British American Tobacco is all about freedom of choice – whether it’s our people or our products. Combined with our entrepreneurial spirit, it’s what’s driven our phenomenal success. We started trading tobacco over a hundred years ago. Today, we’re a multibillion dollar company with more than 200 brands in our portfolio. With robust positions in each of our regional markets, our future looks equally bright too.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Operations and Litigation Counsel

Location: Oyo
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Summary

  • As Operations & Litigation Counsel in a dynamic and fast-paced team of other experienced team members across BAT’s Sub-Saharan Africa Area, you will provide initiative-taking legal advisory, support and strategic guidance to the general Operations and Supply Chain export Business for BAT in West & Central Africa (WCA).
  • You will also manage the BAT litigation portfolio and External Counsel.
  • You will be a part of the Operations Leadership Team led by the Operations Director (WCA).


  • Provide legal and commercially driven counselling and support to internal and external core relationships stated above and strategic direction as the Business evolves.
  • Manage the litigation portfolio and External Litigation Counsel, optimally.
  • Draft, review contractual documentation, renewal, negotiation and develop where applicable, standard formats, for the benefit of the Business unit to ensure that the Company’s interests are adequately protected.
  • Participate actively in problem-solving, decision-making as the representative of the Legal department in the Operations Leadership Team.
  • Provide informed legal advisory on various employment-related matters (not limited to employee dispute resolution, employer’s obligations, disciplinary proceedings, collective bargaining, unionised employee relations) based on applicable laws, regulations, and global best practices.
  • Review correspondence prepared by internal stakeholders in response to Regulators and government agencies (where necessary)
  • Actively propose and support legal projects and initiatives as legal department’s value-add to the rest of the Business.
  • Demonstrate excellence in own work by improving technical and managerial skills identified and agreed in performance and development reviews.
  • Proactively support the BAT and Legal team culture across the Operations and Supply Chain Business.


  • Qualified Lawyer (+ Bachelor’s Degree) mandatory
  • At least 12 (twelve) years relevant experience
  • Evidently visible written and oral communication skills.
  • Litigation experience is required.
  • Experience in supply chain exports, manufacturing and/or full-service Commercial Law practice will be an advantage.
  • People collaboration and development experience
  • Experience in engaging Senior leadership and management.
  • Proficient user of Microsoft Office tools and other Artificial Intelligence tools that foster collaboration and team development.
  • Solutions driven and commercial approach to Legal Advisory and support to internal stakeholders.
  • Manage or support in developing, tracking, and managing legal team’s budget and budget spend.
  • Regulatory and/or government agency engagements
  • Worked across a wide range of issues demonstrating prioritisation, pragmatic solution-oriented advice, and sound commercial judgement.
  • Ability to explain and interpret legal issues being mindful of the audience.
  • High degree of self-motivation, initiative and out-of-the-box thinking.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

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