Legal Executive

  • Company:
    New Zealand Customs Service
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    3 weeks ago
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Do you want to make a positive difference to the protection of New Zealand’s border from serious threats including COVID-19, the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel, and the collection of customs and excise revenue on behalf of the Crown? New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa protects New Zealand against threats to the border.

We are looking for an experienced Legal Executive to join the Customs Legal team. This is a new role which has been created to support the needs of Customs Legal and will be based in our Wellington Customhouse.

Customs Legal provides high quality independent legal services, including the development of legislation, administration of border management and trade rules and regulations, legal advice across the organisation, and representation in civil and criminal litigation, across the areas of law enforcement, COVID-19 response, national security, drugs and other prohibited goods, and tax/revenue collection. Two legal teams, each headed by a Chief Legal Counsel, report to the Chief Legal Advisor.

Working as part of a supportive and engaged team that is committed to encouraging career development, you will work and support Customs Legal to achieve excellent results and enjoy using your initiative, judgement and experience.

The Legal Executive supports the Chief Legal Advisor, Chief Legal Counsels and Customs Legal in the practice administration of the Customs Legal. You will divide your time between project planning and implementation of knowledge management projects, assisting with administrative and reporting systems and processes- including continuous improvement initiatives, coordinating case management of matters referred for legal support, and administrative support. You will use your initiative to pro-actively identify needs and respond to requests for assistance.

To be successful as Legal Executive you will:

  • Preferably have a Diploma in Legal Executive Studies or equivalent qualification
  • Have experience working in a government or relevant commercial environment (law firm or in-house legal team) 
  • Knowledge management and project management skills, including gaining an in-depth knowledge of the online tools and processes Customs Legal uses, identifying process and system improvements, and leading change
  • Adaptability to resolve problems, to anticipate people’s requirements and display initiative
  • An enthusiastic and proactive approach to supporting the Chief Legal Advisor, Chief Legal Counsels, and Customs Legal team with the ability to think one step ahead
  • Achieve results both within a team and independently, showing a high level of initiative and judgement, flexibility and a sense of responsibility.
  • Joining Customs

    To join Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa in any role you must be a New Zealand citizen or NZ permanent resident* and reside in NZ at the time of application OR a New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Permanent Resident who has resided in New Zealand for the last 5 years and resides in NZ at time of application, but may have been absent from New Zealand for periods of six or more months within the past five years, preferably in one or more of the following countries: either Australia, Canada, UK or the USA. You will be required to provide overseas police certificates for these periods spent outside of New Zealand.

    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.

    You must have a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service towards a recommendation of suitability for security clearance at a higher level.

    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 11pm Sunday 11 April 2021.

    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.

    Our Benefits

  • Discounted health insurance for permanent staff
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Free in-house gym access
  • Flexible working arrangements.