Element Materials Technology

Senior Legal Counsel

Job Locations AU-NS-Sydney | AU-Canberra | AU-WA-Perth | AU-VI-Melbourne


Element has an opportunity for a new Senior Legal Counsel to join its legal team. The ideal candidate can be based in any of our office locations in Australia.


Element is one of the world’s leading providers of testing, inspection and certification services and operates out of 200 sites located in more than 30 countries. The successful applicant will support Element’s Fire & Building Products sector which is headquartered in Warrington and operates from sites including in the UK, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Belgium and Germany providing testing, consulting and certification services.


Please note that although we are pausing our hiring activity due to the Covid 19 outbreak, we continue to conduct video and phone interviews to be prepared for a quick return to hiring in the near future.



This is a rewarding and varied role with a very commercial focus supporting our Fire & Building Products sector, with key responsibilities including:

  • Advising all areas of the business on a range of commercial contracts including subcontracts and sub-consultancy agreements on complex engineering and construction projects
  • Dispute avoidance and management
  • Assisting with contractual governance processes
  • Reviewing and advising on industry legislation and policy
  • Liaising with insurers and insurance brokers in relation to contractual terms, potential claims and claims
  • Practical application of the law and contractual risk management in a variety of situations
  • Giving training on legal topics including contract risk management
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Australia and elsewhere on an occasion with notice

Skills / Qualifications

  • Qualified solicitor with extensive experience negotiating commercial contracts and strong knowledge of contract law
  • Law degree
  • As a guide, we would expect at least 5 years post qualification experience in a general commercial, construction or litigation role in-house or in private practice in a major law firm
  • Construction / engineering contract and / or dispute resolution experience would be an advantage
  • Excellent technical skills with good grasp of legal principles and ability to apply them to deliver concise and pragmatic legal and contractual advice
  • Technical excellence in contract drafting, amendment and negotiation
  • Able to work under own initiative as well as within a team
  • Proficient in IT and have strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Strong organisational skills, proactive and methodical, with good project management skills
  • Dependable, reliable and able to produce a consistently high quality / quantity of work

To apply please email Leigh.McComish@element.com



Company Overview

We are Element, one of the fastest growing testing, inspection, certification and calibration business in the world.


We deliver critical services in Materials Testing, Product Qualification Testing, Certification, Device Calibration and Advisory Services to the Aerospace, Oil and Gas, Transportation, Industrials, Fire and Building product, Infrastructure and other leading sectors, where failure in service is simply not an option.


Everything we do helps our customers to build better products; get their products to market on time; save them time and money; and minimize the risk associated with product development and production.


Our mission is simple: to be the best testing partner in the world and together we strive towards a common vision of becoming the world’s most trusted testing partner.


We have four values that we strive to live by every single day.


•           Safety - We keep our colleagues and visitors safe.

•           Integrity - We act honestly and fairly to do the right thing.

•           Excellence - We set new standards of excellence in everything we do.

•           Partnership - We work together for the benefit of our customers.


When combined with our mission and vision, the ethos this creates, enables Element to deliver one thing. CERTAINTY. We exist to help make certain that the materials and products we test, inspect, certify and calibrate for our customers are safe, quality, compliant and fit for purpose.

Diversity Statement

At Element, we always take pride in putting our people first. We are an equal opportunity employer that recognizes diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our Vision of becoming “the world’s most trusted testing partner”.


All suitably qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective work related criteria and without regard for the following: race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, and/or protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the applicable governing laws.


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