Commercial Legal Manager,Lagos,Guinness Nigeria
Guinness Nigeria, a subsidiary of the prestigious Diageo Plc of the United Kingdom, was incorporated in 1962 with the building of a brewery in Ikeja, the heart of Lagos. The brewery was the first outside of Ireland and Great Britain. Other breweries have been opened over time – Benin City brewery in 1974 and Ogba brewery in 1982.Guinness Nigeria produces the following brands – Foreign Extra Stout (1962), Guinness Extra Smooth (2005) Malta Guinness (1990), Harp Lager Beer (1974), Gordon’s Spark (2001), Smirnoff Ice (2006), Satzenbrau (2006)
As a commercial lawyer in line with world class in house legal function, will give increased focus on the commercial business and legal support to ensure that the business has good and solid relationships with all external stakeholders including but not limited to customers, suppliers, distributors and agents. This will include negotiation and finalisation of all agreements, providing advice on consumer, competition, labour and all other commercial law. In addition there will be a requirement to ensure that strategic implementation is executed with excellence
Ensure appropriate contracts are in place for all business relationships in line with the contracts management guidelines and the Statement of Authority and manage the end to end contract management system
Act as business partner to the Finance, HR, IS, CR and Supply Functions and provide primary legal counselling for all processes and operations.
Drive and institute legal, practical and workable solutions to disputes while upholding the company’s legal position and reputation consistent with values and ethical compass.
Not less than seven (7) years post-qualification experience as a practising lawyer in a reputable commercial law firm (or equivalent)
Strong commercial law background especially in the negotiation and documentation of commercial contracts relevant to the company’s business and giving advice in relation to marketing, sales and promotion activities.
Confident, relaxed and robust personality with excellent inter-personal, written and verbal communication skills.
Sound commercial lawyer with exceptional analytical, drafting and negotiating skills.
Well organised and detail oriented, working well to deadlines and comfortable working on his/her own matters or as part of a larger team on a project.
Open and outward looking attitude
Ability to work confidently and stand ground with more senior managers
Strong commercial and pragmatic approach
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