In-House Legal Counsel – New Zealand

Harvey Norman
January 25, 2023
February 21, 2023
Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand Full Time

Harvey Norman New Zealand has an opportunity for an In-house Legal to join our Head Office team based in Manukau. In this newly created role, you will provide timely legal advice to the business around contracts, policies and our legal compliance obligations.

About Us

Harvey Norman was introduced to New Zealand in 1997; since then we have become a household name with over 45 stores nationwide plus offsite warehouses, commercial offices and the Auckland Support Office.

Our diverse team is made up of over 2000 individuals who each bring a uniquely dynamic expertise to the workforce. Harvey Norman continues to grow throughout New Zealand with new stores opening each year and our team grows with us.

About the Role

As well as advise the business on our obligations around consumer legislation and other relevant legislation, some of the key responsibilities of this role will include:

 Provide input into contract negotiation, terms of trade, leases, purchase agreements and supplier terms.

 Develop and manage the HNNZ risk and compliance plan focusing on the consumer, fair trading and privacy regulatory system (“consumer regulatory system”).

 Respond to Consumer Guarantees Act complaints and Disputes Tribunal hearings, coaching senior managers on tribunal appearances and strategy, managing settlements in accordance with delegated authority;

 Manage Privacy breaches and be the trusted partner to the Privacy Officer, forming part of the Privacy Committee. Manage the privacy register and breach reporting system.

 Assist the business with commercial risk management including identifying, quantifying, classifying, recording and assisting with development of risk management plans for significant risks.

 Develop, and provide where required, training for both retail and head office staff in their consumer regulatory system obligations. Lift awareness and skill levels and educate staff in these areas.

 Prepare accurate, comprehensive and timely investigation reports which set out any breaches, together with findings and recommendations made from audits, for relevant managers and the Executive Management Committee.

About You

Our ideal candidate will have:

 Legal qualification with a NZ practicing certificate

 A minimum of 3 years PQE.

 Well-developed knowledge of, and experience in retail regulatory spaces

 Experience in operating as a trusted advisor to senior management.

 Intermediate knowledge in Microsoft Office.

 Ability to understand and apply consumer related legislation including, Fair Trading Act,

Consumer Guarantees Act and Privacy Act.

 Excellent communication skills to suit the audience and ability to build effective relationships

across all levels of the organisation.

Why join Harvey Norman?

Our staff are what make our brand amazing and over the last 25 years have built our business into one of NZ’s leading retailers. Working for a household name does come with its advantages, to name a few:

 Employee benefits such as discounted gym membership, eye care, dental care & banking products.

 Access to EAP Services

 Long service recognition.

 Staff discounts on selected products

We pride ourselves on being a market leader and have a great track record of providing high quality products and outstanding customer service. Here at Harvey Norman we are proud to boast that all our General Managers and retail Store Managers have been promoted from within the business.

This is your opportunity to learn and grow to be one of the best!

Seize this unique opportunity and APPLY NOW!

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