The Head of Legal will be the lead legal adviser to the Jumia management team in Nigeria, with direct line management responsibility for another lawyer in the market.
They will be required to partner with the business in achieving its goals by ensuring that legal and commercials risks are identified and managed effectively through robust contracting and legal risk management, and by delivering clear and practical strategies and solutions.
Negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts across all areas of the business (including commercial, technology, and payments agreements) to protect the commercial and legal interests of the business and maximize value.
Advising on and legal managing risk in relation to consumer protection and payments regulations, including assessing the relevant regulatory requirements and managing relationships with external bodies.
Managing corporate governance and company secretarial work in respect of Jumia legal entity in Nigeria.
Implementing procedures to manage claims and disputes, including pre-action case management, mediation, arbitration and litigation.
Line management and professional development for the Legal Counsel, Nigeria.
Building and managing relationships with our external law firms.
Engaging in other aspects of the legal function and other special projects as topics arise.
Required Qualifications and Skills
Qualified lawyer with a minimum of 10 years of post-qualification legal experience, gained at a leading law firm and in-house at a leading multinational FMCG, fintech, or telco.
Experience advising senior business leaders and executive leadership teams.
Commercial contracts experience in a payments/financial services environment.
Knowledge of the regulatory environment as it impacts payments, digital services, and e-commerce.
Experience working in a fast-growing and agile in-house environment.
Excellent legal drafting skills.
Strong communication skills and ability to communicate knowledge of the law in a manner that is understood and respected by employees.
Commercial application of legal knowledge.
Strong planning, organizational, and management skills, and the ability to meet deadlines.
A good troubleshooter/problem solver who works well under pressure.
Drive to succeed in a challenging and changing environment.
Ability to perform with a high level of discretion, professionalism, and integrity.
A unique experience in an entrepreneurial, yet structured environment
The opportunity to become part of a highly professional and dynamic team working around the world
An unparalleled personal and professional growth as our longer-term objective is to train the next generation of leaders for our future internet ventures.