Assistant Legal Counsel

Full Time Tema Metro Unilever
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State: Tema, Ghana
Country: Ghana
Deadline: 02/06/2021
Qualification: Degree
Work Experience: 3 Years
Career Level: Mid level
Industry: Commerce

Main Job Purpose

To support the Legal Counsel as business partner to the national Leadership Team and functional Teams with responsibility for delivering timely, competent and efficient legal services.
To provide legal counsel and advice to the Business in an integrated service, to pro-actively scan for legal risks in order to identify, avoid, mitigate or manage them and drive proactive response to legal trends which may affect the business.
To act as the local legal point of contact to the Ghana Legal and Category Legal teams in respect of all national issues and any incidental matters thereto.
To support and work effectively in conjunction with all applicable elements of the regional legal function, including category, corporate and trademark counsels.
To manage all local corporate and category legal issues in an efficient and effective manner and deliver an integrated service to Unilever Ghana’s business, meeting their legal business needs in a competitive and demanding environment
To provide effective interaction with, and management of external counsel and other third parties as relevant in Unilever Ghana.
To organize and attend statutory meetings of the Company, the Board Of Directors and its Committees, rendering all necessary legal/ Secretarial services and advising on compliance by the meetings with applicable laws and regulations.
To maintain Company Registers and other records prescribed by law.
To render proper returns and give notification to the Corporate Affairs Commission under the Companies Act.
To carry out such administrative and other secretarial duties as directed by the Directors or the Company.
To facilitate the Board and Management to implement the Code of Corporate Governance and develop good corporate governance practices and culture
To co-ordinate the orientation and training of directors
To compile Board papers and ensure that the Board’s discussions and decisions are clearly and properly recorded and communicated to the relevant persons
To notify Board members of matters that warrant their attention and action

1. Legal Advisory

In consultation with the General Counsel, to provide legal advice to Functional and category teams as required from time to time.
Provide guidance on the appropriate steps to take when issues arise which have legal implications on the business.
2. Commercial contracts and documentation

Participate in the negotiation, drafting/review and approval of all material contracts.
Ensure that all key Unilever contracts are legally compliant and Unilever interests are adequately safeguarded.
Ensure that contracts are properly documented, executed and recorded for safekeeping.
3. Category support

Be the one stop single point of contact for collation of information and advice for competitor’s challenges in Unilever Ghana.
Support all brand building activities work for the category in Unilever Ghana, including advising on all local advertising copy/scripts, etc.
4. Legal compliance

Monitor changes to law and promptly inform all relevant Teams of the changes and provide suggestions on how to meet any change in the legal requirements.
Ensure that all permits, licences and the like are valid and that conditions are complied with.
5. Litigation support

Be actively involved in potential litigation and ensure that Unilever’s interest is protected.
6. General Legal duties

Assist, coordinate and be involved in mergers, disposals, strategic alliances, acquisitions of Unilever companies or joint ventures.
Participate, assist and liase with national and corporate functional departments on merger, disposal, acquisition matters, technical service fee agreements, brand development matters, licensing and assignments as well as in dealing with third parties in matters of conflict and settlement.
Maintain good relationships with central and local government authorities and agencies that are relevant to Unilever business interests and which are within the remit of the legal department.
Manage legal implications of consumer complaints.
Relevant Qualification, Experience & Key Skills

At least 3-5 years relevant post-call experience
Proven knowledge and experience in commercial law & practice.
Good understanding and working knowledge of corporate law, competition law, intellectual property law, Ghana laws and regulations, company secretary experience and related disciplines.
Ability to co-ordinate transactional work.
Good team player having ability to work as a business Partner within an opco and with other sub-regional and regional lawyers.
Excellent communication skills (oral & written)
Negotiation skills.
Good Analytical skills
Attention to details
Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

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