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Job Title:  Assistant Corporate Counsel

Job Number:  27039

British American Tobacco ( is a market leading, global organisation with a long, established history and a bright and dynamic future. Thanks to our people we have continued to deliver growth and exceed expectations in an increasingly complex and challenging marketplace.

Our aim is to become the leading tobacco company in each of our markets by providing excellent products with confidence and responsibility expected of global consumer brands.

Job Title:             Corporate Counsel

Grade:                G34

Reports To:         Head of LEX

Function:             LEX        

Location:             HO                                                         

Date:                     May 2016




Job Description Details:


Purpose Statement: Provide advice to, and serve as a focal point of contact for, the Marketing, Finance and IT departments (Business Partners); in order to ensure effective protection and promotion of the company’s legal position and commercial interests in these business areas.





  • Labour disputes and unrest
  • Increased tax liabilities
  • Increased risks
  • Increased financial exposure
  • Increase in litigation
  • Monetary losses
  • Loss of sustainable business
  • Loss of business opportunities
  • Weak legal protection and loss of legal rights
  • Damaged business relationships



Principal Accountabilities:


  1.      Operational/Professional/Business

Protect the business from legal and commercial risks by providing business-orientated legal services, including the drafting of contracts, for Business Partners, by paying due regard to quality, timeliness and commercial considerations.

Assist in structuring transactions through sound and effective analyses to minimise costs to the business, as well as proactively managing the mitigation of risks so that the company’s business goals are achieved and productivity is maximised.


  1.    Management

Effectively and optimally mobilise resources to provide services to Business Partners, keeping in mind the key priorities and objectives of the Business Partners.


Review and monitor work processes and performance in order to ensure that services delivered to Business Partners are of a high quality and are completed according to set milestones.


Manage the services provided by external counsel as well as their fees in order to ensure optimal benefit is delivered to the business.



iii. Leadership

Work with business partners by clearly proactively articulating legal requirements in order to deliver business needs in a most efficient and effective manner.

Set challenging targets for self and continually strive to meet these targets in order to strike a personal example of excellence.

In an effective and cogent manner, highlight to the company the relevance and commercial necessity of the role of the corporate counsel and its contribution to the success of the business.


Identify problem/risk areas for Business Partners and present solutions to these areas through active teamwork



iv. Relationship

Forge strong working relationships with Business Partners in order to fully understand their needs and share key information with them.


Develop an effective peer working relationship within the Legal department so that the department functions more efficiently and effectively and contributes meaningfully to the success of the company.


Form strong networks with BAT as well as with outside parties, including banks, CBR and other government authorities, in order to ensure their timely support and assistance for the furtherance of the company’s interests.



v. Innovation


Conduct a continuous process of review and research of the work processes and methods of the company in order to find ways and means of improvement, as well as proactively finding tools to educate the organisation on legal risks.


Focus on opportunities/means for improvement and seek to implement these in order to enhance the productivity of the company and to reduce work complexity.


Additional Information:



  1.      Context / Environment:


In an atmosphere of growing and complex regulatory environment, it is imperative that the company keeps abreast of all developments as well as  striking a balance which allows it to conform to the letter and spirit of all applicable laws, regulations and policies, while still effectively pursuing its business interests. The role of the Legal department is to ensure that the company strikes such a balance. Within the Legal department, the Corporate Counsel has the responsibility of ensuring that the relevant Business Partners abide by all laws, regulations and policies, including the IMS, the IMS 2, the FCTC, and are still able to fully utilize opportunities to maximize their business interests.



  1.     Knowledge, Skills & Experience:


  • Minimum a post graduate in law, but preferably with appropriate professional qualifications.
  • 3 - 5 years of experience of working in a law firm dealing in corporate law matters or in the legal department of a company, bank or appropriate statutory/regulatory or government department.
  • Strong interpretation, drafting, negotiation and communication skills.
  • Effective management and interpersonal skills.
  • A good understanding of corporate laws and regulations.




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