Senior Legal Counsel

  • Permanent Intermediate position

  • Pretoria, Gauteng

  • R800,000 - R850,000 pa cost to company

  • Job 2151963 | Ref AF_1004_3643

  • Posted 04 Oct 2017 by Afrizan Personnel

About the Position

Do you have what it takes to be a Senior Legal Counsel for a company that offers financial wellness products & services? You will provide service for the legal function that fulfils a statutory, reporting and legal advisory service to business units within the Investments and Savings Centre of Excellence (ISCOE), also advise on business direction based on legal risk management interpretation.

As a Senior Legal Counsel your duties will consist of the following:

  • In collaboration with the Head: Legal plan, implement and take joint accountability for the best practice framework of Legal Risk Management in response to the business strategy
  • Provide support to the Head: Legal in furthering the aims and objectives of the Governance Services function
  • Ensure that internal contracting parties understand the content and implications of contracts proposed and/or entered into
  • Evaluate contracts relative to the abovementioned business understanding and advise the business of the implications of all contracts
  • Drive the management and amelioration of risk arising from litigation
  • Contribute to the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on a process to gather organisational feedback regarding the application of Legal Risk Management practices, processes and performance
  • Contribute to the identification of Legal Risk Management process issues, analysis of external benchmarks and development of solutions to determine the best operational course of action
  • Drive and ensure compliance to the ISCOE governance, relevant legislation and risk mitigation strategies
  • Ensure effective relationships and SLA management with internal and external stakeholders
  • Build and maintain excellent relationships between the Legal Risk Management team and key internal interest groups
  • Ensure optimised customer service when dealing directly with end-user clients
  • Provide a professional Legal Risk Management service
  • Participate in the design and application of a stakeholder feedback capability in respect of Legal Risk Management service delivery
  • Contribute to the competitive edge of Legal Risk Management through external networking and benchmarking in industry and national forums
  • Track and address Legal Risk Management related complaints and identify trends and major issues to be addressed

About The Employer

  • LLB or similar legal qualification
  • Admitted attorney is an advantage
  • Minimum 8 years' experience in commercial and corporate law, with substantial experience in the financial services industry, experience must specifically include: Good understanding of derivative financial instruments
  • Sound legislative knowledge of the regulations impacting the investment and financial services industry
  • Knowledge of ISDA's, CSA's, GMRA's and GMSLA's
  • Knowledge of financial products
  • Advanced skills in negotiating and drafting of commercial contracts, including investment related agreements
  • Application of legal principles in all spheres of commercial and corporate law
  • Providing general legal advice, including legal research
  • Identification and mitigation of legal risks within the business
  • Experience in managing people

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