AF24336 - Legal Counsel (Corporate Commercial) | Group Legal

Department: Al Futtaim Group Legal
Country: United Arab Emirates
Location: Dubai | UAE
Closing Date: 16-Jan-2017

Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim is one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Al-Futtaim employs in excess of 44,000 people, operates through more than 200 companies and represents more than 225 international brands across industries as diverse as retail and wholesale trading, distribution, real estate development, leisure and hospitality, insurance and financial services. The group has significantly expanded its business operations in recent years through a strategic acquisition plan and has entered a number of new territories, increasing its footprint beyond the GCC and Greater Middle East to encompass Africa, South East and North Asia, Australasia, East Africa and Europe.

Entrepreneurship and rigorous customer focus has enabled Al-Futtaim to grow its business by responding to the changing needs of the customers and societies in which it operates. Al-Futtaim is committed to offering customers an unrivalled choice of the world’s best brands with exceptional standards of customer service and after sales support.

Structured into four operational divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate and retail, Al-Futtaim maintains a decentralised approach, giving individual businesses flexibility and versatility to maintain a competitive stance. This benefits employees, providing a clearly defined work culture where individuals are empowered with authority and responsibility for their work.

The success of Al-Futtaim is attributed to proactively managing change whilst upholding the values of integrity, service and social responsibility. The majority of businesses, built on a portfolio of world leading brands, dominate their sector.


Al-Futtaim Group Divisions include Al-Futtaim Travel, GMASCO, and shared services for IT, Finance and HR. Audit, Legal, Treasury and Investment Management are also managed at a Group level.

Group Legal

Group Legal is based in Al-Futtaim's head office in Dubai Festival City and provides legal support to the entire group of companies.

About the Position:

As part of the Group Legal department based in Festival Tower this role will be part of the Corporate Commercial Legal Team and will report into the Legal Director. 

The main responsibilities will be to provide Legal support on a daily basis to the main business units of the Al-Futtaim Group, including Retail, Automotive and Engineering. This support will be to draft, negotiate and/or vet commercial contracts relating to Joint Ventures, Distributorships/Franchises, product supplies and provisions of services. This person will attend corporate matters including company restructurings, secretarial support for the meetings of Board members, Directors and Shareholders. 

You will manage the arrangements for the protection of IP rights and liaise with external Legal Counsels. 

About You:

To be eligible for this role we are looking for someone with 5-7 years PQE who has qualified from a common law country. GCC or UAE experience would be beneficial with exposure to local laws.

It is essential that candidates must have in house Legal experience. Private Practice experience would be beneficial but not essential. Candidates must have proven corporate commercial experience, ideally within a large complex organisation and be able to demonstrate examples of JV's, distribution and franchise contract negotiation work. 

Candidates with experience within the Retail or Automotive industries would be an advantage


Note: you will be required to attach the following: 1. Resume/CV
2. Passport-size photograph
Al-Futtaim offers highly engaging and supportive work environments in a culture that values, recognises and rewards quality performance.