Cummins Inc. Corporate Counsel in Johannesburg, South Africa

Corporate Counsel


Responsible for handling a variety of legal matters or projects across a wide range of business, functions and subject matters appropriate to their level of capability and experience. Performs more complex legal work under supervision of more senior level counsel.

Performs legal work independently

Addresses a mixture of routine and more complex legal questions and projects

May assists more experienced attorneys in complex legal questions and projects that have broad reaching implications for the organization if the situation arises

Reviews standard documents and contracts, and prepares filings

Builds professional experience and learns the practical aspects of applied law, as well as the functions of the business

Demonstrates some proficiency in an area of law, specialty, function, or geographic region

Provides support or contributes to overall objectives and goals of organization

May supervise and/or mentor one or more paralegals or administrative assistants

May lead projects for the legal function



Analytical Reasoning - The ability to evaluate and analyze data and information, draw conclusions and present an argument based upon the analysis. The use of critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills are critical to analytical reasoning.

Attention To Details - Attention to all the details of what is communicated, either written, orally, or presented. Achieves thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved. Provides accurate, consistent information on all documents.

Influencing - Encourages others to change their mindset and/or behaviors to achieve positive results. Presents convincing justification for others to accept ideas and plans. Encourages the open expression of opinions and disagreements. Effectively gains commitment with others to produce high quality work.

Communication - Written And Verbal - Effectively expresses messages and ideas in a clear, organized and relevant manner for a variety of audiences. Develops organized, complete, and convincing communications. Ability to communicate effectively to different levels of the organization.

Relationship Management - Develops rapport, builds trust, and creates value in relationships. Identifies networking opportunities and effectively communicates across functions, BU's, and with both internal and external business partners.

Conflict Management - Deals with conflict in a way that recognizes and manages differing opinions and ideas and refocuses them in a positive and productive manner. Brings conflict and disagreement into the open and attempts to offer a fair resolution collaboratively while maintaining a constructive working relationship.

Project Management - Establishes and maintains the Scope, Schedule and Resources for a project. This includes the phases of Planning, Implementation and Close-out.

Strategic Risk Assessment - Takes an analytical approach and uses tools to support the decision being made. Takes opportunities and evaluates situations to initiate action that produces the highest level of positive results while minimizing negative impact. Anticipates and mitigates issues that may arise. Engages appropriate level of input for potential solutions before taking action. Ensures decisions made are aligned with company goals.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

Degree in law

License to practice law in home jurisdiction


Significant relevant experience required.

  • Strong background in commercial law with experience providing support to business partners on all aspects of the commercial.

  • Experience with complex commercial law issues on a regional or global basis.

  • Advise business on or effectively communicates key risks with financial impact and exposures related to commercial law matters; develops strategies aimed at mitigating identified financial risks.

  • Conduct training to business partners and team members on various commercial law matters; develop policies aimed at ensuring compliance with legal regulations, corporate policies, and customer commitments by the business partners.

  • Responsible for project and matter management with limited supervision; exercises independent judgment.

  • Shares in management of other members of the team as well as outside counsel relationships.

Additional Education, Licenses, Certifications

  • Qualified lawyer and educated to degree or postgraduate level.

  • At least 8 to 10 years post qualification experience with at least 5 years within a well-known law firm.

  • English as a first language or equivalent fluency; Portuguese and French is strongly preferred.


Primary Location South Africa-Gauteng-Johannesburg-South Africa, Johannesburg, Harrowdene Park

Job Type Experienced - Professional / Office

Recruitment Job Type Professional - Experienced

Job Posting Nov 24, 2016, 5:30:28 AM

Unposting Date Ongoing