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ZAIN5760 - Senior Legal Advisor

About Zain Group:

Zain is a leading mobile telecommunications provider across the Middle East and Africa. Today more than 6200+ employees provide a comprehensive range of market-leading mobile voice and data services to a base in excess of 47.4 million active customers as of 30 June, 2018. We operate under the brand name 'Zain' in Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan and Sudan; and in Lebanon as 'touch' (under a management contract). In Morocco, Zain has a 15.5% stake in the telecom operator ‘INWI’, through a joint venture. Zain is the market leader in terms of the number of customers in 6 of the 8 countries it operates in. The Group holding company is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE: Zain), one the largest companies in market capitalization terms.

Zain operates under the firm belief that organizations should focus as much on social responsibility as on pure business performance. It is important to Zain that its corporate social responsibility initiatives have a positive impact on its employees and the communities of all the countries in which it operates.

Zain’s brand signature: “A Wonderful World” looks to encapsulate the sense of energy, inspiration and diversity of our customers, employees and other stakeholders. Our brand essence is perpetuated by the tag line “Live Your Dreams”, revealing that we are keen to be a part of people’s aspirations and goals.

WHAT?

You will assist the Group Head of Legal in advising Zain Group on any legal matters including disputes and international arbitration, M&A, corporate & commercial and financing transactions which may arise, and engage suitable external counsel where necessary and execute reporting obligations. Oversee all legal phases of all types of contracts review in order to ensure their adequacy and alignment while maintaining the best interests of the business. Liaise with senior and junior management to assess and advise on the legal implications of planned activities and projects.  Assist the Group Head of Legal in directing outsourced legal work and managing the same, including the selection, appointment, evaluation and monitoring of external/outsourced parties to ensure the business is getting the best value for fees paid and is being protected.

HOW?

  • You are required to provide expert and strategic legal advice to management and non-management employees.
  • You are required to assist the Group Head of Legal in setting internal governance policies and managing the impact of external factors and in all international disputes and arbitration, M&A and financing transactions. 
  • You are required to assist the Group Head of Legal in all administrative, management, budgeting etc. of the Group Legal Department.
  • You have to evaluate and weigh multiple inputs and impacts of any decision or course of action.
  • You have to anticipate issues and estimate risks strategically, and Identify proactive solutions that will eliminate or mitigate risks.
  • You are required to base your decision-making process on ethics and integrity, and create associations of trust and respect with key stakeholders.
  • You have to deal with external parties (external counsel, clients etc.), also draft and review of all types of agreements that minimize risks and maximize legal rights.
  • You have to meet legal objectives and keep abreast of legislative changes.

WHAT DO I NEED?

  • You are required to have LLB or equivalent law degree
  • You are required to have UK or US (or equivalent) qualified Solicitor/Attorney.
  • You must have a minimum of 10 to 12 years of broad legal experience involving corporate & commercial contracts, M&A, International arbitration and disputes and financing transactions, at least 2 of which should be at a senior level in a similar role.
  • You are required to have detailed knowledge of local, regional and international laws and regulations - including commercial and business laws.
  • Previous legal experience in the GCC would be ideal, but not a pre-requisite.
  •  Industry experience would be an added advantage.

THOSE SOFT SKILLS?

  • You must have strong understanding of the legal, compliance and risk management standards and the implementation of its tools within company activities and how they affect the organization.
  • You are required to have advanced knowledge of legal strategies, objectives, theories, principles, practices and procedures.
  • You must have excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills and exceptional negotiation skills.
  • You are required to have very good contracts management skills, and good judgment and analytical skills.
  • You must have ability to anticipate legal issues or risks, and high degree of professional ethics and integrity.
  • You are required to have overall broad legal knowledge, and good understanding in how business operates with financial judgment.  
Operation

Zain Group

Job Group

Legal Affairs

Location

Kuwait City - Kuwait

Contract Type

Full Time

Closing Date

13-May-2018

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