First listed on: 06 April 2018

General Counsel

  • Are you interested in science and engineering research?
  • Are you an effective leader of a team or legal practice?
  • Join CSIRO, and make a difference.

As the General Counsel you will be a member of CSIRO’s Governance function and will be responsible for leading the Enterprise Legal Team with eight direct reports. You will provide strategic advice on major issues for CSIRO which have a significant legal component and oversee major litigation and dispute resolution matters.

Specifically your responsibilities will include:

  • Leadership
  • Team management
  • Client relationships
  • Practice improvement
  • Continuous development
  • Collaboration internally and externally

Location: Canberra, Sydney or Melbourne preferred
Salary: An attractive salary package negotiable
Reference Number: General Counsel
Term: Three years with the potential to renew

To be successful you will have:

  • An Australian law degree or comparable overseas qualifications.
  • A current Australian unrestricted practicing certificate or entitlement to obtain this.
  • At least 12 years post admission experience in a law firm and/or in-house legal practice.
  • Experience building and leading a high performance legal team and fosters innovative problem solving.
  • Experience building and maintaining strong professional and collaborative working relationships.
  • Knowledge and experience implementing contemporary high-level governance, legal and commercial principles as they apply to large, complex organisations.
  • The ability to drive change and continuous improvement.
  • High levels of oral and written communication.

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Talk to us about how this role could be flexible for you.  Find out more Balance


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To apply: 

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Closing date: 19 April, 2018.

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