Job description

About the role

With the WSU going through so much growth, this is a new role whose primary purpose is to undertake commercial activities across the Division including establishment, negotiation and management of alliance arrangements, large construction contracts and complex commercial arrangements.We have a substantial property development portfolio, capital works and information technology environment with lots of transformational activities being initiated.

This role involves using a range of legal, negotiation and management skills to expertly support and advise the executive management team.

You’ll need experience with commercial management and structuring large complex deals and alliances; contract establishment and management, etc.

We need someone who:

  • Can work independently
  • Has very strong stakeholder engagement experience
  • Potentially has a legal background or equivalent practical contract drafting experience
  • Has advanced negotiation capabilities

This role reports to Carol Simpson, who is responsible for Strategy, Business Development and Procurement.

And Beam has helped place 4 Beamers into Carol’s team!

Of the working environment at WSU, Carol says “the Uni is in a really exciting growth phase. We have an ability to add value in an evolving space. This environment suits someone who is keen on a dynamic change environment and collaborates well with others. We are lifting up the flexibility culture and there is a lot of cool strategic stuff to do. We’re building the team to bring new capability to meet future requirements.”

Must-have skills and qualifications

  • 7+ years legal experience in general commercial law with a specialisation in information technology and / or building and construction including advanced drafting and lead negotiation competence
  • Ability to provide commercially focused legal support
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of corporate law and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to create legal defensive or proactive strategies
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
  • Advanced written and verbal communications skills with ability to communicate to people in a range of positions
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and escalations, maturely analyse situations and complex problem solving skills
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Not a must-have, but we encourage those who are admitted as a solicitor in one or more States in Australia (or equivalent qualifications from overseas and taking steps to be admitted in Australia) to apply.


  • Part time: 4 days per week
  • 6 month fixed term contract to begin, with the potential to go permanent
  • Location: the beautiful Hawkesbury campus in Richmond, Sydney (30 mins from Bella Vista for instance, with car-parking!)

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About us
The Western Sydney University is a major urban university spread over 10 campuses in Greater Western Sydney in mainly CBD locations, a region of great opportunity, diversity, challenge and growth. The University has a strong connection to Greater Western Sydney, working with its communities and businesses to contribute to the region’s growth. The University is culturally diverse, with 3,000 staff and 40,000 students drawn from Australia and around the world.

The University strategic plan, ‘Securing Success: 2018-2020 Strategic Plan’, articulates the University’s values and commitments of being:
1) A Distinctively Student-Centred University
2) A Research-Led University with Regional, National and Global Impact
3) A Unique Learning Experience that is Innovative, Flexible and Responsive
4) An Expanding International Reach and Reputation
5) A Leading Advocate and Champion for the Greater Western Sydney Region and its People
6) A Dynamic and Innovative Culture that Secures Success.

The Division of Finance and Resources is headed by the Vice-President (Finance and Resources) who reports to the Vice-Chancellor and President. The Division comprises:
– Office of Finance Operations
– Information Technology & Digital Services
– Strategic Procurement and Services
– Office of Estate and Commercial
– Project Management Office

This is a cross-business unit role across information technology, facilities, property and commercial areas.