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To achieve the ambition, we have set for ourselves, we are looking for colleagues who are ready to live our ethos every day. Come be a part of this journey!



FUNCTION: GBS Legal and External Affairs

SALARY RANGE: Market salary + Excellent benefits + Market leading bonus

LOCATION: Sunway Geo, Kuala Lumpur


The Associate Counsel is responsible for supporting the Legal teams of BAT operational entities in end markets (i.e countries) (“EM”) on compliance and legal related work to help safeguard those companies’ legitimate business rights to pursue strategic objectives.

Reports to: DBS Senior Legal Counsel

Reporting Level: N/A


  • The Associate Counsel is a member of the Digital Business Solutions (DBS) Legal team in Malaysia, reporting to a Legal Counsel.
  • He/she will be working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and will be expected to engage confidently and effectively with EM stakeholders and legal teams.
  • The Associate Counsel shall provide contract management services to the EM.
  • Preparation and negotiation of contracts for products and services pursuant to EM policies including the Contract Management and Procurement policies;
  • Use and champion BAT’s Contract Management system when drafting and finalizing contracts.
  • The Associate Counsel will support EMs to ensure proper corporate governance by providing dedicated compliance-related services as advised from time to time.
  • Support the EM compliance teams to manage corporate policies, and related conduct related administrative tasks.
  • Complete other compliance-related tasks including but not limited to risk - conducting risk assessments, gathering and cascading information to relevant stakeholders and completing select tasks on BAT’s compliance related systems.
  • Embracing BAT’s values, vision and culture by actively applying these to the role and advocating these with colleagues.
  • Demonstrating excellence in own work by improving technical skills as identified and agreed in a personal development plan.
  • Proactively seeking to identify opportunities to create legal awareness and working to improve the EMs’ positions.
  • Demonstrating personal and professional experience by:
  • sharing best practices and knowledge efficiently; and
  • providing comprehensive and practical legal support to the businesses.
  • Establishing strong links with the EM LEX communities and contributing to the success of the LEX function.
  • Identifying opportunities to develop and apply standardized processes and documentation to support simplification, improve productivity and reduce complexity.
  • Working closely within the wider LEX teams to support a ‘One Team’ concept.
  • Demonstrating continuous improvement and development of self by always ensuring behavior aligns with BAT’s Ethos.


  • Malaysian qualified lawyer (called to the Malaysian Bar) or equivalent with a minimum of 5 years’ post qualification experience, gained at an international or reputable local law firm, and with in-house counsel experience for a major multi-national company. Additional legal qualifications or experience dealing with different jurisdictions would be an advantage.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of other  written and spoken languages (eg: Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali) is added advantage.
  • Excellent legal drafting skills with significant experience and expertise in commercial, corporate and technology laws and practice and other legal matters.
  • Good knowledge of product liability, competition and intellectual property law would be an advantage.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of legal drafting to adapt contract templates where necessary, and mitigate key risks
  • Ability to communicate legal concepts to business colleagues in clear, simple terms
  • Experience in governance, risk and compliance is an added advantage.
  • Strong negotiation and project management skills, and ability to plan, anticipate and manage priorities to optimise output and enhance the effectiveness of commercial solutions.
  • Hands-on, adaptable and flexible attitude, sound commercial judgment and ability to work under pressure and to cope with unexpected and varied demands.


At BAT we are committed to our Purpose of creating A Better Tomorrow. This is what drives our people and our passion for innovation. See what is possible for you at BAT.

  • Global Top Employer with 53,000 BAT people across more than 180 markets
  • Brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries
  • Newly established Tech Hubs building world-class capabilities for innovation in 4 strategic locations
  • Diversity leader in the Financial Times and International Women’s Day Best Practice winner
  • Seal Award winner – one of 50 most sustainable companies


Collaboration, diversity and teamwork underpin everything we do here at BAT. We know that collaborating with colleagues from different backgrounds is what makes us stronger and best prepared to meet our business goals. Come bring your difference!


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