Legal Counsel | Brisbane

Date:  3 Apr 2024
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Job State/Province:  Queensland
Job Location/Region:  Brisbane


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


We have an excellent opportunity for an environment 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 to achieve their goals while addressing commercial and legal risks. 


This is permanent role and based in Brisbane, with occasional travel required to site.


In this role you will:

  • Conform with the BHP Charter, Code of Conduct, Our Requirements and relevant statutory obligations.
  • Have an overriding commitment to health and safety, environment responsibility and sustainable development.
  • Provide strategic and commercial legal advice and commercial input on material environmental and planning matters in respect of BHP’s assets located in Queensland and NSW.
  • Oversee external legal counsel to ensure appropriate advice is received in an effective and cost sensitive manner. 
  • Establish yourself as a trusted adviser with key asset stakeholders.
  • Be accountable for the identification of legal risks that may result in adverse outcomes for the business and advise client groups on workable measures to resolve or mitigate these risks.

About You

As a successful candidate you will possess the following: 

  • You will be a qualified lawyer who is able to practice in Australia and has experience working for a top-tier firm or in-house in a similar role. Resources and energy sector experience will be highly regarded.  
  • As a true strategic adviser, you are able to draw on your experience to solve complex problems and achieve business results.  
  • Additionally, you will be an excellent communicator (both oral and written) with the ability to negotiate effectively, and to influence stakeholders and build relationships with key stakeholders at all levels.
  • Experience with large and complex projects will be highly regarded.  

About Our Process 

At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks. 


Please note as part of this recruitment process the successful applicant will need to conduct a Queensland legislated coal mine workers’ health assessment.


From 1 April 2023, ResHealth will be mandatory for the completion of coal mine workers’ health assessments, allowing you to submit, monitor and review the progress of your health assessment in a secure online environment.

For more information please go to the ResHealth website.

If you are already employed directly by BHP, please log in above using your BHP email address or apply via our internal jobs portal. 


Supporting a Diverse Workforce  

The size, stability and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance-based bonuses and a best-in-class employee share program. 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.  


At BHP, we know that we are strengthened by diversity. We are an Equal Opportunity employer that is committed to making BHP a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive and be at their best every day. We are focused on creating a workforce that’s more diverse and represents the communities where we work and live. providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and recognise that true diversity includes gender, age, race, disability status, sexual orientation, religion, neurodiversity, education levels, and many more aspects of your identity.


BHP is committed to providing a recruitment process that is fair, equitable and accessible for all. If you have a disability, we know that it may be helpful for us to adjust our process to make it equitable for your individual situation. If you would like to reach out to someone about your situation and our recruitment process, please email us at [email protected].