PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC) Nigeria - Our client is a development finance institution involved in providing short and medium-term loans, risk bearing services as well as trade and market information and export advisory services to the Nigerian export community.
Coordinate the provision of legal advisory services to the organisation on matters of litigation, debt recovery, contracts and other such transactions with legal implications.
Provide comprehensive company secretarial service to the organisation
Articulate and develop the department’s strategy, ensure alignment with the organisation’s strategic objectives and provide support in its execution.
Approve and coordinate the execution of the department’s work program and plans.
Champion the development of legal frameworks to support the organisation’s strategic planning.
Keep abreast of changes in relevant legal and regulatory specifications/ requirements.
Provide advisory services on issues that relate to the legal and regulatory framework and liaise with necessary regulatory bodies as at when needed.
Advise on and ensure compliance of all departments with applicable laws and regulation.
Ensure that collateral security taken for the organisation’s facilities are adequately perfected.
Ensure legal clearance reports are issued to relevant departments on the fulfilment of pre-disbursement conditions and legal documentation prior to drawdown.
Coordinate the drafting, vetting and review of all agreements, contracts and other formal arrangements with third parties and also relating to administrative and personnel matters.
Ensure the department maintains custody of all original contract documents as well as securities documents.
Recommend the appointment/ selection of the organisation’s solicitors to executive management and provide broad guidelines for defining the overall framework for managing relationship between the organisation and its solicitors.
Direct the organisation’s representation in litigation, arbitration, other administrative or legal proceedings and matters in which the bank may have an interest.
Manage relationships with external solicitors and ensure compliance with agreed service levels.
Coordinate periodic evaluation of solicitors’ performance.
Prepare and circulate board papers for all Board and Board committee meetings.
Supervise the preparation of all agendas, notices, proxies, waivers of notice and subsequent correspondence in connection with meetings of directors.
Ensure the administration of the organisation's corporate governance architecture.
Organise logistics and facilitate Board and Board Committee meetings.
Record and circulate minutes of the meeting of the board and its various committees.
Ensure compliance with Board’s decisions and directives.
Ensure timely processing of all Board entitlements.
Provide advice and guidance to Board directors and executive management in respect of their duties and responsibilities to uphold good governance on constitutional and legal issues.
Keep board directors and executive management up to date with governance issues which directly or indirectly affect the organisation.
Supervise the maintenance of all statutory registers, including registers of directors, allotment and transfer of shares and company seal ensuring that they are kept up to date at all times.
Ensure that all necessary statutory forms, statutory year-end accounts and returns are made under relevant legislation and filed with the relevant regulatory authorities.
Control the use of organisation seals and their safe custody to ensure compliance with the organisation’s authorised signatory regime.
Continually review and assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the department’s policies, procedures and processes and identify improvement opportunities.
Review and authorise key expenditures and transactions in line with the approved budget and authority limit.
Review departmental performance and conduct performance appraisal of unit heads.
Prepare and submit activity and performance reports to the MD/ CEO.
Perform any other duties assigned by MD/ CEO.
First degree in Law.
Relevant postgraduate/ professional qualification or membership of legal professional bodies.
A company secretarial qualification would be an added advantage.
Minimum of eighteen (18) years cognate experience with at least three (3) years managerial experience.
Candidate must be matured with high level of integrity and confidentiality.
High level of innovativeness, resourcefulness, and possession of strong organization and problem-solving skills required to work with board members.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to make presentations to Management/ Board and other stakeholders as may be required.
Significant understanding of operations of an Export Credit Agency.
Demonstrated leadership capabilities, including ability to organise and manage human resources to attain goals.
Willingness to work extra hours where required in order to achieve the organisation’s objectives.
General understanding of the objectives and purpose of a development finance institution.