Job Title: Senior Legal Counsel - Anglophone
Job Type: Full Time
Job Grade Level: L4
Reports To: Lead Counsel â West and Central Africa
We are looking for an individual with a drive to be the best: a brilliant negotiator, influencer and leader that can deliver exceptional customer insights.
Diageo is a global organisation with over 30,000 talented people and a presence in 180 countries. Across our 21 markets, our brand portfolio represents our biggest strength, and our biggest passion. Be it our global giants, local stars, or premium brands, we use our vision, creativity, and courage to drive the growth of our products worldwide. We invent strong brands for today and for the future, upholding the quality of our products and taking personal accountability for both the history and for the future of our brands.Â
Africa businesses account for over 10% of Global Diageo revenue, with a workforce of more than 6,000 employees. We create wealth both directly through our operations and indirectly through our broader value chains where we support development and growth in partnership with businesses and communities.
We are committed to delivering sustainable performance and our vision is to be destination of choice for Diageo investment. We are building a track record of attracting, retaining, developing, and exporting best-in-class diverse talent for Diageo and unleash people to deliver great performance. We are a force for good in communities and care about the plane t with focus on water, farming, and education among others, which are the most critical components for our communities.
Today, Africa is a predominantly beer region and we will continue to growth beer fast. We also recognise an even greater opportunity in spirits and recently reorganised our business to put focus on transforming and accelerating spirits to double its current revenue through the SWC organisation.
About this role
Financial: The most significant financial contribution is the effective management of legal risk e.g., through clear commercial advice to the business, contract negotiation and documentation, management of litigation, training of staff, management of key control processes to ensure internal compliance and accountability and driving ethical and compliant behaviours to promote sustainable growth.
Southern, West and Central Africa (SWC) covers more than 14 countries across Southern, Central and West Africa. It has statutory presence in 7 countries including two listed companies (Ghana and Seychelles) and one JV (Angola) and oversees manufacturing in four countries. It also manages partnerships to manufacture and distribute the Diageo portfolio across around 35 countries in Sub Saharan Africa. It manages a full TBA portfolio: beer, RTDâs (Ready-To-Drinks), local spirits, international spirits and top end luxury spirits.
The countriesâ economies vary significantly and present different levels of opportunity and challenge for business growth as well as language diversity. There is a high level of volatility across the countries and fierce competition within the beer and spirits portfolio given Africa has the largest vibrant and growing LPA -34 consumer base.
Purpose of roleTo provide pro-active legal leadership, support and advice in matters affecting anglophone countries in SWC, assisting the business in achieving its core strategic objectives whilst appropriately managing and mitigating the associated legal risks and driving the legal compliance agenda to preserve value (financial and reputational). Provide leadership in the Brand Protection agenda across West and Central Africa, coordinating efforts with internal and external stakeholders; Preserve value (financial and reputational) by minimising the risk of value leakage and litigation and maintaining compliance with laws and Diageoâs Codes. Support the W&C Lead Counsel in embedding best practice corporate governance.
Top AccountabilitiesBecome a key member of a pro-active, committed Legal team. Lead the provision of legal advice and support required by the business, including providing input on implications of strategy and providing solutions to enable delivery of business objectives. Function as a highly effective legal and business partner and stay particularly close to the W&C Lead Counsel. Provide leadership on the Brand Protection agenda and drive the organisationâs anti-illicit and anti-counterfeit efforts across the region. Make significant contributions in ensuring that all the departmentâs internal and external stakeholders receive excellent service delivery thereby ensuring that the legal department effectively partners all the functions in West and Central. Ensure proper contracts are in place and that the contract management system is maintained and is current. Ensure effective support is given to the business on all legal/commercial related issues. Using external counsel in a cost-effective way to optimise performance and contribute to the effective management of the legal budget. Raise the capabilities of internal stakeholders through coaching and training. Work with members of the Diageo Legal Function to ensure precedents and Diageo best practices are consistent with best practice and fully up to date. Work with the Business Integrity team to advise on and update internal policies and champion the compliance agenda within the West and Central team.
Qualifications, Experience, and leadershipHonours level or Masters level degree in law Qualified to work as a legal practitioner in any SWC markets. Strong commercial law background especially in the negotiation and documentation of commercial contracts Strong, analytical, drafting and negotiating skills. Strong research skills coupled with an ability to deconstruct complex legal issues to provide cogent legal advice. Open and outward looking attitude. Strong inter-personal/communication skills. Ability to work confidently and stand ground with more senior managers. Strong commercial and pragmatic approach. At least 6 years post qualification experience as a lawyer.
Skills/Knowledge:Strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills Some drafting ability or experience A good working knowledge of competition law, contract law and general commercial law Ability to generate respect from both the business and colleagues, for judgment, approach & commitment Ability to stand ground with senior colleagues Strong commercial and pragmatic approach.
Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageoâs purpose of âcelebrating life every day everywhereâ. This purpose is inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, gender, disability, religion or ethnicity.
We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.
Flexibility is key to success in our business and many of our staff work flexibly in many ways, including part-time, compressed hours, flexible location. Please talk to us about what flexibility means to you and donât let anything stop you from applying.
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