Head of Legal/Bank Secretary

  • Post Date: December 19, 2016


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JOB TITLE : Head of Legal/Bank Secretary



REPORTSTO :Chief Executive Officer SUPERVISES : Manager Legal and

Senior Legal Officer

LOCATION : Head Office

JOB SUMMARY  This is an Executive role on the UDBL Executive Team responsible for enabling UDBL to achieve its business objectives in a legally compliant way by ensuring that the Legal Department’s activities are prioritized and the Department is staffed internally and externally to maximize the Bank’s business objectives and performance.
MAJOR DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES Board secretarial services

To serve as Secretary to the Board and Board Committees as appropriate and deliver an efficient and effective service.

Ensure that the Board and Committees operate within their mandate

Ensures adherence to best practice Corporate Governance Standards.

Ensure all statutory filings and any updates thereto are filed with the relevant authorities in a timely manner. Provide input into the Annual report and organize and run the Board meetings, Annual General Meeting and other shareholder meetings as required.

Responsible for custody, and application of common seal.

Leadership responsibilities

Preserve value (financial and reputational)

Be a lead driver in ensuring that UDBL’s policies are adhered to and drive sustainable behaviours

Enhance and manage key stakeholder relationships
Prioritize and evaluate the best use of external and internal legal resources and mange spend accordingly.

Select and agree terms of business with external lawyers and grow and drive best practice external legal service provision


  Risk Management and Advisory services

Take the lead to proactively identify and mitigate legal risks Provides up to date and relevant guidance on the application and interpretation of laws, regulations and policies applicable to the business and functions.
Proactively provide sound commercial and pragmatic legal advice and solutions for all aspects of UDBL’s business Reviews, negotiates and finalizes contracts for various services from the business units and external parties.
Oversees the carrying out of legal due diligence on investment proposals for submission to the executive committee of management and subsequently to the Board

REQUIREMENTS Qualifications:

LLB (Hon) Degree; Postgraduate Diploma in Legal practice and; the person MUST be an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda. A postgraduate degree in law or business is required. A recognized management course or ICSA would be an added advantage.


10 years post qualification experience in a legal services department of a financial institution with 4 of those years in a similar role within a major banking institution.

Minimum of 3 years as Company Secretary
Ability to lead and create a motivated and energized human resource base, with a focus on results based performance.
Prior experience managing the legal department of a bank. Experience of managing a litigation portfolio and providing support to a debt recoveries unit