Head: Payments and Financial Crime Risk Advisory

eSmart Group
Sandton Sandton North Johannesburg, South Africa
Closing date
Dec 4, 2021

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Job Role
Risk Manager
Salary Range
South Africa - ZAR - R
Contract Type
Full Time
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Head: Payments and Financial Crime Risk Advisory
To formulate the Legal Risk Management strategy and set the legal parameters to control; manage and direct the legal function across Companies Group to ensure that all Payments & Financial Crime Risks are mitigated.

Your role

Engage with stakeholders strategically to become a trusted operational and tactical advisor within Group Legal on Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crime (AML) and Payments Systems (Payments) legislation. Create a climate of teamwork and enable up-skilling of Group Legal staff, improving results for the organization by encouraging cross-functional co-operation and by supporting career progression across Cluster legal teams. Highlight and escalate legal risks across Companies. Build and maintain long-term relationships with Cluster Heads and Chief Risk Officers. Ensure a relationship of trust is built and maintained and achieve functional objectives. Act and respond with authority on litigation and dispute risks that impact the industry. Ensure adequate budget for the delivery of strategy of Group Legal within timelines. Meet changing environment/business needs and targets. Ensure appropriate risks are reported and escalated and that legal risks across companies are accurately measured and accounted for. Track legal fees across Companies through accurate reporting to manage legal costs and by ensuring that informed decisions about capacity and outsourcing of Legal work are made. Build internal AML and Payments legal capacity across Clusters. Provide legal advice on AML and Payments by applying professional and industry knowledge and expertise and ensuring that the best practice advice and opinions are implemented. Ensure national legal standards and benchmarks are set by serving on professional bodies. Enhance the credibility of Group Legal by providing commercially sound legal counsel to stakeholders and by adequately managing legal risks, while adding value to the business. Ensure the outcome of decisions gives the company a competitive advantage. Ensure service excellence by Group Legal. Implement in-house counsel barometer benchmarks and metrics by adopting and applying international best practice benchmarks in support of business goals. Set and review policy and framework for attorney panel selection by determining relevant expertise.


The Group Legal Head: Litigation, is accountable to the Group Chief Legal Counsel
  • Masters and post-graduate qualification in law or business (i.e., MBA) is highly advantageous.

Essential Certifications
  • Admitted Attorney

Type of Exposure
  • Managing a team of managers
  • Identifying/select talent
  • Managing business risks
  • Communicating complex information in writing and verbally
  • Negotiating settlements
  • Litigating
  • Managing legal risks
  • Representing the company in Industry related forums
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with peers/managers

Technical / Professional Knowledge
  • Capacity planning
  • Change management
  • Communication Strategies
  • Diversity management
  • Governance, Risk, and Controls
  • Legal Risk and practice management
  • Legal Risk Methodology
  • Litigation and dispute practice
  • Relevant regulatory knowledge
  • Reputational risk management
  • Management information and reporting principles, tools, and mechanisms
  • Building Partnerships
  • Earning Trust
  • Communication

  • Customer Focus
  • Building talent

Additional Experience
  • Advising a financial institution on anti-money laundering and financial crimes legislation
  • Advising a financial institution on the South African Payments System and legislation related thereto
  • Worked in a law firm or practiced as an advocate.
  • Implementing a strategic plan
  • Developing a stakeholder management grid for the business
  • Developing resource plans to execute functional strategies
  • Developing succession plans
  • Formulating and implementing communication strategies to cascade functional strategies
  • Conducting benchmarking exercises to identify improvement opportunities
  • Managing conflict situations
  • Networking and building key relationships
  • Managing a team of people
  • Managing legal risks
  • Litigating
  • Negotiating settlements
  • Identifying/select talent
  • Developing a divisional strategy plan
  • Modeling and encourage a corporate culture
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