About the team
At Telstra, we believe the more connected people are, the more opportunities they have. That's why we help create a brilliant connected future for everyone, everyday.
We are heavily involved in the energy sector – we are one of the largest consumers of electricity in Australia, we underwrite renewables, we generate, we neutralise the emissions of our total operations, and we are looking to expand our legal team to bring more expertise in this sector to the team.
The role with us
As a Legal Counsel, you are a trusted advisor who thrives on providing high quality, independent and strategic legal advice to Telstra’s business units. Your strong technical expertise around legal matters and solutions coupled with your confidence and experience in liaising and negotiating with stakeholders is what makes you outstanding in your role. You make a significant impact to the business and Telstra’s most strategic projects, by helping to resolve complex issues, providing informed insights, and proposing innovative legal solutions that meet strategic objectives.
Leverage your deep experience and technical know-how to provide high quality, independent and strategic legal advice to Telstra’s energy and procurement teams, helping to achieve good business outcomes while meeting legal and regulatory requirements
Support senior management with strategic projects, by identifying legal issues and risks that may have a significant impact on the business, providing expert legal guidance, applying critical thinking, sharing informed insights and implementing innovative solutions that achieve strategic objectives and resolve complex legal issues
Authentically engage, build and maintain trusted and collaborative working relationships with legal teams across Telstra’s business units, as well as internal and external stakeholders, by assisting them with legal matters, processes and standards
Take accountability for legal activities through inception to execution, advising on deal structuring (in particular, in relation to energy suppy agreements), providing drafting and negotiation input, and ensuring careful management of budgets and external fees
Apply a continuous improvement mindset when providing legal support to clients, by sharing great ideas and contributing to initiatives which help drive productivity improvements and maximise client experience outcomes
Be the energy subject matter expert for the team, by taking a leadership role to share knowledge and expertise of the energy industry in the broader legal team
Bachelor of Laws (or equivalent) and admitted to practice in Australia.
Strong experience PQE working in house at an energy supplier or energy retailer, or experience in private practice specialising in energy law and regulations (including National Energy Law and National Energy Rules). Experience in leading complex legal matters
Ability to engage with senior leaders and explain complex issues clearly and concisely, as well as balancing and prioritising workload.
Understanding of the energy market, including legal risks, energy regulatory issues and use of energy data.
Experience negotiating supply agreements including:
power purchasing agreements from power generators;
electricity and gas supply agreements;
smart metering and other energy equipment supply contracts; and
connection agreements with distribution network service providers.
Experience with technology (hardware, software and SAAS) agreements and construction agreements preferred but not essential.
(For the expanded list of responsibilities and expected skill requirements of the role, please refer to the Career Model Job Profile description, listed below).
Thrive, your way
The work is complex and challenging but will put you at the forefront of technological change as it happens and offer you career experiences you won’t find anywhere else.
We’re committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce in all its forms. We encourage applicants from diverse gender, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and applicants who may be living with a disability. We also offer flexibility in all our roles, to ensure everyone can participate.
To learn more about how we support our people, including accessibility adjustments we can provide you through the recruitment process, visit tel.st/thrive.