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Qualifications and experience: 
  • LLB Degree;
  • Postgraduate diploma in drafting and interpretation of contracts highly advantageous;
  • Admission as an Attorney; 
  • Post admission experience of at least 4- 6 years’ (Associate/Senior Associate level at a top tier law firm and at least 2 years’ as in-house counsel at a multinational);
  • Strong corporate and commercial legal background such as drafting, reviewing and negotiating a wide range of agreements according to standard and non-standard frameworks;
  • Transactional work experience ideal (M&A and deal-making);
  • Demonstrate a strong command of legal and technical issues in general commercial litigation;
  • Able to work independently with minimum supervision and demonstrate the ability to work on complex legal matters;
  • Fluency in English with sound legal communication skills (both verbal and written);
  • Must be computer literate – MS Office, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel, MS Word (Advanced Level); 
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of the Companies Act;
  • Exposure into Africa- Strong Advantage;
  • Experience in the property industry – Advantageous.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities: 
Administration and Legal Functions:
  • Dealing with complex Landlord contracts i.e. Private property landlords, municipalities nationally, Intersite, Property funds etc.;
  • Protect the security and confidentiality of the information that is privileged to the company;
  • Deal with site rental / supplier/ landlord queries from time to time;
  • Understand, implement and comment on by-laws and council policies and regulations affecting the company;
  • Assist in all tender related matters in close coordination with the tender department in Paris and the Director of Legal Affairs;
  • Assist with legal queries from Africa business under guidance of the Director of Legal Affairs; 
  • Representation of the company at meetings with various councils and other regulatory bodies under guidance of the Director of Legal Affairs;
  • Provision of sound legal advice across the SSA Group;
  • Researching impact of new legislation including those involving municipal by-laws and National legislation;
  • Guidance and advice to town-planners;
  • Undertaking the roll-out of key projects, e.g.: POPI;
  • Management of litigation function and dispute resolution in coordination with the Director of Legal Affairs;
  • Support Director of Legal Affairs as required;
  • Oversee the company secretarial function of the South African businesses;
  • Implements, under the supervision of the Director of Legal Affairs, legally compliant best business practices and policies in order to protect the company from regulatory and/or legal action; 
  • Minimises potential financial losses through identifying, assessing and mitigating risk; 
  • Training of employees on relevant legislation including training of all staff on the Group’s Code of Ethics.

  • Possess knowledge of all major contracts including drafting, reviewing, negotiating and finalising a variety of contracts including Service Level Agreements, Consultancy Agreements, ICT related agreements, Share Purchase Agreement, Joint Venture, Shareholder Agreements, Corporate Guarantees, Lease Agreements, MOU’s etc;
  • Understand, implement and comment on by-laws, council policies and any other legislation that affects the company’s business;
  • Excellent and demonstrable contract negotiation skills- non-negotiable. 
  • Ensuring a successful contract management system / framework is in place to ensure timeous signing and status of contracts
  • Drafting and reviewing of legal communications.

Key competencies:
  • Strong ability to work under pressure in a fast and demanding environment;
  • Meet and exceed deadlines;
  • Solid interpersonal skills;
  • Sound legal technical ability and knowledge of relevant legislation;
  • Exhibits accurate judgment;
  • Dependable and takes responsibility for actions;
  • Analytical with strong problem-solving skills;
  • Action and results orientation.

The above list of tasks and responsibilities is not exhaustive and the line manager will be entitled to instruct you to carry out additional responsibilities and duties which fall reasonably within the ambit of the job description. 

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