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Legal Counsel

Job ID: R0105954 Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Full time, Regular Employment
Location: Melbourne, Australia

About Thales

In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our architects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.

We’re inventing the future, right here, right now, at Thales. We design the critical security solutions of tomorrow by combining the curiosity to explore, the intelligence to question and the vision to create. Together we solve complicated problems by combining our experience in the market with our leading research and development capabilities.

Thales is committed to promoting and maintaining a workplace culture of shared respect that enables all of us to feel valued, do our best, and remain truly passionate about the place that we work. We are committed to making reasonable adjustments to provide a positive, barrier-free recruitment process and supportive workplace. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Wellbeing matters at Thales, and where possible we encourage flexible working.

About Your Role

You will report to General Manager, L&C, VTS(Vehicle & Tactical Systems) who will provide overall supervision and support.

You will be a part of the L&C VTS team that comprise 1 x lawyer, a senior commercial manager and 3 x contract managers.  The L&C VTS function forms part of the Thales Australia L&C Team that support all Thales Australia business units

  • Prepare clear legal advice on contracts entered by VTS – written and verbal advice with the ability to effectively communicate that advice within VTS.
  • Review, draft and negotiate contracts with customers and suppliers for new opportunities and contracts entered by VTS to deliver superior outcomes for VTS. Will extend to negotiating and drafting CCPs, IP matters under contracts, as well as governance matters.
  • Review and provide legal input and advice on legal risks relevant to VTS with drafting of contract notices, CCPs, routine IP and related Deed under the Contracts.
  • Review and draft legal letters, claims and settle customer correspondence for VTS contracts.
  • Excellent legal skills and knowledge of the law to be able to effectively communicate and negotiate including as required with other legal and commercial managers     Thales Australia business units.

How About You?

  • Degree in Law – LLB, admitted as a Solicitor in an Australian state or territory. 
  • Current practising certificate issued by an Australian State or Territory authority.
  • Proven post qualification experience within a corporate/commercial department of a top tier/ mid-tier law firm, or in a corporate legal department providing hands-on experience to a significant business, or in a Government in-house Department demonstrating the skills required.
  • Sound commercial and regulatory knowledge and experience.
  • Sound understanding of intellectual property law highly desirable but not essential.
  • Defence industry experience highly desirable but not essential.

Good to Know

You’ll get an email acknowledgement after you’ve applied, Thales strives to provide a personalised experience for all suitable applicants. 

As a Defence security clearance is required for this role, applicants must be Australian citizens and eligible to obtain and maintain an appropriate clearance.  To learn more about clearances please visit –

Prior to offer you’ll complete a pre-employment police and medical.

For more information on Thales visit us @ThalesCareers on Instagram

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!

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