Senior Legal Counsel - UK and EMEA (12 month FTC)

Remote, UK

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. 
At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.
How you’ll make an impact
The successful candidate will be responsible for partnering with the business and providing legal advice in relation to legal matters affecting the organisation, as well as ensuring that all our operations are compliant with relevant legislation.This role is a fixed term role of one year (covering parental leave for another team member).  The role will report to the London based GM Legal and Business Advisory and work closely with the wider global Legal team, external advisors and strategic partners to support Xero’s legal and compliance function in the region.

What you’ll do
● Work as an integrated part of the global legal team to provide legal services on global or platform matters including procurement, product support, customer support, and security● Work closely with Xero’s commercial team in your region to help drive strategic relationships and initiatives for Xero locally, but with a global mindset● Provide advice to senior managers on legal aspects of their defined areas (including security, sales/marketing, customer experience, and product)● Drive and/or manage within the global legal team projects to manage workflow, improve operational efficiency, achieve global and regional education and training, and enable compliance● Review, negotiate and draft key legal documents, such as vendor supply agreements, marketing partner agreements, data exchange agreements, integration agreements, and procurement contracts● Ensure the business is informed and compliant with any relevant existing or proposed legislation that may impact the operations of the business● Contribute to internal policy and process development● Liaise and collaborate with legal team peers to deliver holistic legal function outcomes● Assist with any M&A activity, as required● Assist with investigating and responding to enquiries from law enforcement agencies and regulators● Liaise with and manage Xero’s external legal advisors, as required

What you’ll bring with you
● 6+ years PQE (in-house legal experience desirable)● Law degree (strong academic results)● Current practising certificate in the UK ● Experience providing legal advice to companies in the technology sector ● Experience with EU data protection regulation● Experience negotiating & drafting agreements in a commercial context● Experience liaising with regulators and statutory/law enforcement bodies● Experience with financial services regulation (desirable)● Strong drafting, analytical, and interpretation skills● Strong commercial acumen and a pragmatic approach● Excellent written and verbal communication skills● High level of attention to detail● Ability to work autonomously● Ability to take a proactive and creative approach to managing/solving legal issues● Collaborative, growth and innovation mindset● Ability to convey complex legal matters in a digestible, plain-english format● Keenness to develop meaningful relationships across the business through personable stakeholder engagements

Why Xero?
At Xero we support many types of flexible working arrangements that allow you to balance your work, your life and your passions. We offer a great remuneration package with benefits that support a range of lifestyle choices and requirements  and the opportunity to participate in Xero’s success through our Long Term Incentive scheme. Xero has rapidly expanding offices in London, Milton Keynes and Manchester and our work environment encourages continuous improvement and career development. 
Our collaborative and inclusive culture is one we’re immensely proud of. We know that a diverse workforce is a strength that enables businesses, including ours, to better understand and serve customers, attract top talent and innovate successfully. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and Disability Confident committed. So, from the moment you step through our doors, you’ll feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life.
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