Principal Specialist: Legal - N/A08917
Code/Reference:
N/A08917
Applications accepted until:
2019-02-11
Number of Openings
1

Company Overview

A subsidiary of Econet Global, Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa's largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses of all sizes. It also provides payment solutions to financial institutions and retailers, as well as award winning data storage and communication solutions to businesses across Africa and beyond. Put simply, we connect people.

We started out by questioning the way things are done and being single-minded in our determination to improve them. Everything we do is driven by a simple yet powerful belief that everyone in Africa has the right to be connected. Over the last decade, this vision has helped us change the face of communications in the region.

Our future-focused approach to new product development makes our services enduringly adaptable.

€œWe have to focus on services of the future and new revenue streams not as a side show to infrastructure but as the main show leveraging off the infrastructure which we have.€ - Nic Rudnick

Our flexible and dynamic business model keeps us at the forefront of telecoms innovation. And by listening to customers, we ensure that our solutions are constantly evolving to meet their needs. In June 2017, Liquid Telecom raised $700m in a bond and term-loan issue that will help Liquid Telecom refinance debt and provide a war chest for further acquisitions.

Our Beliefs

At the very core of our business is our belief that every individual on the continent has the right to be connected. We believe that the power of technology will create better and brighter lives for everyone.

We're for everyone - Being connected shouldn't just be for the privileged few. We believe it's for everyone and this was recognised at the AfricaCom Awards 2013 when we won an award for Best Cost Efficiency Solution. The sense of doing the right thing runs through every aspect of our business.

Integrity - Having integrity in everything we do has made us what we are today. We are all encouraged to play our part and take responsibility for doing things right €“ and doing the right thing.

Only The Best Will Do - We're constantly striving to deliver the best communications technology to everyone €“ from the smallest communities to the biggest businesses in the region.

Don€™t Talk Do - We listen carefully to our customers, then we deliver beyond their expectations. This €˜can do' attitude is key to our success.

In It For The Long Run - We've invested heavily in our own network and technology. We created the largest single fibre network in the region, which stretches over 18,000km across borders to connect people locally, nationally and internationally. We're not stopping there €“ we're continuing to invest so we can connect people all over Africa.

Further information can be found at www.Liquidtelecom.com

Paterson Grade:

D2

Location

Johannesburg

Job Purpose:

To be responsible for handling a variety of complex assigned legal projects. Provides advice and support on legal matters involving company compliance with moderately complex governmental and regulatory standards. Reviews legal documentation and provides advice on appropriate action with minimal or no risk to LTSA. May undertake highly complex assignments independently or with the Senior Manager: Legal.

Minimum Requirements of Job

1.1 Qualifications

Formal Qualifications Required

Essential / Desirable

 

 

Legal degree (LLB or equivalent)

Essential

Admission as attorney

Highly desirable

1.2 Experience

Job Related Experience Required

Time Span

Essential / Desirable

General commercial and legal experience at a commercial law firm or corporate

5-8 Years

Essential

At least 3 years€™ exposure to litigation in a law firm or corporate

 

3 Years

Essential

1.3 Knowledge Areas

Job Related Knowledge Required

Essential / Desirable

Telecommunications Industry

Desirable

Ability to read, interpret, and understand documents such as laws, business documents, system documents, company policies, and procedures

Essential

Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources.

Essential

 

 

1.4 Skills


Job Related Skills Required

Essential / Desirable

Proven ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment

Essential

Strong written, verbal and negotiating skills as well as interface effectively with all levels of management.

Essential

Critical strategic thinking skills, ability to rapidly assess issues and associated risk and ability to make critical decisions in a fast-paced environment are essential

Essential

Undertake legal research and legal studies to keep abreast of new development in legal field and case law

Essential

Key Outputs:

1 - Key Performance AREA (Objective): Weight: %

40%

Provides Legal advice and support to the business

 

 

Key Performance INDICATORS

Performance Standards/Targets

 

Supports the business, with a key focus on customer-related agreements such as complex services agreements.

 

 

Supports the business with regards wholesale and partnership activities including interconnection, channel partner and collaboration agreements.

 

 

Oversees the management of legal aspects of complex outsourcing arrangements.

 

 

Writes legal opinions on issues of major significance to the business.

 

 

Ensures technical accuracy of documents drafted by ensuring that the latest legal precedents have been included in the documents. This is done by doing regular research on legal developments and attending training interventions.

 

 

Provides concise, accurate, timely legal advice to the business.

 

 

Ensures that all risks are sufficiently addressed in agreements entered by LTSA; understanding the requirements of business, legal issues and possible business risks and incorporating clauses in the agreements to address such risks and requirements.

 

 

At all times ensure that sufficient legal knowledge has been obtained and updated with latest legal developments to ensure that they are correctly reflected in the agreements drafted.

 

 

Manage, evaluate and prioritise tasks in accordance with business needs

 

 

2. Key Performance AREA (Objective): Weight: %

40%

Negotiate, draft and review Agreements

 

Key Performance INDICATORS

Performance Standards/Targets

 

 

 

 

Assist in structuring, negotiating & drafting legal agreements and documentation relating to standard agreements and transactions.

 

 

Manage all legal aspects of major customer contract negotiations and raise all risks to the Senior Manager Legal or Executive Head Legal.

 

 

Address probable risks by seeing to it that they are sufficiently addressed in legal agreements drafted.

 

 

Consider, comment, negotiate and give advice on documents/ agreements for the business Give legal advice on transactions or deals to be done, or transactions that have been concluded.

 

 

Conduct legal due diligence to identify and minimize potential legal risks

 

 

 Provide advice on legality, the lawfulness and enforceability of agreements and documents.

 

 

Draft and periodically review Standard Terms or template documentation, to deal with legal risk trends and opportunities.

 

 

Correctly direct commercial issues within the company and in accordance with the directions and timing requirements of the internal customer.

 

 


3. Key Performance AREA (Objective): Weight: %

10%

Stakeholder Management

 

Key Performance INDICATORS

Performance Standards/Targets

 

Build relationships with key senior stakeholders across the business across and become a trusted advisor for LTSA.

 

 

Regularly meet with internal clients on legal matters being worked

 

 

Explain legal concepts, clauses in agreements and risks to internal and external clients.

 

 

Provide training that is beneficial / informative to internal clients by way of presentations, such as training on new legislation or recent legal precedents.

 

 

Attend external meetings with internal stakeholders to discuss legal matters that impact the business.

 

 

Participates in negotiations with both clients and service providers on contractual terms and conditions of agreements.

 

 


4 Key Performance AREA (Objective): Weight: %

10%

Governance

 

 

Key Performance INDICATORS

Performance Standards/Targets

 

Recognizes areas for internal improvement within the legal department and develop plans for implementation

 

 

Maintain and update LTSA contracts and advise on any legal issues arising from these.

 

 

Advise on the legal effects on policy proposals (internal and external).

 

 

Ensure alignment of policies and processes with the legal department.

 

 

Ensures that the repository of all Legal documents is filed on the Drive / SharePoint or in required folders.

 

 

Key Decisions:

Decides on the framework for responses to tenders and contract negotiations.

Decides on how to mitigate legal risk associated with the business making informed strategic choices within an acceptable legal risk profile.

 

 

 

Accountable for:

 

Accountable for drafting contracts

Accountable for the giving of legal advice

Accountable for reviewing contracts and general legal documents

 

 

Equity Statement:

In line with our company transformation policies, preference will be given to EE candidates.