Senior Legal Adviser – Commercial

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

Job description:

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE

  • Help shape the future for the government procurement programme
  • Be part of a nationally-recognised, high-performing legal team that combines commercial acumen with public law disciplines
  • Work on some of the largest and highest-profile procurement projects in New Zealand
  • Opportunity to support on a varied programme of commercial contracts valued at over $10 billion
  • Permanent position, Wellington based
  • Salary range $132K – $160K

Tēnei tūranga –

About the role:

New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is responsible for bringing to market and managing on behalf of the New Zealand Government an extensive programme of commercial contracts for goods and services to government agencies throughout New Zealand.


NZGP is seeking an outstanding commercial lawyer to provide support and leadership on high-profile, high-value tenders and commercial contracts and in the development of strategic government policy relating to procurement.
We are a legal team with reach and influence across the entire public sector, and were the inaugural ILANZ-Chapman Tripp In-House Legal Team of the Year.

If you are a self-starter, a team player, can quickly get up to speed and gain respect in your client and stakeholder relationships, and have significant experience in procurement projects and commercial contracting then we would like to hear from you. We will consider applications from outstanding candidates at any level who meet the requirements.
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Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana –

Skills and experience required:

  • At least 5 years PQE.
  • Extensive experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on commercial agreements.
  • In-depth understanding of procurement projects.
  • Sound commercial understanding.
  • Good knowledge of public law or a willingness to develop knowledge in this area.
  • A principled, yet pragmatic and solutions-focused, approach to legal issues.
  • The ability and drive to deliver successful outcomes in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • A strong client service ethic and good relationship management skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  • The willingness and ability to work proactively and to assume project management responsibilities.
  • The willingness and ability to mentor more junior Legal Advisors.
  • Understanding of, and experience in, commercial contracts for ICT related goods and services would also be an advantage.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE –

About MBIE:

MBIE’s goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It

Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful’.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono –

How to apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process. Email Paige Haydock quoting ref MBIE/4244 if you have any further questions.

Applications close on Sunday 27th March 2022.

All employees are required to comply with MBIE’s vaccination policy which seeks to protect the wellbeing, health and safety of our people, their whānau and the community. You are required to hold a valid vaccination pass to be employed at MBIE.

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