Specialist Legal - Operational Functions

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Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

19 May 2020

Date closing

29 May 2020 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

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 Specialist - Operational Functions, Minerals Australia. Reporting to the Head of Legal - Operational Functions, 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 to the Operational Functions that work alongside the Minerals Australia Business, including the study and execution of Minerals Australia capital projects as well as transformational projects that will facilitate delivery of BHP’s Transformation agenda. The location of the role is flexible across Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane with occasional travel required.

  • Acting as a key adviser and providing independent legal advice to support effective and strategic decision making for major capital and transformational projects.
  • Advising on and supporting the negotiation of material contracts entered into in support of major capital and transformational projects.
  • Working collaboratively with Legal and other functions to ensure BHP is appropriately managing legal and other external risks, as well delivering on its commitment to Social Value.

About You

To be considered for this role you must possess a Law degree and the ability to practice in Australia. Post admission experience of between 4-6 years is desirable.

To be successful in this role, you will be a true strategic legal adviser with corporate and front-end contracting experience in major capital and / or transformational technology projects is essential. 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.

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.  

The safety of BHP’s people and our candidates is our number one priority. Due to the unfolding circumstances of COVID-19 and the Government regulations in place to deal with the pandemic,   your working location and/or roster as advertised in this advert may be temporarily subject to change whilst the government regulations are in place. This is to ensure the health safety of our workforce, and to implement effective social distancing measures.  These changes if applicable will be discussed at screening and interview stage. 
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