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/E20041250K
Closing Date: 14-Dec-2023
Salary Range: $106,534 - $128,897
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description.docx (Word, 579KB)

2. Application Form.docx (Word, 628KB)

Contact: Maurice Sanelli
(03) 83357167 or

Position Details

About the role:

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

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and supports flexible working arrangements.

Your duties will include:

  • Drafting numerous types of Contracts, MOUs, Deeds and other forms of agreement involving legal input (including Purchase Order Contracts, Change Requests, Assignments, Abatements, Service Levels, Releases, Indemnities, Sponsorships, Joint Ventures, Hire Agreements, Letters of Intent, Consultancies, Licences, Grants, Letters of Understanding/Agreement/Exchange and Protocols)
  • Reviewing, advise on and settling Intellectual Property and Information Technology contracts
  • Providing legal advice on all Victoria Police procurements, including Expressions of Interest, Requests for Quote and Tenders
  • Providing written and verbal advice on contract creation and departures
  • Approving, instructing, monitoring and overseeing engagements through the Victorian Government Legal Services Panel including the VGSO and other panel lawyers on various matters where independence is required
  • Drafting and settling consent/participant forms, disclaimers, terms of reference and all forms of contract clauses
  • Advising on contract disputes and their settlement
  • Reviewing and settle all written engagements with external parties
  • Advising on legal risk and compliance issues
  • Assisting Victoria Police staff to negotiate legal aspects of contracts
  • Engaging with tenderers' commercial and legal advisors, where necessary, to protect Victoria Police's interests; and
  • Providing advice on associated Victoria Police policies and guidelines.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Significant Commercial Law 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
  • Experience in providing advice to, and influencing, senior clients/ stakeholders
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical, interpersonal, and written communication skills
  • Experience in building strong working relationships with internal and external clients/ stakeholders, particularly at a senior level
  • Ability to work with limited direction, be proactive and deal with uncertainty
  • Strong organisational and time management skills; and
  • Resilience and the ability to deal with continuous work, strict deadlines and multiple competing priorities.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, ongoing position available.
  • The salary range for a VPS5 role is $106,534 to $128,897 as at 1 December 2023 (covering salary ranges VPSG5.1 and VPSG5.2).  Although it is standard practice for selected candidates to commence at the base of the salary range, genuine consideration will be given to a commencement salary within the available range that is commensurate with the successful candidate's knowledge, skills and experiences. This will be subject to negotiations with the Hiring Manager in the course of the selection process and may include the provision of evidence of a higher income and/or supporting documentation (as required).
  • This position is located at Victoria Police Centre, 311 Spencer Street, Docklands.
  • This position requires shift work as indicated in the Position Description (as attached to the advertisement).
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • 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.

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form – the word document (2. Application form) for you to complete and attach to your submission, is attached to the job advertisement.

Applications close midnight, 14th December 2023

Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through one of the following platforms; Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) website, Victorian Government careers website (Careers.vic) or Seek. Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

Current Victorian Government employees must apply via Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE). 

For further information, please contact: Maurice Sanelli, Principal Legal Adviser, Commercial Law on (03) 8335 7167 or No recruitment agencies please.

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 or on (03) 8533 1440.

About Us:

Victoria Police has a dedicated workforce of more than 22,000 employees consisting of police, protective services officers, police custody officers, and public service staff. Each employee plays a vital role in providing the 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and public safety capability the organisation delivers to its community. As a Victoria Police employee, you have a dedication and commitment to community safety. 

Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve is important to Victoria Police. We want to attract and retain people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities, and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply as we celebrate the benefit that diversity brings to our employees, our services, and our community.

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