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Attorney-General Vacancy N.N. 10743502
Australian Government Solicitor Closing date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Job Title: Senior Executive Lawyer
Division: Australian Government Solicitor
Branch: AGS Commercial
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Sydney - NSW
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Agency Website:

Job Description


Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) is the Australian Government’s central legal service and part of the Attorney-General’s Department. It is a centre of excellence and expertise in areas of law of importance to the Commonwealth and in managing complex, systemic and precedential issues for the Commonwealth. AGS has offices in every capital city and a complement of approximately 370 lawyers who practise principally in the areas of: public law; dispute resolution and law enforcement; and commercial law.

AGS is a self-funded fee-for-service Commonwealth trading enterprise competing in the market for the great majority of its work. Our lawyers have time recording responsibilities and billable targets. We have a strong focus on providing excellent legal advice and representation, outstanding client service and on being effective and efficient in our business operations.

AGS Commercial has more than 60 lawyers around Australia who specialise in providing commercial and property-related legal services. Our dynamic practice supports some of the Commonwealth’s most high-profile and complex national projects and our services range over large-scale procurements, tenders and contracts, probity and legal process, ICT projects, intellectual property, grants and funding, media and communications, environment and resources, construction and infrastructure projects and property and leasing.

For further information about AGS and AGS Commercial please visit our website

About the role
AGS Commercial is seeking applications for an ongoing Senior Executive Lawyer (SESB1) in our Sydney office.

The successful applicant will take on senior professional and leadership responsibilities in Commercial’s Sydney/Brisbane team, demonstrating high quality expertise in general commercial law. They will have excellent business development skills with a track record of building their own significant commercial practice through proactive business winning activities and development and maintenance of strong client relationships.

You will also be an excellent manager and supervisor who invests in supporting the career progression of more junior lawyers. You will work closely with Team Leaders, National Mangers, and the most senior lawyers across AGS to deliver superior legal service and value for money to clients. You must be able to work as an effective member of a project team with other AGS lawyers and with senior clients.

The position operates at a strategic level in a complex environment under limited direction and exercises AGS Senior Executive Lawyer (SEL) legal and financial delegations.

The successful applicant will hold a tertiary legal qualification (with a strong academic record), be admitted to practise law in Australia and possess the following skills and experience:

• substantial practical experience working on significant and complex commercial transactions
• substantial post admission experience in commercial practice for Commonwealth government clients is essential
• proven ability to make a significant contribution to the business success of Commercial including actively engaging in marketing and business winning, as well as identifying emerging business opportunities and supporting delivery of new legal services to clients
• substantial experience in strategically managing a legal team and demonstrated capacity to provide leadership, supervision and mentoring which supports the development and retention of high performing lawyers working in a competitive business environment
• demonstrated experience in drafting a wide range of contracts and other commercial documentation, including procurement documents
• demonstrated ability or commitment to making a significant contribution to commercial business success of the practice group, including achievement of personal revenue expectations
• demonstrated ability to ‘think outside the box’ to develop original, innovative and practical solutions for clients
• extensive legal, analytical and problem solving skills and negotiation expertise.

For further information about the requirements of this Senior Executive Lawyer position, please refer to the role description which is available on our recruitment portal.

This is an ongoing full time role at the Senior Executive Lawyer (SESB1) level.
Salary will be negotiated with the successful applicant depending on their skills and experience.

How to apply
To apply for this role please visit our recruitment career website for details.

If you wish to express interest in this opportunity please provide:

• a covering letter (maximum of 3 pages) demonstrating the extent to which you have the skills and experience required for the role as set out above
• your CV, which should include date of admission
• your academic transcript for your tertiary law qualification.

Closing date
Applications close 14 February 2019.

Further enquiries
Further information can be obtained by contacting Katy Grimes, National Manager, Commercial on 02 6253 7513 or Adrienne North, Human Resources Business Partner on 03 9242 1465.


To apply for this role you must be an Australian citizen. Successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the appropriate level (usually Negative Vetting 1 or higher).


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

To Apply

Position Contact: Adrienne North, 03 9242 1465
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS05-Thu - 31 Jan 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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