We are currently looking for a full-time Secretary with 2 years' experience to join our Employment group in Melbourne. This is a 12 month contract position. Our Secretaries provide timely, efficient and high quality secretarial and administrative support to lawyers and other work providers.
Key Duties of the role include but are not limited to:
- Answering the phone – appropriately screening calls, resolving simple queries wherever possible, taking and relaying messages promptly and, if necessary, redirecting queries.
- Creating and amending typed documents such as letters, emails, memos, contracts, agreements, presentations and pitch documents, using version control and track changes.
- Managing monthly billing processes and specific client invoicing requirements, including drafting and circulating invoices, distributing invoices to clients and necessary weekly, monthly and quarterly reporting responsibilities for key clients
- Supporting the client matter intake process.
- Processing expense claims and cheque requisitions.
- Undertaking conflict searching.
- Screening and organising correspondence (with voicemail, email, and regular postal mail), in authors’ absence and as per requests.
- Working directly with clients, developing and maintaining relationships, and assisting with business development activities.
- Organising couriers, conferences and functions, travel and accommodation, internal and external meetings (including room, car spaces, catering, invitations etc.) for authors.
- Managing authors' calendars and schedules and keeping informed about authors' whereabouts at all times.
- Identifying, opening, generating, maintaining, labelling, updating and closing files, according to task, author and the Firm's requirements.
- Ad hoc tasks as requested.
Baker McKenzie's Employment group is a highly active area of our Australian practice. Our employment lawyers advise on all aspects of employment law including employment contracts, negotiations and disputes with trade unions, anti-discrimination suits and occupational health and safety. Conducting litigation on behalf of clients is also a key area of the practice. Although the practice primarily acts for employer and employer organisations, our lawyers have also been involved in disputation with union organizations and individual employees.
Particular areas of expertise include providing advice on all aspects of the preparation, negotiation and enforcement of employment contracts, redundancies and dealing with contractual disputes relating to employees such as breach of confidentiality agreements. We also offer expertise in drafting and advising on Commission arrangements, general advice on the negotiation and enforcement of State and Federal awards applying to employees, award interpretations, statutes, negotiating site agreements and employment conditions. Advising on Work Health & Safety matters is also a major part of the Employment practice and we frequently advise on all aspects of legislation as well as defending prosecutions. We have particular experience in litigation designed to protect an employer's clients and key employees.
Our Employment lawyers have extensive litigation experience in all aspects of employment law, and appear regularly before the Federal and State Industrial Tribunals, the Anti-Discrimination Tribunals and the Conciliation and Industrial Commissions. In dealing with industrial relations dispute, it is always our objective to attempt to conciliate rather than litigate. The group actively pursues alternative dispute resolution as a means of resolving contentious matters.
Qualifications & Experience
Our ideal candidate would have:
- Previous experience in a similar role, ideally in a law firm or professional services environment supporting multiple fee earners;
- A minimum typing speed of 50 wpm (90% accuracy rate);
- Technical proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
- Excellent customer service and client relationship skills;
- SAP experience (preferred but not required); and
- An Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice) or equivalent qualification is desirable.
- ability to work well in a team environment (including across Australian offices and internationally);
- willingness to learn; and
- willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences.
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At Baker McKenzie, we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were born global. Our Australian practice was established in Sydney in 1964, in Melbourne in 1982 and in Brisbane in 2014. Our lawyers work seamlessly with our global colleagues, collectively providing a capacity of more than 5,600 locally qualified lawyers and 6,000 professional staff in 78 locations across 46 countries.
Baker McKenzie Australia can offer you access to complex, market leading matters working with some of the world's best legal minds – people who know the law and who understand business. We have an unrivalled ability to provide training and secondment opportunities across our global network. Locally, we have an inclusive culture of learning, coaching and opportunity where you will work in small teams on matters that often cross borders. We value people who think ahead and get noticed.
Diversity & Inclusion
Baker McKenzie is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all its employees, with equal opportunity for all to progress and have a meaningful career with our Firm. Our mission is to foster an environment where individuals of every ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, disability, carer status and working style may succeed professionally and fully contribute to the goals of the Firm. As part of our inclusive culture, we encourage applications from all genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Baker McKenzie provides information and support relating to the recruitment process for transgender and gender diverse candidates. Please let us know if you would like to receive this additional support.
Our bAgile program encourages a range of flexible work opportunities for all. We invite you to let us know of any reasonable adjustments you require to equitably participate in the recruitment process or in performing the requirements of this role.
We welcome applications from all candidates, and male candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Please click on the Apply icon to start the online application process for this role. We will be in touch with you once we have reviewed your application. For a confidential discussion and further information, please contact Savannah Miles, Talent Management Coordinator, +61 3 8922 4319.