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KSA Legal Counsel

Country/Region:  SA
Field:  Support & transversal
Location: 

Riyadh, SA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  05-10 years
Job number: 

  

With over 7,000 employees, SYSTRA is one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups specialised in public transport and mobility solutions.   In Saudi Arabia, Systra provides multi-disciplinary services ranging from consultancy and engineering for rail/urban transport and environment. We work with our clients to find innovative solutions to complex issues concerning the location and movement of people, goods and services. We have a long-standing reputation for the provision of high quality, robust and independent advice.  We are dedicated to delivering excellence to our clients through our entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm whilst promoting a culture of listening, teamwork and employee empowerment.

 

The KSA Legal Counsel will assist in providing commercial and legal counselling related to matters for SYSTRA in Saudi Arabia and for the D&B activities in the Middle East region & African English Speaking countries. The KSA Legal Counsel will report to the Senior Regional Legal Counsel based in Dubai for KSA matters and for D&B activities. She/he shall ensure that both legal support and policy are consistently and effectively deployed across the business, that contractual risks are under control and that SYSTRA’s operating needs are met.  The KSA legal Counsel will be based in Riyadh – KSA but will have to spend the first few months in Dubai to prepare his mission, to assimilate the Company’s procedures and to get accustomed to the legal way of doing business.

 
MISSIONS:
Under the Guidance and Supervision of the Senior Regional Legal Counsel, the candidate shall be responsible to: 
  • Provide legal advice and analysis on the full range of issues (mainly contractual and litigation) arising in KSA and for D&B activities in the Gulf region& African English-speaking countries.  
  • Draft, evaluate and advise on a variety of contracts and agreements with respect to SYSTRA’s projects in KSA and for D&B activities in the Gulf region& African English-speaking countries.
  • Support in contractual negotiations with the client so that business requirements are met.
  • Create and maintain relationship with internal clients and operational teams, clients, consortium partners, subcontractors, as the case may be, and their legal advisors on a day-to-day basis to facilitate reporting to senior management.
  • Maintain records for correspondence and documentation in relation to established Contracts and those in progress.
  • Work closely with the contract management team for the zone covered to secure the close-out, extension or renewal to serve the best interests of SYSTRA.
  • Be aware, understand and obtain thorough knowledge about the active projects and the tenders in preparation in the region(s) assigned.
  • Challenge legal matters through risks identification and provide mitigation advice.
  • Offer support and guidance to other members of the legal department.
  • Engage with management to meet goals and ensure adherence to important corporate and regulatory policies through training.
  • Engage with management to meet goals and ensure adherence to important corporate and regulatory policies through training.
  • Manage the local corporate processes for Systra Saudi entities, in coordination with other departments.
  • Liaise with local insurance brokers for projects and tenders.
  • Draft legal notices and lead the support towards management of dispute cases.
  • Prepare, ensure respect of and apply Systra’s governance (including board of directors and shareholder meetings, company secretarial)/compliance rules, as per the Systra’s Group applicable rules.
 
 
PROFILE:
  • Admitted as a solicitor is a good advantage  LLM, LLB or PhD in Law
  • Fluent in English, Arabic  (Written and Verbal), French (written and Verbal) preferred but not mandatory
  • Proven experience of negotiating and drafting contracts and transaction documents.
  • Previous experience in procurement law.
  • Previous experience in an international environment
  • Extensive experience of minimum 5 years in the Middle East (Mostly KSA, but also Qatar, UAE & Egypt)
  • Ideally a prior in-house experience with an engineering and/or construction company preceded by law firm experience is preferred.
  • Previous experience in either construction, transport or engineering sectors is favoured.
  • Solid knowledge of new Saudi contract templates, FIDIC, PMC and EPC contracts is mandatory.
  • Previous experience in corporate law is an advantage. (To conduct corporate tasks before the Saudi competent authorities, if needed)
 


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