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Senior Legal Counsel

Townsville, QLD or Perth, WA
Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago


Legal Services Group

Employment Type

Full-time or Part-time, 5-year Fixed Term


AOF Level 6 salary ($130,855 to $147,453 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation

More Information

Closing Date


About this exciting opportunity

This is a pivotal role providing legal support to the Operations program for AIMS’ significant pipeline of major capital and infrastructure projects. You will work across the Legal Services and Operations teams in the delivery of large capital projects, providing legal advice and engaging and managing external advice. You will provide input to procurement processes, project governance and probity and assist with relevant reporting on capital projects.

This is a rare opportunity to work in a purpose-driven organisation where your legal work will make a tangible difference to protecting our precious marine environments for future generations, working alongside world-leading scientists, researchers and operations professionals, and assisting with the development of cutting-edge technology. AIMS’ award-winning legal team is unique in its innovative approach to delivery of legal service and its demonstrated commitment to workplace flexibility. Applicants are welcomed on a part-time, full-time or job-share basis, and all types of flexible working proposals will be considered.

The team is committed to professional development of its lawyers and providing opportunities to expand your expertise well beyond black letter law and contractual advice. The AIMS legal team is always looking to improve its services and welcomes creative and innovative thinkers.


About you

Tertiary qualified in Law and admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia, your extensive experience post admission will reflect your strong commercial acumen and advanced technical legal, negotiation and analytical skills. Your experience drafting and negotiating agreements, producing innovative solutions to complex problems and managing stakeholders will be critical to your success in this role.

Experience supporting capital projects, including legal issues, project management and procurement processes would be highly desirable, as would familiarity with intellectual property principles and management of these assets in a research environment.

You will be a collaborative communicator who gives clear and practical advice on legal issues. You will bring an adaptable, pragmatic and solutions-focused approach. You will connect with colleagues, learn quickly and become a valued business partner within AIMS.


Apply now and join a world leading organisation with attractive working conditions.  In line with our Enterprise Agreement, the successful candidate will be rewarded with:

  • AIMS AOF Level 6 salary ($130,855 to $147,453 per annum) plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Located in Townsville (Qld) or Perth (WA)
  • Full-time or part-time, 5-year Fixed Term opportunity
  • 9-day fortnight (for full-time appointments)
  • Flexible Work Arrangements considered (including remote working where possible)
  • Generous leave provisions
  • Commuter car arrangements to site in Townsville, as well as free onsite gym


Please note:

  1. Non-Australian Citizens must hold an appropriate Visa with working entitlements that allows paid employment with AIMS for the term of the appointment, depending on the relevant Department of Home Affairs current policies.
  2. AIMS strongly encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Whilst it is not currently a mandatory requirement for this role, AIMS reserves the right to review its position and policy on mandatory vaccinations. It may therefore become a mandatory requirement for this role in the future.


Next step:

Further information about this exciting and challenging opportunity is outlined in the Candidate Information Pack which is available to download below. If, after reviewing the position description, which is included in the Candidate Information Pack, you believe that your qualifications, experience and professional capabilities will enable you to successfully the deliver the position responsibilities, we would be very interested in hearing from you.

Below you will also find a link to our Recruitment Application Guide which details the necessity to submit your statements addressing your suitability against the selection criteria within the scope of the position description.


Submitting your application:

Please ensure that you have your completed documents (selection criteria responses, resume and cover letter) ready to attach to your online application form via our e-recruitment system which can be accessed via the "apply now" button below.

Shortlisted applicants may be asked to complete a personal outlook analysis questionnaire using the Birkman Method.


Position enquiries can be directed to Andrew Paloni, Managing Counsel at a.paloni@aims.gov.auApplications must be made through our website per above.


Closing date: SUNDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2023 (midnight, AEST).