Job Title:  Legal Counsel

Job Number:  8904

British American Tobacco ( is a market leading, global organisation with a long, established history and a bright and dynamic future.  We build distinctive brands that excite our consumers and satisfy their needs in a highly complex and competitive retail environment.

An exciting opportunity has become available for a (Legal) Counsel to join our Legal and External Affairs (LEX) team, on a fixed term basis, based in Auckland.


Do you have these qualities?  If so we want to hear from you.


  • Outstanding legal experience!
  • Fabulous contract drafting skills!
  • Statutory interpretation prowess!
  • A passion for compliance!
  • A proven track record of excellent commercial acumen!
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a small but high-performing team dynamic!
  • Leadership and communication skills that are second to none!
  • A motivated can-do attitude that can deliver results!
  • A winning personality!

Reporting to the Legal Counsel for New Zealand role, your primary aim is to deliver legal excellence in all aspects of commercial, regulatory and compliance legal matters affecting the business.

As Counsel you will have responsibility for drafting and advising on commercial contracts, advising on a wide range of corporate advisory and regulatory matters for compliance with New Zealand law and effectively managing internal compliance and governance requirements and training.  For the right candidate, there is also the potential for exposure to advising on commercial litigation.

You will drive results in this role by delivering a consistently high standard of professional legal and compliance counselling and advice to a broad range of management and staff across the business, attention to detail, commercial acumen and a collaborative, can-do attitude.


To make this role your own, you will be degree qualified with preferably a commercial law background and will have a minimum of 5 years’ legal experience gained in a high performing environment.

You will have excellent commercial legal experience covering a broad range of topics combined with the ability to make your legal advice commercially accessible and relevant.  Previous in-house (particularly FMCG in-house) legal experience, compliance legal experience and/or litigation legal experience will also be considered favourably

With the drive to work independently and focus on results, you’ll be a strategic thinker with strong business acumen; and be a confident and trusted advisor to the business.

You’ll be a proven leader with the ability to create close working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.  Your leadership experience, excellent people skills, and the ability to work in a matrix organisation will be critical to your success in this role.


This role is for a fixed term period of 12 months to cover the current incumbent who will be on Parental Leave.  This role may require some travel however this will be infrequent.


So, what are you waiting for?  Come and join a global company with exciting global career opportunities!


Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to work in a transformational industry!

Working at BAT:


British American Tobacco is all about freedom of choice — whether it’s our people or our products. Combined with our entrepreneurial spirit, it’s what’s driven our phenomenal success.  We started trading tobacco over a hundred years ago. Today, we’re a multibillion dollar company with more than 200 brands in our portfolio. With robust positions in each of our regional markets, our future looks equally bright too.

There’s no doubt our industry is controversial — we’re the first to admit that. But rest assured, we take a responsible approach to our trade. In each of our markets, we observe every local law regarding tobacco (in many cases going further through our own voluntary code). Not only that, we treat our farmers fairly, invest in the environment and help to sustain local communities.

We also excel at developing our own people into leaders of the future. As an organisation with a high-performance culture, we’ll expect a lot from you. But we’ll support you every step of the way to help you deliver. If you’re passionate and ambitious, rapid career progression is a reality here. And because we’re such a large company (we employ more than 55,000 people worldwide), there are plenty of exciting opportunities for you to develop a truly extraordinary career.
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