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Legal and Contracts Graduate

Job/scheme locations: 
London, Crawley, Reading, Glasgow, Belfast, Cheadle, Templecombe
Type of opportunity: 
Graduate scheme
Application deadline: 

We’re inventing the future, right here, right now, at Thales. By combining the curiosity to explore, the intelligence to question and the vision to create, we’re transforming the world around us.

The Legal and Contract team ensures the commercial integrity of all the commitments we make as a company. The team also makes sure that everything we do complies with our legal, ethical and contractual responsibilities. This means overseeing contractual affairs at every stage, from bidding and negotiation to project delivery and contract closure.

The two-year Legal and Contracts Graduate Development Programme (‘L&C GDP’) will give you significant experience of bid preparation, contract negotiation and post-award contract management across four challenging work placements. Placements are in different areas of the Thales UK business and can include a placement in the Thales UK in-house legal departments gaining experience in the corporate and commercial legal disciplines.


You’ll be expected to complete four six-month placements across various Thales sites and businesses in the UK so flexibility on your location is required for this role. Our main sites are; Crawley, Glasgow, Bristol, Belfast, Reading, Cheadle, London and Templecombe.

Key responsibilities:

  • Evaluating and advising on commercial risk in bids and recommending mitigation strategies
  • Preparation of costing and pricing models and presentations
  • Interpreting contractual documents and making amendments to existing and potential contracts
  • Advising on potential liabilities, risks, issues and disputes arising with customers, suppliers, or third parties and working within multi-functional teams to reduce company risk and exposure
  • Contributing to the successful delivery of contracts by managing the commercial aspects of the delivery to the customer as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ensuring appropriate export licences are in place, including liaising with supply chain to understand the export classification of goods
  • Taking on commercial reviews of proposal documents and reviewing customer/third party terms and conditions

Desired skills, qualifications and experience:

  • You will be on track to or have achieved a bachelor’s degree in any subject; however subjects that have enabled you to develop analytical skills and business acumen such a Law or Business Studies are of particular interest
  • You’ll be a team player with good interpersonal, verbal and written communication and organisational skills
  • You’ll have excellent attention to detail, along with the ability to effectively summarise (oral and written)
  • You should be commercially aware (including having some understanding of the role of the Contracts Management function) and be able to bring a professional attitude to colleagues and customers alike
  • You should be comfortable trying new things
  • A candidate who is comfortable working with and understanding the interpretation of financial data would be desirable

During your time on the L&C GDP you will take part in the ‘Passport to Contract Management’ course in your first year and you will undertake the ‘Fundamentals of Contract and Commercial Management’ course run by the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) (usually in your second year). On successful completion of the L&C GDP you will start in a role in the Contracts Management function supporting one of the Thales UK businesses.
Please note that Graduate Development Programme (GDP) activities take place during the working week but may require the investment of some personal time for travel and follow-up activities. You may have the opportunity to travel to Thales and non-Thales sites throughout the UK when participating in GDP activities.

Closing date: Our applications will close at 11.59pm on Tuesday 05 January 2021, this is the only time we will be accepting applications this year. Please note, we will be in contact by the end of January 2021 with details of next steps.

All graduates require full Security Clearance in line with United Kingdom Security Vetting (UKSV) requirements - to gain clearance you will typically need to have been a UK resident for a minimum of five years12 months. As part of this process you will be asked to provide evidence of your identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Security Clearance please refer to

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