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BAT Australia is looking for a Seasoned Legal Counsel to join their team for a 12 Month Fixed Term Contract 

BAT is committed to shaping a healthier future by providing consumers with a wider range of enjoyable and less risky products. As part of this commitment, we are redefining our growth strategy to encompass tobacco, nicotine, and beyond nicotine offerings.

The Area Legal Counsel plays a pivotal role in providing expert legal guidance to support APMEA South and End Market business decisions, ensuring strict compliance with Group policies and legal regulations. This role also involves supporting compliance for the Direct Reporting Business Unit (DRBU) and ensuring Group entities meet statutory obligations.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide directed general commercial legal advice under the guidance of the Senior Legal Counsel APMEA South.
  • Deliver robust legal counsel to facilitate informed business decision-making processes.
  • Strategically manage local legal actions to safeguard the interests of the Group/Area/Market.
  • Offer expert legal advice to various business units to optimise commercial opportunities while adhering to compliance standards.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate contracts for various business units.
  • Provide legal guidance to support marketing and social media initiatives.
  • Cultivate a culture of integrity and compliance within the business.
  • Stay abreast of new categories and beyond nicotine portfolios, offering legal counsel as necessary.
  • Cultivate effective relationships with external consultants, vendors, and regulatory bodies.
  • Collaborate with regional and global cross-functional teams.
  • Educate team members on relevant legal matters and best practices.
  • Maintain a positive and proactive attitude to foster business growth.

Contextual Information:

This role requires strong interpersonal skills and corporate experience. A comprehensive understanding of relevant laws and regulations is critical. Proficiency in navigating a matrix organisation structure is vital. Occasional participation in online meetings and calls outside standard business hours may be required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Possession of a legal degree with relevant professional qualifications.
  • Ideally, 3-6 years' PQE gained either in-house or from private practice.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • A broad understanding of the Australian regulatory environment.
  • Strong analytical capabilities.
  • Ability to establish credibility and command respect.
  • A solution-focused mindset in addressing challenges.
  • Proficiency in project and matter management.
  • Experience in procurement work and familiarity with marketing/advertising law.

Equal Opportunity and Accommodation:

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from all qualified individuals, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. We provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities to ensure a fair and inclusive recruitment process.


  • Health & Wellness annual cash wallet
  • Wellbeing Day 1/2 day per month
  • Birthday Day Off
  • Volunteer Day
  • Workplace Giving Salary Sacrifice Donations
  • Additional Carers Leave
  • Private Health Excess Reimbursement
  • Mobile Phone and Plan
  • Flexible & Hybrid Work Model
  • Fully stocked pantry & Free Coffee


  • At BAT we are committed to our Purpose of creating A Better Tomorrow. This is what drives our people and our passion for innovation. See what is possible for you at BAT.
  • Global Top Employer with 53,000 BAT people across more than 180 markets
  • Brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries
  • Newly established Tech Hubs building world-class capabilities for innovation in 4 strategic locations
  • Diversity leader in the Financial Times and International Women’s Day Best Practice winner
  • Seal Award winner – one of 50 most sustainable companies


Collaboration, diversity and teamwork underpin everything we do here at BAT. We know that collaborating with colleagues from different backgrounds is what makes us stronger and best prepared to meet our business goals. Come bring your difference!


BAT is evolving at pace
truly like no other organisation

You’ll paint the picture of
A Better Tomorrow with us

Apply today and you can help us become carbon neutral by 2030