British American Tobacco is looking to hire an Associate Legal Counsel to join our team in Lagos, Nigeria
Reporting to the Head of Legal, the job holder will provide Litigation & other Alternative Dispute Resolution Support/Dispute Avoidance Strategies to the Head of Legal, WCA (West and Central Africa Region) and also provide Company Secretarial, legal, regulatory and strategic support to the BAT Nigeria Foundation (“BATNF”). Also providing other Legal and corporate support as assigned by the Head of Legal, WCA.
Ensure the provision of OTIF (On Time in Full) legal support to drive a ‘zero litigation against the Company’s strategy
Manage external Litigation counsel
Update and manage the Litigation tracker
Review Litigation Processes
Manage and engage BAT witnesses and stakeholders in preparation for trial
Drive for continuous improvement in the control environment (ABAC - Anti Bribery and Corruption, SoBC, Federal and State Legislations and Company Policies) in order to mitigate litigation risks.
BATNF (BAT Nigeria Foundation):
Draft, negotiate and review contractual documentation for BATNF and develop where applicable standard formats, to ensure that the Foundation’s interests are legal, valid, binding, enforceable and adequately protected.
Provide legal advice in corporate governance and regulatory matters for BATNF
Ensure contracts are renewed as and when necessary and terminated as applicable.
Provide active support to Foundation on company secretarial matters, compliance, corporate governance, appropriate legal advice and opinion on legal and regulatory issues.
Effective management of the BATNF’s relationships with Third Parties and Government Authorities and Agencies.
Ensure Business Operating Procedures are strictly adhered to and cost management drivers are enforced.
Ability to identify and engage internal and external stakeholders to build awareness of ‘a zero-litigation strategy’
Strong business acumen, advising the BATNF to deliver results whilst leading business, legal, regulatory and reputational risk
Ability to advocate the Business agenda in a straightforward and compelling way to internal and external stakeholders
A lawyer with:
Professional legal qualifications and practical commercial legal experience of not less than 3 (three) years and up to 8 years
Ability to formulate, advise on and implement legal strategy within a multinational business context
Working knowledge of commercial law, company law and company secretarial management, finance, tax, employment law
Dispute resolution skills
High degree of self-motivation and initiative.
Ability to work well as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
Ability to manage and direct external litigation counsel and BAT’s witnesses.
Experience in dealing with government and regulatory authorities
Ability to apply knowledge of legal drafting to produce standard business critical agreements and adapt creatively where necessary, and proactively communicate legal concepts to business colleagues in clear, simple terms.
Experience in dealing with a wide range of corporate and commercial legal issues and ability to apply such knowledge to the Foundation.
Good commercial judgment; ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision;
Ability to organise, prepare and deliver power point presentations
Effective negotiation skills
Strong inter-personal, oral and written communication skills.
Appropriate level of maturity to provide credibility at senior levels externally and internally
British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries.
We are proud that we are consistently among the top 5 companies on the London Stock Exchange.
Our portfolio includes our world-famous Global Drive Brands – Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans – along with many other leading international brands, such as Vogue, Peter Stuyvesant and State Express 555.
Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our Next Generation Products are already leading the way in the Industry of vapour and tobacco heating devices. We continue to develop a solid portfolio of consumer solutions which already include well known global brands like Vype, glo and Voke.
Contractual Legal Entity: BAT Marketing Nigeria Ltd (NG10)