Pre-legal Collections Counsel
CM – Douala
Maersk is looking for a candidate to take up the new role of Pre-Legal Collections Counsel in Douala. As a Legal Collection Counsel you will act as the internal legal contact for the Account Receivables (AR) Department in Southern West Africa area. You are accountable for the execution of the day-to-day processing of transactions within defined standard operating procedures with a purpose of achieving service delivery goals for the organization and providing first level support for both technical and functional issues raised by end users.
An exciting role which is part of a dynamic and international organization with the opportunity to continuously apply and develop your competencies.
We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package and are continuously searching for new ways to invest in our talent through ongoing personal and professional development initiatives.
Lastly, as one of the cornerstones of our values, we strive to deliver the right environment for our people while fostering a culture of fairness, mutual respect, responsibility, and care for our business and our customers.
Act as the internal legal contact for the Account Receivables (AR) Department across multiple countries (GSCs) and Maersk entities/subsidiaries.
Employ Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms to negotiate payment options with customers prior to sending collection cases to external lawyers with a priority to averting litigation.
Issue demand letters, discuss waivers, discounts and payment plans with customers and monitor implementation of said debt management options.
Enforce compliance with AR Collection Processes by developing and implementing strict criteria & checks for the interaction between Account Receivables (AR) & Legal;
Carry out customer checks directly or through private investigators/debt collection agencies or use other skip tracing methods to track down customers and/or establish whether they have attachable assets.
Review and recommend cases for litigation, instruct external lawyers, manage resultant litigation and provide the requisite supporting documentation to the external lawyers.
Vet/process invoices from the respective vendors in accordance with the respective fee agreements;
Prepare reports and manage the relevant information about the collection cases under your management, providing such reports to the Finance, Legal and Account Receivable Departments, as well as to your respective direct report and other stakeholders;
Develop and improve policy relating to Pre-legal collections and work cross-functionally with other departments to drive feedback and recommendations on process improvement;
Recommend write-off of cases under legal disputes depending on the status of the case and chances of recovering the amount under dispute.
Who We Are Looking For:
3-5 years of working experience in a Law Firm
Bachelor’s Degree in Law
Outstanding negotiation skills
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
Ability to manage conflict and dissent in a professional manner
Able to manage pressure, self-driven, accountable, and passionate to delivering results.
Fluent in English & French ( is a must), Portuguese ( is a plus)
Our recruitment process:
Please apply before the 2nd of December 2022
If your profile matches job requirements, our recruiter will get in touch to share more about the role and get to know you better
If successful, you will discuss the role with the Line Manager and his team
A.P. Moller – Maersk is an integrated container logistics company working to connect and simplify its customer’s supply chains. As the global leader in shipping services, the company operates in 130 countries and employs roughly 70,000 people. With simple end-to-end offering of products and digital services, seamless customer engagement and a superior end-to-end delivery network, Maersk enables its customers to trade and grow by transporting goods anywhere – all over the world.
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