Legal Counsel

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Job Description


Main Purpose:

Reporting to the Head of Legal, the successful applicant will work with the other team members in managing the legal issues for the Puma Energy companies operating in the Africa region

Knowledge Skills and Abilities, Key Responsibilities:

  • Admitted attorney qualified to practice law in South Africa with at least 5 years post articles experience.
  • Knowledge of other jurisdictions in the region and worldwide is desirable.
  • LLM degree will be advantageous
  • Maximum of 3 years of relevant work experience, gained in private practice or experience in the Oil and Gas sector.
  • Knowledge of the petroleum retail service station business is desirable
  • Relevant academic background: A completed four year legal studies university degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Good standing certificate with the professional body such as law society of South Africa.
  • Strong drafting and negotiation skills
  • Proficiency in English
  • Familiarity on competition law, mining law, environmental law, property law, dispute resolution and corporate laws
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced commercial environment and dealing with colleagues and advisors in other countries/timezones.
  • Ability to work independently when required, managing a number of matters simultaneously.
  • Comfortable with managing a busy workload of changing priorities and still be able to meet various deadlines.
  • Fluency in French is an added advantage.
  • Familiarity with standard MS Office computer software and online resources.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Energetic, dynamic and enthusiastic personality.
  • “Can do” approach, identifying and delivering creative solutions not obstacles
  • Team player and ability to travel when required.
Key Responsibilities:
  • To provide general commercial contract legal support, working effectively with other key functions (eg compliance, finance and commercial) and experts to deliver timely, high quality, high impact, high value support, acting as a facilitator and enabler to support the business in meeting its objectives.
  • To advise upon and manage contentious matters which may arise.
  • To engage closely with stakeholders at all levels in the business unit to align objectives and priorities; to ensure business support as appropriate; and to build strong working relationships.
  • To be highly visible both as a member of the legal team and as an advocate for intelligent risk-based decisions.
  • To support the legal team objectives, including involvement in projects to improve team performance and management and managing relationships with external legal counsel.
  • To role model high levels of customer awareness and engagement at work and outside it and standing for Puma Energy values.
  • To seek out opportunities for innovation and process improvement to increase overall efficiency of wider legal team.
  • To keep abreast of relevant legal and regulatory developments and to facilitate sharing of knowledge and best-practice within wider legal team as well as more widely.
  • To assist Head of Legal with ad hoc legal work for the Puma Energy group.

Key Relationships and Department Overview:

Reporting directly to Head of Legal

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Job Detail

  • Job Id
    JD724040
  • Industry
    Not mentioned
  • Total Positions
    1
  • Job Type:
    Full Time
  • Salary:
    Not mentioned
  • Employment Status
    Permanent
  • Job Location
    Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Education
    Not mentioned