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Legal Counsel - Commercial in Sydney at PayPal

Date Posted: 9/12/2020

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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 305 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 position is a Legal Counsel role in the PayPal Australia legal team which will be primarily responsible for supporting PayPal Australia’s merchant services and business development business units.

PayPal Australia is the provider of purchase payment facilities in Australia, primarily supervised by APRA and ASIC. PayPal is looking for a fast-learning, dynamic commercial lawyer to join our legal team.   

This position will be primarily responsible for supporting PayPal Australia’s merchant services and business development business units. The position will involve drafting and negotiating agreements ranging from professional services, development, support and supplier agreements to various customer payment services agreements, providing quick, concise and commercially focused legal advice in connection with such arrangements. Ideally this lawyer will be well-versed in technology, licensing and financial services areas. Because the job will involve drafting, editing and writing, exceptional writing skills are an absolute necessity.

The position will also involves providing support to on PayPal products and regulatory matters, as required.

The ideal candidate will be a confident self-starter with strong interpersonal and organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to effectively and proactively provide sound legal advice, exercise good business judgment, work with senior management and implement policies and processes on a cross-functional basis in a fast paced environment.

To succeed in this challenging role, candidates should be mature, self-motivated and well-organised with excellent communication and problem solving skills.  Candidates should also be flexible with a global outlook and collaborative working style.

An ability to work in a matrix environment with multiple stakeholders is essential. PayPal is a global company and the successful candidate will need to have flexibility to work with and occasionally accommodate colleagues in different time zones (particularly Europe, the United States and Asia).

Job Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing legal advice to PayPal Australia's sales and marketing teams.  This is a business facing role with regular exposure to senior stakeholders.   The primary role responsibilities are:

  • Analysis, drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements (merchant agreements, marketing agreements, partnership agreements etc.)
  • Working with the PayPal US, UK, EU and Asia Legal teams on commercial deals with key PayPal suppliers and partners
  • Partnering with PayPal legal team members across our global organisation and supporting senior colleagues on a variety strategic projects, regulatory issues and legal department operational matters.
  • Creating and advising on templates, policies and procedures to address new requirements.
  • Providing training on relevant topics.
  • Identifying productivity improvements and helping to drive and direct process changes to ensure continuing efficiency.

Job Requirements:

  • Admitted as a solicitor with at least four year’s post-admission experience gained in a law firm or as in-house counsel
  • Experience in banking, payments, financial services or fintech would be desirable
  • Ability to collaborate with senior management and cross functional stakeholders
  • Confident self-starter with a keen attention for detail and an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Creative thinker with strong problem-solving skills and the ability to stay calm under challenging circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously, with effective resolution of conflicting priorities
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment and matrix organisation
  • Flexibility to work with colleagues in Europe, the United States and Asia and accommodate calls and deadlines aligned to their time zones

What we offer

  • Future career opportunities with international exposure via PayPal’s network of global locations
  • A supportive and diverse environment that allows our employees to thrive and learn
  • Attractive compensation and benefits
  • A socially innovative company that helps communities worldwide through charitable giving or donation of time

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



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