Senior Legal Advisor – The Petroleum Institute

Department Description
The Senior Legal Advisor is responsible to assist in providing professional legal advice to PI’s leadership and different departments arising from the University’s academic and non-academic activities as it strives to become a preeminent university in the region. The incumbent will provide legal counseling on a broad range of legal issues critical to PI’s operations, contracts, disputes resolutions, etc.

Brief Description
The Senior Legal Advisor is responsible to assist in providing professional legal advice to PI’s leadership and different departments arising from the University’s academic and non-academic activities as it strives to become a preeminent university in the region. The incumbent will provide legal counseling on a broad range of legal issues critical to PI’s operations, contracts, disputes resolutions, etc.

Detailed Description
· Assist in the development of an organization-wide legal and governance framework.
· Assist in the development of PI’s legal policies and procedures, and ensure their proper implementation.
· Provide legal advice and ensure legal compliance in all aspects of the business with local, regional and international laws as required.
· Provide interpretation and advice on the terms of contracts/agreements to ensure compliance with their terms and legal requirements.
· Provide legal advice related to academic affairs/faculty matters, computer/internet law /social media, labor employment matters, dispute management, research issues, intellectual property laws and patent related agreements.
· Draft effective collaborative research agreements and related contracts.
· Receive and investigate inquiries and complaints from PI administrators including matters related to intellectual property, contracting, university policies, research compliance and other issues.
· Confer with PI employees on matters involving legal interpretation and decisions related to University activities, policy questions and operating problems.
· Remain up to date with laws and regulations related to PI’s activities to ensure that PI’s policies and procedures are in line with legal requirements.
· Build and maintain relationships with the University’s external lawyers and ensure that the University obtains high quality advice on a cost effective basis.
· Offer legal advice concerning disputes that may occur between PI and its faculty and staff including the interpretation of legal risks.
· Assist in assessing legal risks that PI might face and developing legal risk mitigation plans.
· Work with research and development team to convey the potential impact of IP patentability and copyright and ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to protect research programs within PI.
· Identify and assess the contractual risks inherent in proposed transactions both qualitatively and quantitatively.
· Advise on legal matters relating to PI’s corporate activities such as joint ventures, liquidations, etc.
· Advise on legal matters concerning personnel and labor law and the applicable regulations.
· Draft and review PI contracts, agreements and memorandums to ensure that they comply with the applicable laws and regulations.
· Prepare, review and amend legal contracts, memorandum, and other contractual documents when required.
· Maintain ethical standards when dealing with sensitive information to protect the confidentiality of information.
· Actively follow and promote all PI policies and procedures.
· Perform other tasks and duties that may be from time to time required in order to meet the requirements of the role and the aims of the University.

Job Requirements
· Bachelor’s degree in Law; Master’s degree is a plus.
· Minimum of 10 years of experience in a similar role of which 5 years should be in an academic environment. Experience in UAE or the GCC region is highly desirable.
· Computer proficiency/skills.
· Fluent in English and Arabic

Additional Details
· Legal Compliance
· Legal Advice
· Contractual Agreements

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