Senior Legal Counsel – Middle East and North Africa, Dubai

Arla Foods amba

Udlandet (øvrige)

Do you want to contribute your legal skills in a global company? Do you have a global mindset and can deliver legal advice of high quality? Then head for the position as Senior Legal Counsel with the responsibility to provide legal counselling to Arla Foods’ Middle East and North Africa organisation (MENA).

You will join a Global Legal team of highly skilled Legal colleagues who take pride in providing legal counselling within almost all business areas for Arla Foods. As the in-house legal expert, you will be based in Dubai and the position will report to Head of Legal – International in Arla Foods’ headquarters in Denmark and will be part of Arla Foods’ Legal department with colleagues in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and the UK.

Main responsibilities
In this role, you will act as Senior Legal counsel for Arla Foods’ Business Unit in the MENA region and support the MENA Management Team and the Management in each country on all commercial legal matters in the region. As the position has both an operational and a strategic exposure, the ability to understand, communicate and explain complex legal issues across countries, cultures and nationalities is vital to this role.

Internally in Legal the key responsibilities are:

  • To provide input to business plans, develop legal strategies and policies as well as executing and implementing in the MENA region.
  • To contribute actively to knowledge sharing, training and development of colleagues and peers in the Legal community and across borders.

Externally and towards other functions the key responsibilities are:

  • To draft, negotiate and advise on various legal matters within the corporate/commercial area, including distribution agreements, supply agreements, contract manufacturing, lease agreements.
  • To support regional joint ventures and subsidiaries in regard to company law related matters, including preparing minutes of general meetings and board meetings, articles of association and other corporate documents as well as dealing with public authorities in relation to licenses, authorizations, permits and other business and import related documents.
  • To identify risk areas and/or areas for development and improvement within legal in the MENA region and together with the rest of Legal – International and to develop relevant policies, training, compliance materials and templates to mitigate such risks and overall strategy.
  • To provide legal support to supply chain related matters and procurement activities in the region.
  • Together with the local marketing team to ensure compliance on marketing campaigns and ensuring compliance on labeling and regulatory matters.
  • To support other corporate functions in Arla Foods such as i.e. Regulatory, HR, CSR, M&A.

The position requires a global mindset and an ability to work independently and consistently apply a proactive business partner approach towards MENA commercial staff in order to serve as a trusted advisor for regional management. The ability to take lead and drive projects forward is crucial and you are able to work effectively in a matrix organization and thrive in an environment with many different stakeholders. The right applicant will possess a true “go do” attitude and the capabilities to get things done on both smaller and larger assignments.

Solid experience within Legal
You are a certified lawyer with at least 5 years of relevant working experience preferably from top law firms preferably combined with an experience as an in-house Legal counsel in multinational or larger company. You should be a bright and commercially minded lawyer, dedicated to providing a high level of quality and service in the solutions you deliver. You have a true ”can do” attitude, very good interpersonal skills and high ability to navigate in a matrix organisation. Finally, your language skills cover full proficiency in English and Arabic.

Application and contact
Apply no later than 2 weeks from date of posting. All applications will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Please apply via this LINK

Look forward to hearing from you!


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