Head of Trade Finance, Legal Assistant Manager, Legal Officer Jobs at Equity Bank

On Monday, August 13th, 2012
Equity Bank is one of the region’s Leading Banks whose purpose is to transform the lives and livelihoods of the people of Africa socially and economically by availing them modern, inclusive financial services that maximize their opportunities. 
 
With a strong footprint in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Sudan, Equity Bank is now home to nearly 8 million customers – the largest customer base in Africa. 
 
Currently the Bank is seeking additional talent to serve in the roles outlined below.

1. Head of Trade Finance


The Position
Reporting to the Director of Trade Finance, the role holder will be responsible for managing the trade finance department with overall responsibility of the P&L, Risk Management and compliance of trade finance products and services.
Key Responsibilities
  • Manage the Trade Finance department with full. P&L and portfolio quality, accountability and responsibility
  • Develop a high performance culture for all members of the team with clear measurable objectives
  • Work with the relationship management and credit teams as well as the branch network to identify trade finance prospects and convert them to transactions in line with Banks need and global strategy.
  • Leverage on the banks regional presence, large balance sheet and value chain expertise to structure trade finance solutions for clients
  • Successfully negotiate and close out pricing and other deal dynamics with client
  • Oversee the quality & turnaround of trade finance applications and ensure faster delivery.
  • Work with Credit, Treasury and other departments in structuring transactions
  • Oversee Trade Finance operations to ensure strict adherence to bank and regulator policies and procedures.
  • Ensure continuous quality training for department staff.
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
  • Business related degree from a recognized University
  • Over 5 years working experience in Trade Finance, of which 3 years must have been at management level
  • Track record in innovatively structuring trade finance solutions
  • Proven track record in achieving targets
  • Holders of professional qualifications will have an added advantage
Desired Skills and Ability
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Computer proficiency
  • World class customer service skills
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills
  •  Excellent financial and business acumen
  • Excellent organization and planning skills
  • Strong leadership skills
2. Assistant Manager- Legal Services
The Position
The role holder will be responsible for providing legal advice in the area of documentation, recovery and other legal advisory services.
Key Responsibilities
  • Review and vet facility letters, agreements, security and other legal documents for corporate borrowing customers.
  • Instruct and liaise with the Bank’s external lawyers on various matters including non-standard form facility and security documents.
  • Conduct legal compliance checks prior to disbursement of approved credit facilities to ensure legal documentations are in compliance with statutory requirements; the approved terms and conditions stipulated and confirm conformity of credit facilities with approved collateral margin requirements.
  • Attend EXCO meetings to take minutes and give legal advice on facility and security documents and structures when required.
  • Attend Board Credit committee and ventilate measures taken to mitigate legal risks and guarantee protection of the bank’s interest on applications presented for board approval
  • Provide documentation and support for the development of new credit products.
  • Prepare IegaI queries and facilitate solicitation of legal opinions from external counsel to identify legal and regulatory risks and issues.
  • Provide legal advice in connection with the Credit function of the bank generally and liaise with external legal counsel on legal matters relating to credit.
  • Instruct external lawyers and follow up to conclusion all litigation instituted for and against the bank relating to debt collection.
  • Recommend cases for write off where recovery through litigation has proved futile.
Candidate’s Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
  • A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from a recognized university
  • Post Graduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law
  • Certificate of Admission to the Roll of Advocates of the High Court of Kenya
  • Possess current year’s practicing certificate
  • At least 7 years experience in a commercial bank or a busy law firm acting for banks and financial institutions;
  • Knowledge of court rules and procedures;
Desired Skills and Ability
  • Good communication, presentation, research and analytical skills
  • Must be hands on in interpretation and application of legal texts and statutes
  • Proactive and self motivated
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player
  • Good financial analytical skills
  • Able to demonstrate excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to handle pressure and work with minimum or no supervision
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Must be computer literate.
3. Legal Officer (Kenya)
The Position
