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Legal Counsel / Senior Legal Counsel

Ernst & Young

Manama, Bahrain

Ref: NP946-950

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

As a large, sophisticated professional services organization, everything we do comes down to having the right people with the right skills in the right place. As n Paralegal/Junior Legal Counsel, you’ll support us in making it happen. The legal function of this large Professional Services Organization is dedicated to the provision of world class in-house legal services to the organization’s service lines and regions.
The opportunity
In your role as a Legal Counsel, you will report to the MENA General Counsel and support the organization’s member firms in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. The MENA region includes Saudi Arabia (KSA), UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. You’ll be part of the region’s legal team and is expected to provide services to the business across the region. This role will be based in Manama, Bahrain.
While this is a role for a generalist Legal Counsel / Lawyer / Legal Advisor, contractual negotiation experience with domestic and international clients is a critical requirement.
Your key responsibilities
• Deliver and assist in delivering legal advice and assistance in all practice areas of MENA.
• Draft and participate in commercial contracts negotiations with clients and service providers and elevate legal risks to management.
• Support business transactions as required.
• Act as a trusted advisor and develop relationships with all relevant business stakeholders and teams.
• Support legal function Network Teams and promote teamwork & cross-support working between the organization’s lawyers within MENA and globally.
• Advise, draft and negotiate various legal related aspects of client matters including contracts, master service agreements and tenders.
• Assist in reviewing, amending and implementing changes to policies, procedures and standard documentation according to legal developments.
• Skills and attributes for success
• Unquestionably strong ethics, integrity and adherence to strict confidentiality.
• Pragmatic approach to work along with strong business acumen.
• Demonstrate a positive and enthusiastic attitude to work.
• High level of self-confidence and energy.
• High level of intellectual agility, initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness, and patience.


To qualify you must:
• Have between 7-15 years of post-qualification legal experience, preferably with a multi-national corporation or an international law firm with at least a significant portion of such experience occurring in the Middle East.
• Be a lawyer qualified to practice law in KSA.
• Have the ability to evaluate and negotiate procurement related contracts.
• Possess excellent command of written and spoken English and Arabic.
• Strong interpersonal communication skills.
• Effective planning and organizing skills to prioritize key areas of responsibility, tasks and projects.
• The ability to keep calm in a crisis and to cope well with conflicting deadlines.
• Negotiation skills.
• Strong team player who is both committed and flexible.
• Ideally, you will also have
• People management and development experience.
• Attention to detail in all aspects.
• Experience within the professional services industry.
• Well-developed commercial awareness with an outcome orientated approach and the ability to apply legal principles pragmatically.

What we look for

We are looking for people who can combine, great listening skills, collaboration, influencing and commercial acumen. Being able thrive in an ever changing, diverse, multi-cultural environment where we expect exceptional quality and show passion for your work will set you up for success.

What working for EY offers

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. We also offer:
Exposure to some of the greatest colleagues and clients in the industry
Support, feedback and coaching in a culture that values operational excellence
Career potential to grow both within the MENA region and globally
A culture that will encourage you to grow your skills and strengths for your own betterment as well as that or EY
About EY

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.

Build your legacy with us.

Apply now.

About the Company

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY refers to the global organization, and may refer to one or more, of the member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young Global Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, does not provide services to clients. Information about how EY collects and uses personal data and a description of the rights individuals have under data protection legislation are available on our site.

The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 95 years, we have grown to over 7,500 people united across 21 offices and 16 countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. As an organization, we continue to develop outstanding leaders who deliver exceptional services to our clients and who contribute to our communities. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, reaffirming our position as the largest and most established professional services organization in the region

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