involves dealing with the initiation of the Firm's supplier diligence processes and a variety of contract negotiation and contract management services. The Contract Manager must have experience and the ability to function as an independent professional on these matters.


In particular, we are looking for an enthusiastic individual who can focus on managing the lifecycle of the Firm's supplier contracts. The Contract Manager will report to the Legal Counsel team and will have significant interaction with various Business Service heads and functions.  The role is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Firm's bespoke contract management system and managing the various deadlines relevant to the supply chain contracts.

Key responsibilities


  • Primary responsibly for the reviewing and negotiation of supplier agreements to be entered into by the Firm;
  • Collaborating with internal stakeholders to understand the key requirements and associated timelines for implementing, renewing and terminating supplier agreements;
  • Advising internal stakeholders of proposed terms and associated risks;
  • Advising on best current practices for supplier due diligence process, including maintaining up to date questionnaires;
  • Managing, maintaining and assisting with the ongoing development of the contract management system;
  • Giving and supporting the training programme for the procurement systems and disciplines;
  • Promoting the procurement system and the use of the contract management system;
  • Management and administration of the procurement matter intake mailbox.

Knowledge, skills and experience


The position requires a highly motivated, self-starter, who excels at managing a number of different tasks at the same time and is at ease interacting with senior management. The candidate will have good writing, communication and computer skills alongside excellent organizational skills and ideally, experience of establishing and/or managing a procurement process in a professional services environment.



  • The successful candidate should have a law degree from the UK (or commonwealth equivalent).
  • Experience in data protection law is desirable.
  • Candidates are likely to benefit from having a period of progressively responsible and directly related experience. Experience in a large law firm or the legal department or contract administration group of a large limited or public company is also desirable



Here are a select few benefits that Taylor Wessing offer; 

  • Hybrid working (Offering the opportunity to work remotely, while maintaining a social boundary by working from our award-winning offices for 3 days a week) 
  • Holiday (Our basic annual holiday entitlement starts at 25 days, with a further discretionary day of paid leave in December. You may also purchase up to five extra days each year (pro rata). 
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity leave (After one-year service, you are entitled to up to 26 weeks leave full pay if you or your partner give birth or adopt a child). 

Along with these there are many more benefits we offer, with the addition of a comprehensive flexible benefits package available. 

Our culture


Nurturing a diverse, inclusive culture allows all of our talent to flourish, sparks creativity and powers innovation.  We continue to build a team that exemplifies inclusivity and reflects the firm's core values: creative, excellence, integrity, responsible, respect and team.  We value and celebrate the differences in who we are, what we have experienced and how we think, so all candidates will be treated fairly regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender identity, marital status, neurodiversity, pregnancy, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation and socio-economic background.

The way we work


At Taylor Wessing, we never settle for average. We're creative thinkers, problem solvers and continuous learners who excel at what we do and believe our best work is still ahead of us. We are a firm that's large enough for you to achieve your ambitions, but connected enough to be a true community.  

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