About us

At GoCardless, we’re passionate about payments. Our vision is to provide businesses with the best way to collect recurring payments, wherever they and their customers are in the world.

Today, we help over 55,000 businesses take the pain out of getting paid, so they can focus on what they do best. And through our partnerships with over 200 software providers such as Xero, Zuora, Salesforce and Quickbooks, more and more businesses are benefiting from our unique global payments platform every day. We process $15bn of payments a year across more than 30 countries, powering recurring payments for businesses worldwide, from multinational corporations to small businesses. 

We’re headquartered in the UK, and backed by some of the world’s leading investors including Google Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Balderton Capital, Accel Partners, Notion Capital and Bain Capital. Over 500 employees worldwide have decided to develop their careers with us. We’ve built a friendly, collaborative culture where we hire and develop people who share our desire to do work we can be proud of. We value learning and feedback, and support colleagues to develop in their role and more broadly in their career.

We’re approaching ‘Risk’ in Financial Services in a new way.

  • We are ready to serve everyone, if we wanted to - we ensure Risk does not constrain the business but empowers it to achieve its goals;

  • We create the best possible customer experience - we want our customers (both internal and external) to look forward to going through our processes; and

  • We aim to automate everything we do - we don’t like inefficiencies nor do we believe that real risk mitigation is achieved by throwing people at the problem.

The Legal Team is at the forefront of GoCardless’ expansion. We must ensure that GoCardless adopts, implements and maintains forward-thinking and appropriate processes and controls, often coming across new challenges or issues that require innovative solutions. 

The role

You will be responsible for all commercial legal matters in the US, including negotiation of customer contracts, supplier agreements and partner arrangements. You will also advise on regulatory matters relevant to the US license regime. As a member of a busy legal team you will also be expected to contribute to team-wide initiatives and provide out of region support where appropriate, including specifically for the Australian entity.

Some of the main elements of the role will involve:

  • Leading on the negotiation of key customer and supplier contracts in the US and Australia providing pragmatic and commercial support

  • Advising the US business on legal issues relevant to the applicable state licences and exemptions

  • Providing in-region support to the US business, including where appropriate employment, corporate and IP advice

  • Being a point of escalation for a broad range of legal (and sometimes non-legal) issues

  • Supporting the US business in advising on the legal implications of their growth efforts including product launches, marketing initiatives and pricing changes

  • Keeping up to date with the biggest potential issues for GoCardless in the US, including in the world of payments, commercial law and legal tech, to name a few

  • Delivering change within GoCardless - the deeply embedded nature of the team means that we often take on the design of large cross-functional projects, and drive them through to completion 

We’re looking for someone with experience in a regulated financial institution, who is passionate about moving to a fast-paced fintech startup. 

You may be an experienced commercial lawyer, coming from a larger organisation and looking for an exciting new challenge, or perhaps you have already been through a high-growth journey in a similar role, and are excited about taking on similar challenges in a company with a great culture. 

We’d love to hear from you if:

  • You have direct experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts in the USA

  • You have experience working in a regulated environment and understand the constraints that the regulation can create

  • You are used to supporting results driven sales teams and thrive in that environment

  • You are used to working independently and across timezones

  • You are easy to work with, and want to work in a fun, fast-growing but demanding young company

  • You can operate at a strategic level and demonstrate the value of legal compliance

  • Your communication skills are first class, and you are able to distil complex legal issues into understandable language. 

Bonus points if:

  • You have experience in advising on US employment issues

  • You have experience in providing advice on US corporate governance

  • Happy to travel internationally if and when is needed

Life at GoCardless

Diversity is hugely important to us and we welcome applications from those with disabilities and from under-represented backgrounds. Throughout our hiring and onboarding process we make any reasonable adjustments necessary to create a level playing field and continually look at how we can improve in this area. We also have active ‘employee resource groups’ (such a BEAM and Rainbow) that are supported and sponsored by members of our Exec team; they work to engage and inspire our employees on diversity & inclusion topics throughout the year.

We offer flexible working hours and remote working arrangements, enhanced parental leave and pension packages. You’ll also receive equity, because we believe having this ‘buy in’ is a vital part of building a successful business where everybody - regardless of their role - can make a valuable contribution.

Here at GoCardless we value flexibility, and throughout the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic we've listened to our global GeeCees to gain a better understanding of the positives and negatives of working remotely (which we've been doing since March 2020).

Their feedback helped us develop our 'Adaptive Working' model, rolling out mid to late 2021. It's built around three components: days in the office, remote working, and enhanced environments. This means teams will be able to come into a GC office between one and three days per week for collaboration and teamwork, with the rest spent working remotely to enable a healthy work/life balance. We’ll also be reimagining our office environments so they enhance the collaboration and socialisation aspects our GeeCees told us they value most highly.

We continually review this approach in conjunction with the changing restrictions in each of our locations; additionally we offer support to maintain wellbeing and comfort, including subsidised home office equipment, workstation assessments and a range of remote social activities you can dip in and out of whenever you fancy.

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