We are seeking an astute Head of Legal with at least 5 years of experience to provide guidance on global data privacy laws and act as in-house expert and counsel for all legal matters. 


Location: South Africa (Remote / Hybrid) 

About the role

The Head of Legal will report to the co-founder and CEO and work closely with the Sales, HR and Compliance teams.

As Head of Legal, you will be responsible for providing guidance on corporate governance, global consumer data privacy laws, negotiating and drafting contracts, risk management, and the development of policies.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify and mitigate all legal and commercial risks through effective contracting and management of legal risks
  • Advise the company on new or existing laws that would impact the business locally and internationally
  • Manage all legal affairs related to the structure of the organisation, its commercial licenses, partnership agreements, intellectual property and trademarks, offshoring and international expansion.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships with various legal authorities and external counsel
  • Act as legal representative for the business in all legal proceedings
  • Provide legal advice to the business and its leaders
  • Draft, vet and negotiate all contracts
  • Conduct legal training for staff on consumer privacy and data protection regulations
  • Advise on the legal implications of company policies and procedures
  • Ensure all contracts, legal documents and templates are up-to-date and compliant with statutory laws


    • Drafting of Shareholder & Investor Agreements
    • Advise on POPIA/GDPR and global privacy laws in regards to platform fit for market
    • Take ownership of Omnisient Platform License Agreement contract and product license contracts
    • Ownership of business offshoring
    • ESOP structuring and framework

Required qualifications and experience

  • BCom Honours Law or LLB
  • 5-8 Years’ experience in the commercial sector
  • Experience as in-house legal counsel at a tech company advantageous
  • Competent in commercial law, data privacy and consumer protection regulations, legal compliance, corporate governance, risk management as well as delivering cross-border legal services and expansions into new markets.
  • Investor Contracting

Required skills and personal attributes

  • Critical problem solving
  • Strategic thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of all relevant legislature (in-country and member firms)
  • Knowledge of international contract law
  • Desire and ability to work in a tech start-up environment
  • Understanding technology and data environments

Contact: Riva van Niekerk ([email protected])