Senior Legal Manager - Infrastructure

Job Title: Senior Legal Manager - Infrastructure
Contract Type: Permanent Recruitment
Location: Newcastle
Reference: 403798
Contact Name: Louise Mann
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 09, 2021 15:00

Job Description

About the company 

Port of Newcastle is Australia’s deepwater global gateway, the largest on the nation’s East Coast. It is more than a port. It exists to build Australia’s prosperity with responsible, integrated and innovative supply chain solutions. Port of Newcastle enables Australian businesses to successfully compete in international markets. The port currently handles 4,400 ship movements and 164 million tonnes of cargo annually. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the future prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia. As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible future.
About the opportunity

We are seeking a Senior Manager Legal (Infrastructure) to manage Port of Newcastle’s day to day legal activities across the infrastructure portfolio and provide significant input at a strategic level.
Reporting to the Chief Commercial Officer (also General Counsel and Company Secretary), this is a highly visible and integral role that requires exceptional leadership, commination and influencing skills.
Responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Improving the legal and commercial acumen of the Port of Newcastle business and allowing it to deliver on its ambitious growth capex program

  • Managing a small team of in-house legal professionals, leading to deliver optimal outcomes

  • Contribute to strategic direction in the infrastructure and operation functions in line with Port of Newcastle’s corporate strategy

  • Manage legal compliance, contributing to revenue growth, by advising on agreements, contracts, operations and claims

  • Provide timely, balanced legal advice on a range of matters, whilst addressing risk, revenue growth and

  • Engage and build strong working relationships with a range of senior stakeholders across the business and externally

About you

We are seeking a senior legal professional who has:

  • At least 10 years pqe preferably with a leading law firm and some experience in-house

  • Experience with large complex infrastructure, energy or transport organisations

  • Extensive experience across major projects, construction and operations and preferably with some experience in property, environment and planning 

  • Ability to establish a new team and form strong collaborative arrangements across a business leveraging transdisciplinary skills and driving creative outcomes

  • Proven ability to lead a legal team consisting of internal and external counsel

  • Ability to work across multiple work streams

  • Outstanding communication (written and verbal), negotiation and influencing skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a strategic and operational capacity

  • Proven ability to establish a customer focused, commercially astute, culture

  • Superior organisational skills and the ability to thrive in a dynamic environment

  • Proven ability to engage effectively with Executive teams

  • Recognised by professional colleagues as a thought leader

  • Ability to increase the skill level of the general business through tailored and effective training and education programs

How to apply

Click "Apply" to submit your covering letter and CV. To learn more about key responsibilities, company culture and associated benefits of this opportunity please click here to download a copy of the Success Profile Pack or alternatively contact Louise Mann today on 0403416134 or for a confidential discussion.
Applications Close date: 28 November 2021
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