We are a national finance team consisting of 12 partners and over 20 associates.
We have a balanced practice but our principal client base comprises UK clearing banks, ABL lenders and a range of international banks and UK funds. We also act for a wide range of corporates, real estate developers and private equity funds supporting their fund-raising needs. We are on the bank panel for most of the UK commercial lending banks and a number of other lenders.
We are seeking to recruit a panel contract manager to support partners with day to day management of our panel relationships, ongoing issues of compliance with panel contracts and supporting the development of our panel relationships. Many matters you will be dealing with are time sensitive and we must have the capability to respond to them quickly. You will already be expected to have a degree of experience and expertise in the fields identified below.
Duties & Responsibilities
This role will include the following tasks:
- maintenance and updating the Hellios SQS on behalf of the firm (the SQS is used as a supplier information portal by clients including Lloyds Banking Group, Metro Bank, Santander, Shawbrook and other clients and potential clients);
- responding to panel information requests;
- managing panel audits and follow up requirements;
- ensuring reporting procedures are in place and followed in order to comply with panel obligations;
- providing internal guidance, summarising and ensuring processes are in place for compliance with panel obligations;
- maintaining and auditing departmental internal policies, particularly those required as a result of panel appointments such as the clear desk policy and the Banking and Finance Unit Lexcel annexure;
- training the team on risk areas, policies and compliance matters;
- delivery of regular and ad hoc management information reports to clients;
- co-ordinating requests for client training as part of our ‘added value’ obligations;
- preparing internal reviews and reports on panel terms;
- using panel information to maintain a BFU “pitch-book” and deal register, liaising with marketing department to ensure regular issue of deal alerts and maintenance of up to date information of expertise and sector experience; and
- engagement with panel contacts appointed by our clients to manage our appointment to the relevant panel to identify areas for improvement and potential development.
Key Skills & Experience .
It is important that the candidate is outgoing and enjoys developing a working relationship with our client base as well as working together with a wider team as that is how we operate and we have an open plan office. We expect that the candidate will be capable of building his/her own client relationships over time.
Whilst legal qualifications would be beneficial, the right candidate need not necessarily be a qualified solicitor. However, they would ideally have experience working in the professional services sector. This could be as a lawyer, banker, accountant, risk manager or otherwise.
The role could be full time or part time although we are confident we have sufficient work to supply a full time person. The role would be based in Manchester or Birmingham and could involve an element of job-sharing. Some element of remote working can be considered. Occasional travel to other UK offices and in due course to meet with lenders’ panel relationship and procurement team (mostly based in London but with an increasing regional reach) would be required.
He/she will also demonstrate the following attributes:
- excellent commercial acumen
- experience in procurement of professional services
- good face to face, business development and negotiation skills
- ability and willingness to learn
- attention to detail
- organised with time and documents
- an understanding of IT and information security needs of a modern business
- good IT skills
- discretion and professionalism