Legal Counsel, Operations, Customs Legal

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    16 hours ago
  • Category:
    Govt Jobs
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Legal & courts
  • Location: Auckland
  • Date Advertised: 16-MAR-20
  • Job Reference: 32473
  • Job Title: Legal Counsel, Operations, Customs Legal
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New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa protects New Zealand against threats to the border. Do you want to make a positive difference to the protection of New Zealand’s border from serious threats, the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel, and the collection of customs and excise revenue on behalf of the Crown?

Reporting to the Chief Legal Counsel, Operations, we are looking for a Legal Counsel to join the Legal Operations team, based in our Auckland office.

You will work across many exciting legal areas affecting Customs, including law enforcement, national security, drugs and other prohibited goods, and tax/revenue collection. The Legal Operations team provides legal advice on use of powers, human rights, revenue collection, and information sharing.

Working as part of a supportive and engaged legal team, committed to encouraging career development, you will work to achieve results and enjoy using your initiative, judgement and experience. You will provide expert advice on a wide range of legal matters affecting Customs and ensure the delivery of high quality advice and professional service.

Join this friendly and supportive team of qualified legal counsel and develop your skills in an enjoyable intellectually stimulating environment.

 To be successful as a Legal Counsel you will:

  • have excellent legal research, statutory interpretation, and opinion writing skills;
  • build strong relationships to work in partnership with officers, managers, other government departments, and external partners;
  • currently hold or eligible to hold a New Zealand practising certificate; and
  • have, one or more years post qualification experience and a genuine interest in customs law and revenue legislation.

Joining Customs

To join Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa in any role you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident*. Because of the nature of Customs’ work, you must have a clear Police record. Organisational security clearances are mandatory and are, conducted by Customs before job offers are, made. You are also required to pass a drug test. 

To express your interest on line please apply now by submitting a CV and Cover Letter that demonstrates your ability to meet the competencies required for the role as outlined in the position description. If you have any questions about the role please contact Suzanne Leahy at

Applications close at 5pm, 31 March 2020.

New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa is a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. We provide equal employment opportunities and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role.

New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa also supports flexible working arrangements. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your flexible working requirements.