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Hugo is a Future-of-Work company. We build and manage remote teams in West Africa for some of the world’s largest technology and media companies. We specialize in end-to-end machine learning data annotation and customer support solutions that ultimately yield more inclusive outcomes for our clients and their customers. 


Our “Why?” is simple. Outsourcing generates over $430 Billion USD in revenue globally and less than 2% of that money reaches black communities. We’re changing that. 


As a company, we’re obsessed with excellence. We ask smart questions to build a thorough understanding of our customer's needs; then pour ourselves into delivering not just great work, but also a perfect user experience so that we stand out in what is a very crowded market. The only commitment greater than the one we have to our customers is the one we have to our people. We are dedicated to carving out a place in the digital economy for young Africans, so we work tirelessly to equip them with the skills needed to build meaningful careers.  


As a culture, we’re Silicon Valley meets ECOWAS. We’re youthful, sharp, dynamic and fresh. We’re Lagos and Dakar, in English et en français, and we’re on a mission to win for our communities and our clients. Join us!


We are seeking an experienced, highly analytical Legal & Compliance Lead to build and oversee our legal and compliance department across our operating entities in Africa. In this role your primary objective will be to ensure that the company is compliant with all applicable legislation in each operating country.  In this role you will work closely with the finance and people operations teams and will report to the Chief Operating Officer.



Role Responsibilities:

  • Fully own legal compliance function in all operating countries for all ongoing business operations and any one-off or non-standard transactions
  • Collaborate w/ key company leaders, government agencies, law firms, and other external agencies to keep Otaku.Hugo in strong legal standing
  • Design and implement company policies and procedures to ensure legal, compliance and risk management best practices throughout the company
  • Develop subject matter expertise on, and provide accurate, relevant, and timely guidance re:
    • Entity formation in prospective countries
    • Employment laws in operating and prospective countries
    • Remote work laws in operating and prospective countries
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to ensure compliance on employee issues including hiring, data privacy, compensation, disciplinary actions, severance agreements, etc
  • Collaborate with Finance and external consultants to provide legal advice and ensure compliance on corporate and employee taxes, and on statutory filings and remittances
  • Create, review, and negotiate various types of employment contracts and vendor agreements, including technology, real estate, and marketing agreements
  • Work closely with Commercial and Service Delivery teams to review and negotiate complex client-facing contracts (MSAs, ASPs, SaaS Agreements, Licenses, Terms and Conditions, Reseller and Partnership Agreements, Engagement Letters, Letters of Intent, SOWs and NDAs), ensuring that the interests of the company and its subsidiaries are protected to the extent possible
  • Structure, draft and negotiate various types of partnership and funding agreements with impact partners, non-profit organizations, etc
  • Lead internal legal audits and be a key contact person for any external legal audits and due diligence processes. 
  • Stay up-to-date with changes to legislation, particularly laws, rules and regulations related to corporate compliance, employment and remote work
  • Resolve legal issues as they arise in employment, commercial, and governmental relationships, and handle pre-litigation legal disputes and inquiries



  • 7+ years’ experience at a top-tier law firm. In-house legal experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of Nigerian corporate and employment law is required. Tax law is a big plus
  • Working knowledge of corporate and employment legislation in other African countries is a plus
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to provide practical advice and creative solutions that balance business needs against legal risks
  • Effective interpersonal and negotiation skills; comfortable engaging across all levels internally and externally
  • Articulate and effective communicator, with excellent writing skills
  • Proven ability to handle sensitive/confidential information requiring a high level of discretion and integrity
  • Excellent attention to detail, organization, efficiency, and preparedness
  • Ability to work under time constraints and to adapt to a fast-paced, fluid environment
  • Fluency in written and/or spoken French is a plus


About You

  • Deeply curious
  • A perfectionist at heart; you set a high bar for your work and lead others to do the same
  • Highly organized and well-structured: both in the way you think and communicate
  • Proactive, and able to thrive with little to no supervision
  • Solution-oriented, with a strong bias to action


  • Competitive compensation
  • A high-performance, high-energy work environment
  • Large-scale impact

About Hugo

Hugo is a Future-of-Work Co. It is building Africa’s first, remote-work, business process outsourcing (BPO) company - which assembles and manages high-performance remote support and data operations teams for some of the world’s largest technology and media companies. 


Headquartered in Chicago, with an active workforce of 1200+ remote operators strategically distributed across Lagos, Nairobi, Dakar, and Cape Verde, Hugo delivers a nuanced approach to customer support (omnichannel), eComm. marketplace operations, sales enablement, and AI data operations (our work reduces bias in AI + machine learning models). Their clients are global leaders in tech and media, ranging from the likes of Google and Meta, to Upwork and Red Table Talk. 


Over the last 30 years, the BPO industry has consistently generated ~ US$430 billion worth of income and employment opportunities, globally, but with fewer than 2% of these opportunities reaching global black communities (S.E. Asia being the largest beneficiary). By contrast, 12 million African youths enter the workforce annually, to an underwhelming 3 million jobs created. Hugo exists to change this. By leveraging the global BPO industry’s scale, it is building a job-creation-engine-of-scale capable of generating 000s of jobs for African, and then black communities worldwide.

Hugo is dedicated to carving out a place in the digital (i.e. the future) economy for young Africans and black communities, and works tirelessly to equip them with the skills necessary to build meaningful careers in this global economy. People are Hugo’s greatest assets - their expanding curated employee base of 1200 tech-savvy university graduates are rigorously trained by world class professionals at their Academy, to ensure the best outcomes for their global clientele. 


Founded by two Harvard Business School alumni, Hugo is a company that is obsessed with both excellence + transformation; transformation, not just of its people, but also of the narratives that have taken hold about what black/African communities bring to the world. Hugo aspires to be a global reference point - a living attestation that great things and global corporations can be born, operated and exported out of Africa. Hugo is committed to building this future.