ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


General Counsel - Group Functions - Fonterra - Auckland

General Counsel – Group Functions

· Unique Senior Leadership opportunity

· Collaboration, innovation, and passion

· Create local and global impacts

Fonterra is a global dairy nutrition company owned by 9,000 farmers and their families, united by a fundamental belief in the power of dairy to make a difference. Every day they enhance people’s lives through convenience, health, and wellbeing by unlocking the goodness of NZ milk. Come and join them on their journey!


About the role

Due to an internal promotion, Fonterra has a rare vacancy on their Legal Leadership team for an experienced General Counsel.

Reporting to the Director of Legal, the General Counsel – Group Functions sits on the Legal Leadership team and leads a small team of senior lawyers providing strategic and commercial legal advice to senior management globally on a range of portfolio specific and wider Fonterra business issues.

This portfolio is extensive and includes legal support for Farm Source (Fonterra’s critically important farmer engagement and services business unit), and Fonterra’s Treasury, Procurement, Capital Structure/Markets, Milk Price, Stakeholder Affairs, Sustainability and Incident Management Team functions. This role is challenging, fast paced, distinctive and highly rewarding, and will suit an accomplished and focused senior general counsel to continue the excellent mahi done to date.


What we’re looking for

· At least 12 years’ high calibre PQE and expert technical knowledge of general commercial and business law

· Extensive experience giving and managing commercial legal advice

· Proven ability to manage risk holistically while driving business results

· Highly developed influencing and stakeholder management skills and sound experience in the management of regulatory and/or liability issues

· Strong people and enterprise leadership skills and experience

· You will have ideally had previous in-house and multi-jurisdictional experience

· An innovative, solutions focused, communicative and collaborative interpersonal style


About the company

Te Mātāpuna toa takitini | Fonterra’s strength is in the collective.

Fonterra is a Co-operative created and owned by Aotearoa New Zealand dairy farmers. Its rich history is built on farming families working together to share the natural goodness of their dairy with the world. Fonterra is a place where everyone can be themselves, feel empowered to do their best and where you will enjoy great career development opportunities and benefits. Fonterra enables flexibility and balance to suit everyone’s lifestyles and choices.


Sound good to you? Come join the whānau. You, me, Us Together Tᾱtou tᾱtou.


How do I apply?

Click HERE.

Alternatively, contact us directly and quote reference number 1282435.


Kathryn Cross BMus LLB
027 700 8049 | [email protected]


Lara Gordon BA LLB
027 349 6352 | [email protected]


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