DNV GL Legal Counsel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Legal Counsel will be located in Dubai, reporting to the Head of DNV GL Group Legal, Region Middle East & Asia Pacific. As Legal Counsel, you will be part of a team responsible for provision of high quality legal services and advice to DNV GL Group in the Middle East & Asia Pacific Region. In this role you will be working with the entire DNV GL organisation, advising all business areas (Oil & Gas, Energy, Maritime, Software and Business Assurance) and providing legal advice to our shared service functions. You will be in direct contact with DNV GL managers and employees, at all levels and frequently will have the opportunity to participate actively and support the business in its day-to-day challenges. As a member Group Legal, you will also work closely with other lawyers in the region as well as the ones that are based in Head Office and in other regions.

Some key accountabilities:

  • To act in accordance with and promote DNV GL Group’s purpose, vision and values, actively promoting and advising on business procedures and policies.

  • To routinely draft, negotiate and conclude a variety of commercial agreements including, but not limited to, service contracts, subcontract agreements, MOUs, collaboration agreements, joint industry participation agreements, procurement agreement, across all business areas.

  • To liaise with client’s legal advisors / representatives to negotiate and finalize mutually acceptable legal terms.

  • Support and assist with litigation and other dispute proceedings involving DNV GL and to support a positive conclusion of such.

  • Advise DNV GL on statutory laws, regulations and judicial developments affecting the Company within the Middle East & Asia Pacific region.

  • M&A work including provision of support in corporate and strategic restructuring of the company, including divestments of business units and corporate entities.

  • Work with and effectively manage external counsel instructed to undertake matters on behalf of DNV GL.

  • Develop, prepare and provide legal training to internal stakeholders.

  • Driving improvement of internal processes and governance.

  • Able to challenge, influence and communicate effectively with key directors, senior managers and customers in a constructive, pragmatic and positive manner, building positive working relationships including providing required responses to business needs and compliance with legal obligations required by regulatory bodies.

  • Professional legal experience from either a top-ranked law firm and/or well-regarded in-house legal department in a reputable commercial multinational organisation.

  • Qualified lawyer with at least 5 years’ proven track record in commercial and corporate legal affairs.

  • Excellent academic credentials from a respected law school.

  • Excellent written & spoken English, secondary language skills would be an advantage.

  • Excellent drafting skills.

In our view the ideal candidate possesses exemplary qualities, including but not limited to:

  • is a strong communicator and possess a commercially savvy approach to legal matters;

  • able to handle tasks and cases independently and effectively engage and consult with internal stakeholders;

  • has experience from the UAE or other countries in the GCC;

  • is ideally currently located in the UAE or in the GCC and intends to work and stay in Dubai for the foreseeable future.

  • is delivery-focused and able to work in a high-pressurized, deadline-driven environment whilst maintaining focus on quality and attention to detail;

  • is genuinely interested in our clients and possesses a driving need to facilitate their own, and thereby your, success;

  • is a self-motivated and creative self-starter;

  • has a commercial, international and common-sense approach to legal challenges;

  • has an appetite to use and develop wider legal skills/knowledge;

  • asks critical questions but is a “to the point” person;

  • takes personal responsibility and ownership for own decisions/actions;

  • has flexibility to travel within the GCC, India and other countries in the Region and overseas as needed; and

  • is an open and straight-forward individual with a sense of humor.

If you think you are the right person for this role, we would like to hear from you.

Please prepare your application (cover letter) in the form of a memorandum to the DNV GL Group Legal Director with a recommendation for why you are the right person and the right fit for this position.

Driven by our purpose of safeguarding life, property and the environment, DNV GL enables organizations to advance the safety and sustainability of their business. We provide classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas and energy industries. We also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. Operating in more than 100 countries, our experts are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

Requisition ID: 2017-9102

Position Type: Permanent employment

Posting Close Date (Displayed on Portal): 21/5/2017