GE Energy: General Counsel (Sub-Saharan Africa Job)

Job Number:  1517247

Position Title:  GE Energy General Counsel – Sub-Saharan Africa

Business:  GE Energy

Business Segment:   Energy – Headquarters

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

City:  Lagos

Career Level:   Experienced

Function:  Legal

Function Segment:  Trading

Relocation Assistance:  Yes


Role Summary/Purpose:

 The General Counsel for GE Energy’s Sub-Saharan Africa region will lead the legal function for the company in the region. In this role you will develop the strategy, set the priorities, and execute on any required actions for the legal and compliance functions and organization.


Essential Responsibilities

– Responsible for providing legal leadership, strategic legal advice and compliance leadership to the legal and business teams in the region.
– Serve as main legal advisor and strategic business partner to GE Energy’s Region Executive in Sub-Saharan Africa. Assist in assessing the risk profiles in the region and in developing appropriate measures to address and mitigate the identified risks.
– As the region grows, you may manage a team of legal and compliance professsionals.
– As the region grows, you may act as dotted-line manager for the legal and compliance professionals of the various GE Energy businesses operating in the region.
– Structure, draft, negotiate, and close complex transactions and large-scale projects (including but not limited to sales, sourcing, licensing, services, consortium, teaming, sub-contracting arrangements or other strategic alliances)
– Provide ongoing strategic and tactical advice and support on general commercial matters and transactions.
– Select and supervise outside counsel on litigation, deal and compliance related matters.
– Advise the GE Energy businesses on labor & employement, regulatory, privacy, antitrust, advertising/promotional matters, as well as tender, bidding and local public procurement practices.
– Provide regulatory and compliance advice, and be a motivator and energizer for a strong culture of integrity and compliance.
– Create legal forms and best practices.
– Work with the business teams to develop legal templates and processes for new business and commercial models.



– LLB, Juris Doctorate or equivalent from an accredited law school.
– At least 15 additional years experience in business law at a premier law firm and/or corporate legal department.
– Member in good standing with local Bar.
– Extensive knowledge of law and commercial legal practice in the region.
– Preferred minimum of 5 years of experience working in the energy industry, ideally within the Sub-Saharan region.
– Significant, sophisticated transactional experience and domestic and international contract drafting and negotiations, including joint ventures, licensing of technology and sales of capital goods and related services; understanding tender, bidding and local public procurement practices, knoweldge of financial services.
– Understanding and interest in business and business issues, familiarity with finance and a capacity to understand standard financial metrics, an understanding and interest in the economic and political market within the region


Desired Characteristics

– Ability to resolve legal issues quickly and effectively and ability to make on the spot risk calls; Ability to cope with pressure and multiple deadlines contemporaneously.
– Proven team leadership skills.
– Able to prioritize conflicting demands from multiple business clients in an extremely fast paced environment.
– Strategist, who is able to prioritize multiple tasks on hand while still paying attention to detail
– Able to interface effectively with all levels of the organization; ability to build excellent working relationships within a matrix environment (both cross-functionally and globally).
– Strong oral and written communication skills; Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
– Fluency (oral/written) in English.
– Ability to work well independently and in a team setting.



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