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South Africa Legal Counsel: Marketing, Innovation and Regulatory

  • Location
    (SOUTH AFRICA) and Johannesburg
  • Job Reference
  • Functional Area/Experience
    Law / 2 Years

Job Description & Qualifications

From Arthur Guinness to Johnnie Walker, our business was founded on people of great character, and in 250 years, nothing’s changed. We’re the world’s leading premium alcohol company. Our brands are industry icons. And our success is thanks to the strength of our people, in every role. It’s why we trust them with our legacy. And it’s why we reward them with the career-defining opportunities that they deserve. Our ambition is to create the best performing, most trusted and respected Consumer Products Company in the world. To achieve these, we need the world’s very best people. Feel inspired? Then this may be the opportunity for you.

Job Description :

To provide pro-active legal leadership, support and advice in assisting the marketing and innovation functions in achieving their core strategic objectives whilst appropriately managing and mitigating the associated legal risks and driving the legal compliance agenda to preserve value (financial and reputational).

  • Ensure that the Legal & Corporate Security Director and Team receive quality support to achieve jointly agreed objectives.
  • Minimise legal risk for Diageo by ensuring that the company’s marketing materials are compliant with the Diageo and Brandhouse Marketing Codes, and that legal agreements are sound, commercially sensible and documented on time.
  • Become a key member of a pro-active, committed Legal and Corporate Security team.
  • Lead the provision of legal advice and support required by the business.
  • Provide direct support and guidance to the Marketing Leadership Team from time to time.
  • Ensure that the Legal department has full visibility of all issues and is servicing the business’ legal needs effectively.
  • Assisting in appropriate resolution of disputes which arise with competitors, agencies, regulators and other third parties.
  • Using external Counsel in a cost effective way to optimise performance and contribute to the effective management of the legal budget.
  • Raise the capabilities of the Marketing and Innovation teams through coaching and training.
  • Work with members of the Diageo Legal Function to ensure precedents and Diageo best practices are consistent with best practice and fully up to date.
  • Work with the Compliance, Controls and Ethics team to advise on and update internal policies and champion the compliance agenda within the Legal and Corporate Security team.
  • Support the External Affairs function on policy and regulatory matters, as well as in industry forums and interactions.


  • Attorney qualified in RSA, with relevant commercial legal practice experience gained in leading law firm and relevant in-house experience
  • Proven track record of managing wide legal and compliance agenda, complex legal transactions and dealing effectively with external legal service providers
  • 2 – 4 years post qualification experience

Job Skills/Competencies Required

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of legal issues relevant to the commercial business in RSA
  • Ability to provide sound commercial legal advice to the business
  • Provide excellent functional support direct and through the Legal and Corporate Security function
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Commercial and pragmatic approach
  • Good influencing and coaching skills
  • Confident in and sensitive to different cultures in RSA
  • Strong, analytical, drafting and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work confidently, persuasively and to stand ground with and gain the respect and trust of other senior managers
  • Ability to shape and create change
  • Powerful influencing skills
  • Engaging presentation skills
  • Proven track record of:
  • Leading/managing complex legal transactions
  • Managing wide legal and compliance agenda
  • Interacting with and influencing teams
  • Dealing effectively with external legal service partners.
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