45105 Senior Legal Counsel - Plant & Food Research
Science New Zealand
Auckland, NZ
3d ago

About us

At Plant & Food Research, we believe science can create a better future. By finding smarter, greener options today, we're helping secure the world we want to live in tomorrow.

With our partners, we use world-leading science to improve the way they grow, fish, harvest and share food. Every day, we have 1000 people working across Aotearoa New Zealand and the world to help deliver healthy foods from the world's most sustainable systems.

What you will be doing

An experienced lawyer, you will provide quality professional advice to the organisation, including General Managers, Group Leaders, Business Managers in order to facilitate business and mitigate commercial risk.

You will be drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of contracts, creating specialised agreements, advising on non standard agreements and identifying and actioning improvements to meet customer needs in the contracting process.

Working as part of a supportive and engaged in-house legal team, committed to continuous improvement, you will achieve excellent results and enjoy using your initiative, judgement and experience to offer advice to employees and mentor and assist Legal Advisors.

What you will need

  • A minimum of a law degree.
  • Admission, or eligibility for admission as a barrister and solicitor.
  • Minimum seven years relevant commercial law experience, either in a legal practice and / or a corporate environment, preferably both (experience in a CRI is preferred).
  • Expertise in one or more areas to complement and expand the existing team capabilities.
  • High level of skill in drafting and reviewing contracts will be essential, together with experience in contract negotiation.
  • Ability to integrate both scientific, technical and business concepts into agreements.
  • Ability to communicate practical legal advice in a non-technical and concise manner.
  • What you will get

    The opportunity to work within a friendly, team-based environment at our Mt Albert Research Centre, you will contribute to exciting projects with an organisation that has an excellent reputation for its science and impact!

    At Plant & Food Research, we encourage career development and work / life balance and offer excellent employee benefits, including onsite childcare facilities, free car-parking, generous leave provisions and employer contribution to superannuation and subsidised health insurance.

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