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We are currently looking for genuine people, with a bold approach to deliver helpful outcomes to join our team

We embrace advisors with skill sets and personalities that are outside the norm, including non-law skills and backgrounds.

If you like the idea of working across consulting, legal and/or commercial to develop creative solutions to challenging client problems, you will fit right in at Proximity.

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Our advisors are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the bigger picture issues.

Profile

Proximity sets a high bar for recruitment. Our employees must have the right combination of technical skills and culture fit. Proximity values employees that are:

  • genuine
  • innovative
  • helpful
  • technically excellent
  • practical
  • strategic
  • enthusiastic
  • efficient
  • easy going
  • team players.

Proximity values diversity of background and skills and embraces advisors with skill sets and personalities that are outside the norm, including non-law skills and backgrounds.

Our values

Our values are central to everything we do and stand for:

  • genuine people — we are the people you want to work with
  • helpful outcomes — we provide helpful outcomes and generously share our experience and knowledge
  • bold approach — we think differently, we’re innovative and wide open to new ideas
Our structure

The roles within our group are:

  • principal advisor
  • expert consultant
  • special advisor
  • senior advisor
  • advisor
  • graduate
Benefits

Our team has access to many benefits:

  • Genuinely caring and collaborative workplace
  • Career and wellbeing manager
  • Health and wellbeing allowance
  • Professional development allowance
  • Exposure to a true multi-disciplinary professional services firm
  • Paid Maternity/paternity leave
  • Legal Practicing Certificate reimbursement
  • Flexible working environment
  • Fresh fruit, coffee machine and biscuits
  • Leafy outlook and natural light
  • Centrally located office
  • Monthly office social events
  • Underground carparking and free on street carparking
  • Free Canberra Triathlon Festival entry (participation is optional )
  • Promotion opportunities
  • Secondment opportunities
  • Recruitment referral bonus
  • Pro bono opportunities
  • Opportunities to partner with our chosen charities

In addition, we provide opportunities for pro bono, career progression, continuing professional development and all the usual practice management assistance—including insurance, professional membership and a practising certificate.

We employ both ongoing employees and casual and contract employees.

We also offer salary packaging that is tailored to suit employees’ preferences. Proximity employees can choose how they divide their salary package between salary, additional superannuation, additional leave, or car allowance.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Proximity is committed to being a good corporate citizen.

Proximity also looks to show leadership in other areas of legal practice and social responsibility, such as:

  • Proximity’s completely paperless office. We work on a cloud based system, which is designed around our onsite service delivery model. All correspondence and matters are conducted electronically. Proximity employees can access information and perform services remotely on any electronic device and can edit a matter document, search for a precedent or post information to colleagues anywhere, anytime and without printing.
  • Proximity’s flexible work environment that is supportive of people trying to balance work with family or other pursuits. We don’t have individual staff budgets and we embrace part time work. Proximity has always promoted being smart and efficient rather than being workaholics. Proximity staff can work on significant, high-quality projects on a part-time basis and they can take an unlimited number of weeks leave per year.
  • Proximity’s continuous staff engagement. Recently NAB, Microsoft, Deloitte and Accenture were applauded for moving away from the rigid once-yearly performance reviews. Proximity’s innovative approach meant that we never introduced them in the first place. Instead we rely on regular, continuous appraisal, training and mentoring identification, and performance feedback.
  • Proximity’s sponsorship of the Proximity Government and Business Triathlon to bring together clients, colleagues, friends and family in a supportive and fun environment that got people out from behind their desks and into physical activity.
  • Proximity being the first incorporated legal practice to sign up to the pro bono aspirational target and our work with the Australian Pro Bono Centre to develop a Statement of Principles suitable for incorporated legal practices.

Proximity was the first incorporated legal practice to become a signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre’s Aspirational Target. In fact, we worked with the Centre in late 2011 to develop a Statement of Principles that applies to incorporated legal practices (as distinct from law firms). The Centre now uses this Statement of Principles for all incorporated legal practices.

