In-house Legal Counsel

Job Title: In-house Legal Counsel
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Sydney
Salary: Attractive Salary on Offer
Start Date: 2019-11-20
Reference: JO-1911-13301
Contact Name: Karen Aldrich
Contact Email: [email protected]
Job Published: November 20, 2019 12:00

Job Description

Our Client

Our client is a not-for-profit company that invests in R&D and marketing to increase the long-term profitability of one of Australia's largest agriculture industries, supporting the farmers. They have offices in key markets around the world to help increase the global demand and market access for the product.

Based in the CBD, close to transport our client offers a positive and engaged environment where you are provided autonomy and the ability to make decisions and see the results of your actions, with excellent work / life balance.

About the role

They are seeking to appoint a new In-house Legal Counsel to their team, reporting to the CFO and managing a Paralegal.

The role is a diverse one that will see you responsible for providing legal advice to the Group and to support the business in conducting its activities and operations, re appropriate laws and with a focus on best practice.

One of the key responsibilities will be managing the Group's IP portfolio with a view to protecting its intellectual property assets

You will also manage the privacy framework to ensure compliance and best practice approaches

Key Responsibilities

  • Advice - provide expert and strategic legal advice on a range of matters to the Group at all levels.
  • Support - engage with all levels of the organisation ensuring adequate support is provided by the Legal Team.
  • Decision making - manage all aspects of the Legal Services function including decision making in relation to all legal matters and the processing of all contracts.
  • Management - of Paralegal providing guidance, supervision, support and dealing with escalation. Develop and motivate for success
  • IP - manage legal aspects of The Group IP Portfolio, responsible for all IP policies and frameworks and also identify proactive solutions that the business can implement that will eliminate or mitigate legal and IP risks.
  • Regulatory - provide advice on compliance requirements for all relevant key legislative and regulatory matters globally.
  • Budget - manage the Legal Services budget.
  • Privacy - manage compliance with relevant privacy and data protection laws and regulations, working with IT and Digital Teams to address and manage and investigate incidents of data breaches and cyber security, with appropriate record keeping
  • Governance - advise and implement governance policies in relation to all legal matters (exception employment matters) globally
  • Training - develop, implement and manage all education, training and compliance programs relating to legal matters for all staff (eg. contracts processes, legal drafting and negotiating, privacy, branding and intellectual property issues)
  • Litigation - provide legal support on any litigation that arises against or is brought by the organisation
  • Contracts - draft and negotiate agreements with a range of external parties (both in Australia and internationally) as required to ensure business needs are met.
  • Establish, and update standard contractual templates to be used for the business globally.
  • Relationships - manage advice provided by external lawyers

About You

  • Tertiary qualifications in Law, with LLB Bachelor of Laws minimum
  • Admitted to unrestricted legal practice in New South Wales, Australia and maintain a current Practising Certificate issued by the Law Society of NSW.
  • 5 + years post-admission legal practice expertise
  • Proven experience in a brad range of commercial matters (with for clients or in-house)
  • Previous experience in IP highly advantageous
  • Previous experience in dealing with international affiliates and subsidiaries desirable
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills 
  • Proven capacity to effectively manage time and priorities
  • Ability to liaise with stakeholders at the highest level

There is also opportunity for career progression, due to succession planning for a potential retirement in the next few years

Please apply below with your CV or for a confidential chat, please call Karen on 02 8023 5607 or apply below

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