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Senior Construction Solicitor - Auckland OR Christchurch

NZ Ministry of Education
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Legal & courts
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

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  • Permanent - Fulltime (Flexible working options available)
  • Be part of one of the largest and busiest construction portfolios in New Zealand
  • Join a legal team driving innovation and document automation
  • This is a dynamic time to be part of the construction industry and the Crown's infrastructure programme. 

Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About Us

Education Infrastructure Service (EIS), a part of the Ministry of Education, creates and supports safe, healthy, inspiring and ICT enabled learning environments. EIS manages the Crown's second largest property portfolio of around 2,500 schools with a book value of $17.8 billion, is responsible for the largest payroll in the country, and transports over 100,000 students to and from school each day.

EIS has a significant pipeline of on-going construction work and is a leading entity in its involvement with the construction industry, infrastructure development and construction litigation in New Zealand.  EIS also leads a programme of advanced construction contract automation and strives to drive efficiency in its contracting processes.

About the role

The Senior Construction Solicitor role sits within EIS Legal and services multiple business units within EIS including Capital Works and Procurement.  You will play an integral role advising on legal issues on nationwide construction projects with a focus on major works and complex commercial contracting.   You will be experienced, confident and agile and work with the EIS Legal Director and team to support the future pipeline of infrastructure works and the Ministry's role in the construction industry. 

Please note that there is more information in the Job Description attached.

About you

To be successful in this role, you need to be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Current practicing certificate and at least 5 years PQE
  • Extensive experience in construction law and contracts, with expertise in panel agreements, early contractor involvement agreements, NZS and CCCS contracts
  • Ability to assess legal risk and balance with Crown objectives
  • Strong analytical, logical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships across a diverse group
  • Strong advisory capability, with effective written and verbal communication skills.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of the Government Legal Network in one of the largest and busiest property portfolios in New Zealand within a legal team driving innovation and automation in legal operations. 

If you'd like to bring your skills to a rewarding role within an organisation that's continuously reaching goals and striving for a better future for New Zealand, we'd love to hear from you.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the education system.

As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

Please review the Job Description and if this opportunity interests you, and you meet the requirements, apply now using the ‘Apply Online' button. 

For further information please contact Stephanie Phillips at

Applications close midnight - Sunday 28 July 2019.

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