Senior Director, Law – Operations & Asset Management

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MI Regional Office Cape Town

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Job description

Marriott International is the world’s largest hotel company, with more brands, more hotels and more opportunities for associates to grow and succeed.  We believe a great career is a journey of discovery and exploration.  So, we ask, where will your journey take you?

JOB SUMMARY
The Marriott International Law Department supports the Company's lodging business.  The EMEA offices provide legal services for asset management and lodging operations of all Marriott lodging products in EMEA.  This position will report to the Vice President & Assistant General Counsel – Operations & Asset Management. The location of this position is Cape Town.

The position will be responsible for providing legal services to support the operations and asset management of all Marriott branded lodging products, including owned, leased, franchised and managed, throughout EMEA, but with a focus on the Protea Hotels portfolio and South Africa.  This position will be responsible for providing legal advice and guidance as well as drafting and negotiating contracts in a wide variety of contexts, including, system wide-initiatives, continent initiatives, above-property programs and services, asset management, work outs, restructurings, contract renewals and terminations, sales and marketing, vendors, consultants, and retail and commercial tenants at hotels.  The work principally takes the form of providing commercial transactional support (such as negotiating, drafting and interpreting numerous types of contracts) and providing legal guidance on a variety of matters where knowledge of the hotel industry, Marriott’s strategic objectives, various hotel-related disciplines, and certain legal subjects is essential.

This position will deal with a broad array of topics, including system wide initiatives, hotel operations, asset management, employment, sales and marketing, debt and equity financing, risk-management, and tax.  This position will manage, structure, negotiate, draft and execute multiple complex transactions; supervise outside counsel; understand and resolve local law issues; manage project budgets; work effectively with owners, franchisees, vendors, consultants, clients and lenders across varied cultures and legal environments, and coordinate employment, tax, insurance and intellectual property issues within Marriott.

SPECIFIC DUTIES
The primary responsibilities of this attorney will be:

•    Review, interpret and advise on management and franchise agreements and coordinating with other departments;

•    Represent Marriott with respect to existing management and franchise agreement issues such as restructurings, workouts, hotel sales, financings, contract interpretations, amendments, conversion matters and terminations;

•    Support the operations and asset management of all Marriott branded lodging products, including owned, leased, franchised and managed, throughout EMEA, with a focus on the Protea Hotels portfolio and South Africa;

•    Provide legal support on contracts or specific issues as part of a broader team that provides general legal guidance to certain corporate departments or disciplines on various system-wide issues and initiatives;

•    Provide general legal guidance to local hotels, General Managers, and Area/Market Vice Presidents related to operations, finance, and other legal issues;

•    Upon request, provide support and assistance for specific projects which have impact and application across multiple hotel properties, including structuring above-property programs and services;

•    Structure, draft and negotiate a wide variety of contracts including, sales and marketing, vendors, consultants, procurement, and food & beverage agreements.


CANDIDATE PROFILE
•    Excellent academic record (both undergraduate and law school) and at least 3 years in a well-regarded law firm or comparable corporate environment.  If licensed in the United States, then active US Bar membership is required, otherwise, a practicing certificate from an appropriate jurisdiction is required;

•    Ability to work well with others, good judgment, and the ability to think strategically both from a business and legal perspective;

•    Demonstrated ability to take ownership of and solve problems, and to expeditiously provide recommendations which are consistent with good business practices and common sense;

•    Ability to think creatively, to supervise multiple matters, and to work independently and effectively with clients, peers, and other parties;

•    Strong analytical, contract drafting and negotiating skills;

•    Ability to integrate and balance priorities, work activities and resources for the benefit of multiple key stakeholders;

•    Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively, work diplomatically, and foster relationships with individuals at all levels;

•    Committed to maintaining the highest ethical standards and acting with integrity;

•    Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;

•    Fluency in one other European language in addition to English advantageous;

•    Flexibility to travel.


Marriott International is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. Marriott International does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected under federal, state or local laws.

Requirements

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Details

Job type
Full-time
Location
Bellville Central, Cape Town, South Africa
Department
Other
Starting in
As soon as possible
Duration of the contract
Indefinite

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