Assistant Manager, Legal Employment Opportunity – Britam

Job Title:      Assistant Manager, Legal
Organization: Britam
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief
Executive Officer- Britam Asset Managers, Kenya
About US:
Britam is a leading
diversified financial services group, listed on the Nairobi Securities
Exchange. The group has interests across the East African region and offers a
wide range of financial products and services in Insurance, Asset Management,
Banking and Property. The product range includes life, health and general
insurance, pensions, unit trusts, investment planning, wealth management,
off-shore investments, retirement planning, discretionary portfolio management,
property development and private equity.
Job Summary:  The Assistant Manager, Legal works with the
Country Management Team and the Group Legal Management team in the provision of
legal advisory services, organizational compliance with the Industry Regulator
Guidelines and ensuring effective management of legal and contractual risks for
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Ensure there are appropriate structures, process and documentation
    in place in relation to Britam Group’s Governance practices.
  • Ensure compliance with Group corporate governance requirements and
    co-ordinate the annual legal, compliance and governance audits.
  • Keep abreast with the relevant changes in governance best practice.
  • Maintain a corporate calendar for all governance related activities
    and committees
  • Manage and coordinate in liaison with Group Legal Office all Board
    and Board Committee related matters.
  • Advise the business on all matters requiring legal interpretation to
    enable effective management of legal risks
  • Review newly instituted matters/ regulations and advise management;
  • Managing all Claims related legal matters in liaison with the Claims
    Department and engaging with IRA and the external lawyers and liaising
    with Claims Department to manage third party recoveries.
  • Research and interpret regulatory requirements of new Insurance
    products and/or services
  • Provide assistance to the operational areas with day-to-day
    regulatory Insurance and Fund Manager Compliance issues with the relevant
    Authorities including the IRA, RBA and CMA.
  • Providing Legal Advisory and necessary assistance in respect to
    Product Development and Review in liaison with the Legal Department.
  • Reviewing progress of outstanding litigation and liaising with and
    managing external lawyers in line with the SLAs.
  • Regularly review the company’s legal panel and advice management of
    any changes required in line with the SLAs.
  • Monitor court attendance by the company’s appointed advocates on the
    company’s legal matters
  • Prepare half yearly Legal reserves reports for all legal claims
  • Manage the entire litigation process with diligence, professionally
    and ensure timely closure of matters.
  • Liaising with relevant departments to ensure that where legal risks
    have been identified, appropriate courses of action have been taken.
Compliance and
Contract Management:
  • Ensure oversight of and compliance with all regulatory matters
  • Reviewing and/or drafting contracts or any other documentation to
    support business activities and assessing legal implications that need to
    be brought to the senior management’s attention
  • Conduct legal research and investigation, develop oral and written
    advice and present recommendations to management.
  • Maintaining the legal documentation of the company and ensure
    various schedules, contracts, agreements are in safe custody and are up to
  • Review and update Legal Processes and Procedures
  • Manage the external Advocates on the Britam Panel of Advocates
    through pro-active interaction and correspondence.
  • Review Advocates Legal Costs to ensure that the same are within the
    Advocates (Remuneration & Taxation of Costs) Rules, 2000, as well as
    attempt other cost savings
  • Prepare appropriate reports as per requirements and these include
    Monthly Legal Reports, Monthly Legislative Reports and Quarterly Legal
    Risk reports.
  • Adhere to the provisions of the Legal Manual
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Law
  • Master’s degree in Law (added advantage)
  • Diploma in Law
  • Advocate of the High Court of Uganda
  • Possess a valid practicing licence
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Contract Management
  • 2-4 Years Company Secretarial experience
  • At least four 4- 6 years’ experience in Law in a busy law firm or in
    the Insurance/Financial services industry.
  • Leading and Supervising – Provides team with a clear direction based on the overall
    strategy and objectives of the department; motivates and empowers others
    with a clear sense of purpose; creates a positive climate that fosters
    learning and development; acknowledges high potential talent within the
    team; sets and articulates the departmental strategy and organisational
    values through own personal behaviour.
  • Adhering to Principles and Values – Upholds and encourages ethical behaviour and departmental values;
    demonstrates integrity; encourages team and individual responsibility
    towards the community and the environment; models the organisational
    values during every day interactions.
  • Analysing
    Analyses numerical data and all other sources of information, breaking
    them into component parts, patterns and relationships; probes for further
    information or greater understanding of a problem; makes rational
    judgements from the available information and analysis; demonstrates an
    understanding of how one issue in the team or department may be a part of
    a much larger system / issue in the organisation.
  • Planning and Organising – Sets clearly defined team objectives; plans activities and
    projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing
    circumstances; identifies and organises resources needed to accomplish
    tasks, projects and team objectives; manages time effectively; monitors
    team performance against deadlines and milestones.
  • Delivering Results and Meeting Customer Expectations- Focuses on customer needs and
    satisfaction; sets high standards for quality and quantity; monitors and
    maintains quality and productivity; works in a systematic methodical and
    orderly way; consistently achieves project and team goals.
  • Deciding and Initiating Action – Ensures team objectives are met; takes responsibility for
    decisions, actions, projects and people while focussing on the achievement
    of team results; takes initiative and works under own direction; initiates
    and generates activity; makes quick, clear decisions with all information
    available; team decisions and actions take into account possible impact on
    all parts of the department.
  • Relating and Networking – Easily establishes, as well as assists others in building
    meaningful relationships with customers and staff; relates well to people
    at all levels in the department; builds effective networks within, as well
    as outside the department; facilitates the resolutions of conflict and
    manages disagreements within team with tact and diplomacy.
  • Persuading and Influencing– Gains clear agreement and commitment from team members; promotes
    the departmental strategy and objectives during team conversations;
    promotes ideas on behalf of the team and / or department; takes care to
    manage the team’s impression and brand on others.
  • Creating and Innovating– Produces new ideas, approaches, and insights; facilitates the
    creation of innovative products or designs; produces a range of solutions
    to problems.
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Works strategically to realise team goals; understands and
    effectively communicates the departmental strategy; translates the
    departmental strategy and vision into operational responsibilities; takes
    into consideration departmental strategy during all tasks, projects and
    decision-making; takes account of a wide range of issues across, and
    related to the team.
  • Working with People
    – Shows respect for the views and contributions of team members; shows
    empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and
    proactively shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit
    and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well.
  • Presenting and Communicating Information – Speaks fluently; expresses team
    objectives, opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly;
    responds quickly to the needs of the team and to their reactions and
    feedback when communicating; projects credibility.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking
on the link below.
Deadline: 29th November 2019
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