Legal Counsel

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Work type

Full Time

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Date published

07 July 2019

Date closing

17 July 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

BHP is a leading global resources company. Our Minerals Australia Business includes operations in Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, focusing on iron ore, copper, coal and nickel.

The Legal function is responsible for providing strategic legal advice to enable BHP to achieve its commercial objectives and manage legal risk in compliance with applicable laws and consistent with the BHP Charter.

We now have an excellent opportunity for a lawyer to join BHP’s Legal team as a Legal Counsel.  Reporting to the Head of Legal - Coal, Minerals Australia, this is a unique opportunity to utilise your skills and experience with a leading global resources company. This role will provide legal advice and support BHP’s Queensland and New South Wales assets achieve their goals while addressing commercial and legal risks. The role is based in Brisbane, with occasional travel required to site.


·    Conform with the BHP Charter, Code of Conduct, Our Requirements and relevant statutory obligations
·    Have an overriding commitment to health, safety and environment responsibility and to sustainable development.

Your responsibilities will include but not limited to:
·    Acting as a key adviser and providing independent legal advice to support effective and strategic decision making within the assets
·    Advising on the applicable regulatory regimes, including State and Commonwealth tenure and environmental frameworks
·    Working collaboratively with the Legal and other functions to ensure BHP is appropriately managing legal and other external risks
·    Advising in relation to material procurement and Logistics contracts and joint venture agreements

About You

A true strategic adviser with experience in the resources and energy sector, you will bring to this role a range of capabilities including strong stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to work well in a team.  You will have strong commercial acumen and be an excellent communicator (both oral and written) with the ability to influence stakeholders at all levels, and be able to resolve complex problems.

To be considered for this role a Law degree and the ability to practice in Australia is essential. Post admission experience of at least 4 years is desirable.This is an excellent opportunity for you to consolidate your career with an organisation that places priority on safety and high performance. The size and magnitude of BHP provides significant opportunity for professional development, attractive salary packages which includes performance based bonuses, employee share options, and employer matched super contributions. In addition, BHP offers a range of flexible work arrangements.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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