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Principal Counsel Environment & RMA

  • Be part of a strong in-house legal team
  • Bring your experience in managing the legal risk profile of a large and complex environment
  • Wellington or Auckland location

About us

At the NZ Transport Agency, it all starts with our people. The organisation's performance and success depends on the people who choose to make this a great place to work and make a difference for New Zealand. The Transport Agency has a strong future focus, understanding that new technologies and changing customer expectations mean the transport system we know today will not be the one we deliver in ten years' time.

The Legal Team is here to enable the Agency to meet its strategic objectives by providing solution-focused legal advice and to help the Agency mitigate its legal risks.  In the Environment & RMA team, we provide legal support on the environmental, RMA and property aspects of some of New Zealand's biggest infrastructure projects.

The role

The role of the Principal Counsel, Environment & RMA is focused on providing legal leadership and solution-focused advice on environmental and Resource Management issues in respect of the land transport system.  While the focus of the role is primarily in the environment & resource management space, you'll also provide support across all aspects of property, resource management, environment and planning for the Transport Agency.  You will be responsible for providing specialist legal advice, either direct or outsourced

As well as providing technical legal expertise, in this role, you will support the General Counsel, Environment & RMA in the planning and delivery of the Environment & RMA's strategy and work programme and provide mentoring to the Senior and Legal Counsels in the team.

The work we do is varied and complex, so you will need to be open-minded, solutions-focused and able to think outside the box to find new and innovative ways of working.  We are looking for someone who wants to get involved early and help set up projects for success, as well as navigating through the process. To do this, you'll need to be an exceptional communicator who can build strong relationships with a range of stakeholders.   

This is a time of change at the Agency, and there is an exciting opportunity to be part of shaping the legal team.

What you will bring

To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Experience in managing many of the resource management, property, environment and roading-related legal work in a complex organisation
  • 8+ years of post qualification experience
  • An understanding of the public and administrative law overlay that applies to a Crown Entity
  • Experience in providing support on the development of commercial strategies
  • The ability to connect effectively with colleagues in an environment where there is overlap between the work that teams do
  • Experience in actively managing the legal risk profile of an organisation in a large and complex environment
  • A growth mindset and collaborative working style
  • A strong customer-focus
  • An ability to provide proactive and solution-focused advice that is simple, pragmatic and practical
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • A tertiary qualification in Law
  • Current New Zealand Law Society Practising Certificate


Applications close Sunday 28 April 2019

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To be considered for this position you must have a legal right to live and work in New Zealand.



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