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British American Tobacco is looking for Senior Legal Counsel Algeria  to join our team in Algiers, Algeria

Reporting to the MESANA Area Head of Legal, the job holder will be working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and will be expected to engage confidently and effectively with senior local and global stakeholders. The job holder will provide dedicated specialist legal and commercial advice and expertise to the local legal entity and all relevant global BAT functions as advised from time to time. They will act as a trusted advisor to Leadership Teams and Line Management to ensure informed business decisions are made to support commercial opportunities whilst always ensuring legal compliance is adhered and business risks are effectively mitigated.

The Legal Counsel is responsible for:

  • providing commercial legal advice and expertise as well as leading and managing legal and regulatory risks of the Company in all respects
  • ensuring robust corporate and functional governance is in place for internal compliance with the support of external legal counsel
  • providing a high professional standard of legal support to the Company through the application of excellent counselling, drafting and negotiation skills
  • providing pragmatic and strategic advice and support to business partners and stakeholders, locally and globally
  • taking a leading role in problem-solving and decision-making in all areas of the business, and consistently working to minimize and manage commercial and legal risks
  • Providing marketing legal support

Principal Accountabilities

Litigation, Compliance and Reporting:

  • Ensure the provision of legal support
  • Liaising with external Legal counsel
  • Update and manage the Litigation tracker
  • Review Litigation Processes
  • Review and approvals of brand campaigns and activities
  • Drive for continuous improvement in the control environment (ABAC - Anti Bribery and Corruption, SoBC, Local Legislations and Company Policies) including delivering training sessions, following up on execution and managing all related reporting tasks.
  • Manage all internal global reporting requirements

Corporate and Commercial Support:

  • Draft, negotiate and review contractual documentation for the Company and develop where applicable standard formats, to ensure that the Company’s interests are legal, valid, binding, enforceable and adequately protected
  • Provide legal advice on corporate governance and regulatory matters and liaise with external legal counsel in this area
  • Ensure contracts are renewed as and when necessary and terminated as applicable
  • Provide active support to the Company on company secretarial matters, compliance, corporate governance, appropriate legal advice and opinion on legal and regulatory issues.

Leadership Capabilities

  • Ability to identify and engage internal and external stakeholders to deliver Company objectives
  • Ability to engage and communicate at all levels in a clear and coherent manner
  • Strong influencing and problem-solving skills; with the ability to work with peers and senior management, inspiring trust and confidence. 
  • Capacity to explain highly complicated and technical issues and concepts including identification of relevant business considerations for decision making purposes
  • Ability to understand the needs of the business and express them clearly, concisely and effectively

Functional Competencies

A lawyer with:

  • Professional legal qualifications and practical commercial legal experience of not less than 7 years
  • Working knowledge of Commercial, Employment, Tax Law, company secretarial management, Product and Commercial Litigations (and case management), Contract management, Compliance and Anti-trust law
  • Experience in dealing with government and regulatory authorities
  • High degree of business partnering
  • Good commercial judgment
  • Effective negotiation skills
  • Strong inter-personal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Appropriate level of maturity to provide credibility at senior levels externally and internally
  • Proven people/teams management capabilities
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and French and familiarity with legal documentation in English and Arabic languages

Working Relationship

Internal:

  • Area and global Legal and Corporate Affairs teams
  • Senior stakeholders and functional leadership teams of local entity
  • Other local functions’ members
  • Global functions

External:

  • External counsels
  • Government Authorities, where relevant
  • Suppliers
  • Professional Bodies and Organisations
  • Regulators, where relevant

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