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The main purpose of the role is to provide legal services to all DHL entities throughout Eastern Anglophone Africa in order to minimise the risk of legal exposure in key activities relating to commercial and operating practices. You will support the Head of Legal for the region and representing the company in all aspects of legal requirements to ensure that company processes & procedures comply with local & international legislation & standard corporate practices, in particular competition compliance and data protection.
•Provide risk analysis with respect to legal and commercial matters to ensure preventative measures are taken so as to protect the legal and commercial interests of the company.
•Liaise with external legal counsel across region to handle legal matters in various areas of the law including finance, insurance, general corporate, litigation, regulatory matters, human resources and commercial/corporate.
•Ensure departmental visibility and control of various legal matters across region.
•Draft & review contracts & other legal documents, providing professional guidance and training to minimise legal exposure to the company.
•Provide professional advice & guidance to involved parties in order to maximise the legal operating practices of the company.
•Ensure company is kept informed of any substantial legal changes that may have an impact on the commercial performance of the company.
•Produce regular & ad-hoc reports & other administrative assistance within the Legal department.
•Manage enquiries & provide data to international departmental functions as required.
•Carry out tasks as required in order to support legal department team members and business units
Nature and scope:
Operating within the legal department, providing a broad range of legal support & services to our operating entities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi and Ethiopia, and our agents in South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti and Burundi in order to maximise business opportunities with minimal risk of legal exposure.
Reports to the Head of Legal MEA, and has accountability to several company heads, including the Area Director, South and Eastern Africa and the CEO Africa for DHL Express as well as the various country managers and agent owners.
Ability to make effective and accurate decisions on various legal matters based on gathering accurate information from internal customers and information provided by governmental departments and external legal counsel.
Handling complex legal challenges by identifying legal issue and utilization of best resources available to resolve such challenges in the best interests of the company.
Needs to base decisions on sound legal expertise in order to minimise the company exposure & maximise business opportunities. The Head of Legal will determine on a case-by-case basis, the degree of autonomy this role has.
•Planning and Organisation
The incumbent needs to be able to effectively manage & prioritise multiple tasks & activities to ensure timely response to requests & resolution of issues.
Ability to effectively manage multiple challenges whilst ensuring meeting of deadlines and maintaining high levels of responsiveness to internal and external clients. It is critical that candidate has a good working knowledge of business processes and develops understanding of how DHL operates within those processes.
•10-30% travel post Covid
•No direct reports
•No budgetary responsibility
•Bachelor Degree in Law; 8 years PQE from a reputable university; or Juris Doctor with at least 10 years experience.
•High degree of personal integrity;
•Essential to have good commercial/corporate awareness;
•Fluency in English: Written and Spoken; fluency in French desirable;
•Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the business;
•Attention to detail;
•Able to act within several legal facets.