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VAC4020 - Head of Legal, Europe and Russia

Division Legal
Location London, U.K.
Closing Date 30-Apr-2017
About DP World

DP World is a leading enabler of global trade and an integral part of the supply chain. We operate multiple yet related businesses – from marine and inland terminals, maritime services, logistics and ancillary services to technology-driven trade solutions.

We have a portfolio of 77 operating marine and inland terminals supported by over 50 related businesses in 40 countries across six continents with a significant presence in both high-growth and mature markets. We aim to be essential to the bright future of global trade, ensuring everything we do has a long-lasting positive impact on economies and society.

Our dedicated team of over 37,000 employees from 110 countries cultivates long-standing relationships with governments, shipping lines, importers and exporters, communities, and many other important constituents of the global supply chain, to add value and provide quality services today and tomorrow.

Container handling is the company’s core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. In 2015, DP World handled 61.7 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) across our portfolio. With its committed pipeline of developments and expansions, the current gross capacity of 79.6 million TEU is expected to rise to more than 100 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.

By thinking ahead, foreseeing change and innovating we aim to create the most productive, efficient and safe trade solutions globally.

Europe & Russia

DP World operates deep sea marine terminals within the Europe and Russia Region; London Gateway, Tarragona, Antwerp, Southampton, Fos, Constanta and Le Havre.  In addition to development projects at; Rotterdam and Yarimca.  We also operate 5 inland/intermodal businesses in Germany and Antwerp and have recently opened a business in Limassol, Cyprus.

This role exists in the European Head Office located in London. This office is where the SVP and Managing Director for the Region sits alongside regional departments including Finance, Business development, Commercial, HR, IT and Legal. We also have several global departments based in London including Pensions, Internal Audit, Insurance and Heritage. 

About this Role The purpose of the role is the provision and co-ordination of proactive commercially and strategically focused guidance, advice and assistance to regional management over a broad range of legal matters, including both day to day legal and regulatory issues and on major transactions carried out by DP World, primarily within the EUR region.
Key Objectives
  • Oversee all legal activities undertaken by DP World within Europe and Russia Region, including existing businesses and the development of new businesses.;

  • Ensure that both corporate and regional objectives are achieved within the relevant legal frameworks adding value and delivering superior levels of customer service. Incumbent is to be a senior stakeholder and not led by project leaders or line managers in area of own expertise;

  • Develop long term and short term legal objectives to support the achievement of business strategies and to enhance competitive advantage of the Company wherever possible;

  • Strategically review the legal exposure of the regional Companies and establish structure, processes and resources that ensure the effective management of risk strategies. Take ownership of holding regular training to ensure key employees are aware of their exposure to legal risk and comply with established processes;

  • Actively manage relationships with Corporate Head Office and external legal service providers acting as primary contact and representing the interests of EUR region at all time;

  • Offer cross functional support for all legal issues including but not limited to Finance, Business Development, HC, Company Secretariat;
Qualifications and Experience
  • Law Degree (or if applicable, Bachelors degree with appropriate law conversion qualifications) from an accredited university;

  • Qualification to practice law from a recognised legal regulatory body within the EU (preferably from a common law jurisdiction);
  • Minimum 5 years post qualification experience in an internationally recognised law firm and/ or multinational company. 

  • Experience working in the European region. 

  • Previous experience of managing people;

  • Good commercial awareness;

Dubai, UAE :DP World, Ltd. (DP World) alerts job applicants and the public about a fraudulent scheme in which DP World has been impersonated.

The scammers fraudulently:
  • Impersonate DP World;
  • Impersonate DP World employees;
  • Conduct “job interviews” via text message, telephone, e-mail, and/or instant message (including Google Hangout) communications for work-from-home positions;
  • “Hire” employees to join DP World;
  • Provide the “employees” with funds to buy home-office equipment and pay DP World “vendors” via fraudulent checks and money orders; and
  • Instruct the “employees” via e-mail, text message, telephone, or instant message to deposit the checks into their personal bank accounts and wire or cash transfer some portion of the funds to “vendors,” which are actually the scammers.
DP World informs job applicants and the public that:
  • DP World is not expanding its operations in the United States in the next 3-6 months (as the scammers allege);
  • DP World’s operations in the United States are currently limited to Charlotte, North Carolina and are not expanding to any other locations for the foreseeable future;
  • DP World does not solicit potential employees via text message or instant messaging;
  • DP World does not interview employees by text message, e-mail, or instant messaging (including Google Hangouts);
  • DP World does not issue payment to its employees, prospective or otherwise, via paper check or money order;
  • DP World does not require employees to buy their own office equipment or personally pay vendors; and
  • The scammers have fraudulently used the name of DP World and its employees without authority and for malicious purposes.

One of the red flags that distinguishes a false communication from a legitimate DP World communication is the poor grammatical use of the English language, which is apparent in conversations with the scammers. Another red flag is the method of communication as DP World does not use commercially-available e-mail providers. No legitimate DP World communication would come from a common, publicly-available email service like Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail or Microsoft Outlook.

Further, false communications can also be identified by the tasks requested by the scammers. DP World does not request that its employees pay vendors personally, whether from their own funds or from funds provided by DP World. Likewise, DP World would never ask an employee to cash a check or money order and then make a deposit into a vendor’s account.

Contacted individuals should not respond to any communication regarding the scam, and under no circumstances should any individual deposit any checks, money orders, or other payments from the scammers into their bank accounts. If such funds are for some reason deposited, no payments should be made from those funds for at least seven (7) days after the funds are deposited to ensure the individual’s bank has accepted the check, money order, or other payment.

DP World encourages potential employees to refer to its website and its “Careers” section if they are seeking employment with DP World.

If you have any concerns about the authenticity of any correspondence or documents that purport to be issued by DP World, you should direct your concerns to DP World at HO.Recruitment@dpworld.com.

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