KAC170510080520 - Legal Director

Organization: Kuwait Airways Job: Legal Director
Division: Legal Employment Type: Full Time - Permanent
Last date of application: 2017-06-10 Country: Kuwait,

Job Description:

The Company
Kuwait Airways (KU: IATA, KAC: ICAO) is the official national carrier of the State of Kuwait. Established in 1953 as a private company, the airline was initially 50 per cent owned by the Kuwaiti government. In 1962, the government assumed 100 per cent ownership, making it the longest serving, official state carrier operating from the Arabian Gulf Region. Kuwait Airways employs over 4,800 people, and the head office is in the heart of Kuwait City, close to Kuwait International Airport (KWI). The airline currently provides regular scheduled services to 36 international destinations in the Far East, Middle East, Europe and North America.  Kuwait Airways’ fleet of 23 aircraft currently consists of 5 x B777-300ER, 7 x A320-200CEO (completed delivery Q2 2015), 5 x A330s (completed delivery Q4 2015), 4 x A340-300, 2 x Boeing 777-200, and 1 x Boeing 747-400. Kuwait Airways will boast the youngest commercial airline fleet in the world. Kuwait Airways is actively recruiting for the role of Legal Director.  

The Role

In this role, you will direct the activities of the Legal Affairs Department, which is engaged in general legal activities such as the tendering and administration of contracts, and KAC insurance activities. The responsibilities of this role will include advising executive management on corporate legal rights and obligations, participating in contract negotiations to ensure proper documentation, contract and agreement accuracy, arranging for insuring all corporate properties, assets, liabilities and personnel, and examining specific internal and external problems and providing the appropriate legal advice.  
  1. You are to develop KAC policies on contract and insurance procedures and identify types of coverage for executive management approval. You are to supervise and direct the preparation of contracts and insurance policies, negotiation of claims and provisions of other legal services.
  2. You are to provide management with advice on the formulation of contractual and insurance terms and conditions, as applicable, for international as well as local contracting and insurance activities such as international law and arbitration.
  3. You are to provide department directors with advice on contracts, insurance and other legal matters, including the interpretation of KAC policies. This will include reviewing drafts of contract agreement(s) to ensure compliance with related Kuwaiti and international regulations, and KAC legal rights.
  4. You will supervise, check and prepare call for tenders, contracts, amendments, etc., and personally attend or delegate subordinates to attend Tender Committee meetings.
  5. You are to advice on all matters involving litigation, including but not limited to reviewing and approving case briefs, participating in legal and quasi-legal proceedings and supervising legal representation in all aspects of litigation.
  6. You are to exercise general supervision over insurance activities to ensure coverage of all KAC risks and liabilities, including the participation in premium and contract provisions with local insurance and re-insurance companies, inspecting important accidents and recommending claim settlements on ex-gratia basis.
  7. You are to serve as a member and participate in the activities of the Disciplinary Council, Tenders Committee, Personnel Committee, Aircraft Purchasing Committee and other committees to provide legal advice as required.
  8. You are to carry out other similar or related duties such as reviewing and signing all correspondence with Government authorities in order to obtain their approval or answer queries regarding KAC contractual and other legal activities, preparing and controlling department budget, selecting outside corporate lawyers and approving their appointment and conditions of service, keeping up-to-date with local and international laws and conventions related to airline business and carriers liability; advise general management of the implications of new legal developments to KAC operations, etc.


  1. Law Degree from a recognized and reputable university.
  2. Fifteen (15) years' of experience in private law practice, of which at least 6 years are in a senior supervisory position in legal and insurance activities preferably within the airline industry.
  3. Proficient in English and Arabic.

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