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Director Legal - Construction & Major Projects

Organisation/Entity:  Transport For NSW
Job Category:  Senior Executive
Job Location: 

Chatswood, NSW, AU, 2067

Job Ref No:  45583
Employment Type:  Fixed Term Full-Time
Salary Range:  An attractive remuneration package

About us


Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is the lead agency of the NSW Transport cluster. Our role is to lead the development of a safe, efficient, integrated transport system that keeps people and goods moving, connects communities and shapes the future of our cities, centres and regions. We work with several government agencies to coordinate metro, train, bus, ferry, light rail, road and maritime services, always keeping the safety and comfort of our customers at the heart of what we do.



About the team


The Legal, Privacy and Internal Audit branch is within the Corporate Services division providing strategies, solutions and services that make our clients’ working lives easier and their projects more efficient and effective. Our high-performing legal teams work collaboratively across the organisation, partnering to provide critical legal advice and guidance for sensitive, complex, and legal regulatory matters.



The opportunity


With the goal of delivering ever greater public value for the people of NSW, our Legal branch is undergoing an organisational transformation in response to an unprecedented level of activity with a view to streamlining processes, enhancing the breadth and depth of our internal specialist skill set and investing in our legal operational and practice management capabilities to drive efficiencies.


As a result of this significant transformation, we have multiple 3-year fixed term opportunities for Director Legal - Construction & Major Projects positions. Each role will play an integral part of the specialist Construction and Major Projects team within our Legal branch and have responsibility either for supporting development or delivery teams on specific major infrastructure projects.


Reporting to the Executive Director Legal – Construction and Major Projects, you will be a senior trusted legal advisor responsible for providing solutions focussed independent advice on construction and projects matters to support the achievement of organisational outcomes, minimise legal risk and deliver on our commitment to our customers, the people of NSW.


Joining a dynamic team of inhouse legal experts partnering with senior stakeholders, this is an opportunity for external applicants to move to the client side whilst partnering with senior stakeholders across a variety of exciting mega projects development and delivery. Supported by TfNSW’s genuine flexible work environment, tuned to a healthy work life balance, you will have the option to work in various Sydney based office locations.


Please click here to view a copy of the role description.



About you


  • You will possess a minimum of five years relevant legal experience and be eligible to hold an unrestricted practicing certificate

  • You will be a specialist legal executive with proven expertise as a construction / infrastructure lawyer (either front end and/or back end) from within an in-house legal function of a large, complex organisation or in private practice providing strategic level advice across a diverse client base including public sector / government

  • You will have significant experience in construction and infrastructure project development and delivery which could include experience ranging from advising on contracting models, public procurement and contract drafting, project delivery issues such as claims management, contract interpretation and administration, management of legal disputes, legal compliance, and governance

  • You will be capable of working with a high degree of autonomy and possess strong business acumen, analytical skills, and the ability to make sound commercial decisions within a legal context

  • You will have exceptional stakeholder management skills and be accustomed to working with senior stakeholders at the Executive level

  • You will have strong communication and influencing skills, able to provide timely and considered advice such that you will inspire confidence in your clients and develop trusted and effective working relationships

  • Most importantly, you model the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct and are passionate about contributing to the future of NSW



Salary and benefits


This is a Transport Senior Service role (TSSE 1A)  offering an attractive remuneration package.


For more information on Employee Benefits at Transport for NSW please click here.





Joining Transport for NSW, you’ll have access to a range of unique government benefits in a flexible work environment like no other. If you’re ready to step into this meaningful and rewarding role, we want to hear from you!



How to apply


To apply for this position, please submit a resume and answer all questions within the online application process.



Applications close: 11.59pm, Sunday 12th December 2021



We are the community we serve

We are committed to being an inclusive, diverse and flexible workplace where differences are valued.  We welcome people of all backgrounds, experience and abilities.

We enable our people to work in ways that work for them and their teams. Working virtually and from different locations including regional locations, staggering work hours and job sharing are just some of the ways our people can work flexibly.

Please contact the Talent Specialist below if you require any adjustments to be made to how you interact with us throughout the recruitment process or would like to discuss flexible work options. ​

For any enquiries, please email Nicole Cain at NICOLE.CAIN@TRANSPORT.NSW.GOV.AU. ​

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Check out this useful video series that will help you stand out from other applicants and navigate the recruitment process at Transport. View here​. ​ ​

All Transport workers are required to have:

  • at least one dose of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine by 6 December 2021 and two doses by 7 February 2022; or

  • an approved medical contraindication.

You will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status or apply for a medical exemption prior to securing this role.

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