Business Manager (Operations and Legal Practice)

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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Legal
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/JE20032506A
Closing Date: 12-Jul-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 1. Position Description C3111.docx (Word, 438KB)

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

Contact: Seona Banfield
(03) 8335 7199 /

Position Details

About the role:

The Legal Services Department has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Manager to lead and oversee the business and legal operations for the Department. 

Legal Services has in excess of 750 employees (Sworn Prosecutors, Lawyers and support staff), who specialise in delivering quality prosecutorial and specialist legal services to support policing and community safety in Victoria.  Legal Services is divided into five Divisions – Courts & Specialist Prosecutions, Civil Law, Legal Practice (including Crime Lawyers and Discipline Inquiry), Business Operations and the Office of the Executive Director. The selected applicant will lead three distinct portfolios – Budget & Finance, People & Positions and Legal Practice Management.  The role will work closely with a variety of internal and external stakeholders including the Legal Services Senior Management Team, Victoria Police Corporate Units and external Government agencies (including Court Services Victoria, the Department of Justice and Community Safety, Victoria Legal Aid, Office of Public Prosecutions, and the Victorian Government Solicitor's Office). 

Reporting to the Divisional Manager, the Business Manager (Operations and Legal Practice) will provide high quality business and legal practice management support services to Legal Service's employees.  Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, budget monitoring and reporting, management of internal HR personnel / people matters, organisational structure requests, and legal practice management. 

The role will require you to provide authoritative and strategic operations advice and work collaboratively with the Business Operations Leadership Team, Senior Management Group, and a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders.  As the suitable applicant, you will be responsible for leading the continuous improvement and uplift of capacity and capability for a team of business services staff. 

As the successful applicant, you will be an integral part of the Senior Management team, demonstrating effective leadership and providing considered and pragmatic advice.  This role is fast‑paced, within a rapidly‑expanding environment and you will have a strong track record of self‑managing performance and workload, together with experience in contemporary management of diverse and complex issues.   

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

Working collaboratively with both Division and Department Leadership teams, your duties will include:

  • Managing the business services function for Legal Services including the creation and ongoing management of positions, finance & budget monitoring and developing and managing a legal practice administration framework for legally qualified employees.
  • Responsibility for delivering timely, high quality business services support of portfolio projects and initiatives.
  • Initiating and managing negotiations with business participants and stakeholders to meet deliverables.
  • Provide timely, authoritative and strategic advice / solutions to the Department's Senior Management Team on resource and financial management matters.
  • Write informative, concise reports that provide recommendations, options and solutions on highly-complex and sensitive issues.
  • Procurement, Contract Management and Annual Planning activities.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Relevant experience in business operations and legal practice management, supporting by recent experience in large and/or complex organisations.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement and communicate continuous improvement and innovation for operational processes
  • Proven ability to build respectful and effective relationships across the organisation
  • Advanced communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to influence diverse stakeholder groups across all levels, and affect change across Legal Services
  • Demonstrated experience in leading, coaching and developing a multi-functional team.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • One (1) x full-time, ongoing position available.
  • Position location, Victoria Police Centre, 311 Spencer Street, Docklands.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • In accordance with the Acting Chief Health Officer's Direction – COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, you are required to be fully vaccinated (this includes a booster vaccination) and your employment with Victoria Police is subject to proof of vaccination.
  • 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, Tuesday 12 July 2022.

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

For further information on this role please contact: Ms. Seona Banfield on (03) 8335 7199 or via email No recruitment agency calls 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) 8335 8081.

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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