Jumia is the leading pan-Africa e-commerce platform. Founded in 2012, Jumia’s mission is to improve the quality of everyday life in Africa by leveraging technology to deliver innovative, convenient and affordable online services to consumers, while helping businesses grow as they use our platform to reach and serve consumers.
Our platforms among others, comprises of:
- Marketplace, where we integrate with our sellers and manage products;
- Mall, which is our core e-com platform that enables customers to buy products;
- Logistics service, which enables the shipment and delivery of packages from sellers to consumers, and our external clients;
- Payment service, which facilitates transactions among participants active on our platform in our markets.
Through our online platforms, consumers can access a wide range of physical and digital goods and services, fashion, electronics, beauty products and also hotel and flight bookings or restaurant delivery.
With over 5,000 employees in more than 10 countries in Africa, Jumia is led by top talented leaders offering a great mix of local and international talents and is backed by very high-profile shareholders. Jumia is committed to creating a sustainable impact for Africa. Jumia offers unique opportunities in a vibrant and booming environment, creating new jobs and skills, and empowering a new generation.
As Legal Counsel (Financial Services) for Jumia (West Africa), you will manage all legal and regulatory matters relating to the company’s payments business in West Africa (Nigeria and any other countries in the region) as well as support the company’s finance operations and treasury teams on intercompany cash flows and cross-border payment issues. At times, you will also support strategic projects in other Jumia countries of operation as and when necessary.
The ideal candidate will come from “start-up” like environments in digital payments or the financial services industry, be result-oriented, and a clear communicator with a solid background in banking, payments or the fintech space. The role is located in Lagos, Nigeria with possible travel to other markets as and when required.
- Serve as main point of contact to the local business team for all legal and regulatory matters in respect of the company’s affairs in West Africa including but not limited to contract drafting and review, general legal advisory, product risk reviews and company secretarial matters
- Master a deep understanding of the rules and regulations governing the West African market in which we operate, including monitoring of any changes and developments and maintaining active relationships with regulatory counterparts
- Work closely with the company’s risk, business, finance, regulatory, compliance, product, sales, and other teams to understand and appropriately resolve legal, regulatory and other related risks in supporting the company’s business
- Manage external counsel in West Africa, and occasionally in other markets, to drive the business goals of the company
- Support internal, external audits or local regulatory examinations in the West African market
- Provide strategic legal and regulatory advice on core company initiatives that drive the company’s mission forward
- 5 - 10 years of experience as a qualified lawyer working on complex regulatory or technology matters, preferably in payments or financial services
- A broad legal knowledge that enables you to spot and resolve a variety of legal issues (e.g., regulatory, contract, IP, data privacy, employment, consumer protection, risk), and an ability to distill complexity and to identify and clearly communicate practical, risk-based solutions
- You must be a strong self-starter and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment with priorities that frequently change and occasionally compete
- You must be a great communicator and solid project manager, able to effectively prioritize and advance a large number of matters, often on tight deadlines
- You must be able to work independently to drive execution on business objectives and with teammates across various jurisdictions
- Experience with banking and financial services laws and regulations, payments and card network rules
- Experience advising startups on structuring their products and services
- Compliance experience or experience partnering with compliance and risk teams
- Experience working at a PSP or mobile money platform and on matters relating to fintech in general is desirable
- A unique experience in an entrepreneurial, yet structured environment
- A unique opportunity of having strong impact in building the African e-commerce sector
- The opportunity to become part of a highly professional and dynamic team
- An unparalleled personal and professional growth as our longer term objective is to train the next generation of leaders