This large corporate is currently looking for a suitably qualified Group General Counsel & Company Secretary. Reporting to the Head of Legal Services - Commercial, you will be responsible for ensuring the provision of timely, accurate and quality business-focused legal and company secretarial advice and other legal services to operations in the Group.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience Required:
LLB or B.Proc Degree.
Admitted Attorney in South Africa.
CIS an advantage.
Min 10 to 15 years’ experience as a Commercial Lawyer (experience in a law firm and a corporate environment preferred).
Proven leadership track record.
Sound knowledge of all relevant South African laws (knowledge of laws relevant to countries of operation an advantage).
Experience as a Company Secretary an advantage.
Sound legal, business and financial acumen.
Skilled in dispute management, including litigation and arbitration tactics and procedures.
Skilled in drafting and negotiating contracts.
Skilled at building and maintaining relationships at all levels, and engaging and influencing at an Executive level.
Willingness to travel to all the Group operations.
Key Performance Areas:
Act as trusted Strategic Legal Advisor to the Group's Executive and the Group throughout Africa, and build collaborative partnerships with the business.
Ensure the provision of timely, accurate and quality business-focused legal advice and other legal services to all operations in the Group, including:
Reviewing, drafting and negotiating agreements that balance legal risks and protections with the commercial, operational and other outcomes agreed with stakeholders; and
Directing and deciding upon the resolution of disputes.
Identify the opportunities and risks faced by each operation and territory, so as to protect the business legally, maximise value and manage risk.
Set legal policy, standards, guidelines and ways of working for the Group.
Oversee regulatory compliance, particularly with competition and anti-bribery and corruption legislation.
Act as Company Secretary and provide company secretarial advice as required by other companies in the Group.
Lead and develop the Group's Legal team (including the in-country Lawyers and Deputy Company Secretary), in alignment with the new Operating Model and wider business strategy, including local ownership and accountability.
Monitor compliance and operations with applicable corporate governance requirements, as well as the listing requirements for listed entities.
Ensure the creation and maintenance of registers and reports appropriate to the legal and company secretarial function.
Partner with the Advocacy function in order to support and minimise risk in engagement with the media, government and regulators.
Assist Internal Audit with the legal aspects of forensic investigations as required.
Liaise with and report regularly, and participate in the broader legal community, as well as build an community of practice, to share knowledge, shape best practice and develop capability.
Regularly review and monitor changes in law, and the consequences thereof for the Group.
Develop and manage budgets, and monitor legal spend.
Manage external Legal Advisors to ensure the provision of cost effective and appropriate legal services.