Supervising Lawyer

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/E20034168
Closing Date: 28-Jan-2020
Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052
Job Duration: Fixed term until 6/11/2020
Attachments: 1. Position Description C3284.docx (Word, 432KB)
Job Specification

2. VPS Application Form - 20034168.docx (Word, 642KB)
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Contact: Richard Ellis
(03)9247 3799 or Richard.X.Ellis@police.vic.gov.au

Position Details

About the role:

A fixed term 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 advise internally 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:

  • Draft contracts, deeds, memoranda of understanding and all other forms of agreement involving legal input
  • Review all written engagements with third parties to protect Victoria Police's interests
  • Provide legal advice on all Victoria Police procurements, including Expressions of Interest, Requests for Quote and tenders
  • Provide written and verbal advice on areas specific to Victoria Police such as compliance with legislation governing law enforcement data
  • Instruct, monitor, oversee and approve the engagement of external legal providers including VGSO on various matters where independence is required
  • Advise on contract disputes and their settlement
  • Advise on legal risk and compliance issues
  • Assist Victoria Police staff to negotiate legal aspects of contracts or with tenderers' commercial or legal advisors
  • Provide concise verbal and written advice on Victoria Police associated policies


As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • 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:

  • An unsupervised practising certificate with at least three to five years' post qualification admission experience
  • Please note this is a fixed term (until 6/11/2020) position as the incumbent will be on parental leave.
  • As a member of the Legal Services Department you will be located, on selection, at a specific office within a Division for a particular advertised opportunity.  However, given occasional legal service demand issues you may be required at times to undertake varied work within the Department.  This supports the Departments commitment to a flexible and deployable legal workforce and professional development opportunities in a range of legal domains.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • This position may require you to work outside normal hours.


Your application must include:

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


Applications close midnight, Tuesday 28 January 2020
- No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role please contact: Richard Ellis on (03) 9247 3799 or via email Richard.X.Ellis@police.vic.gov.au.

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 VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au or (03) 9247 5113.

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. 

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: http://www.policecareer.vic.gov.au


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