NWDC Vacancies 2022 – Legal Services Manager

Website North West Development Corporation

The North West Development Corporation (SOC) Ltd was established to plan, finance, coordinate, promote and carry out the economic development of the North West Province and its people in the fields of industry, commerce, finance, mining, tourism enterprise-related activities, and other business resulting in wealth and job creation.

It is NWDC’s intention to promote equity (race, gender, and disability) through the filling of these posts for candidates whose promotion/appointment will promote representativity in line with the numeric targets as contained in our Employment Equity Plan.

Salary: R631 794 P/A 
Location: Mogwase

Job Requirements

To be considered the applicant must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • Matric and B.Com Law Degree (LLB) and articles or Pupillage Admission as Attorney or Advocate
  • A relevant postgraduate qualification in the field will be an added advantage
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a Senior Legal Officer and/or supervisory level
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation (SEZ, Companies Act, PFMA, Administrative, PAJA) and administrative and constitutional law
  • Excellent knowledge of the law
  • Good supervisory, leadership, and management skills
  • Proven track record of drafting, reviewing, and editing agreements and contracts
  • Familiar with local and international laws and regulations
  • Ability to provide impartial legal advice (orally and in writing) to senior management on technical matters
  • Negotiation, litigation, analytical, and interpretation skills
  • Proficient in the full MS Office suite
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

Key Responsibilities

The applicant will be reporting to the General Manager: Zone Operations and the key performance areas among other are: 

  • Support and assist with determining and implementing the legal strategy for BSEZ
  • Develop and manage the operational plan for the legal department and report on progress as required
  • Provide legal counsel support to relevant internal stakeholders within BSEZ
  • Support and assist with the management of all legal risks and exposure of BSEZ in respect of corporate decisions and projects and determine legal strategies and measures to mitigate those risks
  • Review legislation and regulations, in collaboration with the Company Secretary and Risk Department.
  • Identify trends, changes, and risks and develop proactive strategies to ensure compliance with regulations and legislation
  • Assist and support the Executive Manager (EM) and Executive team in engagements with stakeholders on legal needs and collaborate with external service providers to provide relevant solutions to legal matters
  • Serve as a trusted business partner and ensure that the legal department functions optimally and supports and protects the business
  • Assist Finance, the Company Secretary, and Strategic Planning in various corporate actions and corporate law matters and special projects/transactions
  • Participate with executive teams in project meetings and direct and coordinate group-wide legal input and requirements and share project strategies
  • Advise and assist CEO and Executives on corporate legal requirements and interpretation of statutes
  • Assist BSEZ corporate special projects (within SA and internationally) including engaging with divisional special project teams and external legal service providers
  • Draft agreements, lead and coordinate inputs by key stakeholders such as the BSEZ finance and tax teams
  • Counsel and keep key stakeholders such as BSEZ Exco, senior management, finance, and tax teams informed on regulatory developments
  • Assist the BSEZ with the interpretation of more complex legal aspects of the Companies Act, the constitutional documents, King IV Code on Corporate Governance, and requirements that require consideration beyond the Company Secretary
  • Support and assist the Company Secretary in providing legal input in the annual preparation of the Group Integrated Annual Report and governance policies
  • Provide support to colleagues and staff members within the team with regard to contract drafting, opinions, and negotiation
  • Give ongoing feedback to the business units on the activity and status of relevant legal matters and agreements
  • Attend and contribute to appropriate business forums
  • Check and compare contracts to identify where efficiencies can be leveraged from a service and cost perspective, and sign off new contract precedents to be utilized by the broader legal team
  • Proactively monitor contract expiry dates and escalate to internal stakeholders to trigger renewal notices.
  • Develop and implement precedent agreements, and SLAs, in collaboration with the legal team and internal stakeholders to assist with creating efficiencies for the drafting of corporate agreements
  • Negotiate with opposing parties regarding legal matters
  • Ensure BSEZ complies with all legislation and other specialisation areas such as construction, engineering, municipal, and local government conditions

Note: All successful candidates will be required to sign a Performance Agreement Contract. 

It is NWDC’s intention to promote equity (race, gender, and disability) through the filling of these posts for candidates whose promotion/appointment will promote representativity in line with the numeric targets as contained in our Employment Equity Plan. 

Interested candidates are requested to forward a cover letter, detailed CV, and relevant certified academic qualifications (Not older than 6 months) to recruitment@nwdc.co.za
No hand deliveries will be accepted.


Please clearly indicate which position you are applying for. 

A separate application is required for each position. 

HR-related enquiries may be directed to Mmathapelo Tamako mmathapelot@nwdc.co.za
 Post-related enquiries may be directed to kabelom@nwdc.co.za and/or 0732431772. 

The onus lies with the applicant to ensure that all foreign qualifications are verified by SAQA. 

Closing date: 11 November 2022. 

No late applications will be considered. 

Communication will be reserved for shortlisted candidates only. If you do not hear from us three months after the closing date please consider your application as unsuccessful. 

NB: NWDC reserves the right not to appoint.

Non-Executive Directors: Mr. KK Konopi (Chairperson), Ms. M Sentle, Mr ME Mojaki, Ms. SM Maleka, Ms. T Malaka, Ms. N Phadu-More, Ms. MJ Msiza, Dr. S Nokaneng, Mr. SW Ncongolo Executive Directors: Mr. Tshepo Phetla (Chief Executive Officer) Mr Kudakwashe Mpofu (Acting Chief Financial Officer) Company Secretary: Mr. K Mafokwane HEAD OFFICE: Po Box 3011, Mmabatho, 2735, North West Province, Republic of South Africa Telephone: (018) 381-3663 Website: www.nwdc.co.za

To apply for this job email your details to recruitment@nwdc.co.za