Legal Counsel, Australia in Sydney at PayPal

Date Posted: 11/4/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Full-Time
  • Location:
    Sydney
  • Job Type:
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    11/4/2019
  • Job ID:
    R0048228

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 286 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.

This role is based in Sydney, Australia and is a Legal Counsel role in the legal team supporting the Australian business and its board of directors. The role reports to the Legal Director for Australia.

This position is responsible for:

  • Providing strategic legal and regulatory advice relating to, payments licensing, banking and credit, anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing, data protection and privacy, information security, competition law, consumer protection, outsourcing, risk management and corporate governance;  
  • Assisting with engagement with relevant regulators, including APRA, ASIC, AUSTRAC and RBA;
  • Engaging closely and collaboratively with the Risk, Compliance and Government Relations functions on a variety of legal and regulatory issues;
  • Advising on a range of corporate and business development initiatives and corporate governance and company secretary matters including providing advice and support to a Board of Directors;
  • Advising on obligations arising from the National Consumer Credit Protection Act and National Credit Code. 

Candidates should have a minimum of 7 years post qualification experience and be from an established In House Legal team or established Private Practice Law firm with relevant financial services expertise. We have a preference for candidates with solid experience and expertise in Australian financial services law and consumer credit law, strong experience in engaging with regulators in Australia and sound company secretariat skills. Those with experience in advising and working with a board of directors (including independent directors) would be highly regarded.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ability to work independently ‘Out of the box’ strategic and commercially focused thinking with effective problem-solving skills.
  • Proven analytical, organisational, project management and planning skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks or projects simultaneously in a fast paced and dynamic financial services environment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a focus on teamwork and ability to foster/manage relationships across multiple departments
  • Skilled in focusing on desired results, clarifying next steps, and ability to prioritise effectively to meet deadlines, address risk and achieve desired results
  • Law Degree and Admission to practice law in Australia required


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. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at paypalglobaltalentacquisition@paypal.com.

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