Senior Associate, Projects

DLA Piper
11 Jun 2019
09 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Senior Associate, Projects

Highly Competitive Salary and Benefits Package

Reports to: Lillian Mackenzie and Sharon Fitzgerald

Location: Edinburgh, EH1 2AA

Group: Finance, Projects & Restructuring

Role opening date: 14/02/2019

Role closing date: 12/05/2019


We are currently looking to recruit a bright and ambitious Projects Senior Associate to join our team in Edinburgh. With a strong Scottish, UK and international presence, our Projects team is one of the UK's leading national practices.

We act for private and public sector clients (including international Governments), funders, and consortia, across a range of sectors, including social infrastructure projects, transport and waste, in the UK and Internationally. We understand the commercial, strategic, technical, geographical and political factors that shape and impact our clients, and our market leading presence allows us first-hand access to contacts, sponsors and key decision makers worldwide. We are currently working on a number of exciting pathfinders in the industry.

The role will be based in our Edinburgh office, but the candidate will be part of a One UK Team and will also be required to travel to our other offices from time to time.

The position offers an excellent opportunity to play a leading role in high profile and path-finding transactions across the UK and Internationally.


Candidates will have a broad diet of work, that will include, but not be limited to:

Advising private and public sector clients, funders and consortia on UK Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), across sectors. As well as advising on the procurement and negotiation of projects up to financial close, our work frequently sees us providing advice and support to our clients post-close, during the construction and operational phases.
Advice in the Health, Education and Transport sectors, in particular.
Public Procurement (domestic and international).
International Infrastructure Projects, including regulatory drafting and PPP toolkits.


We do not set upper or lower limits of PQE for any of our vacancies. We have however given an indicative PQE as an approximate guide for applicants. Candidates who have between 7 to 9 years PQE are likely to have the right level of knowledge and have gained the right level of experience needed to be able to undertake this role.
An ability to lead and project manage a number of high profile cases independently.
Experience negotiating project agreements, sub-contracts and ancillary project documents, with limited supervision, during all phases of the project cycle.
Experience leading on the dialogue phase of PPP-type projects would be beneficial.
Experience advising on public procurement would be beneficial.
Commercially astute and stays current on key legal and business news.
Excellent skills in communication, client relations, and team-working.
Provides a professional, quality service in a timely manner, and responds effectively to requests from internal and external clients.
Understands positive client support.
Creates confidence in the team and the firm.
Works co-operatively in a team, sharing information and knowledge.
Manages time effectively and efficiently.
Seeks to manage own utilisation wherever possible in order to meet individual and team targets.
Takes ownership for achieving agreed objectives.
Recognises and seizes opportunities for the firm, including repeat business.
Builds and develops own network of internal and external contacts.
Awareness of business development initiatives in the department and identifies ways to contribute.
Maintains a controlled, objective and flexible approach under pressure.
Exhibits behaviour consistent with the firm's values and builds relationships based on respect, trust and integrity.

This job description is not designed to be exhaustive and can be varied as required to develop or fulfil this role.

The firm offers excellent training, learning and development programmes, as well as a genuine opportunity to experience a wide range of work and clients in a friendly, supportive environment.


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies.


In everything we do connected with our People, our Clients and our Communities, we live by these values:

Be Supportive - we care about others, value diversity and act thoughtfully
Be Collaborative - we give, we share and we join in
Be Bold - we stand tall and challenge ourselves to think big
Be Exceptional - we exceed standards and expectations


At DLA Piper we are working hard to ensure that our talent pool is diverse. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual.

We know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued and that's why we strive to be a business where everyone can thrive, develop and succeed based on their talent. Our aim is to build an inclusive and supportive culture where all our people feel they belong and can achieve their best.


We recognise that people have responsibilities and interests outside of their career and that as a business, we all benefit from working flexibly. That's why we are open to discussing with candidates the different ways in which we are able to support requests for agile working arrangements.


In the event that we make an offer to you, and where local legislation permits, we may conduct pre-engagement screening checks that may include but are not limited to your professional and academic qualifications, your eligibility to work in the relevant jurisdiction, any criminal records, your financial stability and references from previous employers.

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