The Knowledge Lawyer for Asia Pacific International Commercial & Trade Group (the "Group" or "IC&T") (Part-time (0.5 FTE), permanent) will manage and execute legal content projects, training, and knowledge initiatives for the Group, with a particular focus on international trade and cross-border commerce in the Asia Pacific region, within the context of the firm's knowledge strategy.
To make first-class IC&T knowledge easily available to lawyers and IC&T practitioners (collectively referred to as “lawyers”), increasing the quality, consistency, and/or cost-effectiveness of the advice that Baker McKenzie gives its clients, including:

Knowledge and Expertise

  • Precedents. Draft, develop and automate the Group's precedents and other legal content
  • Current awareness and commercial/industry know-how.  Keep abreast and provide regular updates on key developments impacting the Group.  Apply an understanding of key clients' industries and businesses to all activities. Work with other Practice Groups (“PG”) and Industry Groups (“IG”) to provide the most holistic legal, commercial, and industry know-how possible.
  • Leverage industry periodicals and media to enhance industry knowledge. Involve self with industry bodies, including by coordinating attendance at meetings and calls and by joining working groups and subcommittees
  • Lawyer requests. Respond to ad hoc enquiries from lawyers with on-point, thorough and timely answers. Develop a reputation as a go-to expert
  • Knowhow development. Collect and input the Group's know-how into the firm's global repository of knowledge and populate global, multi-jurisdictional databases and resources.  Identify gaps in knowhow and work to fill them, ensuring content development is progressive
  • Training. Identify the Group's training needs. Meet training needs by delivering, participating in, and promoting training. Leverage firm resources and processes to produce training materials and courses efficiently and of the highest possible quality
  • Client-facing knowledge.  Provide legal input into client-facing initiatives, including client training and legal content for proposals and other business development resources.  Identify Group hot topics and write, commission, and deliver content such as alerts, thought leadership reports, and talking points. Educate self about PG/IG's Industry Key Clients
  • Policy initiatives and capacity-building. Participate in and respond to policy consultations and regulatory developments

Service Orientation

  • Relationships. Promote and identify ways to strengthen the Group's knowledge culture.  Build lasting relationships throughout the firm through collaboration, mutual respect and a reputation for competence.  Advocate and be a positive spokesperson for Knowledge. Nurture relationships with trainees and junior lawyers. Support diversity and inclusion, CSR and pro bono activities      

Work Management

  • Operations and innovation.  Proactively seek ways to improve your own and team's service and efficiency and contribute to best practices.  Actively participate in Knowledge projects 
  • Systems. Support and drive adoption of Knowledge systems. Take ownership of delivery. Schedule one-on-one meetings and presentations to promote Knowledge systems
  • Strategy, alignment and integration. Understand and promote the Group's business and Knowledge plans. Structure time and priorities in accordance with the Group's business and Knowledge plans and provide input into them

Skills and Experience:

  • Law degree
  • Current license to practice law (or eligibility for one); preferably admitted in a Commonwealth jurisdiction
  • Strong post-qualification experience as a practicing lawyer with a high level of technical ability in key areas of international trade (imports, exports), and preferably some experience interacting with regulators, supply chain, or the mechanics of cross-border commerce
  • Excellent English language skills (verbal and written) and the confidence to communicate in a multi-cultural, multi-level environment
  • Experience working directly with senior counterparts on strategy and execution
  • Excellent time management and organizing skills; ability to prioritise and manage time to meet deadlines
  • Strong word processing and spreadsheet skills
  • Experience in or willingness to learn document automation and other legal tech