ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Intellectual Property Specialist - Comvita - Bay of Plenty

  • Unique in house IP opportunity with global iconic New Zealand brand
  • Protect and leverage our intellectual property from the hive to the consumer
  • Based in Paengaroa in the beautiful Bay of Plenty

Comvita was founded in 1974 by two New Zealand beekeepers, Claude Stratford and Alan Bougen. Today, more than 40 years on, we are world leaders in Mānuka honey. Comvita’s renowned Mānuka honey is independently certified by the UMF™ Honey Association to ensure the quality, purity and authenticity of every drop.

At Comvita we are passionate and courageous people who believe deeply in what we do and why we are doing it.  We are a hardworking, diverse network who genuinely care for each other and the wellbeing of our customers. We also have a supply chain which includes our Mānuka Plantations and Kiwi Bee, one of the largest beekeeping operations in New Zealand, store fronts, global subsidiaries and distributors.


About the role

Reporting to our Head of Legal you will have a specialist role and autonomy to contribute your skills across our diverse business. You will have the opportunity to learn and support commercial and legal processes, you will also:

  • Lead the delivery of the Intellectual Property strategy for Comvita
  • Drive end-to-end Intellectual Property management, including trade marks, patents, trade secrets, plant variety rights.
  • Build Intellectual Property competency throughout Comvita

  • Ensure IP is an enabler of Market Access strategies
  • Advise on IP implications of contracts and relationships with third parties


About You 

We are looking for a solicitor or patent attorney with Intellectual Property experience, given our industry and the work in this role it's helpful if you have an interest in science or health and ability to read scientific literature. We are also looking for someone who has an understanding of the unique IP challenges and risks in global markets and sales channels. Evidence of an ability to influence others and use your outstanding communication skills to deliver training or build awareness of Intellectual Property is also desirable. In house legal experience is advantageous.

Working with us will offer you the chance for development and promotion across our business. People love working in our Legal Team because the work is diverse, you have autonomy and you get to play a key role in building our health and wellness focused brand. We support personal and professional development and offer a competitive package including a monthly product allowance. 

If you have a passion for IP and want to work for a top New Zealand, publicly listed brand, please apply with a CV and cover letter which details your experience or get in touch with our Head of Legal, Although please note our offices will be closed 20 December to 6 January. 

To apply, please follow this link