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Head of Legal – International Agricultural Company

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An international agricultural company at the forefront of R&D and technology, with headquarters in Europe and 20,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to make the world healthier and more sustainable.


The Head of Legal, Australia & New Zealand is responsible for leading and managing all legal matters within Australia and New Zealand. Reporting to the Global GC in Germany, you will work closely with and be part of the Leadership Team for Aus/NZ.

The role will include:

  • Providing strategic legal advice to the Leadership Team and business
  • Drafting legal documents such as contracts, statements, agreements, etc.
  • Managing the IP portfolio within Australia and NZ – including licensing, patents and enforcement.
  • Managing litigation and the appointment of external legal counsel.
  • Managing M&A and other corporate activity
  • Assisting the Leadership Team and the business in achieving their commercial goals.
  • You have a current Australian Practicing Certificate
  • Experience in the Agricultural/Pharma/FMCG industries would be an advantage but not essential
  • Have a solid understanding of IP and consumer law
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders from the shop floor to the CEO
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong stakeholder relationship management skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively, lead productive discussions with staff and stakeholders, and influence effective outcomes.
  • Strong negotiation, analytical capability, and the ability to undertake commercial negotiations and customer discussions.
  • Self-aware; grounded; have excellent written and verbal communication skills; proficient in technology; comfortable operating autonomously; adapt quickly to changing priorities; calm and considered; practical with common sense; and prepared to take ownership.

  • Step up to a Head of Legal role – take ownership and responsibility for a region
  • Support from an established and high-performing global legal team
  • Gain Aus/NZ experience with a leading multinational agricultural company that will expand your knowledge, skills, and career opportunities.
  • Take the next step in your career, moving into a semi-autonomous role – the best of both worlds – responsibility for a region with the support of a wider collaborative legal team.
  • A company with a fantastic, collaborative, and supportive culture
  • We know the outgoing legal counsel, and they have enjoyed the role and the organisation.
  • Hybrid and flexible working and will consider part-time depending on the lawyer’s experience.
  • Competitive remuneration: Up to $230K inc super + bonus up to 20% (there is no movement on this).

This role is looking to fill quickly, so if this sounds like an opportunity that you would like to explore further, please apply and we will be in touch shortly.

Alternatively, if you would like to have a confidential conversation first, please feel free to contact Andrew Murdoch at andrew.murdoch@dovetaillaw.com.au at Dovetail Legal Solutions – to arrange a time for an initial chat.