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Senior Legal Counsel - Construction

Housing New Zealand Corporation
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Auckland - Auckland
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

  • Full-time, permanent role
  • Based in our Greenlane, Auckland office
  • Annual salary of $129,714 plus five weeks' annual leave

About Housing New Zealand

Housing New Zealand Corporation is a Crown agent that provides housing services for people in need. It isn't just about getting a roof over people's heads - we also work closely with others to ensure our tenants have access to good support services.

Our Values - Kotahitanga - One Team

Housing New Zealand has important work to do and our aspirations are big. We believe that people do their best within an environment of trust, care, contribution, humility and learning. We also do our best when we take personal responsibility to achieve our shared vision and maintain a working environment we are proud of.

The values that drive us are:

  • we trust each other and share ownership
  • we care about each other as people
  • everyone's contribution matters
  • we are humble and genuine
  • we continually learn and innovate.

Legal team

Our Legal team is growing to meet the demands of Housing New Zealand to provide housing for those most in need in our community. We work closely with the Asset Development Group to develop and prepare construction contracts and consultancy agreements for the new build programme along with providing legal support during the construction process.

The role

Our vision is 'Building lives and communities by housing New Zealanders'. To help us achieve this we are currently recruiting for a Senior Legal Counsel who will be providing high quality legal advice and support on a full range of construction matters including all aspects of construction contracts, insurance, bonds, disputes, contract related issues or disputes that arise. We are looking for someone with strong technical legal skills is solution focused, adaptable and a strong communicator.

What you'll need to bring:

  • Experience with preparing and reviewing various forms of NZ construction contracts and consultant agreements and able to act as a technical expert within the team to deal with complex legal matters
  • Excellent drafting skills to assist in the finalisation of construction contracts and consultant agreements and assistance in developing standardised contracts for use with a document automation system
  • Experience providing prompt and commercially focused advice on a range of construction related disputes
  • Proven track record in taking a leadership and mentoring role within the team and the organisation
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with your colleagues in the wider legal team and other internal clients within the organisation
  • A professional attitude with excellent communication skills

What we offer

We offer competitive salaries and five weeks annual leave for all new starters as well as a benefits package including a range of insurances, flexible working arrangements and career development.

These benefits are described in more detail here

We provide a working environment with opportunities for self-development and new challenges. If you'd like to join a team of professionals who are passionate about people, improving the quality of the lives of our tenants and giving something back to the community we would love to hear from you.

To learn more about us and the work we do click here

To apply please follow the online process.

The reference code for this position is 47509GJO.

To see a copy of the position description and apply for the job, go to

To find out more about this opportunity please contact the HR Service Centre at

Applications close at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 22 May 2019.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.

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