CPF Financial Services Legal Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Sep 18, 2016

CPF Financial Services Limited
CPF is seeking to recruit a high caliber, results oriented, experienced and highly skilled professional to drive the delivery of the expanded mandate for the following position within its establishment.
Job Title: Legal Manager 

Supervisor Title: Group Head of Legal and Company Secretary
Division: Group Company Secretarial and Legal
Location: Nairobi

The CPF Group is a group of companies and retirement benefits schemes operating in Eastern Africa and offering a dynamic pool of services in Scheme Administration, Retirement Benefits Services, Financial, Training and Consultancy. 

The CPF Group schemes and entities are:- Local Authorities Pension Trust (Defined Benefits Scheme), County Pension Fund (Laptrust Umbrella Retirement Fund (Defined Contributions Scheme), CPF (Individual) Pension Scheme, CPF Financial Services Ltd, Laser Infrastructure & Technology Solutions Ltd., Laser Property Services Ltd., and Laser Insurance Brokers Ltd. 

Direct Reports
  • Legal Associate 
  • Legal Officer
Job Summary: Reporting to the Group Head of Legal & Company Secretarial, the job holder is responsible for the effective and efficient management of company secretarial and Legal services and ensuring effective management of legal and contractual risks. 

The role has many significant cross-functional interactions and mutual dependencies in CPF Group.
Key Responsibilities
Purpose of the Role: The Legal Manager has a wide range of responsibilities in relation to corporate
governance, compliance and general company secretarial& legal matters in generally assisting the Group Head of Legal & Company Secretarial.

Leadership role
  • Provide leadership and ensure efficient and effective management of staff and resources in the Company Secretarial and Legal division.
  • Represent Legal in cross functional meetings and will closely interface with the subsidiaries as well as the Executive Committee of Management.
  • Drive, embed, support, implement and achieve the strategic plans and objectives of the Legal Function in line with the business strategy
  • Identify new initiatives and proposals, aligned with the Legal function’s mandate and the Company’s strategy and values to ensure legal effectively operates within the institutional and legal framework
  • Continuously develop technical and managerial skills and acting as a leader and role model in the Group
  • Ability to operate within a team, playing various roles, leading and supporting and all the while maintaining excellent communication with team members.
Board Secretarial role
  • Responsibility for preparation of statutory Returns and the filing of these within statutory timelines for all companies.
  • Assist the Group Head of Legal & Company Secretarial in preparation of for Board meetings as and when required
  • Responsible for absolute statutory compliance.
  • Ensure that use of the Company Seal is duly recorded in the registrar of seals
  • Providing assistance in convening the Board, Board Committees and Shareholder meetings.
Legal risk & Compliance Management role
  • Review and provide legal advice on tender documents, staff contracts, and any other legal matter.
  • Review ongoing cases and advice management accordingly.
  • Liaise with relevant functional areas to ensure that where legal risks have been identified, appropriate courses of action have been taken.
  • Provide legal protection and risk management advice to management especially on contract management.
  • Provide and interpret legal information, conduct training and disseminate appropriate legal requirements to officers.
  • Review and advise management on legal implications of internal policies and procedures.
  • Review and draft contracts, agreements and internal policies and ensure that they are in compliance with all statutory or legal requirements.
  • Review all contracts or any other documentation where the company has committed itself and assess legal implications that need to be brought to the executive management’s attention.
  • Review progress of outstanding litigation and liaise with and manage external lawyers.
  • Formulate compliance check-lists to be used for the purpose of ensuring that all information required is provided accordingly.
  • Continuously monitor compliance with statutory obligations and advise management accordingly.
Contract negotiation:
  • Prepare, review and modify contractual instruments to assist and support various business activities.
  • Negotiate, review and draft documentation for business transactions and prepare and advise on the necessary checklist to be adopted to ensure information is submitted on time.
Administrative duties:
  • Provide continuous leadership, supervision, training and development of department staff ensuring an effective and motivated team.
  • Liaise with the HR department in conducting performance appraisals and ensure competency and training gaps are addressed.
  • Prepare monthly and quarterly divisional reports for decision making
  • Prepare Divisional work plans and guide the team to ensure delivery of the same
Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

Qualification and Experience Requirements
  • Company Secretary qualification with relevant certification in Kenya would be most preferable
  • LLB Undergraduate Degree, from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • A Master’s Degree in the relevant field will be an added advantage.
Desired Experience
  • Degree in Law with at least 4 years post admission experience
  • Broad knowledge and experience in corporate governance and working knowledge of legislative drafting, contracts management and commercial matters
  • At least five years legal experience ideally in a leading organisation, with a proven track record in contract negotiation and drafting;
  • Proven track record of providing accurate and effective legal counsel; and
  • Proven track record of adding value to an organisation through the development of comprehensive contract documents that mitigate risk and penalties.
Competence Requirements
  • In-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements
  • Knowledge of the legal aspects of Financial Institutions
  • Strong leadership and managerial skills;
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills necessary for interaction with all key stakeholders
  • Effective stakeholder engagement and ability to provide independent advice(orally and in writing) to stakeholders and management on highly technical legal matters;
  • Demonstrated success in managing and conducting a variety of litigation matters;
  • Good planning and organization skills; and
  • Proven ability to delicately solve sensitive matters.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to excellence. 
  • Adherence, without exception, to compliance deadlines and internally set deadlines. 
  • Ability to improve existing processes.
  • An orderly mind and excellent organizational and prioritization skills.
How to Apply

If you meet the requirements stipulated for any of the above positions, please write in confidence quoting the position title and reference number on the subject of the email or cover letter on or before Friday 7th October, 2016. 

Applications including Curriculum vitae, contact email and daytime telephone contacts, current position and remuneration, names and addresses of three referees should be emailed to recruitment@cpf.or.ke

Terms and Conditions

Applicants should attach the following documents with their applications:
  • Valid Tax Clearance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority
  • Higher Education Loans Board Clearance
  • Latest Credit Reference Bureau Report
  • Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission submission form
  • Certificate of Good Conduct from the Criminal Investigations Department
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CPF Financial Services Ltd is an equal opportunity employer; canvassing in any form will lead to automatic disqualification.


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