Principal Legal Counsel | Burwood East

Principal Legal Counsel

Posted on 15-Mar-2019
Application Close Date: 31-Mar-2019
Burwood East
Position Type:
Fixed Term - Full Time
Job Reference:
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Job Specification

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  • Experienced Legal Professional to support internal stakeholders with expert legal advice
  • Support your community and the emergency services
  • Newly created position working with major commercial contracts


About ESTA

ESTA is the critical link between the Victorian community and the state's emergency services agencies and it partners with the agencies to improve service delivery to the community. It provides Victoria's 24-hour emergency call-taking and dispatch services for police, fire, ambulance and VICSES and manages the provision of advanced, operational communications for police, ambulance, fire services and the SES.  Its vision is to be a high-performing team trusted by the community and our partners to deliver the right emergency response. And its central goal is to save lives and prevent harm through speed and accuracy in emergency operations.


About the role

The Principal Legal Counsel will support the Executive Leadership Team at ESTA. The role will act as the sole in-house legal counsel to ESTA by providing strategic decision making and managing risk across the organisation. 

This position will provide expert legal advice on a broad range of complex legal issues to internal stakeholders of all levels. The role will also have particular focus on providing legal advice to project delivery teams responsible for major IT and telecommunication services contractual agreements.

The variety and challenge in this role will come from the following duties. You will: 

  • Provide expert legal advice within commercial law, public law, governance and litigation
  • Create and negotiate commercial agreements for goods and services
  • Identify legal risks and seek potential solutions  
  • Support the Executive Leadership Team by contributing to strategic decision making
  • Monitor legal practices within the organisation and contribute to improvement initiatives
  • Manage outsourcing of external legal services
  • Promote the vision and goals of ESTA internally and externally


About you

  • To be considered for this fantastic opportunity, you will have the following:
  • An Australian practising certificate under the Legal Profession Uniform Law, Victoria (holding or eligible to hold)
  • Demonstrated experience, desirably within Government, providing commercial legal advice at a senior level
  • An ability to formulate and implement solutions to meet business needs
  • Experience in influencing and liaising comfortably with senior levels of an organisation
  • A high level of judgement to be able to manage the resolution of legal issues
  • Excellent written communication skills within legal documentation and complex legal issues
  • An ability to work effectively within tight timeframes and manage multiple projects simultaneously


What we can offer you 

  • A job that's challenging and exciting
  • A role that makes a vital contribution to the Victorian community through a high-performance workforce
  • Belong to a connected and highly supportive team
  • Competitive pay and benefits
  • Flexible working arrangements to work around our business needs and your lifestyle 


How to Apply

Applicants should prepare a statement outlining their expression of interest.   This statement should outline why you are interested in the role as well as addressing the selection criteria outlined in the position description.

Click the 'apply' button to be taken to ESTA's online application portal.   

Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 31st March 2019.

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