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South Africa - Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality - Johannesburg
This is a broad-ranging role requiring the incumbent to provide comprehensive legal advice to several clients across a diverse Downstream business. The purpose of the Legal Function is to deliver legal work which supports BP’s ability to meet the world’s energy needs.
The role holder will report to the Managing Counsel, South Africa and will be responsible for providing legal support to BP’s Fuels and Retail business the Lubricants, Marine, and Aviation businesses, both locally and internationally.
Key responsibilities: With a great level of independence, provide proactive and commercially focused legal advice and support to assist in the delivery of the business’ strategic plans and when necessary escalate matters to Managing Counsel Provide an effective compliance environment to manage and reduce legal risk in the business and its operations
Provide local legal support to the Downstream businesses in Southern Africa
Provide simplified business-focused legal solutions to potentially complex or fast-moving problems
Liaising regularly with business colleagues on needs of the business and service delivery to it from the Legal team
Define ways of working between Legal and business and engage the business on implementation
Meet agreed deadlines or, where that is not possible, find the appropriate solution timeously
Supporting the Managing Counsel, SA and representing the Legal Function on specific matters
Support the Managing Counsel, in and if required lead the management and oversight of external law firms, ensuring that the use of such firms is recorded, tracked against estimate and performance of the external firms is monitored against a clear brief or instruction
Proactively creates connections across the business/function in order to leverage and collaborate with other lawyers in Africa and Europe as well as with the other Downstream & Shipping lawyers and specialist teams globally as appropriate
Support the Managing Counsel, SA in driving simplification in all substantive legal areas and the day to day process and creating and maintaining the use of standardised solutions Act consistently in line with BP standards including Code of Conduct
Qualified South African admitted lawyer with Downstream legal experience
Essential Experience and Job Requirements:
Have at least 10 years’ Post Qualification Experience, including time with a reputable South African law firm
Have knowledge of key industry legislation, such as competition, environmental and health & safety laws, as well as South African property law and Deeds Office procedures
Have some litigation experience in both the Magistrates and High Courts
Demonstrable experience in negotiating, drafting and advising on a broad range of commercial contracts
The ability to self-motivate in order to deliver to deadline and manage multiple conflicting demands across a diverse business portfolio
Excellent presentation skills, able to engage and influence a non-legal audience
Excellent English verbal and written communication skills
Able to prioritise work and comfortable handling large workloads under time pressure
Proven track record in effectively collaborating, engaging and communicating with the business and functions to advice on legal issues
Excellence in networking and working in teams
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
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Join us and become a trusted advisor delivering legal support to the group focused on material risk, value and growth, protecting ourselves and enabling the realisation of our purpose, strategy, ambition and aims.
Together we will achieve this by:
• providing professional legal advice and counsel to the entities we support • leading and co-ordinating the identification and management of legal risks • developing a highly skilled, progressive and diverse legal team • supporting the entities in the delivery of their accountabilities • living the bp code and being role models of our values and behaviours