EY Legal Manager - GCO in Johannesburg, South Africa
Legal Manager - GCO
Core Business Services
Requisition # JOH0033C
Post Date May 03, 2021
Legal Manager - GCO
Our legal team brings more to the table than just their legal expertise. Our GCO team serves as legal and business
advisors to our senior leadership and the entire firm. This team has extensive business knowledge and a wider skill set.
Having the legal pedigree, deep knowledge of the law and regulations, negotiating skills, and specializations. Do this
sound like you? Then EY is looking for you! Come join EY and become more that a legal expert but be a part of building a
better working world.
You will be exposed to different laws and regulations, as this role supports the whole of Africa. You will get an opportunity
to engage with leadership at C-suite level as well get to be the heart of the business (business Advisor).
Your key responsibilities
- The Legal Manager will assist the GCO with the following tasks across the Africa Region of EY, and across all service
lines in the EY Africa Region -General - Drafting and negotiating various agreements across audit and advisory service
lines, including global framework agreements, local implementation agreements, service level agreements, technology
agreements, intellectual property agreements, procurement agreements, confidentiality agreements and data usage
Ability to advise engagement teams on all current commercial contracts (e.g. Structuring, development of templates);
Reviewing and contributing to drafting firm policies including authority and delegation’s framework;
Acquisitions – current legal work on local acquisitions including working with external counsel on deal structure and
acquisition agreements, coordination with other members of Legal for cross-border acquisitions;
Providing input/reporting to legal risk committee;
Assist the GCO in the rendering services of the following to the service lines:
Reviewing and negotiating Engagement letters suggested clients changes to of amendments to EY’s standard
terms and conditions, Terms of Business, Reviewing, negotiating and drafting various agreements across various service
lines (including Advisory, Tax, Transactions, and Assurance) including but not limited to Hold harmless letters,
Confidentiality and Request for Tenders Bid submissions or Request for Proposal,
Provision of internal legal opinions to as requested by the service lines or the General Counsel negotiation, drafting/
reviewing of agreements and other legal documentation;
- Consultations and drafting of all types of contracts and agreements but specifically those in respect of
business relationships, consortia, subcontracting arrangements, alliances and secondments;
Dealing with subpoenas and claims brought against the firm;
Manage the Master Template Database of contract and other legal precedents;
Assist in the maintenance of a register of legal work done;
Assist in the maintenance of register of deviations from standard contract terms;
Drafting and research for legal opinions. Research on matters as required by the General Counsel;
Assistance with Projects as undertaken by the GCO;
Assistance with the notification of claims and circumstances project (which happens twice a year);
Liaison with external legal practitioners, and Ernst & Young (EMIA) and Global (EYG), where appropriate;
Attending to data privacy review of EY applications; with selected areas of compliance issues; Assist with legal support to
the Africa EY practices on various legal matters;
- Consider the legal risks in the agreements inclusive of Limitation of Liability – request to exceed normal limit;
To qualify for the role you must have
Qualified to practice law in South Africa.
At least 5 plus years of post-qualification legal experience, preferably with an international law firm and/or multi-national
corporation with at least a significant portion of such experience occurring in South Africa.
Ideally, in-depth experience of the professional services industry.
Developed commercial awareness with an outcome orientated approach and the ability to apply legal principles
Ideally, you’ll also have
Minimum Bachelor of Laws degree (MUST be an Admitted Attorney)
Solid commercial drafting, reviewing and negotiating skills
Business acumen - Experience within a similar industry sector and/or financial service
Strong organisational and project management skills
Well-rounded corporate and commercial experience
Experience in an auditing firm and with compliance and company secretarial matters will be an advantage
What we look for
We are looking for and an individual who will be able to drive legal projects and activities relating to the General
Counsel’s Office function, servicing South Africa and assisting the General Counsel with servicing Africa - with special
emphasis on reviewing and negotiating various contracts and providing internal legal advice to other teams across service
lines while adhering to EY’s internal policies (both locally and internationally).
What working at EY offers
We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our
comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY
you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide
range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:
Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues around
Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you
EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive
to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your
career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly,
and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.
As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise
and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you
the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the
exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. And with a commitment to hiring and developing the most passionate people,
we’ll make our ambition to be the best employer by 2020 a reality.
If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.
Join us in building a better working world.