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Legal Counsel

Coles Supermarkets  Hawthorn East 


Requisition ID: 16062 

Employment Type: Full time 


Good things start here


This could be the very first step towards an exciting new career with us – a fresh beginning. At Coles Group, these are moments we live for.


Starting good things is what drives our purpose: to sustainably feed all Australians so they can lead healthier, happier lives. With a team of 120,000 people and an iconic portfolio of Australia’s most trusted brands, we’re perfectly positioned to turn a promising start into a whole lot more.

For a company as big as ours, the regulatory environment is naturally complex. Because we operate across a range of legal remits, our Legal team are trusted advisors to the business. With such a deep understanding of our goals and values, we provide practical and commercial advice when it’s needed most. 


The Role

We are currently searching for a junior to mid-level (+QPE) experienced employment lawyer to join our team. You will provide legal advice and partner with the business on employment law matters to ensure continuing commercial success of this business. Great opportunities for career development!

This role would be suitable for candidates looking to come out of an entry-mid level position from private practice or candidates with in-house experience at a large employer. Experience with advocacy and litigation, secondment experience or experience working with an ASX listed organisation in a legal role is preferred.


What you’ll be doing

  • Manage all employment law litigation across all brands, including appearing on behalf of Coles at the Fair Work Commission and in other Tribunals.
  • Provide strategic, commercial legal advice on employment law matters, including workforce restructures, complex investigations, disciplinary matters, discrimination issues and termination of employment matters.  
  • Assist the broader People & Culture Legal and Governance team with governance and compliance projects.
  • Looking ahead to ensure Coles is well placed to adopt any changes to employment related litigation or case law.


Good things you’ll need

  • Legal qualification
  • Current practicing certificate
  • Entry-mid level + PQE years of experience in employment law
  • Advocacy experience, ideally in contested hearings, before the Fair Work Commission or other Tribunals
  • Experience managing complex employment law matters in large organisations, ideally ASX listed
  • In-house, secondment experience preferred  
  • Ability to manage a variety of stakeholders
  • Capacity to handle change in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills; self-confidence
  • Strong client and results focus, motivated with can-do attitude
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities

Why Coles?
We’re committed to making this a great place to work, from day one. From flexible working arrangements to discounts across all our internal brands (including 5% off at Coles supermarkets!), there are plenty of reasons to love working here. Explore all this and more at our Coles Careers website.


For everyone who shares our passion
We encourage applications from people of all ages, nationalities, abilities and cultures – including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the LGBTQI+ community and people living with disability. We’re happy to adjust our recruitment process to support accessibility needs – so reach out to us at www.careers.colesgroup.com.au > Careers for everyone > Disability employment.


We’d love to meet you
If you have the skills, experience and motivation to succeed in this role, please take the next step and submit your application.