First listed on: 01 June 2024

Senior Legal Counsel - Commercial/Contracts

Ready to make a splash in your career? WaterNSW is seeking an experienced Senior Legal Counsel - Commercial Contracts (Full-time, Permanent) to join our team.  

This is an opportunity to work with an essential organisation creating a more sustainable future for the state.  

This role offers the flexibility to work around life, your contribution will be valued, and you’ll be supported to build a rewarding career. 

Our perks and Benefits:

At WaterNSW, we believe that our employees should be as well taken care of as our rivers, dams, and pipelinesthat’s why we offer a load of benefits.  

  • Flexible working  
  • Up to 16 weeks paid parental leave  
  • Fertility leave  
  • Yearly corporate wear allowance  
  • Professional development and educational assistance  
  • Attractive remuneration 
  • And so much more! 

What you’ll do: 

  • Provide strategic and technically sound legal advice to enable WaterNSW to assess legal risks and make sound decisions on complex contractual and commercial matters.
  • Partner with various internal stakeholders through the provision of advice and support in relation to legal and commercial issues, including project delivery.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of commercial contracts for WaterNSW, including IT/software and data sharing agreements, construction, professional services and other procurement contracts and a variety of inter-governmental contracts including funding and service agreements.
  • Advise WaterNSW on project related legal issues, contract interpretation and contractual disputes.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a range of contract templates that support the commercial, operational, and strategic objectives of WaterNSW, and assist in the implementation of the templates across the business including training key staff.

What we are looking for:  

  • Tertiary qualifications in law [with at least 5+ years’ post qualification experience working either in house and/or with a top tier law firm.]
  • Admission as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of an Australian State or Territory (currently holding, or eligible to hold a NSW practising certificate) 
  • Pro-active, agile mindset and strong problem solving and influencing skills.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities in a busy environment.
  • Significant experience in drafting and negotiating a variety of complex commercial contracts.
  • Experience in advising on legal and commercial risks.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise workload independently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework applicable to a State Owned Corporation or other Government entity is desirable but not essential.

How we will support you: 

At WaterNSW, we balance flexibility – and the way we work – with the needs of the business, our teams, and us as individuals.

When it comes to working in an office, we work in a hybrid way. If you’re required to be in the field or on site, the benefits of flexibility can be achieved in other ways, such as through a condensed work week.

We are proud to be a WORK180 Endorsed Employer and are committed to providing equal opportunities for women. Visit ouWORK180 page to access our benefits and career development opportunities 

More about our team/ culture:

No matter how or where you work, safety is the number one priority. This means the physical and mental safety of you, your colleagues, and the public.

WaterNSW operates the state’s dams, capturing and storing water, and then supplying it ready for distribution – for the environment, agriculture, industry and the community. With 41 major dams and hundreds of waterways across the state, we play a vital role at the source of the state’s water, delivering two thirds of all water used in NSW 

We’re the people taking care of the state’s water at the source – capturing, storing, delivering. Find out more at 

For more information, please reach out to: Talent Acquisition Partner Azmine Amer at

Please note applications for this position will close on 17 June 2024.

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