Financial giant urgently seeks to employ a qualified Legal Adviser.
Establishment, alignment and management of target and budget goals whilst ensuring effective control of costs the function to increase cost efficiency
Identification and communication of potential financial risks with a legal implication
Cultivate and manage objective working relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including external attorneys, Group Legal Services, Legal Services, business and external stakeholders and industry bodies to ensure business is in the position to obtain expert opinion on specialist areas of law.
Deliver exceptional service that exceeds customers’ expectations through proactive, innovative and appropriate solutions
Maintenance of expert knowledge on relevant legislation industry best practices and provision of proactive advice and solutions to relevant stakeholders. Research and provide legal opinion on a variety of issues and new business projects within the business to proactively identify, assess and manage legal risk.
Provide timeous, professional advice and solutions in respect of legal matters to persons within the business, on request or initiated, resulting in business sustainability and risk mitigation. Maintain a constantly updated 'library' of advice that has been requested and given internally, including updates relating to legislation.
Draft and review legal agreements, including Service Level Agreements and other legal documentation to adequately manage legal risks.
Monitor, analyse and evaluate the impact and legal implications of developments in the financial services industry and related areas, including the activities of competitors, and pro-actively recommend effective courses of action so that either a stance may be adopted or potential threats may be averted.
Identify report and mitigate legal risk at a product, process and/or channel level within the business unit. Benchmark current practices against the legal risk management framework and adjust practices as and when necessary. Ensure legally compliant best business practices and policies in order to protect the organisation from legal action
Implementation, benchmarking and improving of all business processes in the designated area of responsibility. Actively monitor changes in law, regulations, technology and relevant industry practices and ensure appropriate interventions are defined.
Draft, review / update and re-negotiate legal agreements and other legal documentation to adequately manage legal risks
Monitor relevance of legal documentation to ensure consistency across business, identify risks and within legal standards.
Deal with litigation matters involving the business to manage legal risk and liaise with Ombudsman when necessary. Proactively resolves disputes to avoid litigation and ombudsman referrals.
Benchmark current practices against the group legal risk management framework and adjust practices as and when necessary. Ensures legally compliant best business practices and policies in order to protect the organisation from legal action
Identify room for improvement or 'loopholes' in the current mandates space and provide general legal advice
Identify and Communicate current and anticipated Legal issues/risks.
Plan and manage performance, skills development, employment equity, talent and culture of team in order to improve innovation, achieve efficiencies and increase competencies
Manage personal development to increase own skills and competencies
Minimum qualification: LLB
Strong knowledge of short term insurance is NOT negotiable - Practical in house experience will be required.
5 to 8 years related experience post admission, with a preference for financial services experience.
A broad understanding of the financial services industry
In-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant Legislation.