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Director - Legal Counsel UK in London at PayPal

Date Posted: 5/22/2019

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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 is seeking a highly motivated legal leader with a proven track record to be responsible for the delivery of legal and regulatory advice to PayPal’s business operations in the UK. Based in Richmond, this role reports into the Head of Legal PayPal Europe, and will be a member of the UK executive leadership team and European legal leadership team.

The Director will be a hands-on, flexible self-starter who is comfortable advising stakeholders on a variety of complex legal and business matters including financial services, payment services regulations, regulatory compliance, general corporate law, consumer rights, litigation, competition law and policy, intellectual property, data privacy and data security.  S/he will be known for their judgement and pragmatic approach to problem solving and be accustomed to a fast-paced, international and matrixed environment with an emphasis on advancing new technologies.  The person must bring a global perspective and have experience of leading teams through periods of change and ambiguity (eg. Brexit). The successful candidate must bring a proactive and operational orientation and have prior experience of managing legal teams and effectively allocating departmental resources to support strategic goals and objectives.  The successful candidate must possess a high degree of emotional intelligence and the ability to supervise and support senior and less experienced team members.   The Director must be able to work collaboratively and have strong influencing and mentoring skills.  Team engagement and open communication as well as the ability to forge close working relationships with colleagues will be paramount to success.  This individual must be a keen listener who is patient, diplomatic and open-minded.  The ability to be a trusted advisor and have a strong rapport with the UK executive leadership team and global legal leadership team will be particularly important as will be the ability to lead and inspire the UK legal team.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the legal team responsible for advising PayPal’s UK business operations on a wide variety of legal and regulatory matters as well as commercial and contract management support, product development and legal risk management.
  • Participate in the overall management of the organisation as an integral member of the PayPal UK executive leadership team and European legal leadership team.
  • Ensure delivery of balanced and pragmatic legal advice and support to cross-functional teams across PayPal UK including Sales, Product Development, Risk, Compliance, Finance, Government Relations and Communication. 
  • Advise stakeholders on the development and implementation of new services, laws and regulatory frameworks in the UK and proactively lead and contribute to strategic initiatives as required.
  • Manage, develop and motivate the UK legal team, supervising and supporting them in a collaborative and inclusive manner, and build a pipeline of future legal talent by providing opportunities for career development.
  • Lead the strategy for the UK legal team overseeing the development and implementation of functional goals and objectives aligned to the business.
  • Identify and implement best practices and drive efficiencies within the UK legal function through improved systems, processes and resource allocation.
  • Manage the UK legal function’s resources and priorities, engaging outside counsel and experts when necessary.
  • Promote a culture that reflects PayPal’s core values of “Collaboration, Innovation, Wellness and Inclusion”. 


  • Min. 10+ years relevant experience in a tier one law firm or as a senior member of an in-house legal team supporting a significant international corporation or financial institution.
  • LLB or JD and admitted to practice law within the United Kingdom or equivalent.
  • Experience in leading highly engaged and qualified teams and managing legal department resources.
  • Proven ability to work in multi-cultural teams and to render advice in a fast-paced, challenging environment quickly, independently and decisively.
  • Experience working with, and presenting to, executive Senior Stakeholder internally and externally.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop strong relationships across all levels of the organisation, a positive attitude, thoughtfulness as well as collaboration and creativity.

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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