Supervising Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/20022916B
Closing Date: 06-Jan-2019
Salary Range: $95,275 - $115,276
Job Duration: Ongoing
Attachments: PD C3284.docx (Word, 431KB)
Job Specification

VPS Application Form - Supervising Lawyer.docx (Word, 641KB)
Self Assessment

Supervising Lawyer Role Statement.doc (Word, 140KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Maurice Sanelli, Principal Legal Adviser
(03)9247 6785 or

Position Details

About the role:
A specialist legal in-house role has arisen in the Commercial Law Unit of the Legal Services Department which comprises a broader team of in-house lawyers.

The Commercial Law Unit is responsible for drafting, developing and settling complex commercial documentation and provides concise, written and verbal advice on a range of commercial and contract matters, including associated policies.

As a Supervising Lawyer and part of a small team, you will be required to work autonomously, have initiative to propose practical solutions to internal staff and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders. You will be required to have strong contract and negotiation skills to provide internal advice and be able to represent Victoria Police's interests to a variety of external stakeholders, including Government agencies and private enterprise.

Your duties will include:

  • Drafting contracts, deeds, memoranda of understanding and all other forms of agreement involving legal input.
  • Reviewing all written engagements with third parties to protect Victoria Police's interests.
  • Providing legal advice on all Victoria Police procurements, including Expressions of Interest, Requests for Quote and tenders.
  • Providing written and verbal advice on areas specific to Victoria Police such as compliance with legislation governing law enforcement data.
  • Instructing, monitoring, overseeing and approving the engagement of external legal providers including Victorian Government Solicitor's Officer (VGSO) on various matters where independence is required.
  • Advising on contract disputes and their settlement.
  • Advising on legal risk and compliance issues.
  • Assisting Victoria Police staff to negotiate legal aspects of contracts or with tenderers' commercial or legal advisors.
  • Providing concise verbal and written advice on Victoria Police associated policies.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • An unsupervised Practising Certificate with at least three to five years' post qualification admission experience.
  • Proven ability to provide authoritative legal advice, illustrating professional leadership on complex matters.
  • Strong negotiation skills, including skills to resolve contract disputes.
  • Strong knowledge of contract law.
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical, interpersonal and written communication skills.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • Shift and weekend work may be required as determined by Victoria Police operational requirements will be paid in accordance with the Victoria Police Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2016.
  • As of 1 January 2019 the VPSG5 salary range will be $96,942-$117,293.

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement


Applications close midnight, Sunday 6 January 2019 - No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role please contact: Maurice Sanelli, Principal Legal Adviser, Commercial Law, on (03) 9247 6785 or via email

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email

About Us:
Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. 

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