Senior Lawyer (931317)


Location: New South Wales

Job Type: Full time


About Woolworths Group

Woolworths Group is a food and everyday needs retailer united by the shared purpose of creating better experiences together for a better tomorrow. With more than 1,400 stores across its Woolworths Supermarkets, Countdown Supermarkets (New Zealand) and BIG W brands, and fast-growing eCommerce businesses, Woolworths Group is Australia and New Zealand’s largest retailer. A top 10 company on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Woolworths Group employs more than 180,000 team members and serves more than 20 million customers a week.

  • Newly created permanent role
  • Use your commercial acumen and legal skills to provide strategic and risk balanced legal advice
  • Based in Sydney with hybrid working arrangements

About the Legal Services Group

The Legal Services team supports the entire Woolworths Group. Our team members provide thought leadership and professional and independent legal advice to secure optimum commercial outcomes, manage the company’s risk profile and guide our teams to lead the market. We aspire to the highest of professional standards and deliver great experiences by being highly regarded business partners. We’re outcome focussed and always aim to deliver exceptional advice with a strong commercial and strategic understanding, in line with our purpose and values.

About the Role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Lawyer to join the team supporting our Woolworths Food Company and WLiving businesses. This is a new role which will sit within a high performing legal team responsible for supporting our Woolworths Food Company teams and WLiving teams, including BIG W and Healthy Life. It is a full-time role with great flexibility options available. We connect 2 - 3 days in our Bella Vista and/or Surry Hills offices, with the opportunity to work across our other offices, stores, sites and remotely or from home.

The role represents a superb opportunity to use your commercial acumen and legal skills to provide strategic and risk balanced legal advice, to further develop direct and horizontal leadership capabilities, and to collaborate with the broader Legal Services Team and Woolworths trading businesses across the evolving Woolworths food and everyday needs ecosystem.

You’ll be responsible for advising on a broad range of commercial matters, including:

  • Working with the Woolworths Food Company and WLiving teams, supporting day to day operations and associated regulatory and compliance activity which includes advisory support across a broad range of issues; preparing and negotiating ‘fit for purpose’ contracts; managing and advising on disputes and regulatory issues;
  • Working collaboratively across the broader Legal team to manage regulatory risk across our growing ecosystem;
  • Assisting with the development of training materials and deployment of training modules on legal developments and systems;
  • Managing and mentoring team members; and
  • Preparing internal reports for senior management.

About you

We’re looking for an experienced legal professional who is highly capable, collaborative, passionate and who consistently strives for better ways of working. You’ll have:

  • Bachelor of Laws with 10+ years PQE with a well regarded law firm or/and in house experience;
  • A current Australian practising certificate;
  • experience in commercial contracting, retail operations, wholesale and supply chain operations, and regulatory compliance;
  • superior drafting capabilities;
  • a commercial approach and an ability to negotiate effectively;
  • a willingness to be adaptive to the businesses’ changing needs;

and you’ll need to be:

  • capable of building trusted relationships with internal clients using balanced insights and impactful communication to influence decisions and actions;
  • able to prioritise competing demands and client expectations whilst managing a large volume of diverse matters;
  • able to anticipate and respond to changes in an effective way within a highly dynamic environment;
  • a resilient and collaborative professional who is comfortable dealing with ambiguity;
  • able to identify and solve problems and make the complex simple for clients by framing information and advising in a clear and concise way; and
  • able to demonstrate personal qualities that align with our purpose, values and ways of working.

What is in it for you

  • You will be joining corporate Australia’s largest inhouse legal team of over 100 team members. This scale brings complexity, challenges and opportunities for an extremely rewarding career
  • Having a career with us means you are joining the group that is recognised as a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, Work180 Endorsed Employer for all women along with Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTQ workplace inclusion
  • You will be joining Australia’s largest retailer which is also at the forefront of innovation and modern ways of working
  • Flexibility is valued and supported across Woolworths Group and covers flexible work hours and locations (including working from overseas for up to 8 weeks per year), flexible career opportunities, and flexible leave options
  • Career development sessions, internal networking events and mentorship/leadership programs to grow your career
  • Team member discounts across all Woolworths Group and partner businesses, access to discounts in novated leases, share purchase plans, lifestyle and other attraction discounts
  • Access to a digital platform that offers personalised programs for working parents, carers and people leaders through our partner in Gender Equality and Parental Leave support
  • 4 weeks paid parental leave for all secondary carer’s. Both Primary and Secondary Carers who are employed in full or part time roles, are eligible to access Parental Leave entitlements from their first day of employment


Grow with the Group

As an inclusive, team-first company, our people are at the core of everything we do.

We care deeply about creating a workplace where our team members feel valued, respected and empowered. We are committed to providing equal opportunity regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or life stage. We are proud to be recognised as a Gold Tier Employer in the Australian Workplace Equality Index for LGBTQ+ inclusion and as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

As our Group continues to evolve, innovate and support our communities, we encourage our team members to do the same with their own careers, by providing ongoing opportunities to grow and make a real difference.

We value flexibility, and encourage our team members to work in ways that meet their work/life commitments and support their wellbeing.

We work hard to create a safe and inclusive environment for all, and most importantly, we're all about creating better experiences – for our customers and for each other.

We’d love to hear from You

If you meet a number of the requirements, but not all, we encourage you to submit your application. You can learn more about working with us on LinkedIn or via #LI #work180.

Our Talent Acquisition Team and Hiring Leaders kindly request no unsolicited resumes or approaches from Recruitment Agencies. Woolworths Group is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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