ILANZ, In-House Lawyers Association of New Zealand


Legal Counsel, Infrastructure Services - Ventia - Auckland


You will be joining a business that is the combination of two major Infrastructure Services organisations who have recently merged. Along with the challenge to your skills and knowledge that is presented by the associated business integration activities, the growth agenda of the new entity will provide even more variety to your already very diverse scope of work. As the only member of the legal team who is based in New Zealand you will be the sole in-house expert on New Zealand specific governance, and you will play a leading role in shaping the way that legal advice and support are delivered to stakeholders within the NZ business.


The Role

Reporting to a General Counsel in Australia and working closely with the New Zealand country manager, corporate governance and compliance will be high on your list of accountabilities. You will operate as a liaison between the business and specialist external legal advisors, interpreting their recommendations and reporting back to the relevant stakeholder with advice on how to proceed. You should be capable of drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and you should also have the ability to review tender documents and provide operational legal support when required. You will collaborate with the People and Culture team in relation to corporate employment or payroll issues that require legal advice and you will build strong working relationships with senior commercial managers, offering support and advice on contractual matters. You will also review and assess complaints and information received in relation to the Code of Conduct.


This role will suit an experienced legal generalist with the maturity and strength to work autonomously, strong interpersonal skills to develop working relationships with a variety of stakeholders on both sides of the Tasman and the technical versatility to deal with a wide variety of legal considerations.


Desired Skills and Experience

  • Appropriate Legal Qualifications
  • Excellent commercial acumen.
  • Previous experience in a large corporate organisation.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Excellent knowledge of commercial law / construction law within the infrastructure sector
  • Risk assessment and risk management skills.
  • The ability to operate autonomously but also collaborate when necessary within the ANZ Legal team


We acknowledge the importance of our people’s diverse experiences, talents and cultures. Embracing diversity and creating inclusion is a key component of our talent strategy. The creation of a diverse, inclusive workforce is central to our ability to unlock potential and enhance our success.

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Position Reference Number: 111357