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Senior Legal Counsel

New Zealand Customs Service
Job Category:
Legal & courts
Wellington - Wellington
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa | New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) is responsible for protecting New Zealand against threats to the border, facilitating the legitimate movement of people and goods, and collecting customs and excise revenue on behalf of the Crown.

We have an opportunity for a permanent, experienced and highly skilled Senior Legal Counsel to support the provision of expert legal advice on a number of projects across the business.

If you are an experienced Senior Legal Counsel this is an ideal opportunity for you to truly make a difference to New Zealand, while developing your professional skills as part of a team of highly qualified professionals. You will provide expert advice on a wide range of legal matters affecting Customs and ensure the delivery of high quality advice and professional service.

Working as part of a committed and engaged legal team, committed to encouraging career development, you will work to achieve results and enjoy using your initiative, judgement and experience. You will enjoy engaging with the business to deliver results and, where appropriate, mentor less experienced colleagues to support their development in role.

 To be successful as Senior Legal Counsel you will:

  • Be a qualified lawyer with at least 5 years relevant post qualification experience
  • Have experience working in a government or relevant commercial environment. 

And be able to demonstrate that you can:

  • Lead the provision of high quality legal advice
  • Achieve results both within a team and independently, showing a high level of initiative and judgement, flexibility and a sense of responsibility
  • Communicate with influence. 

Joining Customs

To join Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa in any role you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident*. Due to the nature of Customs' work all candidates must have a clear Police record. Organisational security clearances are mandatory and are conducted by Customs before job offers are made. Successful applicants are also required to pass a drug test.

(*) you need to have continuously resided in New Zealand for the last 5 years, or in one or more of the following countries: Australia, Canada, United Kingdom or United States. You must have a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service towards a recommendation of suitability for security clearance at a higher level.

To express your interest on line please apply now by submitting a CV and Cover Letter that demonstrates your ability to meet the competencies required for the role as outlined in the position description.  If you have any questions about the role please contact Suzanne Leahy, or Rebecca Jonassen,  

Applications close at 9am Thursday 25 July 2019.

New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa is a member of Diversity Works New Zealand and is committed to developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace.  We provide equal employment opportunities and welcome applications from everyone who can meet the requirements of the role.

New Zealand Customs Service | Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa also supports flexible working arrangements. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your flexible working requirements.



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