JHB The purpose of this role is serve as the principal legal advisor to Massdiscounters leadership in order to support and protect the business;
reduce legal business risk and to ensure all levels compliance, business governance and ethical conduct is met and maintained.
Main Job Functions
Drive a Customer-Centric culture.
Execute our values through daily job functions.
Manage the business’ legal affairs and risks including but not limited to the following general legal risk areas : litigation, acquisitions, trademark, real estate, commercial, general corporate and employment.
Provide legal guidance to divisional operational, compliance, human resource, ethics, risk and merchandise groups including but not limited to the following : South African Companies Act, Competition Law, Consumer Protection Act, Anti-
money Laundering laws, South African employment and labour laws, Protection of Personal Information (POPI), and Anti-Corruption laws.
Negotiate, draft and review commercial agreements and documents, assist with dispute resolution, conclude TPI agreements and providing general legal guidance and advice;
correspond and meet with internal clients and third parties regarding the above.
Draft Standard Leases, Addenda & Settlement Agreement s, for SA & Africa (Retail & Commercial).
Manage Dispute Resolutions with Managing Agents for Real Estate & Facilities Management issues.
Assist with Supplier disputes & insurance claims (contract related) where there is a dispute in contractual obligation.
Manage team of legal specialists and paralegals, as the case may be.
Manage external counsel when appropriate.
Coordinate with Ethics and Human Resources on ethics or HR investigations or any inquiry related thereto.
Coordinate with Risk & Compliance as well as Group Compliance Department on any and all compliance initiatives, assessments or programs related thereto.
Represent the Company at industry and regulatory meetings.
Participate in divisional risk meetings.
Advise business and operational areas of legal risk associated with regulatory matters.
Guide the business in respect of how to attend to all matters relating to the Consumer Protection Act.
Attend to all escalated matters that have been lodged and ensure the business responds to each of these complaints.
Attend mediation and conciliation hearings at consumer bodies when receiving a notice to do so and ensure.
Monitor all insurance claims and attend to fidelity claims that are raised to ensure that associated investigations and actions taken were at the required level.
Encourage compliance with the Eight POPI Conditions for the lawful processing of personal information.
Develop and implement privacy policies and procedures.
Manage the dispute resolution processes SA and Africa.
Provide support & guidance on wage negotiations, SA and Africa, when necessary.
Litigate externally on employment disputes and union disputes, when required.
Support & provide guidance on the negotiation of collective agreements, SA and Africa.
Assist with the resolution of ethics and anti-corruption calls and related investigations.
Assist the Real Estate Executive to manage the company lease portfolio, including drafting lease agreements, dispute resolution, renewals, cessions, administration including maintenance issues iro all leased property.
LLB degree (admitted attorney).
Work and Training experience
8-10 years post articles experience (preferably in law firm or corporate environment), strong working knowledge of regulatory environment applicable to retailers, including Competition Act, CPA and POPI, working knowledge of trademarks;
strong commercial acumen and proven ability to negotiate wide range of commercial agreements.