National Legal Risk Officer – Cape Town

Western Cape, Full Time Deadline: Not specified

BDO has a vacancy for a National Legal Risk Officer. The successful incumbent will:

Draft and negotiate contracts.
Review existing contracts.
Contract management.
Ad hoc legal risk support.
Ensure compliance with various laws and regulations.
Review various company practices and processes to ensure that the company’s compliance, particularly pertaining to the company’s specific business.
Make recommendations on improving efficiencies.
Work with various different committees to improve company structure, governance and

Professional service delivery:

Negotiate, draft, review and vet contracts to meet the company’s requirements and ensure that these are aligned with corporate governance precepts Рdisclosure, transparency, risk management, regulatory requirements etc.
Provide strategic legal advice, negotiate legal agreements, and draft the relevant legal documents.
Identify the impact of changes in legislation, regulations and codes of practice on internal legal processes and policies.
Proactively review applicable legislation and case law and remain up to date with legal trends.
Analyse company policies and, where applicable, provide solutions that will ensure compliance with legislation and business imperatives.

Stakeholder relationship management:

Interact with group business units, other group functions and external stakeholders on legal matters and disputes.
Interact with the company’s customers and suppliers and their legal advisors and/or attorneys.


LLB (Law) Degree.
Admitted Attorney.
3 to 5 years post qualification work experience as a legal advisor and/or in legal risk.
MS Office Suite at Advanced Level.
Previous experience in audit, advisory and tax firm is beneficial


Well versed in Commercial Law, Law of Contracts, Data Privacy laws (POPIA and GDPR), ISO 31022, ISO 27001, Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA), Auditing Profession Act of 2005 and the Companies Act of 2008.
Review and create contracts, agreements and other legal documents.
Negotiate in-house and external contracts.
Analyse policies, procedures and practices for adherence to laws and regulations.
Organization, project management skills and attention to detail
High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity, and compliance
Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment
Ability to work under pressure
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbally
Demonstrate decision making and problem-solving skills
Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines with minimal supervision