Senior Legal Counsel – Employment & Privacy

QBE Insurance Group

Senior Legal Counsel – Employment & Privacy page is loaded Senior Legal Counsel – Employment & Privacy Apply locations AUS – NSW – Sydney time type Full time posted on Posted Yesterday job requisition id 304176 Primary Details Time Type: Full timeWorker Type: Employee Location: Sydney
Type: Permanent, full time position
Your part in a changing world
At QBE, our purpose is to enable a more resilient future. We’re an international insurer and reinsurer with a local presence in 27 countries.
Leveraging our deep expertise and insights, QBE offers commercial, personal and specialty products and risk management solutions to help people and businesses manage risks, build strength and embrace change to their advantage.
We’ve been cultivating resilience since 1886, when our founders started a marine insurance company in Townsville, Australia to give early pioneers a safeguard against uncertainty.
Today, we employ more than 11,600 people around the world, and our product portfolio includes property, motor, crop, energy, marine and aviation insurance.
The opportunity
This is a unique opportunity for a Senior Legal Counsel to join QBE’s Group Legal team, reporting directly to the ‘General Counsel – Home Markets’.
In this role you will serve QBE’s Australian-based Group Corporate functions and Auspac functions, providing legal advice and work product, primarily with respect to matters related to employment, privacy, and intellectual property.
We are looking for a highly skilled lawyer who has a passion for supporting employers and employees and making the workplace a fair and safe space. You will partner with counterparts, including C-Suit stakeholders, across the organisation to elevate the standard practice globally and manage legal matters related to employment and privacy.
General duties:
Anticipating and identifying legal issues, particularly on employment and privacy opportunities

Providing high quality legal advice that achieves effective and efficient processes and desired outcomes aligned to enterprise strategy

Applying strong technical expertise to continuously improve legal principles based on evolving best practice and industry standards

Employment specific duties:
Partner with Employee Relations to proactively manage and mitigate legal risk in relation to Workplace matters

Advise and guide stakeholders across the business on workplace matters such as interpersonal conflicts, complex performance management issues and involuntary terminations

Continuously advise stakeholders on updated employment laws and support the business to integrate changes in law into current processes and policies

Manage the legal elements of employment related investigations and claims

Privacy specific duties:
Provide guidance and assist in the management of OAIC complaints and privacy-related litigation

Oversee the investigation of known or suspected privacy breaches, ensuring we are mitigating risk and education stakeholders along the way

Educate the business and provide legal advice in relation to the use, acquisition, storage and deletion of date

Provide insight and advice to the organisation as to the impact of privacy related policies and practices

Your story so far
We are looking for a highly experienced and passionate legal professional who can build a foundation of trust with key stakeholders across the Group and AusPac function.
You must have:
Law degree; Australian practising certificate

10-15 + years post admission law experience

Significant corporate experience with expert technical legal skills , particularly in the context of employment or privacy law (experience working in a large ASX listed and/or regulated capital environment would be advantageous)

Ability to build and maintain strong internal and external business relationships

Strong influencing and negotiating skills

Superior analytical and problem solving ability

We are here to support you
We offer a range of benefits to help provide holistic support for your work life, whatever your circumstances. As a QBE employee you will have access to and benefit from:
‘Hybrid Working’ – a mix of working from home and in the office to enhance your work/life balance

Our ‘Thriving at our Best’ wellbeing program, including free holistic wellbeing coaching, nutritional, confidential counselling, financial and legal advice

12 weeks’ gender-equal flexible leave for all new parents, including paid super

The ability to maximise retirement savings through voluntary super contributions and company matching

Income protection insurance & reimbursed Death and Total Permanent Disability insurance premiums

Additional leave and support through QBE’s Family Domestic Violence First Responder Network

Discounts on insurance products, car hire, hotels, goods and services including benefits through our various sports and arts sponsorship partners

We value our employee’s experience with us and are proud to have been recognised for the following awards:
2021 LinkedIn Top Employer & HRD Employer of Choice

2020 Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion and Excellence Award for Best Health & Wellbeing at the Australian HR Awards

Gold Employer status for 4 years in a row 2019 – 2022 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) – the definitive national benchmark on LGBTQI+ workplace inclusion

Ranked 6th place in the AAGE Top Graduate Employers 2021 as voted by graduates

Top 20 Workplaces for Dads in 2019 and 2020 (HBF Direct Advice for Dads)

Family First accredited employer since 2021

Join us
Click APPLY to submit your application. Successful applicants will need to complete work rights, police and credit checks through our online provider as a condition of employment.
QBE takes a risk and compliance approach to COVID-19 vaccination and strongly encourages our employees to be vaccinated. Some roles require COVID-19 vaccination to perform the role. When relevant we will ask you to share your vaccination status as part of the application process. We won’t be able to progress with applications where candidates choose not to disclose their status for roles that require vaccination in line with our risk and compliance approach.
QBE recognise the value of diverse perspectives and experience. We are committed to an inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected for who they are. If we can provide support with access requirements, alternative work arrangements or you would like to connect with one of our networks please contact us at .
Application Close Date: 01/04/2023 11:59 PM How to Apply:
To submit your application, click “Apply” and follow the step by step process.
Equal Employment Opportunity:
QBE is an equal opportunity employer and is required to comply with equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction it operates.
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