Vacancy – Legal Officer (LE6)
The Australian Embassy Beijing seeks applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Legal Officer (LE6) with IP Australia.
Please see the attached for the position description and selection criteria. We are seeking high quality written applications.
How to apply
Your application, written in English, must include:
- A Statement of Claims for the position separately addressing each of the selection criteria (maximum 2 pages); and
- A Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages); and
- Contact details for two work-related referees, including current supervisor.
Applications should be submitted in writing by email to the Human Resources Section of the Australian Embassy, Beijing at: email@example.com.
The closing date for applications is on 19 October 2016. Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.
Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.
For further information about this position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that only applicants short-listed for interview will receive a written reply. If you have not received any communication from the Human Resources Section within four weeks after the close of application, please consider your application unsuccessful. Thank you for your understanding and your interest in working at the Australian Embassy.
Applicants should address all of the selection criteria below, clearly outlining their claims and specific experience that makes them suitable for this position (maximum 2 pages).
- Good understanding, or an ability to acquire an understanding of China’s intellectual property (IP) systems and enforcement, with demonstrated experience performing legal work in China for foreign businesses
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Mandarin with high level interpretation and translation skills, including familiarity with subject matter-specific vocabulary
- Good analytical skills, including the ability to analyse government IP policy, legislation, reports, and other sources of information and provide high level and/or detailed briefings as appropriate
Legal Officer – Duties
Reports to (title)
Counsellor (IP Australia)
About IP Australia
IP Australia administers intellectual property (IP) rights in Australia, providing an effective legal framework for businesses to protect their brands, inventions and products. Our vision is to have a world leading IP system that builds prosperity for Australia.
IP Australia uses its expertise, skills and experience to advise the Australian Government and provide information to help Australian business make the most of their IP, both in Australia and abroad.
About the position
The legal officer is responsible for supporting the IP Counsellor – China at the Australian Embassy in Beijing. This will primarily involve providing expertise on Chinese IP law and practice, and monitoring and analysing developments in China’s IP systems.
The position requires advanced knowledge and extensive practice of Chinese IP law; an understanding of business practices in China; and an understanding of the impact of these on Australian businesses. This position should be able to operate with some degree of independence under general guidance from the IP Counsellor.
The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Providing expertise on Chinese IP law and practice
- Monitoring, analysing and reporting on developments in China’s IP policy, legislation and practice
- Supporting the Counsellor in developing solutions and providing guidance on IP rights issues in China to Australian businesses across a range of industries
- Establishing networks and engaging with internal and external stakeholders
- Seeking cooperation from Chinese government departments responsible for IP
- Contributing to the strategic plan for the new IP Counsellor role
- Representing IP Australia and the Australian Embassy at meetings and events as required
- Providing support to the Counsellor in arranging visits, delivering presentations, workshops and other events
- Coordinating meetings and logistic support for ministers and senior officials
- University degree in IP law and experience working in an international environment or with international issues
- Extensive practice of Chinese IP law, including experience performing legal work in China for foreign businesses
- Fluency in both written and spoken English and Mandarin is essential
- High level interpretation and translation skills, including familiarity with subject matter-specific vocabulary
- Good understanding of China’s IP systems, government policy and key stakeholders
- Understanding of IP law in Australia or other common law context
- Good analytical skills, including the ability to analyse government IP policy, legislation, reports, and other sources of information
- Understanding of business practices in China and impact on Australian businesses
Strong ability to communicate and sustain relationships with stakeholders in the Chinese government and the private sector