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Supervising Lawyer (Vpsg5)

Victoria Police - Melbourne, VIC

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About the role:

A fixed term (part-time) specialist legal in-house role has arisen in the Commercial Law unit of the Legal Services Department which comprises a broader team of in-house lawyers. The position has the potential to be extended beyond the designated term.

The Commercial Law unit is responsible for drafting, developing and settling complex commercial documentation and provides concise, written and verbal advice on a range of commercial and contract matters, including associated policies.

As a Supervising Lawyer and part of a small team, you will be required to work autonomously, have initiative to propose practical solutions to internal staff and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. You will be required to have strong contract and negotiation skills to advise internally and be able to represent Victoria Police's interests to a variety of external stakeholders, including Government agencies and private enterprise.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Drafting contracts, deeds, memoranda of understanding and all other forms of agreement involving legal input
  • Reviewing all written engagements with third parties to protect Victoria Police's interests
  • Providing legal advice on all Victoria Police procurements, including Expressions of Interest, Requests for Quote and tenders
  • Providing written and verbal advice on areas specific to Victoria Police such as compliance with legislation governing law enforcement data
  • Instructing, monitoring, overseeing and approving the engagement of external legal providers including the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office on various matters where independence is required
  • Advising on contractual disputes and their settlement
  • Advising on legal risk and compliance issues
  • Assisting Victoria Police staff to negotiate legal aspects of contracts or with tenderers' commercial or legal advisors
  • Providing concise verbal and written advice on Victoria Police associated policies

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Proven ability to provide authoritative legal advice, illustrating professional leadership on complex matters
  • Strong negotiation skills, including skills to resolve contract disputes
  • Strong knowledge of contract law
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical, interpersonal and written communication skills

Requirements and relevant information:

  • An unsupervised practising certificate with at least three to five years' post qualification admission experience.
  • Please note this is a 0.4FTE fixed term position until 9/11/2021 with the potential of extension. Flexible working hours are available.
  • This position is based at the Victoria Police Centre, 311 Spencer St, Docklands.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • This position may require you to work outside normal hours.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • As a member of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office within a Division for a particular advertised opportunity. However, given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department. This supports the Department's commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • A copy of your current unrestricted practising certificate
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.

Applications close midnight, Sunday 22 March 2021.

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; the Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic), Job Skills Exchange (JSE) website or Seek.

Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

For further information on this role please contact: Richard Ellis on (03) 8335 7168 or via email richard.x.ellis@police.vic.gov.au.

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au or on (03) 8335 8081.

About Us:

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. 

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/vps