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Job Title:  Legal and External Affairs Manager

Job Number:  25549

Country: Kenya
Function: Legal & External Affairs
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent

BAT Group [] is one of the world’s leading multi-category consumer goods companies with a long-established history & presence in over 180 countries, including 17 markets in East Africa. 
Over the years, BAT has continued to grow from strength to strength thanks to our market-leading brands, a successful strategy, talented people and our purpose to build A Better Tomorrow for our consumers, shareholders, employees and society.  
The accelerated pace of transformation both in our industry and the organisation demands that our people are BOLD, FAST, EMPOWERED, DIVERSE & RESPONSIBLE. As our organisation evolves, we continue to focus on this ethos, which are our culture and also define the leadership capabilities that our people display in their daily way of working.

If you have the talent and motivation to succeed, you’ll find that BAT is equally committed to helping you reach your full potential

We would like to conduct a Talent Map – To build a pool of candidates for senior roles within our Legal and External Affairs department. Note that talent mapping is not an active recruitment to fill an existing vacancy but a process to identify & build a pipeline of potential external candidates who a] have the interest in working for BAT; b] meet the requirements of the role and c] will be contacted once suitable opportunities become available. 

Go on, submit your application and we will reach out to you once the opportunity matching your profile is available.


1.    Government Affairs Manager

•    Drive market engagement strategy with key internal and external stakeholders to help shape the local business environment and execute global engagement strategies as appropriate 
•    Develop and execute relevant strategies and plans to ensure that: 
o    we maintain our rights to operate in a complex and technical regulatory environment; 
o    mitigate the impact and cost of technical regulations, business activities and regulatory compliance; 
o    promote credible technical and scientific positions to regulators and 3rd parties; 
o    encourage governments to develop evidence-based regulations supporting commercialisation of potentially reduced risks products [PRRPs] such as Vaping and Oral Products.
•    Provide the business with timely regulatory insights/updates to support decision-making 
•    Identify and manage relationships with key stakeholders in order to execute engagements
•    Manage execution of the internal & external engagement strategy and plan

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

•    A degree in either a] biological or health sciences, b] economics, c] law, d] public policy, e] political science, OR f] International relations
•    Experience in either a] understanding of Health Authorities Regulatory requirements, b] working knowledge of public affairs, c] trade blocs, OR d] fiscal and regulatory processes with a minimum of 6-8 years’ experience within Government, International Institutions, FMCG and other organisations
•    Ability to apply basic project management principles to campaign execution
•    Strong negotiation, written and verbal skills
•    Ability to apply strong strategic, analytical skills and good judgment
•    Appropriate level of maturity to provide credibility at senior levels externally and internally

2.    Corporate Affairs Manager

•    To work with the global, regional and area communications structures to implement the Group’s communications strategies locally within the East Africa Markets
•    To oversee and manage the development and implementation of:
o    internal and 
o    external communications strategies, 
o    company’s sustainability strategies to benefit society, build positive stakeholder relationships, whilst strengthening the company’s value chain and proposition. 
•    To provide communications advice, strategic and operational communications support to all business functions & key project teams
•    Analyse and interpret information relating to activities, issues & events potentially impacting upon the business.  Manage any remedial actions required to ensure the reputation of the company is not adversely affected.
•    Ensure that our sustainability actions result in the company being regarded as responsible and being compliant with all relevant laws, codes and practices 
•    Deliver a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy that is aligned to the BAT Group’s focus areas for its markets, underpinned by real community needs and sustainable business actions

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

•    A business degree with specialisation in Communications, Public Relations or International Relations
•    Minimum of 6-8 years’ of experience in a consultancy or in-house function in the areas of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, including being a spokesperson 
•    Strong negotiation, written and verbal skills
•    Ability to apply strong strategic, analytical skills and good judgment
•    Appropriate level of maturity to provide credibility at senior levels externally and internally

3.    Legal Counsel 

•    To proactively manage all legal matters pertaining to Marketing, Brand activities, New Categories and to successfully implement & execute functional strategy & objectives
•    Monitor and interpret the legislative environment to ensure that proactive legal advice and support is provided to the business on legislation concerning tobacco products and New Categories in the respective end markets  
•    Manage BAT’s litigation portfolio, Trade activities, Anti-Illicit Trade (AIT), Intellectual Property across East Africa Markets 
•    Delivery of an effective litigation strategy for managing and reporting all ongoing and potential litigations
•    Proactive management of litigation risks & regularly monitoring key developments in the litigation arena, identifying issues that would directly impact BAT’s operations 
•    Support the business’ anti-illicit trade (AIT) plans and activities by reviewing them for compliance with the relevant local laws and BAT policies as well as supporting any proactive review of existing or proposed laws.
•    Render timely legal advice to the business on Competition Law compliance, Intellectual Property law (including trademark protection and management), Excise and regulatory engagements.
•    Support the management of BAT’s Intellectual Property portfolio in the respective end markets ensuring timely registration or renewal of trademarks and assisting with the management of any related disputes or litigations.

