ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Senior Legal Counsel - Office of General Counsel - KPMG - Auckland

KPMG is one of the most trusted and respected global professional services firms. Through depth of expertise, clarity of insight and strength of purpose we help our clients solve complex challenges, steer change, strengthen, transition and grow. We are looking for talented people who share our purpose of inspiring confidence and empowering change for our clients, our people and our communities. 

KPMG is focused on fuelling the prosperity of New Zealand. By prosperity we mean shared wealth and lasting wellbeing for all New Zealanders. We believe that by helping New Zealand’s enterprises succeed, the public sector to do better, and our communities to grow, our country will also succeed and prosper.  This is more than a goal - it’s our reason for being.


The opportunity:

  • This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional technology lawyer with outstanding legal skills, a curious attitude and a transformational mindset to join KPMG’s Office of General Counsel team – we’re driven, supportive and will nurture your in-house legal career!
  • You will report directly to the General Counsel and have a high degree of autonomy in providing the full range of legal, governance, risk, compliance and regulatory-related advice impacting KPMG’s operations, with a strong technology and digital delivery focus.


Day to day you will:

  • Draft, review and negotiate a wide range of commercial agreements and complex contracts including non-disclosure agreements, consultancy agreements, master service agreements, supplier agreements, standard terms and conditions of business, engagement letters, software licensing agreements (SaaS, PaaS and IaaS), managed service agreements, data processing agreements, RFPs/tenders, marketing agreements, partnership agreements, hold harmless and reliance agreements, property agreements, operational growth and expansion agreements
  • Provide business-ready, sound and pragmatic legal advice across a variety of subject areas including commercial contracts, corporate law, data protection and privacy law, intellectual property law, consumer protection law and competition law
  • Partner closely with our advisory, managed services, technology, security, risk and compliance teams, as well as other teams including across the business to provide commercially pragmatic counsel and advice
  • Help the firm refine or develop new client offerings, often with a technology component
  • Assist with the implementation of the firm’s government relations and regulatory affairs strategy
  • Advise on potential privacy, data or security-related incidents alongside tech and security teams, including any investigations, notifications and resolution efforts whilst also formulating recommendations for key stakeholders (data governance committee) on subsequent updates to policies and initiatives that champion best practice in privacy and data protection
  • Support the ongoing development and launch of key compliance and governance initiatives focussed on business ethics and delivery of substantive compliance programs including anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, conflicts of interest and independence, health and safety and any other related subjects
  • Project manage the building and continuous improvement of in-house legal assets and tools in the form of standard form agreements, playbooks, contract templates and legal processes, as well as onboarding, implementing and rolling-out legal tech platforms
  • Advise on and manage the resolution of disputes and regulatory matters
  • Partner with colleagues across our global network as/when required on global legal, governance, regulatory and compliance initiatives


What you'll bring to our team:

  • Excellent organisational, project management and critical thinking skills, with an ability to ‘think outside the box’ to present alternatives and solutions to help successfully scale our business and operations
  • Fresh ideas, a passion for innovation and legal operations, with a tech-savvy approach to legal service delivery
  • Well-developed commercial acumen to overlay the legal analysis and an ability to provide business-ready, practical legal advice in line with our risk appetite
  • Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal skills and an ability to adapt communication styles to various audiences, with a focus on breaking down legal jargon
  • Minimum 10+ years PQE in corporate, commercial and technology law, gained at a major law firm and/or in an in-house role, with compliance and financial services experience also viewed favourably
  • Current New Zealand practising certificate
  • End to end contracting skills in commercial and technology law – experience working autonomously with complex MSAs, government contracts, IT/consulting services agreements, complex cloud and/or licensing agreements, statements of work, subcontracts and tender responses.
  • Strong drafting and negotiation skills, with high attention to detail
  • Ability to identify, mitigate and manage risks in a manner that aligns with the organisation’s risk appetite and objectives, while also exercising good judgment in suggesting calculated risks where appropriate
  • A structured, logical and pragmatic approach to complex matters, including designing and building out frameworks to address various matters from inception to roll-out and completion
  • Working knowledge of the legislative and regulatory environment relevant to our business operations
  • The ability to thrive and keep pace in a dynamic and extremely fast-moving environment, in the midst of ambiguity, at a time where service offerings are being reviewed to meet changing needs
  • Flexibility and a team-orientated attitude, as well as the ability to operate independently and proactively manage a high volume of matters and competing priorities
  • The ability to work in a small yet focussed team, while also being able to work alongside colleagues in our global network as/when required
  • Collaborative approach with both internal and external stakeholders across all levels of the organisation (including C-suite), with an ability to bring people together and develop meaningful relationships
  • A good sense of humour, energy and a growth mindset


Life at KPMG

We offer rewarding careers to talented individuals and a range of benefits to help provide holistic support for your work life, whatever your circumstance. As a KPMG employee, we will offer you:

  • Hybrid Working – a mix of working in the office and at home to enhance your work/life balance
  • Flexible leave options, including the ability to purchase additional annual leave
  • Access to ‘[email protected]’ – 18 weeks’ paid flexible leave for all new parents - primary and secondary carers
  • Unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning, with bespoke learning pathways for all employees.
  • Discounts on a range of lifestyle goods and services.
  • Opportunity to join any of our Inclusion, Diversity and Equity networks as a participant and ally.
  • Opportunity to join our Social club and enjoy activities such as cooking classes, painting, quiz nights and more.

We believe diversity of thought, background and experience strengthens relationships and delivers meaningful benefits to our people, our clients and communities. We strive to be recognised as an employer of choice for all, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, generation, flexible work status, family circumstances, sexual orientation or disability and our inclusive culture promotes the development of our people nationwide.


A COVID-19 My Vaccine Pass is required to access KPMG premises and to attend events run by KPMG. We also work within the requirements of our clients regarding vaccinations and other guidelines, when entering client premises and attending client events.  For more information on our COVID-19 Protection guidelines, please visit our website.

To be legally entitled to work in New Zealand, you should be a New Zealand citizen / resident or Australian citizen / permanent resident; or alternatively you must hold a valid work visa for New Zealand. Please check the New Zealand Immigration website for the most up to date information.


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