The role holder will, be responsible for providing Legal advice to the Bank in the area of compliance, documentation, recovery and other legal advisory services.
Key Responsibilities
  • Drafting and vetting of legal contracts and service level agreements
  • Providing legal advice, briefings, recommendations and reports to support business growth
  • Ensuring external legal activities and engagements are coordinated and effective
  • Liaising with the Banks external legal advisors, legal counsel and legal service providers
  • Assist in managing the legal transactions, cases and issues of the Bank
  • Draft and review templates & standard forms for facility, MOUs and security documents and agreements to be used in connection with new products to be launched by the Bank.
Candidate’s Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
  • A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) qualification from a recognized university
  • Certificate of Admission to the Roll of Advocates
  • Possess the current year’s practicing certificate
  • At least 4 years post admission work experience in a commercial bank involved in retail and corporate lending or a busy law firm acting for banks and financial institutions;
  • Knowledge of court rules and procedures;
Desired Skills and Ability
  • Good communication, presentation, research and analytical skills
  • Must be hands on in interpretation and application of legal texts and statutes
  • Proactive and self motivated
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player.
  • Good financial analytical skills
  • Able to demonstrate excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to handle pressure and work with minimum or no supervision
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Must be computer literate.
4. Legal Officer (Rwanda)
The Position
The role holder will be responsible for providing legal advice to the Bank in the area of compliance, documentation, recovery and other Legal advisory services.
Key Responsibilities
  • Responsible for all legal matters associated with the bank.
  • Ensuring statutory and contractual compliance by the bank.
  • Drafting and vetting of legal contracts and service level agreements.
  • Managing the legal risk of the bank.
  • Review and vet facility letters, agreements, security and other legal documents for corporate borrowing customers.
  • Instruct and liaise with the Bank’s external lawyers on various matters including non-standard form facility and security documents.
  • Conduct legal compliance checks prior to disbursement of approved credit facilities to ensure legal documentations are in compliance with statutory requirements; the approved terms and conditions stipulated and confirm conformity of credit facilities with approved collateral margin requirements.
  • Attend EXCO meetings to take minutes and give Legal advice on facility and security documents and structures when required.
  • Attend Board Credit committee and ventilate measures taken to mitigate legal risks and guarantee protection of the bank’s interest on applications presented for board approval.
  • Draft and review templates & standard forms for facility, MOUs and security documents and agreements to be used in connection with new products to be launched by the Bank.
  • Prepare legal queries and facilitate solicitation of legal opinions from external counsel to identify legal and regulatory risks and issues.
  • Provide legal advice in connection with the Credit function of the bank generally and Liaise with external legal counsel on Legal matters relating to credit.
  • Instruct external lawyers and follow up to conclusion all court cases instituted for and against the bank.
  • Recommend cases for write off where recovery through litigation has proved futile.
Candidate’s Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
  • A Bachelor of Laws (LLB) qualification from a recognized university
  • Certificate of Admission to the Roll of Advocates! Bar Association
  • Possess the current year’s practicing certificate
  • At least 3 years post admission work experience in a commercial bank involved in retail and corporate lending or a busy Law firm acting for banks and financial institutions;
  • Knowledge of court rules and procedures;
Desired Skills and Ability
  • Good communication, presentation, research and analytical skills
  • Must be hands on in interpretation and application of legal texts and statutes
  • Proactive and self motivated
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Team player
  • Good financial analytical skills
  • Able to demonstrate excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to handle pressure and work with minimum or no supervision
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Must be computer literate 
If you meet the above requirements, submit your application quoting the job you are applying for to the address below by 24th August 2012. 
 
Please include detailed Curriculum Vitae, copies of the relevant certificates, testimonials, current pay and daytime telephone contact and email address. 
ALL applications should be in soft and through the email indicated below.
Only short listed candidates will, be contacted.
Equity Bank is an equal opportunity employer. 
 
We value the diversity of individuals, ideas, perspectives, insights and values, and what they bring to the workplace.
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