Position Title: Legal Counsel
Role Status: Full Time Employee – Fixed term contract (2 years)
Location: Maluafou, Samoa
Reports to: Country Manager of Bluesky Samoa
Business Unit: General Administration
Date: April 2017


Position Summary:

Reporting to the Country Manager of Samoa, the Legal Counsel is responsible for managing the provision of legal services to Bluesky Samoa Limited, including providing legal advice to management, manage the outsourcing of assignments to external counsel, prepare contracts and other legal documents as required, managing the provision of trustee services for employee trust, preparing leases and provide advice on land law issues facing the company, contributing to corporate planning, assist with debt recovery, development of company policy, strategic initiatives and risk management. The role also assists with the provision of legal services to other Bluesky Group entities and to Group projects and working with external legal Counsel.  Bluesky Cook Islands Legal Counsel will also provide functional legal support and supervision of Bluesky Samoa Legal Counsel during new hire transition and probationary period.


 

Major Responsibilities

Legal

·          Contracts – including negotiation, drafting and review of contracts entered into by the Company.

·          Prepare land leases and advise on land law issues facing the company.

·          Insurance – including annual review and roll out.

·          Debt recovery litigation and other litigation as necessary.

·          Advise on employment matters.

·          Advise on the distribution and marketing of products and services.

·          Manage the outsourcing of assignments to external counsel

 

Regulatory

·          Company liaison with Office of the Regulator.

·          Manage Company compliance with regulatory requirements

·          Manage regulatory processes, prepare submissions

·          Attend to regulatory filings.

 

Trusts

·          Oversee provision of trustee services for employee share trust

 

Management

·          Member of the executive management team contributing to the overall management of business operations.

 

Strategic initiatives

·          Create and supervise maintenance of contracts database

·          Create contract management processes across all departments.

·          Carry out contracts, procurement, fair trading, regulatory and other training for staff

·          Implement initiatives to foster risk management practices across all departments.

·          Carry out and support other initiatives as identified by management.

 

Other Bluesky Group support

·          Advise and support any Bluesky Group legal matters as instructed by CEO, Boards, and/or Country Managers

 

Other

·          Manage the engagement and provision of external legal services.

·          Provide monthly reporting to management

·          Provide additional legal support as required


 

Key Stakeholder Relationships

Internal Stakeholders: ·       All Bluesky Managers, Supervisors, Staff and Bluesky Group staff
External Stakeholders: ·       External corporate counsel, government authorities, court and police representatives, customary land owners, customers and suppliers

Key Requirements and Competencies

Qualifications/ Experience:

 

·         A law degree (LLB) from a recognised tertiary institution

·         Member of the Samoa Law Society or other equivalent professional legal institution within commonwealth countries (Essential).

·         At least five (5) years of practical legal and corporate or commercial, regulatory experience. (Essential).

·         At least five (5) years’ legal experience and a track record of providing accurate and effective legal counsel services.

·         Litigation experience preferred

·         Working knowledge of Samoan legal system, customary and land leases preferred

 

Knowledge/ Skills /Ability: ·         Proven track record of adding value to an organisation through the development of comprehensive contract documents that mitigate risk and penalties.

·         Demonstrated knowledge of sound business practices.

·         Demonstrated understanding of national & standards, ethics and requirements.

·         Knowledgeable and familiar with telecommunications governing legislation and other relevant laws.

·         Demonstrated skill in public relations and management.

·         Fluent in English language including written English; proficiency in Samoan language preferred.

·         Ability to handle and deal with various circumstances in a professional and effective manner.

·         Demonstrate and proven sound leadership skills and sound judgment.

·         Excellent computer skills, Microsoft proficient

·         Excellent analytical skills

·         Professional presentation skills

·         Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast paced and dynamic environment and easily adaptable to change

·         Ability to work under tight deadlines

 

Organisational Competencies: ·       Customer ServiceModels, leads, trains, and motivates staff, supervisors and managers to be excellent in service focus; demonstrates an in-depth understanding of Bluesky’s customers – their needs and wants – and uses this understanding to create opportunities to grow the business.

 

·       Learning Agility – Demonstrates and advocates a personal learning orientation; seeks and constructively uses feedback to build on strengths and manage weaknesses; is curious and shares learning, and in doing so creates an expectation in others to seek and learn from experiences.

 

·       Building Collaborative Relationships – Exhibits an ability to cooperate and collaborate with colleagues across Bluesky to achieve shared goals; develops and maintains a range of internal and external networks to meet organisational objectives; proactively removes barriers to create teamwork amongst diverse groups.

 

·       Leadership – Creates focus within Bluesky and are orientated towards the achievement of results; create strong teams by empowering people, encouraging open dialogue, effectively allocating resources and ensuring individuals and teams work together; understand organisational processes and use these to get things done; are willing to experiment and are open to change; take a broad perspective, analysing successes and failures for clues about how to improve; create a compelling vision and inspire others to support that vision.

 

  ·       Continuous Improvement – Leads continuous improvement projects at the organisational levels to create an environment of challenge and learning so as to accelerate organisational efficiencies, particularly in end to end processes.

 


Compliance

Business Compliance: ·       Ensure a sound understanding and demonstrate commitment to and comply with all legislation and Bluesky policy relevant to the role and all activities undertaken in the roleethical performance in an effort to maintain a high standard of conduct expected and deserved by our customers and to enable the Company to continue to offer its services and comply with our Bluesky Code of Ethics and Conduct.

 

Health and Safety: ·       Undertake all work in a safe manner and follow all company and workplace health and safety procedures

·       Identify new hazards and advise manager or workplace Health and Safety representative/coordinator within 24 hours of identification

·       Accurately report incidents and accidents to manager or workplace Health and Safety representative/coordinator as soon as possible.


Vision, Values, Purpose & Our Way

Our Vision Our Purpose Our Values The Bluesky Way
To be the most recognised

and preferred company for

connecting our Pacific

communities around the

world.

We apply technology and

service excellence to

advance and improve the

lives of our customers

·          Customer first

·          Team work

·          Integrity

·          Passion

·          Positive attitude and smile!

We take ownership and

always do our best for

customers.

 

We respect and support

each other.