Legal Consultant MENA

Dammam, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia Deutsche Post DHL Group req63614 22/08/2018
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Department

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Legal Consultant

GBS - Legal Department

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Head of Legal MENAT for Express, with dotted line reporting to the VP and Head of Legal Services EEMEA.

1.Job Purpose

Providing legal support to SNAS Post Est. (DHL Express Saudi Arabia) and the wider MENAT area as needed from time to time.

2.Principal Accountabilities

§Contract Review: Drafting and reviewing customer and supplier contracts and other legal documents, with a particular eye on the requirements, priorities and interests of the DHL business.

§In-house Advice: Liaising with other members of the Legal Department, providing professional advice and guidance to intra-company customers. Assisting in providing risk analysis with respect to legal and commercial matters, as well as guidance and training, in order to protect income and promote business while minimising risk for the company.

§Projects: Participating in projects and practice groups, creating and rolling out standard contracts, in order to create efficiencies, promote standardisation and ensure departmental visibility in Saudi Arabia.

§External Counsel: Liaising with external legal counsel across the region to assist in handling legal matters covering various areas of the law, such as commercial/corporate, litigation, human resources, tax, finance and regulatory matters. This involves hands-on management of matters, relationships and costs.

§Awareness: Maintaining awareness of relevant laws and changes in the law that may have an impact on company interests, with a particular focus on the industry and the jurisdiction involved. Liaison with external government and semi-governmental bodies. Provide research material as required for business purposes from time to time.

§Compliance: Being able to spot any possible compliance issues, and ensuring preventive measures are taken so as to protect the legal and commercial interests of the company.

§Reporting: Producing regular and ad-hoc reports and providing other administrative assistance within the Legal Department.

§Miscellaneous: Managing enquiries from international departmental functions, carrying out tasks as required in order to support the Legal Department team members and business units.

3.Nature and Scope

(a)Context

Operating within the MENAT Legal Department, providing a broad range of legal support and services to DHL Express in Saudi Arabia. Supporting commercial and operational entities in order to maximise business opportunities with minimal risk of legal exposure. There may also be opportunities to be involved in and provide support to the wider East Europe, Middle East and Africa (EEMEA) DHL Legal division.

(b)Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Head of Legal MENAT based in Dubai with dotted line reporting to the VP and Head of Legal Services EEMEA, and has accountability to the Saudi Arabia Country Manager for DHL Express and the CEO MENA for DHL Express, as determined from time to time.

(c)Contacts

Internal

External

Legal Departments throughout the DP-DHL network

Area Director

Functional Heads

Country Managers

Heads of departments

Finance

Human Resources

Operations

Commercial

Government bodies

Local partners and agents

Professional services/external law firms

Tax managers

Labour Unions

(d)Problem Solving

Gathering accurate information from internal business partners, governmental departments and external legal counsel, as well as conducting legal and other research, in order to compile effective and accurate status reports and to suggest solutions on a number of various legal matters.

Proposing solutions to the Head of Legal MENAT, handling complex legal challenges by correctly identifying legal and commercial issues, and using available resources to resolve such challenges in the best interests of the company.

(e)Decision Making

Needs to base decisions on sound legal expertise in order to minimise exposure and maximise business opportunities. The Head of Legal MENAT will determine on a case-by-case basis the degree of autonomy this role has.

(f)Planning and Organisation

The candidate needs to be able to effectively manage and prioritise multiple tasks and activities to ensure timely response to requests and resolution of issues. Co-ordination between various departments may be involved in order to ensure input from all stakeholders has been collected before relevant deadlines.

(g)Job Challenge

Ability to effectively manage multiple challenges whilst ensuring meeting of deadlines and maintaining high levels of responsiveness to internal clients.

4.Knowledge, Skills and Experience

Qualifications

Bachelor Degree in Law or Juris Doctor qualifications, 3-4 years PQE and a person with experience from a reputable law firm, will be considered.

Skills

  • Good commercial/corporate awareness – must be able to quickly pick up relevant information in order to provide effective advice, including industry-relevant laws, operational processes and business priorities.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic: Written and spoken.
  • Able to communicate effectively at all levels of the business – must be able to simplify and convey complex concepts and produce concise summaries.
  • Interpersonal skills - in order to work effectively with colleagues in an international business, while dealing with internal customers and liaising with external parties.
  • Meticulous attention to detail – it is absolutely imperative that the candidate have an eye for detail and produces finished work that is of a high quality.
  • High degree of personal integrity – must be able to implement best practice and ethical solutions in diverse jurisdictions.
  • IT skills– ideally the candidate should have enough familiarity with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, as required to draft and format documents, compile presentations and produce reports.

5.Dimensions

Some travel outside Saudi Arabia may be required;

No direct reports;

No budgetary responsibility.


Facts and Figures

  • Business Unit

    DHL Global Business Services EMEA

  • Travel Required

    Below 25%

  • Employment Type

    Permanent Full-Time

  • Work Permit Required

    Yes

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