Legal Counsel

Sole role (Part-time & FTC)


At REANNZ, our work provides high-performance network solutions for our country's top researchers and educators, who often need access to emerging technology and creative solutions to achieve their ambitions.

Through REANNZ, our members have access to a world-wide network that supports the global flow of data between researchers, educators and innovators, connecting them at speed to the tools, people, applications and resources they need to be successful in their fields, wherever they may be.

Our ultimate purpose is to enable New Zealand's research, education and innovation sectors to thrive in a data-intensive, digitally-enhanced world.

Our people are highly-skilled, passionate about our purpose, collaborative, and member focused. As a small but highly effective organisation, we look for motivated people who can identify and implement creative yet pragmatic solutions for both REANNZ and our members.

Role Purpose

We're seeking a Legal Counsel to assist the CEO and Senior Leadership Team to oversee the effective delivery of our member contract requirements, including negotiating and settling contracts and being responsible for the legal elements of ongoing management.

You'll have experience in negotiating IT contracts for services and products, as well as the type of legal, commercial and governance constraints under which our business operates. You'll partner and work across our business, external legal providers, and Members - exposing you to the wide variety of work underway across Aotearoa's science sector.

The position involves up to three days of work a week with flexibility as to which days the preferred candidate would like to work. The contract is likely to last between 8-12 months.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the negotiation, management and evaluation of all contracting and procurement;

    Apply understanding of REANNZ's business, commercial and regulatory objectives to lead and influence the development of contracting across the business;

  • Provide legal advice on general commercial matters across other operational, administrative and support functional parts of the business as required;

  • Leverage your specialist expertise and in depth understanding of the business to advise about actions that may have significant financial, strategic and/or reputational impacts, and influence the achievement of REANNZ's broader business and strategic objectives.


What we are looking for

  • A Bachelor of Laws degree, with eligibility to hold a current practising certificate;

    At least five years post qualification experience in commercial or corporate law with exposure to IT contracts and legal issues;

  • In-house experience is preferred but not a requirement of the role.


Keen to find out more?

REANNZ has exclusively partnered with Robert Walters and Rosamund More is managing the recruitment of this position. For a confidential discussion, please call Rosamund on +64 9 374 7300 or email

Robert Walters endeavours to review all applications in a maximum of five working days. If you have not received correspondence within this timeframe please do not hesitate to contact Rosamund More on 09 374 7327.

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