General Counsel at Jagal Group

Jagal Group is a leading Nigerian conglomerate with operations in the Oil & Gas, Construction, Manufacturing, FMCG and Technology industries. The company has been growing successfully over the past 40 years, and has become a valuable and respected contributor to the development of the country’s economy. Jagal Group is a highly respected member of the Nigerian business community and is consistently amongst the leaders of its business sectors.

Job Description

Prime responsibilities and duties

  •  Structure and manage the company’s internal legal function and staff.
  • Negotiate, write, and execute agreements and contracts.
  • Offer counsel on a variety of legal issues.
  • Advise senior management within the company and work alongside employees in different business units.
  • Provide advice on legal risks and business terms of various deals.
  • Explain legal language.
  • Draft terms and conditions in agreements.
  • Ensure legal objectives are met.
  • Research unique legal issues impacting the organization by identifying applicable statutes, judicial decisions, and codes.
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes that may affect the company and its affiliates.
  • Perform pre-litigation work to minimize risks and maximize legal rights.
  • Develop solutions to complex legal questions.
  • Provide training to company and its affiliates on substantive legal topics.
  • Participate in the definition and development of corporate policies and procedures and provide continuing counsel and guidance on legal matters and on legal implications of all matters.
  • Serve as key lawyer/legal advisor on all major business transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.
  • Judge the merits of court cases filed against or on behalf of the Company, work with the appropriate managers to define a strategic defense and approve settlements of disputes where warranted.
  • Monitors that the Company conducts its business in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Management of all outside counsel.

Functional Competencies / Technical Expertise

  • Proven record in international negotiations.
  • Proven record in claim and dispute resolution.
  • Proven record in managing of projects in the oil and gas industry.
  • Has advanced knowledge of various model forms of fabrication and construction and other contracts, and a working knowledge of when and how they are used.
  • Experience in resolving conflicting priorities by remaining flexible in an ever-changing business environment.
  • Expert knowledge in Contract Law and different forms of dispute resolution.
  • Expert knowledge in international business law.
  • Demonstrates advanced understanding of the challenges and risks associated with an effective project execution.
  • Proven ability to manage multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams.

Skills & Experience

  • Holds an LLM university degree.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in the international Oil & Gas industry over degree qualifications.
  • At least 15 years’ experience in in general law practice.
  • Substantial international legal and contracts experience in major oil and gas projects;
  • Computer Literate – MS Project, MS Excel, MS Word,
  • Good English written and verbal
  • Effectively work under pressure in a team-oriented environment;
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines and produce quality complex work;
  • Must have good communication skills, deductive reasoning ability and information ordering aptitude when performing duties
  • Able to coordinate and lead multi-national teams.

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