Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Head of Legal CPBB, Kenya and East Africa - Jobs in Kenya

Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Head of Legal CPBB, Kenya and East Africa - Jobs in Kenya

Job Summary

  • Support and implement the vision, strategy, direction for the legal teams supporting CPBB business in Kenya & East Africa with overall responsibility for ensuring that technical quality and effectiveness of legal support is consistent with global standards and drive consistency of execution.
  • Assist the Cluster Head of Legal & the Regional Head of CPBB Legal AME in directing and overseeing the management of Legal issues and risks within the CPBB Business & and keep them duly informed of key transactional, legal and regulatory issues and/or where applicable or relevant to escalate to them matters that pose legal, regulatory or reputational risks..
  • Assist the Region Head of CPBB in ensuring the CPBB Business is well advised on legal matters.
  • Ensure proper functioning of day-to-day regulatory/legal controls, periodic monitoring activities, and timely resolution of legal risk issues.
  • Create awareness on local regulations among members of CPBB Business through training and sensitization.
  • Ensure adherence to Group Legal Policies is achieved within CPBB Business.

    Role - BAU

  • Provide guidance on the proper application and interpretation of laws and regulations applicable to the CPBB business.
  • Ensure proactive and timely monitoring, identification, dissemination and advice of legal and regulatory developments, changes and practices and associated risks.
  • Ensure adequacy of controls to mitigate legal risks and roll out legal policies and procedures in country and East Africa Cluster (as appropriate) .
  • Establish and maintain effective processes including training advice and support to ensure that legal policies procedures and standards are effectively implemented in-country.
  • In the event of serious legal breaches, or where risk tolerance have been breached, ensure the relevant CPBB Business and senior management are informed and that actions are taken quickly.
  • Take responsibility for and the lead management of CPBB Legal risk in country and East Africa Cluster ( as appropriate).
  • Contribute to the effective management of Legal risks in-country through active participation of relevant risk forums.
  • Anticipate the impact of legal and regulatory developments on the CPBB business and communicate their impact to the CPBB business.
  • Promote active cooperation with the CPBB business and within the function and encourage a collegiate.
  • Ensure CPBB Legal executes transactions and escalates cases in a timely and effective manner
  • Work with the Cluster Head of Legal and CPBB business head to ensure the coverage of all legal work which is aligned to CPBB business is undertaken in a timely manner.
  • Ensure CPBB Legal works effectively and proactively with the teams of other support functions to manage all country legal risks.
  • Ensure that the engagement of external legal counsel is appropriate, effective and coordinated so as to minimize costs
  • Develop appropriate forms of documentation for products and transaction in-country and support the global documentation standardization initiatives
  • Support legal colleagues within East Africa as appropriate



  • Assist the Cluster Head of Legal to set and implement the vision, strategy, direction and leadership for legal teams, as set by group and consistent with the Head of Legal’s vision and strategy for the legal function and in support of the Bank’s strategic direction and growth aspirations
  • Support the Cluster Head of Legal to promote the culture and practice of compliance with legal standards (including conducting business within regulatory and internal policies’ requirements, and to high ethical standards) within the Bank and embed a Here for good culture and the Group Code of Conduct.
  • Assist the Cluster Head of Legal to establish close links with colleagues leading other Client segments and/or Product Groups to achieve common platforms and work plans, implementing a One Bank approach to covering all Clients.
  • Input, support and challenge Group/Region/Country/Client Business operating model design of the relevant legal and business processes


  • Assist the Cluster Head of Legal to develop a comprehensive understanding of Kenya’s CPBB business model and strategy in order to provide substantive oversight support and challenge with the intention of enabling appropriate and sustainable CFCC outcomes.

  • Support to build and maintain an effective and constructive relationship with CPBB businesses and functional stakeholders that is based on trust, capability and integrity, providing timely, responsive and quality legal advice and guidance
    to enable the CPBB business and functions to meet/ achieve their strategic tactical objectives.

  • Provide legal advice, analysis (and challenge when appropriate) in relation to the CPBB business including product design, new business initiatives, bespoke projects, remedial activities (including nature, scale and rigour of past business reviews), and transactional advice.

  • Work closely with the CPBB business and its operational teams to provide timely legal advice to ensure compliance with all relevant laws, regulations and internal policies and support the transition to pro-active and pre-emptive legal risk mitigation.

  • Support the resolution of competing requirements between regulations specific to CPBB (i.e. between AML regulations and data privacy/bank secrecy or information security regulations.)


  • Provide support and challenge to Kenya’s CPBB senior management to ensure that they establish and monitor appropriate processes for compliance with legal policies, procedures and standards (including meeting regulatory obligations).

    People & Talent

  • Lead through example and build the appropriate culture and values. Set appropriate tone and expectations from the Kenya legal team and work in collaboration with risk and control partners.
  • Support the Cluster Head of Legal to promote and embed a culture of openness, trust and risk awareness, where ethical, legal, regulatory and policy compliant conduct is the norm.
  • Assist the Cluster Head of Legal to stimulate an environment where forward planning, prioritisation, deadline management and streamlined workflows and collaborative, inclusive yet effective and efficient work practices are the norm.

    Risk Management

  • In accordance with the Group’s Enterprise Risk Management Framework, act as second line Risk Owner for appropriate and relevant CPBB & WM business processes.
  • Collaborate with the other members of the legal team to anticipate horizon risks that may have a significant impact on the CPBB business and develop effective strategies to mitigate such horizon risks.


  • Attend relevant leadership meetings, and provide relevant reports to senior management and governance/risk committees .
  • Assist the Cluster Head of Legal to be accountable for identification and escalation of potential legal risks and issues to senior management through appropriate governance channels.
  • Ensure appropriate product governance measures are in place so that product approval documents reflect all relevant legal requirements.

  • Maintain workplans specific to legal advisory projects/ initiatives, and communicate the same to stakeholders in a regular, timely fashion to inform and seek inputs.
  • Review new business requirements and provide legal solutions for the CPBB business in Kenya where required.

    Regulatory & Business Conduct

  • Display exemplary conduct and live by the Group’s Values and Code of Conduct.
  • Take personal responsibility for embedding the highest standards of ethics, including regulatory and business conduct, across Standard Chartered Bank. This includes understanding and ensuring compliance with, in letter and spirit, all applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and the Group Code of Conduct.
  • Lead the CPBB Legal Team in East Africa to achieve the outcomes set out in the Bank’s Conduct Principles: Fair Outcomes for Clients; Financial Crime Compliance; The Right Environment. *
  • Effectively and collaboratively identify, escalate, mitigate and resolve risk, conduct and compliance matters.

    Key stakeholders

  • Cluster Head of Legal, Kenya and East Africa
  • Head of CPBB Business, Kenya and East Africa
  • Regional Head of CPBB Legal AME
  • Group CPBB Banking Legal

    Other Responsibilities

  • Embed Here for good and Group’s brand and values in the CPBB Legal Team in East Africa and Perform other responsibilities assigned under Group, Country, Business or Functional policies and procedures.


  • First degree in Law
  • Legal professional with over six (6) years’ experience in various legal roles
  • Advocate of the High Court of Kenya
  • Strong leadership, decision-making and management abilities.
  • A strong team player capable of interacting with senior business/risk management stakeholders.

    For more information and job application details, see; Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Head of Legal CPBB, Kenya and East Africa - Jobs in Kenya

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