Senior Legal Counsel - Product & Technology
Auckland, NZ
4d ago

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.

The successful candidate will be responsible for partnering with Xero’s product and technology teams and providing legal advice and support in relation to Xero’s global product and technology strategy.

This role will report to the GM, Legal - Product & Technology and work closely with the wider Legal team, and external advisors

What you'll do

  • Provide legal support on a variety of product and technology projects and strategic initiatives, including through encouraging collaboration among project team members, working with other global and in-region legal team members and external counsel to advise on and resource projects
  • Drive efficiencies and alignment through implementation of streamlined processes with a focus on processes and tools that foster collaboration
  • Partner with product and technology teams to drive cross-functional engagement, especially with other legal sub-teams such as IP, regulatory / privacy, and M&A
  • Connect across the business to support the wide range of product and technology projects and related strategic initiatives that Xero pursues
  • Coach and mentor junior members of the legal team
  • Ensure that the business is informed and compliant with any relevant existing or proposed legislation that may impact its product and technology activity
  • Engage with product and technology teams to become fluent in your understanding of what drives Xero’s current product offering and tech infrastructure as well as Xero’s product and technology roadmap
  • Contribute to internal policy and process development
  • Support the delivery product and technology related matters as part of M&A activity
  • Liaise with and manage Xero’s external legal advisors as required for product & technology projects
  • What you'll bring with you - experience

  • 6+ years post-qualification experience supporting and advising businesses on general commercial matters as well as product advisory (in-house legal experience desirable)
  • Law degree (strong academic results)
  • Current practising certificate
  • Experience providing product advice to companies in the technology sector
  • Experience with a global companyExperience with fintech or financial services a plus
  • Experience with data use issues for cloud-based services a plus
  • What you'll bring with you - critical competencies

  • Strong drafting, analytical, and interpretation skills
  • Strong commercial acumen and a pragmatic approach
  • Practical and proactive problem solving skills
  • 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 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
  • Xero is a values based business so in your cover letter can you let us know how you are #human at work.Xero is an NZ Immigration Accredited Employer and Rainbow Tick certified too.

    Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position.

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