Senior Legal Counsel - Maritime

BAE Systems

Location: Osborne

Job Type: Full time


  • Perform purposeful work of national significance
  • Bring your leadership and legal expertise to the largest shipbuilding endeavor in the nation's history
  • Enjoy flexible work practices, engaging work and an inclusive culture where we strive to make every individual feel valued

At BAE Systems we are recognised for delivering projects of global and national significance to our customers and with this we are known for developing some of the most impressive careers.
We currently have an exciting opportunity as a Senior Legal Counsel within our Maritime Australia organisation based at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide, South Australia.
What this opportunity will mean for you?

  • Performing purposeful work where your efforts are recognized in an environment enabling you to thrive
  • World class career opportunities, as our biggest project is YOU! Your success is our success
  • Accessibility to flexible working arrangements that will provide you with balance and a lifestyle that fosters wellbeing
  • Access to our competitive employee benefits program that are designed to better support you: Employee Benefits
  • Being part of a workplace culture that is safe, inclusive and takes pride in their company values

Your new role:
Reporting directly to the Chief Counsel, as the Senior Legal Counsel – Maritime, you will act as a Senior Leader of the legal function, with accountability for the legal support delivered to the Maritime Acquisition and Combat Systems and Integration Lines of Business within our Maritime Business Unit. This includes accountability for legal support to all strategic programs and opportunities within the Lines of Business such as the Hunter Class Frigate Program.
The role directly supports the Delivery Director, Maritime Acquisition and the Delivery Director, Combat Systems and Integration including as part of their respective leadership teams as needed. In more specific terms, you will:

  • Provide legal support to the Company's corporate and strategic activities, including Mergers and Acquisition activity, bids and opportunities
  • Provide legal oversight and support in relation to the Company's legal obligations and commitments including for strategic programs and other opportunities
  • Support the satisfaction and achievement of the Company's regulatory, governance and compliance obligations including security, export controls and business ethics
  • Provide legal support and response for incident and crisis management including safety and cyber security incidents
  • In collaboration with other stakeholders, develop new policy and process in the legal and commercial arena
  • Provide legal support to the Company's bid/tender process and related teaming and subcontracting activities
  • Support negotiations with suppliers, contractors and customers to ensure the Company's legal interests are best protected
  • Provide legal support to the Company's property requirements including lease and acquisition/disposal transactions
  • Providing legal support to managing the Company's intellectual property rights & obligations
  • Participate in industry, customer, and Department of Defence working groups on matters of relevant interest
  • Provide leadership, development and support to a small team

About you:
As an applicant for this opportunity, you'll have:

  • Relevant extensive experience at a leading law firm (or equivalent in-house experience)
  • Formal Legal qualifications, including admission or eligibility for admission, as a solicitor in an Australian State or Territory
  • Extensive experience in dealing with a range of complex commercial contracts and arrangements, in particular complex procurement, construction or infrastructure project contracts
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of regulatory and compliance matters relevant to a defence or manufacturing business, contract law and commercial issues
  • Knowledge and practical experience of Australian Export Control and Security regulations and business risk management and crisis and incident management response and support (desirable)
  • Demonstrated leadership experience to support, develop and motivate a small team

Whilst not essential, extensive knowledge and practical experience of Australian defence procurement and contracting would also be highly beneficial.
As Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain appropriate clearance.
Further information regarding clearances is available at:
Applications can be addressed to: Leah Golias and made online here. Confidential enquiries are welcome via email:
Our culture:
You will be joining a culture that truly cares about your wellbeing. Diversity and inclusion is at the top of our agenda. We are striving to create an inclusive culture where the voices and talents of every individual are valued and everyone has a sense of belonging.
We welcome applications from all people regardless of sex, gender identity, race, ethnicity, disability, pregnancy, age, or other lived experience.
We are also proud to be recognised as an employer of choice for women by WORK180
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