ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Legal Adviser Commercial (Senior or Principal) - GCSB - Wellington

Legal Adviser Commercial (Senior or Principal)

The GCSB Legal Team is seeking a high-performing commercial lawyer to provide reliable legal advice whilst navigating commercial situations that are complex and unique.

We can't reveal all the details of what you'll get to work on, but it will be challenging and cover a wide range of commercial matters and projects, including those of the utmost sensitivity. Ultimately, you'll work with a purpose at the heart of national security, protecting Aotearoa New Zealand and New Zealanders.

We're looking for someone, at either the senior or principal level, who can provide high-quality legal advice, is commercially astute and comfortable providing advice at all levels of an organisation including senior leadership team members. At the senior level you will have at least 8 years' post-qualification experience and at the principal level you will have at least 10 years post-qualification experience.

With strong experience in commercial law, you'll be able to accurately and concisely apply commercial legal concepts to our unique work, demonstrating a principled and practical attitude to your work. As well as your knowledge and a commitment to the Crown's te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership, you'll be mindful of its impact on GCSB's work and keep up with developments recognising tikanga and te Ao Maori in the law. As a trusted adviser you'll be discreet and reliable, identifying and offering solutions to complex legal problems.

This is an opportunity to work somewhere really different on interesting work in a supportive, fun and highly collaborative team environment.

Join us and we'll give you access to professional development opportunities aimed at taking your career in the direction you want it to go. You won't stand still with us as we're committed to ongoing learning and continuous improvement.

We're also committed to your wellbeing.  We want our people to be the best they can be, both at work and at home.  We offer our people comprehensive benefits, access to staff networking groups, flexible working and great work-life balance.



Band I $115,729 (90%) - $147,876 (115%) , Band J $136,628 (90%) - $174,580 (115%)
Midpoint of the salary range (100%) reflects full competence in the role. 



To view position description and apply online, click here.

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