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Job Title:  Associate Manager - Commercial Legal

Job Number:  33962

BAT is evolving at pace - truly like no other organisation.

To achieve the ambition, we have set for ourselves, we are looking for colleagues who are ready to live our ethos every day. Come be a part of this journey!

BAT Tech Hub Malaysia is Looking for an Associate Manager - Commercial Legal (HR & Employment Law)

Seniority Level: Management Role


Salary Range: (To Be Discussed) + excellent benefits + market leading bonus

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia




  • Delivering a high professional standard of legal support to the Company through the application of excellent counselling, drafting and negotiation skills.
  • Providing proactive advice and support to business partners and stakeholders, locally and globally.
  • Participating actively in problem-solving and decision-making in all areas of the business, and consistently working to minimize and manage commercial and legal risks.
  • Providing the Legal Counsel with quality and proactive commercial and legal support and advice, to support the achievement of the LEX function’s business and strategic objectives.


Reporting Level: Legal Counsel

Geographic Scope: Global






  • Providing overall legal advice and service to the entire organization in a manner which advances its business objectives while effectively managing relevant risks.
  • Structuring, negotiating, drafting and advising on execution of all transactions including but not limited to Global Business Services and other business operations.
  • Ensuring proper corporate governance in place for internal compliance.
  • Proactively providing pragmatic and sound advice to support the Company's commercial and corporate activities.
  • Ensuring appropriate procedures and processes are followed for all company policies and agreements from creation to execution, and end to end.
  • Supporting and ensuring that employment related matters are properly managed and reported to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Promoting and helping support legal awareness across the Company.
  • Contributing to the build and maintenance of a central legal knowledge centre (precedents, training material, induction material, etc)
  • Developing and delivering training to support understanding and compliance by employees at all levels of the Company, in relation to corporate governance related policies and standards.



  • Embracing the Company’s values, vision and culture by actively applying these to the role and advocating these with colleagues.
  • Demonstrating excellence in own work by improving technical and managerial skills as identified and agreed in personal development plan.
  • Proactively seeking to identify opportunities to create legal awareness and working to improve the Company's position.
  1. Demonstrating personal and professional experience by:
  2. sharing best practices and knowledge efficiently;
  3. outstanding management of significant legal risks to the business; and
  4. concentrating at being lawyers at the heart of the business
  • Establishing strong links with the Global LEX community and contributing to the success of the LEX function.
  • Proactively engaging and working cross-functionally and effectively with stakeholders globally to fully understand and support their business needs.
  • Keeping abreast of developments in the relevant areas of law and to advise functions and stakeholders of the legal impact when appropriate.
  • Identifying opportunities to develop and apply standardized processes and documentation to support simplification, improve productivity and reduce complexity.
  • Working closely within the Commercial Legal team to support a ‘One Team’ concept.
  • Demonstrating continuous improvement & development of self by always ensuring behaviour aligns with company ethos.




  • Malaysia, UK or equivalent qualified lawyer (called to the Bar) with a minimum of 4 years post qualification experience, gained at reputable law firms and experience as an in-house counsel would be an added advantage.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Additional languages are an advantage.
  • Experience and expertise in commercial and corporate practice, with a proven track record of advising on complex contractual and other legal matters.
  • Excellent legal drafting skills
  • Compliance and employment law experience is an advantage.
  • Strong negotiation and project management skills, and ability to plan, anticipate and manage priorities to optimise output and enhance the effectiveness of commercial solutions
  • Hands-on, adaptable and flexible attitude, sound commercial judgment and ability to work under pressure and to cope with unexpected and varied demands.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence, with the ability to build trusted relationships with peers and senior stakeholders.
  • Keeps up to date with changes in law and corporate governance best practices to ensure that company transactional structures, documentation, policies and contract management processes remain current and commercially appropriate



  • Self-motivated with an ability to work effectively with all sub-functions to deliver positive business outcomes.
  • Pragmatic and creative thinking ability.
  • Commitment and resilience to manage high pressured situations.
  • Multitasking ability to deal with multiple complex issues at the same time.
  • Analytical ability to spot underlying cause of business issues and to tackle in the most efficient and effective ways.



  • Delivering in ambiguous & dynamic situations as a part of a global multi-functional team by building partnerships & working diplomatically
  • Drives innovation & knowledge sharing


At BAT we are committed to our Purpose of creating A Better Tomorrow. This is what drives our people and our passion for innovation. See what is possible for you at BAT.

  • Global Top Employer with 53,000 BAT people across more than 180 markets
  • Brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries
  • Newly established Tech Hubs building world-class capabilities for innovation in 4 strategic locations
  • Diversity leader in the Financial Times and International Women’s Day Best Practice winner
  • Seal Award winner – one of 50 most sustainable companies



Collaboration, diversity and teamwork underpin everything we do here at BAT. We know that collaborating with colleagues from different backgrounds is what makes us stronger and best prepared to meet our business goals. Come bring your difference!

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