Legal and External Affairs Manager
Job Type Full Time
Qualification BA/BSc/HND
Experience 6 – 8 years
Location Nairobi
Job Field Law / Legal
Job Number:  25549

The accelerated pace of transformation both in our industry and the organisation demands that our people are BOLD, FAST, EMPOWERED, DIVERSE & RESPONSIBLE. As our organisation evolves, we continue to focus on this ethos, which are our culture and also define the leadership capabilities that our people display in their daily way of working

If you have the talent and motivation to succeed, you’ll find that BAT is equally committed to helping you reach your full potential
We would like to conduct a Talent Map – To build a pool of candidates for senior roles within our Legal and External Affairs department. Note that talent mapping is not an active recruitment to fill an existing vacancy but a process to identify & build a pipeline of potential external candidates who a] have the interest in working for BAT; b] meet the requirements of the role and c] will be contacted once suitable opportunities become available.

Go on, submit your application and we will reach out to you once the opportunity matching your profile is available.

  • Drive 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
    Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • A degree in either a] biological or health sciences, b] economics, c] law, d] public policy, e] political science, OR f] International relations
  • Experience in either a] understanding of Health Authorities Regulatory requirements, b] working knowledge of public affairs, c] trade blocs, OR d] fiscal and regulatory processes with a minimum of 6-8 years’ experience within
  • Government, International Institutions, FMCG and other organisations
  • Ability to apply basic project management principles to campaign execution
  • 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
    Corporate Affairs Manager:
  • To 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
    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
    Legal Counsel:
  • To 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.
    Knowledge, Skills & Experience:
  • A recognized legal qualification through a reputable academic institution and competence in providing legal advice to internal stakeholders.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ of experience in both external & inhouse legal practise handling either a] commercial litigation, b] arbitration, c] regulatory, OR d] Marketing & Trade activities as well as emerging trends and issues.
  • 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
    Risk & Security Manager:
  • Provide a co-ordinated and comprehensive threat-driven security risk management service of the highest quality, ensuring that risks to company personnel, assets and business operations/activities are properly identified, evaluated and countered in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Conduct security risk assessments, identify the subsequent security risk issues & advise the business on commensurate mitigation measures
  • Conduct security reviews & identify threats to company personnel, assets, intellectual property, installations & operations and puts in place mitigation measures.
  • Identify Information Security risks, internal & external threats and puts in place mitigation measures. Provides information protection awareness training and monitors compliance to Information Security with the agreed standards.
  • Facilitate & co-ordinate the Business Continuity, Crisis Management & Disaster Recovery process & coordinate responses by the Crisis Management Team. Participate in training & testing exercises
  • Effectively communicate with cross functional teams in an endeavour to resolve criminal activities committed in the business. Co-ordinate & conduct security interviews & produce investigation reports.
  • Support Anti Illicit Trade intelligence and enforcement procedures within the relevant legal framework affecting illicit trade in the end market
    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.