We also provide significant pro bono services to:

  • Menslink: Supporting young men in the Canberra region for over 15 years through free counselling, volunteer mentoring and education programs
  • The Farm in Galong: Providing a place of restoration for women and children affected by substance abuse, with a aim to reunite families and provide a strong foundation for long-term recovery
  • Inclusive Australia: Improving social inclusion through behaviour change science-backed activities and outreach that addresses inclusion across Australia
  • Women’s Legal Centre (ACT & Region): Improving women’s lives through specialist legal representation, support and advocacy.
  • Fearless Women: Providing outreach and support services dedicated to girls and young women in the Canberra region
Supplier Diversity

We use a diverse range of suppliers including Indigenous owned, minority owned, women owned, disability inclusive as well as small and micro businesses for printing, design and merchandise.

Equal Opportunity

Proximity is an equal opportunity employer.
Here’s a snapshot of who we are and how we value and foster diversity.

For further details, including gender breakdown of our staff, please download our Equal Opportunity Statement.

FAQs

Type of work

Proximity has a team of advisors with significant experience undertaking government sector advisory and legal work. Proximity is appointed to the Australian Government’s Legal Services Multi Use List to provide legal services across all the substantive areas of law: government and administrative law, corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution and litigation. This enables Proximity to provide legal services to all Australian Government agencies – big and small.

What sort of background and experience does Proximity look for in its advisors?

Proximity generally looks for advisors that have worked in the public and/or private sector as lawyers or procurement and commercial advisors and understand government. Our advisors need to understand the regulatory and policy framework within which government and regulated industry clients operate. We have a range of experience in our team from senior general counsel level to paralegals, and all our advisors have experience in major legal or consulting firms or highly regarded in-house legal and procurement teams.

Does Proximity allow flexible working arrangements?

Yes. While some of our advisors work on a full-time basis, many of our lawyers work part-time for a reduced number of days per week or work reduced hours five days per week. We are happy to explore full-time, part-time, casual and contract arrangements.

If I am working onsite with clients how do I get to interact with other Proximity advisors?

Proximity has a strong team culture and works very hard to maintain close contact with all advisors regardless of their physical location. Our IT platform allows real-time remote collaboration on all our work and we get the entire team together regularly to discuss and share our work experiences. We also have regular social get-togethers so we can get to know one another in a more relaxed and social setting.

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Manager – Client Engagement

We are currently seeking to appoint an experienced, motivated and energetic Manager – Client Engagement to undertake a key role in the management of our client base, pursuits, tender and proposal submissions, pricing, and resource management.

This position is based in our Canberra office, reporting to our Senior Manager – Client Engagement. This key role within Proximity’s Business Service Team will contribute to the effective and efficient management of:

  • client engagement and the associated client engagement strategies
  • submission of proposals to strategic and complex tenders
  • project performance management
  • project budget management
  • opportunity identification

This role has career path opportunities for high performers to receive professional growth and development opportunities to progress within the business.

We are seeking to recruit a client engagement professional who shares our values and vision and has skills and key attributes in the following areas;

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this role, applicants should address the following selection criteria:

  • Previous experience as a senior consultant who has:
    • managed pre-contract activities, including market and client awareness
    • managed contracts and engagements (resourcing, performance, extensions, invoicing and reporting, transition etc)
    • identified opportunities and has the capacity to cross promote
    • identified and actioned opportunities to increase profile
    • collaborated across functions to develop pursuit plans and responses to complex and strategic tenders
    • developed pricing methodology and manage the development of commercial offers through estimating, financial and operational inputs
    • developed value propositions and win themes
    • manage negotiation and post-tender handovers and debriefs
    • established and managed KPIs and performance management framework
    • manage the review of pricing and cost build ups, including all fixed and variable cost elements for varying commercial arrangements
  • The capacity to develop strong knowledge and understanding of all Proximity service lines and the capability and capacity of the Proximity team.
  • The capacity to synthesis and distil content from various sources into a coherent narrative for proposals.
  • Exceptional stakeholder management skills
  • Very high-level and professional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to liaise with a variety of different people.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills, including the ability to set priorities and work to strict deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work independently, and as part of a team.
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Commercial & Public Law – Legal, Manager

Due to growth in our business, Proximity is currently seeking to appoint an experienced, motivated, and energetic Advisor to join our Team.

