New Zealand Law Society - Corporate Legal Counsel

Corporate Legal Counsel


PGG Wrightson is one of New Zealand's leading nationwide providers of products and services to the rural and horticultural sector. We are helping grow the country through our knowledge, service, and expertise.

We have an in-house opportunity for a solicitor experienced in commercial and contract law to join our team based at our modern Christchurch Airport office.

About the role:

You will be part of our small dedicated legal team which provides quality expert legal services for the PGG Wrightson Group. You will have the close support of our General Counsel and our General Manager Corporate Affairs.

Our legal work is always interesting and varied. Working for us will open doors in your career and new opportunities compared to traditional legal pathways.

Your contribution will make a real difference, and by directly helping our managers and staff in our various Business Units nationwide with their legal matters, you will become a trusted adviser to them. Our business areas include wholesale product distribution, real estate agency, livestock, water and irrigation design, retail product sales and technical advice for agriculture and horticulture, wool agency services and insurance referrals, supported by our corporate teams such as IT, People and Safety, Finance, Marketing, Property, Procurement and Credit.

About you:

You'll be a self-starter, organised and enjoy problem solving and tackling new challenges.

Ideally, you will have the following:

  • A legal qualification and the ability to hold a NZ Law Society practising certificate
  • At least 4-5 years' experience gained in a large law firm and/or in-house (less experience may be considered for the right candidate)
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, a strong collaborator with experience dealing with a range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience delivering fit for purpose advice, time management and proactively managing the delivery of advice to assist the business in achieving desired commercial outcomes
  • High levels of critical thinking ability and emotional intelligence, yet pragmatic and down to earth
  • Strong organisational skills, including the ability to prioritise own workload and that of others in a pressurised environment and to tight deadlines.

What we offer:

  • A great work environment where you're encouraged to grow and develop your technical expertise and leadership abilities
  • A competitive remuneration package and a range of benefits;
  • retail buying privileges
  • corporate staff discounts and benefits across banking, fuel discounts, technology, retailers, healthcare, and real estate
  • life insurance cover, flu vaccinations, discounted medical insurance, and Occupational Counselling Programme (OCP).

To discuss this opportunity further please contact Jane Pearson, General Counsel on 027 444 9729 or email

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Applications close on Thursday, 6 June 2024.

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