World leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 66,000 employees and serves more than 3,6 million customers and patients.
Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
Air Liquide’s ambition is to lead its industry, deliver long-term performance and contribute to sustainability.
Entity and activity description
Air Liquide has been supplying industrial gases and services for all Industries, Healthcare, Food and Beverages, and Fabrication in accordance with the top international quality standards in the Southern Africa region for more than 50 years. Our mission is to support country development through continuous improvement and solutions centered on technological innovation.
The legal counsel is accountable to provide assistance to the Head of Legal - Southern Africa, on legal matters relating to the company and its affiliated companies within Southern Africa, including but not limited to:
pre-litigation and litigious claims
commercial, contractual or civil disputes
interpretation and/or negotiation of a wide range of commercial, operational and supply chain contracts
provision of legal support to the various functions of the organization in the areas of business development, sales and marketing, finance, procurement, human resources, engineering, operations and maintenance
assist in the management of corporate governance, legal and regulatory compliance, and statutory secretarial duties.
Missions and Responsibilities
Provide general day-to-day support to the Head of Legal in managing the legal and corporate affairs of the organisation and its subsidiaries, including providing legal support to the various functions of the organisation;
Support with preparing a compliance management system and updating the compliance risk management plan;
Support with interpreting, drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts entered into by the organisation and its subsidiaries and ensuring that all contracts concluded by the organisation and its subsidiaries are appropriately filed and maintained;
Support with commercial and/or contractual (non-litigious) disputes
Support in drafting and/or reviewing supply chain (Procurement department) contractual notices such as terminations, renewals, extensions or awarded bids;
Legal research, interpretation and preparation of legal memorandums;
Maintain and update the internal records and activities undertaken by the organisation and its subsidiaries and be able to provide feedback / reports;
Liaise with external advisors, service providers, consultants, and agents appointed to assist in implementing the objectives of the organisation;
Facilitation of statutory committee, board of directors and general assembly meetings and drafting of related documentation including agendas, minutes, reports, etc of local entities and their subsidiaries;
Maintenance/update of company records such as ordinary and special resolutions, minutes, share registers and/or security registers,
Preparation and submission of amended company records to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commissione.g. the change in director composition;
Support in internal and external statutory legal and regulatory company compliance audits;
Support in corporate governance refresher trainings related to prescribed officers, directors, statutory committee members, or information officers and their deputies;
Support the Legal Assistant in managing debt collection firms, negotiating settlement agreements with debtors, reviewing issued legal correspondence with debtors, attorneys, Business Rescue Practitioners, liquidators such as Letters of Demand, confirmation of ownership of assets, removal of assets, etc;
Support the Head of Legal in handling Ethical alerts;
Maintain and update departmental records;
Stay up to date with applicable industry matters and assist in conducting legal research.
Competencies and Profile
LLB Degree OR Bachelor of Laws OR Bcom of Laws with LLB degree
- Admitted Attorney (or < 3 years post serving Articles of Clerkship at a reputable law firm) - 3 to 5 years experience in the field of corporate/company law, commercial, corporate governance, legal and regulatory compliance.
Know-how specefic to the job :
- Solid understanding and knowledge of South African laws, regulations, codes and soft laws, including but not limited to Contract law, Damages/Delict law, the Companies Act, Protection of Personal Information Act, Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act, King Reports on Corporate Governance, and the like. - Solid understanding of legal procedures, notably relating to commercial disputes, alternative dispute resolution or litigious civil matters. - Solid drafting, reviewing, negotiating and/or settling of legal documents such as contracts, letters, opinions. - Solid legal research skills including appropriate citation or referencing. - Knowledge of regulators mandated to monitor the organization’s corporate affairs i.e. B-BBEE Commission, Competition Commission, Information Regulator, CIPC etc. - Computer literacy.
Other Key Competencies :
Initiating Action - Taking prompt action to accomplish work goals; taking action to achieve results beyond what is required; being proactive
- Performance and Responsibility - action to manage all changes or to mitigate the uncertainties occurring as a result of change to achieve the Group's objectives.
Adaptable - Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment (e.g. people, processes, structure, or culture); adjusting effectively to change by exploring the benefits, trying new approaches, and collaborating with others to make the change successful.