At Proximity, the role of a Commercial & Public Law Legal Advisor is broad in nature, so perfect for those who have diverse experience within this space and/or are seeking professional variety moving forward. Prior experience working within or with a Federal Government department in a Legal position will see you excel in this position.

This position is based in our Canberra office, where you will be a key team member delivering legal on-site or advisory services to predominantly government departments.

To be successful in this role, you will have demonstrated experience and proven capability in the following areas:

  • You enjoy helping government clients solve real problems. You may have experience working on strategic and complex legal advice for major government procurement projects, legislative reform programs or regulatory programs.
  • You have highly regarded stakeholder engagement and management skills and clients find you helpful and genuine. You have strong strategic and analytical skills and you have experience a broad legal position.
  • Strong communications skills and the ability to work collaboratively, liaise and engage with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Commercial acumen.
  • Curiosity. The desire to test new ideas or seek new information to inform decisions.
  • An innovator who can think outside of the standard process to get better value outcomes.
  • Strategic thinker that can apply the strategy through sound tactical decisions and planning.
  • The ability to create, interpret and follow legislation, process and procedures from a range of sources.

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Manager/ Senior Manager – Strategic Consulting

We are currently seeking to appoint an experienced, motivated, and energetic Strategic Consultant to join our Team.

At Proximity, the role of a Strategic Consultant is broad in nature, so perfect for those who have diverse experience within this space and/or are seeking professional variety moving forward. Prior experience working within or with a Federal or State Government department advising on organisational planning & transformation, risk management and compliance, policy, programs, grants and regulation, reviews, investigations and inquiries and/or stakeholder engagement will see you excel in this position.

This position is based in our Canberra office, where you will be a key team member delivering advisory services to predominantly government departments.

To be successful in this role, you will have demonstrated experience and proven capability in the following areas:

  • At least 3 years’ management consulting experience or equivalent experience within a government agency.
  • Experience in reviews, design, planning and transformation, preferably for government sector organisations.
  • Proven ability to provide client-centric solutions to any problem.
  • An innovator who can think outside the standard process to achieve better value outcomes.
  • Strategic thinker that can design and apply strategy through sound tactical decisions and planning.
  • The ability to create process and procedures from a range of sources.
    • Designed, managed, or evaluated grants, projects or programs.
    • Undertaken risk and compliance reviews or designed and implanted risk management frameworks.
    • Analysed data to determine possible solutions to complex problems.
    • Designed, implemented or reviewed government policy.
    • Undertaken assurance reviews or engaged in reviews, investigations and inquiries.
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Experienced government lawyers

We are interested in talking with experienced government lawyers with strong communication, strategic and analytical skills, very good attention to detail and experience in any of the following areas:

  • public law
  • statutory interpretation
  • administrative law
  • legislative development
  • regulatory frameworks
  • information access and privacy.
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Commercial Advisor

We are currently seeking to appoint an experienced, motivated, and energetic Advisor to join our Team.

At Proximity, the role of a Commercial Advisor is broad in nature, so perfect for those who have diverse experience within this space and/or are seeking professional variety moving forward. Prior experience working within or with a Federal Government department in Procurement, contract management, negotiation, risk management and/or stakeholder engagement will see you excel in this position.

This position is based in our Canberra office, where you will be a key team member delivering commercial advisory services to predominantly government departments.

To be successful in this role, you will have demonstrated experience and proven capability in the following areas:

  • Understanding of the concept and application of value for money.
  • Strong communications skills and the ability to work collaboratively, liaise and engage with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Commercial acumen.
  • Curiosity. The desire to test new ideas or seek new information to inform decisions.
  • Negotiation skills and a level of comfort in negotiating.
  • An innovator who can think outside of the standard process to get better value outcomes.
  • Strategic thinker that can apply the strategy through sound tactical decisions and planning.
  • The ability to create, interpret and follow legislation, process and procedures from a range of sources.
    • Developed or contributed to Business Cases and new policy proposals.
    • Working up cost models and financial management for projects and programs.
    • Providing probity advice to ensure ethical behaviour during procurement processes.
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