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Meet James Murphy

Commercial Contracts Manager

I joined SMD in 2012 as a Commercial Officer, having gained a degree in Commercial Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and having worked as a Contracts Specialist in one of the country’s largest banks.

My current role

After developing in the role and gaining valuable experience of SMD, our customers, our suppliers and the industry we operate in, I was promoted to Senior Commercial Officer and then, more recently, Commercial Contracts Manager.

What I do

We provide legal, contractual and commercial advice and support to all areas of the business. Our main responsibilities include the review of tenders and RFQs, drafting and negotiating contracts and evaluating and managing legal and commercial risks over the course of our projects’ lifecycles. I work closely with our Project Managers and Senior Management Team to identify, manage and mitigate commercial risks within our contracts and across the business more generally.

What I love

I could be drafting a collaboration agreement for a cutting-edge innovation project one moment, then flying to Asia for a face-to-face negotiation for a multi-million pound equipment sale the next. It’s always rewarding to see your hard work pay off when a customer takes delivery of equipment you have been a part of. Having been with the company for over ten years, I can personally vouch for SMD’s focus on nurturing employees so that everyone performs at their best and are afforded opportunities to progress. The atmosphere is also warm and friendly, with everyone treating each other with respect. It’s an exciting time to be working at SMD, as we continue to grow as a business and develop innovative new products, opening up new markets and opportunities.

The atmosphere is also warm and friendly, with everyone treating each other with respect.

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