Senior Solicitor

  • Company:
    Govt NZ Jobs
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    4 days ago
  • Category:
  • Job Type: Ongoing – Full Time
  • Category: Legal
  • Location: Wellington
  • Date Advertised: 11-SEP-20
  • Job Reference: MBIE/1481975
  • Job Title: Senior Solicitor
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  • Division:
  • Summary:
  • Seeking experienced commercial and banking and finance lawyers
  • Busy roles with a high degree of client interaction
  • Provision of pragmatic, solutions-focussed commercial legal advice
  • Strong client and stakeholder relationship skills and a genuine interest in understanding and supporting the clients
  • Permanent and fixed-term opportunties, Wellington based


About the roles:

We are looking for a number of enthusiastic and proactive experienced lawyers to join our in-house Commercial Legal team.  

-      A permanent Senior Solicitor to provide support to the Commercial Legal Team on a broad range of commercial transactions, funding agreements and ICT contracts.

-      A permanent Senior Solicitor and two fixed term Senior Solicitors (1 x 12 month and 1 x 6 month) to provide support to the Provincial Development Unit in MBIE including on a range of commercial and funding, lending and investment transactions. 


Please indicate in your application which role/s you wish to be considered for.


About you:

You will have a broad mix of commercial legal experience including in drafting and negotiating a range of commercial contracts.  The PDU focussed roles would also benefit from your banking and finance legal experience including in drafting and negotiating a range of funding, lending and investment contracts. 

You will be a natural relationship builder able to work with clients and other stakeholders at all levels.  We are looking for lawyers with a positive can-do attitude who are comfortable working in a dynamic, fast paced and demanding environment.


Skills and experience:

  • A tertiary qualification in law and a current practising certificate (or eligible to immediately obtain one).
  • A mix of commercial, banking and finance experience.
  • Significant experience in drafting and negotiating contracts.
  • Experience advising on government investment and funding mechanisms advantageous.
  • Ability to provide proactive, commercial and strategic legal advice.
  • Experience in advising on statutory and public law obligations advantageous.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills which allow you to convey key messages and ideas or simplify complex issues suitable to the audience.
  • Strong relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others, in particular by connecting clients with the wider legal branch.


Why work for us

Developing our staff is a key focus for MBIE.  We aim to create a culture where staff are empowered to bring fresh perspectives to issues and to think outside the box.  Being the largest policy shop in NZ, MBIE offers significant opportunity for developing experience across a broad variety of areas. We encourage excellence and proactively support development through on-the-job learning, training courses, conferences and seminars, development programmes, secondments, rotations to other branches and study opportunities.


About the Provincial Development Unit:

The Provincial Development Unit (PDU) in MBIE has been established to be the focal point within Government for regional economic development, and to design and implement the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF).

Via the PGF, central government has committed to investing $1 billion per annum over 3 years in regional economic development with the aim of lifting productivity potential in the provinces. Its priorities are to enhance economic development opportunities, create sustainable jobs, enable Māori to reach their full potential, boost social inclusion and participation, build resilient communities, and help meet New Zealand’s climate change targets.

The PDU currently has a strong focus on supporting regional economies as they recover from COVID-19.


About MBIE

MBIE’s purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders. At MBIE, we look for people who are passionate about New Zealand and enthusiastic about making a positive change to our economy, our people and our safety.  As part of the Corporate Governance and Information Group, MBIE’s Legal Branch is responsible for providing a centre of legal advice leadership and expertise for MBIE, and is an exemplar of best practice for both the public service and the wider New Zealand labour and business markets. 

Our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours. 

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


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

For tracking and evaluation purposes, all applications must be submitted via our on-line process.

Email Jo Smith if you have any further questions.  

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 27th September 2020.