Legal Counsel 

•    Drive and communicate an effective governance and corporate reporting framework to senior management and external regulatory bodies as appropriate
•    Champion and ensure adequate measures are in place for adherence to the BAT Group Standards of Business Conduct, applicable policies and internal controls/systems, and direct internal SoBC investigations appropriately.
•    Advise on and be actively involved in any proposed changes to the corporate structure and governance practices for any BAT East Africa Market [EAM] entities.
•    Develop and monitor the Business’ compliance with the Capital Markets Act, Companies Act 2015, Occupational Health and Safety laws, Data Protection laws, Competition laws and other applicable statutes
•    Develop and drive the maintenance of control systems and appropriate company policies to proactively deal with risks, violations of legal, governance guidelines and internal policies and evaluate the efficiency of internal controls for continuous improvement.
•    Provide support and advice on governance aspects, compliance and relevant internal controls to the Boards of Trustees of various BAT retirement benefit schemes in EAM.
•    Ensure adequate implementation and compliance with the agreed records management programme and policies across EAM and develop cost-effective best practice solutions in line with records management resources.
•    Keep abreast of arising regulatory developments as well as evolving best practices in corporate governance practices and corporate compliance measures.


Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

•    A recognized legal qualification through a reputable academic institution and competence in providing legal advice to internal stakeholders.  Qualification as a Company Secretary, Financial Auditor or Governance Auditor is an added advantage
•    Minimum of 6-8 years’ of experience in both external & inhouse legal practise handling either a] commercial litigation b] arbitration c] regulatory d] compliance & good goernance practises e] Marketing & Trade activities as well as emerging trends and issues.
•    Strong negotiation, written and verbal skills. 
•    Ability to apply strong strategic, analytical skills and good judgment. 
•    Appropriate level of maturity to provide credibility at senior levels externally and internally
•    Excellent knowledge of reporting procedures and corporate record keeping
•    Ability to critically analyse and provide direction on compliance and governance issues. 

4.    Risk & Security Manager

•    Provide a co-ordinated and comprehensive threat-driven security risk management service of the highest quality, ensuring that risks to company personnel, assets and business operations/activities are properly identified, evaluated and countered in a timely and cost-effective manner.
•    Conduct security risk assessments, identify the subsequent security risk issues & advise the business on commensurate mitigation measures 
•    Conduct security reviews & identify threats to company personnel, assets, intellectual property, installations & operations and puts in place mitigation measures. 
•    Identify Information Security risks, internal & external threats and puts in place mitigation measures. Provides information protection awareness training and monitors compliance to Information Security with the agreed standards. 
•    Facilitate & co-ordinate the Business Continuity, Crisis Management & Disaster Recovery process & coordinate responses by the Crisis Management Team. Participate in training & testing exercises
•    Effectively communicate with cross functional teams in an endeavour to resolve criminal activities committed in the business. Co-ordinate & conduct security interviews & produce investigation reports.
•    Support Anti Illicit Trade intelligence and enforcement procedures within the relevant legal framework affecting illicit trade in the end market

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

•    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with 6-8 years’ experience at a senior level in either of the following fields: investigations, security, business controls, compliance, audit & risk management 
•    Good influencing skills with ability to interact with all levels of senior management – this should be demonstrated by successful experience in business partnership and decision support.
•    Ability to make swift, balanced decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required.
•    Experience in project and programme management.
•    Excellent critical thinking and analysis of threats, security risks and operational threat actors.
•    Strong negotiation, written and verbal skills. 


British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries.

We are proud that we are consistently among the top 5 companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Our portfolio includes our world-famous Global Drive Brands – Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans – along with many other leading international brands, such as Vogue, Peter Stuyvesant and State Express 555.

Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our Next Generation Products are already leading the way in the Industry of vapour and tobacco heating devices. We continue to develop a solid portfolio of consumer solutions which already include well known global brands like Vype, glo and Voke.

Contractual Legal Entity: BAT Area (KE11)

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