Commercial Senior Solicitor

Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment

  • Wellington

Salary Competitive
Location Wellington
Consultant Jess Vernal

JobRef 1609640/001

Hīkina Whakatutuki | The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is the lead agency for making it easier for business to work with government. MBIE's purpose is to grow the New Zealand economy to provide a better standard of living for all New Zealanders.

MBIE does this by working with others to help businesses to be more competitive, improving job opportunities and by ensuring quality housing is more affordable. MBIE also has responsibility for New Zealand's managed isolation and quarantine facilities.

As part of the Ngā Pou o te Taumaru Group, MBIE's Legal, Ethics and Privacy Branch is responsible for providing legal advice and expertise to the wider organisation. The Branch is also an exemplar of best practice for both the public service and the wider New Zealand labour and business markets.

Mō tēnei tūranga | About these roles

MBIE is looking for two experienced Senior Solicitors to join its in-house Commercial Legal team.

The key responsibilities in these positions will include:

  • Providing sound legal advice on a range of commercial transactions and issues
  • Drafting and negotiating various commercial contracts
  • Assisting internal and external stakeholders to contribute to MBIE's goals and objectives
  • Leading complex assignments and teams dealing with strategically important issues

You will join a busy and high-performing team where you will be trusted to lead strategic initiatives and engagement with stakeholders.

Mōhou ake | About you

  • At least five years' post-admission experience
  • Experience advising on, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts
  • Ideally, you will have experience in ICT or funding arrangements, however this is not essential
  • Strong relationship management skills and a willingness to assist others
  • Possess the adaptability and flexibility to operate in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • A practicing certificate or eligibility to obtain one

Salary Range (Depending on skills and experience)

Senior Solicitor 1: $112k - $138k

Senior Solicitor 2: $132k - $160k

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment have exclusively partnered with Robert Walters. Jess Vernal is managing the recruitment of this position. For a confidential discussion, please call Jess on 04 471 9756 or email

Robert Walters endeavours to review all applications in a maximum of five working days. If you have not received correspondence within this timeframe please do not hesitate to contact Jess Vernal on 04 471 9756.

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