Ref 4304/23 - Commercial Lawyer, Office of General Counsel

Updated: 6 months ago
Location: Sydney South, NEW SOUTH WALES
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 Sep 2023

  • Parramatta South Campus
  • Remuneration Package: $146,398 to $156,342 p.a.
  • Full-Time, Ongoing Position

Is this your next career move?

Are you a motivated commercial lawyer looking for a diverse and challenging role to take the next step in your career?  Keen to work in a dynamic environment with a collaborative team of lawyers looking to make a difference?  Unlock your potential and take your next step at Western Sydney University. 

About Western 

Working at Western Sydney University means you will be part of an organisation that is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide and top of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for sustainability impact. We understand the key to your success is unlocking your true potential – just as we do with our students.

Our 3,500 staff members work together to enable a dynamic, inclusive and innovative culture that is distinctly research-driven and student-centred. The University is deeply embedded in the community and the region we serve, which is Australia’s fastest growing economy and one of the most culturally diverse areas in Australia.

About Office of General Counsel 

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is located within the Division of the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The primary role of the OGC is to provide independent legal services to the University across a wide spectrum of university activities, including commercial and technology transactions, research, litigation and disputes, and statutory compliance. The OGC works proactively and collaboratively with its clients to produce viable and tangible solutions that align with the University’s goals and appetite for commercial and other risks.

OGC’s client base is diverse and reflects the broad range of activities the University undertakes.  From working with the academic schools and our international programs to supporting the commercial operations of a modern university, the work is highly engaging and no two days are the same. 

About the Role 

You will provide high-level professional legal advice and services to senior management of the University with particular emphasis on drafting, negotiating and advising on a range of commercial transactions, and providing general advisory services on a broad range of issues relating to the University’s operations. 

You will report to an experienced and innovative Senior Commercial Lawyer and work closely with other OGC lawyers including the General Counsel and Senior Technology and Commercial Lawyer with a blend of autonomy and guidance to meet your level of experience and support your professional aspirations. 

About You 

To be successful in this role you will have a flexible, collaborative approach and the ability to work with a relatively small team servicing a dynamic university community.  

Essential qualifications include a law degree, current NSW practicing certificate, and a minimum 4 years’ post admission experience together with demonstrated ability in negotiating and drafting commercial legal documents and providing legal advice on a wide range of commercial matters.  Experience working in a large and complex organisation will be an advantage.  


Western Sydney University highly values equity and inclusiveness. We have a proud history of doing so and consider this an important part of our social and civic responsibilities as a University. We strive to contribute to tackling inequalities and promoting wellbeing within our own institution, the Greater Western Sydney region, nationally and internationally. 


Western Sydney University has long been identified as a University of the people. We value the contributions made by our staff and recognise that they underpin the enablement of our mission and values. 

In return, we offer: 

·       17% super contributions
·       Professional development opportunities
·       Flexible workplace

Remuneration Package: Higher Education Worker Level 9 - $146,398 to $156,342 p.a. (comprising base salary of $123,708 to $132,111 p.a., plus 17% Superannuation and Leave Loading)

Position Enquiries: Peter Lloyd, Senior Commercial Lawyer on 0400 844 152 or [email protected] 

Closing Date: 8:30pm, Monday 11 September 2023

Working Rights in Australia - Eligibility
Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. To be eligible, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident and provide evidence at time of application.

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