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Senior Legal Counsel - Employment in London at PayPal

Date Posted: 5/21/2019

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Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 277 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal’s Legal team is hiring a full-time, senior employment lawyer to be based in London and reporting to the Director of Employment Law EMEA also based in Luxembourg. This role will be primarily focused on conducting and/or overseeing investigations in the EMEA region into complex employee complaints and other employment-law related matters. You will however also be required to be flexible and support and advise on general employment law matters, litigation, cross-border jurisdictional projects and mergers and acquisitions, as required, in the EMEA region.

A typical day for the Senior EMEA Employment Counsel will include:

    • Partnering closely with the global and regional Human Resources, Compliance, Employment Legal and broader Legal teams, as relevant, as the central point of contact for investigating complex employment-related complaints in the EMEA region e.g. incidents involving allegations of potential harassment, retaliation, discrimination or whistleblower complaints raised through direct or anonymous sources. The person who fills this role will be an experienced and accomplished employment lawyer who is very experienced in the area of employment-related investigations but who is also a well-rounded employment lawyer more generally.
    • Building trusted relationships with HR business partners, business leaders, and the compliance and employment legal and broader legal team members. You will be looked to for your expert knowledge and skills, to share trends and intelligence and to establish best practices in employment-related investigations for PayPal in EMEA.
    • In addition to the specialised employment-related investigations work, you will also be equipped to provide practical, strategic advice and counsel to management and regional HR professionals on a broad range of additional employment law issues, as required, including: hiring, employee relations, discipline and terminations, leaves of absence, discrimination and harassment matters, and on employment-related multi-jurisdictional advice projects, cross border employee transfers and mergers and acquisitions.

    What does Success Look Like?  

    • Leading internal employment-related investigations work in conjunction with HR and management, and in consultation with Legal, Compliance, Information Security and/or other internal partners as applicable.
    • Documenting and communicating findings of fact from investigations to relevant stakeholders.
    • Prioritizing and managing multiple investigations simultaneously.
    • Handling investigations and employee issues respectfully and in a way that reflects and enhances PayPal’s core values of “Collaboration, Innovation, Wellness and Inclusion.”
    • Advising on policies and procedures impacting employees.
    • Maintaining current knowledge of developments in employment laws across the EMEA region.
    • Working closely with all key stakeholders to provide a sound, ethical and prompt legal service and advice.
    • Directing and overseeing employment litigation matters, as required, including managing outside counsel and associated budgets.
    • Conducting manager and human resources training on employment legal issues, including particularly on the effective management of internal employment-related investigations.
    • Providing support for other corporate legal functions on an as-needed basis, including global employee benefits matters, business ethics officer investigations, competition law matters, privacy matters and M&A/governance/integration support.
    • Managing employment law aspects of mergers & acquisitions and multi-jurisdictional projects as required.

    About You  

    • You are an qualified & experienced employment lawyer with excellent academic credentials and a current professional bar membership or legal practicing certificate which is in good standing in at least one EU country where PayPal does business.
    • You will have particular experience of and interest in conducting and/or overseeing employment-related investigations.
    • You will have at least several years of post-qualification experience in the field of employment law gained in the EMEA region, with strong private practice experience being essential and some prior in-house experience being beneficial but not required.
    • You will have strong knowledge of European employment laws and regulations. Expertise in one European country required and experience advising across multiple European jurisdictions preferred.
    • You will be a fluent English speaker and potentially have additional language skills although the latter is not required.
    • You have a relevant depth of professional experience in investigating and/or supporting complex investigations of employee relations matters.
    • You will be able to express thoughts in a clear and concise manner while demonstrating tact and discretion in the most sensitive of situations.
    • You will have strong analytical, problem-solving, and leadership skills in addition to excellent interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
    • You can lead and influence clients to drive the best decisions for the business and for our people.
    • You will have excellent judgment and an ability to evaluate and advise on legal risks within a commercial business context.
    • You will have the ability to develop and build relationships of trust within a complex business environment and across multiple geographies.
    • You will have strong attention to detail and an ability to move the business priorities forward.
    • You have willingness to learn a variety of new skills and broaden current functional expertise.
    • You are team-oriented, with a great sense of humour, sound judgment and high tolerance for ambiguity while working in an extremely fast-paced, busy, environment in a cutting-edge industry.
    • You will be prepared to travel within the EMEA region as required to fulfil the function of your role, with occasional international travel also being possible.

    We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

    PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.



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