Legal and External Affairs Manager
Job Type Full Time
Qualification BA/BSc/HND
Experience 6 – 8 years
Location Nairobi
Job Field Law / Legal
Job Duties


  • Government Affairs ManagerDrive market engagement strategy with key internal and external stakeholders to help shape the local business environment and execute global engagement strategies as appropriate
  • Develop and execute relevant strategies and plans to ensure that:we maintain our rights to operate in a complex and technical regulatory environment;
    mitigate the impact and cost of technical regulations, business activities and regulatory compliance;
    promote credible technical and scientific positions to regulators and 3rd parties;
    encourage governments to develop evidence-based regulations supporting commercialisation of potentially reduced risks products [PRRPs] such as Vaping and Oral Products.
  • Provide the business with timely regulatory insights/updates to support decision-making
  • Identify and manage relationships with key stakeholders in order to execute engagements
  • Manage execution of the internal & external engagement strategy and plan
  • Corporate Affairs ManagerTo work with the global, regional and area communications structures to implement the
  • Group’s communications strategies locally within the East Africa Markets
  • To oversee and manage the development and implementation of:internal and
    external communications strategies,
    company’s sustainability strategies to benefit society, build positive stakeholder relationships, whilst strengthening the company’s value chain and proposition.
  • To provide communications advice, strategic and operational communications support to all business functions & key project teams
  • Analyse and interpret information relating to activities, issues & events potentially impacting upon the business.
  • Manage any remedial actions required to ensure the reputation of the company is not adversely affected.
  • Ensure that our sustainability actions result in the company being regarded as responsible and being compliant with all relevant laws, codes and practices
  • Deliver a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy that is aligned to the BAT Group’s focus areas for its markets, underpinned by real community needs and sustainable business actions
  • Legal CounselTo proactively manage all legal matters pertaining to Marketing, Brand activities, New Categories and to successfully implement & execute functional strategy & objectives
  • Monitor and interpret the legislative environment to ensure that proactive legal advice and support is provided to the business on legislation concerning tobacco products and New Categories in the respective end markets
  • Manage BAT’s litigation portfolio, Trade activities, Anti-Illicit Trade (AIT), Intellectual Property across East Africa Markets
  • Delivery of an effective litigation strategy for managing and reporting all ongoing and potential litigations
  • Proactive management of litigation risks & regularly monitoring key developments in the litigation arena, identifying issues that would directly impact BAT’s operations
  • Support the business’ anti-illicit trade (AIT) plans and activities by reviewing them for compliance with the relevant local laws and BAT policies as well as supporting any proactive review of existing or proposed laws.
  • Render timely legal advice to the business on Competition Law compliance, Intellectual Property law (including trademark protection and management), Excise and regulatory engagements.
  • Support the management of BAT’s Intellectual Property portfolio in the respective end markets ensuring timely registration or renewal of trademarks and assisting with the management of any related disputes or litigations.
  • Legal CounselDrive and communicate an effective governance and corporate reporting framework to senior management and external regulatory bodies as appropriate
  • Champion and ensure adequate measures are in place for adherence to the BAT Group Standards of Business
  • Conduct, applicable policies and internal controls/systems, and direct internal SoBC investigations appropriately.
  • Advise on and be actively involved in any proposed changes to the corporate structure and governance practices for any BAT East Africa Market [EAM] entities.
  • Develop and monitor the Business’ compliance with the Capital Markets Act, Companies Act 2015, Occupational
  • Health and Safety laws, Data Protection laws, Competition laws and other applicable statutes
  • Develop and drive the maintenance of control systems and appropriate company policies to proactively deal with risks, violations of legal, governance guidelines and internal policies and evaluate the efficiency of internal controls for continuous improvement.
  • Provide support and advice on governance aspects, compliance and relevant internal controls to the Boards of
  • Trustees of various BAT retirement benefit schemes in EAM.
  • Ensure adequate implementation and compliance with the agreed records management programme and policies across EAM and develop cost-effective best practice solutions in line with records management resources.
  • Keep abreast of arising regulatory developments as well as evolving best practices in corporate governance practices and corporate compliance measures.

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:


  • A business degree with specialisation in Communications, Public Relations or International Relations
  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ of experience in a consultancy or in-house function in the areas of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, including being a spokesperson
  • Strong negotiation, written and verbal skills
  • Ability to apply strong strategic, analytical skills and good judgment
  • Appropriate level of maturity to provide credibility at senior levels externally and internally

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with 6-8 years’ experience at a senior level in either of the following fields: investigations, security, business controls, compliance, audit & risk management
  • Good influencing skills with ability to interact with all levels of senior management – this should be demonstrated by successful experience in business partnership and decision support.
  • Ability to make swift, balanced decisions in emergencies or when rapid response is required.
  • Experience in project and programme management.
  • Excellent critical thinking and analysis of threats, security risks and operational threat actors.
  • Strong negotiation, written and verbal skills.


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About British American Tobacco

Few companies founded in 1902 are still going from strength to strength. Fewer still are leaders in more than 55 markets. And with one billion adult smokers around the world, we manufacture the cigarettes chosen by around one in eight of them. We take our business and our impact very seriously. We know the tobacco industry is a controversial one, and so it’s all the more important that we act responsibly, from the sourcing of tobacco leaf right through to how we market our products to adult consumers. Global to local Our business operates at a local, as well as global, level. We don’t own tobacco farms or directly employ farmers. More than 1,000 BAT leaf technicians worldwide support some 90,000 contracted farmers worldwide. We are a part of many local communities - both large and small - around the world, and in many countries we are the top employer and the company of choice for people employed at every stage of our supply chain. In 2015, we sold 663 billion cigarettes, made in 44 factories in 41 countries. We employ more than 50,000 people worldwide, with many more indirectly employed through our supply chain. British American Tobacco alone contributed approximately £30 billion to governments worldwide in excise and other taxes in 2015. Acting responsibly We take pride in the responsible way that our businesses are run. And the recognition and awards we’ve received over the decades show it’s not just us who think we’re doing the right thing. We were the first tobacco company to be included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index in 2002 - and we’ve been included every year since. We know that in order to continue our success and grow our business we need to operate sustainably. And that will depend on us satisfying not only our shareholders, but also our many other stakeholders.