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General Counsel, MENAT & SSA regions

General Electric

Posted on November 19, 2019

2 - 3 years Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Any Graduation. Any Nationality

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Role Summary: The General Counsel, Middle East Africa (MEA), GE Renewable Energy will act as a key business partner to the Renewable Energy businesses in the Middle East North Africa Turkey (MENAT) and Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Regions. The candidate will be involved in a diverse range of legal and compliance activities within the region and be part of the global legal community
Essential Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be involved in a diverse range of legal and compliance activities within MEA including the following:
Responsible for setting overall legal strategy and direction for GE Renewable Energy in the region in conjunction with the Tier 2 General Counsels.
Leading a small team of lawyers, with full responsibility for their work allocation, quality and responsiveness, professional and personal development and retention.
Advising GE Renewable Energy s Commercial Leadership in the region on a wide variety of legal issues related to the business s operations and commercial transactions. Supporting the commercial activities of all business units operating in MEA, including tendering, drafting, negotiating and contracting for the sale of high technology products and services, construction of generation and transmission projects etc.
Supporting the execution of high value complex projects in MENAT and SSA, including support for Contract Managers and Project Managers in managing claims, customer and subcontractor disputes.
Managing select disputes and litigation with support from HQ and functional experts, including supervising outside counsel and managing budgets, as needed.
Assisting in investigating compliance issues in MENAT and SSA with discretion and maturity, liaising with Ombuds and compliance leaders, helping to build an open reporting environment.
Training employees on commercial and legal topics.
Creating legal forms, templates, trainings, tools and best practices as needed.
Operating as an integral member of the legal leadership team of GE Renewable Energy
Working with assigned business leadership to evaluate legal risks and develop procedures to mitigate such risks
Working closely with other legal functional leaders to support related matters (e.g. litigation, sourcing, etc.)
Participating in business/deal reviews and deal approval meetings maintaining independence in counsel while supporting the commercial team in meeting their business objectives.
Advising business on related regulatory issues and compliance matters that are specific to the region. Preparing and delivering updates on legal developments and requirements to various audiences and provide ongoing advice on applicable laws and regulations governing the commercial activities of GE Renewable Energy in the region.
Working with other counsel in GE Renewable Energy and other GE businesses to develop best practices and strategic advice


Desired Candidate Profile

LLB, Juris Doctorate or equivalent from an accredited law school.
Member in good standing with local Bar or equivalent professional organization.
Significant experience in relevant commercial transaction area(s) and general corporate law based on experience at a large law firm, financial firm or corporate legal department
Broad knowledge of commercial law and legal practice in MENAT and/or SSA, especially high value contracts or projects.
Absolute personal integrity, discretion, trustworthiness, leadership skills and strength of character.
Transactional experience in domestic and international contract drafting and negotiation. .
Ability to lead and motivate a small but high-performing team.
Familiarity with turnkey construction contracts and/or long term service agreements as well as of claims and disputes
Flexibility, ability to deal with ambiguity, embrace rapid change, and resolve legal issues quickly and effectively; ability to cope with pressure and multiple deadlines simultaneously.
Understanding and passion for business issues, and the economic, social, legal and political context in home country and within the region.
Ability to work in a complex and matrixed organization in a collaborative and boundaryless manner and to simultaneously manage numerous and varied tasks and to exercise sound judgment in prioritizing among them
Strong oral and written communication and persuasive skills, including executive-level communication.
Ability to work well independently and in a team setting.
Strong problem-solving skills, pragmatism and flexibility/resilience
Ability to interact effectively with senior management and peers and all other levels of the organization
Experience setting legal organizational strategy
Language skills: Fluency in English (required) plus either French and/or Arabic
Desired Characteristics: - Track record of leadership and management
- Other relevant languages : a 3rd language and a 4th language will be a plus
- very strong experience of claims negotiation and/or dispute resolution would be an advantage
- Familiarity with turnkey construction contracts and/or long term service agreements in the energy sector would be an advantage.


General Counsel MENAT & SSA regions


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General Electric

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE s mission and deliver for our customers. www.ge.com Additional Locations: Turkey, United Arab Emirates;Dubai, Istanbul;
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