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Legal General Counsel North America, Remote - 2 Aug 2023 North America, Remote 2 Aug 2023

Company: AfterShip Ltd.
Location: Austin
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

About Us
AfterShip is an automation platform that empowers eCommerce retailers to create and manage the world's best online shopping experiences. Powering the tracking of over 4.4billion order shipments for 17,000 eCommerce retailers like Amazon, Harry's and Kylie Cosmetics, AfterShip is the one-stop shop for eCommerce tools that support website pop-ups, advanced email flows, page building, shipment visibility, branded shipment tracking, proactive email and SMS notifications, returns, and exchanges.
Our strong product market fit, prioritizing solving real problems for our customers, has resulted in a strong growth trajectory for the company. We secured a 66 million dollar Series B in 2021.
At AfterShip, we are building a diverse and high-performing culture that encourages collaboration and experimentation on a global scale. Even as a company with over 10 years under our belt and 450 AfterShippers across our 8 global offices, we embrace a dynamic and agile approach to our work.
We operate with a flat team structure, where you will have opportunities to contribute your ideas and take ownership over your work to create meaningful impact for the business and the customers we serve. If you're looking for a vehicle to achieve your professional goals and work alongside fantastic teams, we invite you to join us.
Your Mission: -
AfterShip is seeking an experienced and dynamic General Counsel to lead its Legal Department. -
As the General Counsel, you will be responsible for providing strategic legal guidance, managing risks, ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations (including privacy laws on a global scale), negotiate deals with customers and vendors, manage the department budget, the IP portfolio, build strong processes and manage dispute resolutions. You will play a crucial role in fostering innovation and supporting the company's growth initiatives by leading a small internal team of lawyers, IT experts and managing external law firms (DPO, etc.). The ideal candidate will be a seasoned legal professional with a strong background in IT and privacy laws, excellent leadership skills, and a deep understanding of the e-commerce industry.
The General Counsel is part of AfterShip's global team. As such, it may be required to work outside typical office hours in order to accommodate APAC/EU/NA time zones. As such, the successful candidate would be able to exercise flexible hours accordingly, and ideally be located in Eastern Time.
What You'll Do: -

  • Develop and implement the legal department's strategic vision and objectives in alignment with AfterShip's business goals
  • Lead and manage a team of legal professionals, including Junior Legal Counsel and Trainees, providing mentorship and guidance
  • Support the company in all commercial and legal matters, while proactively identifying and mitigating the risk profile of the company
  • Contribute to company policies, processes, guidelines and procedures designed to manage and mitigate legal risks.
  • Provide legal guidance and support to various departments, including marketing and innovation teams.
  • Oversee contract negotiation with big e-commerce customers, vendors and carriers, ensuring favorable terms for AfterShip while protecting its interests. This may entail reviewing and/or drafting various agreements to support the Sales Team or providing guidance.
  • Ensure AfterShip's compliance with privacy laws and regulations, including GDPR.
  • Work with IT teams to further improve current processes and privacy-by-design systems.
  • Oversee the management of data processing agreements (DPAs) and standard contractual clauses (SCCs) with customers, vendors and carriers.
  • Collaborate with the Data Protection Officer (DPO), IT specialist and IT security team to implement data protection measures and conduct privacy assessments.
  • Protect AfterShip's intellectual property by managing its trademark and patent portfolios.
  • File and enforce trademark and patent internationally with support of external agencies.
  • Ensure that the company's brand identity is safeguarded and innovation is defended.

    Who We're Looking For:

    • Masters degree in Law.
    • 10-15 years of relevant legal experience, including in-house experience in the e-commerce or IT industry.
    • Strong understanding of privacy law compliance, IT law and complex commercial contract negotiation.
    • Proven leadership and managerial skills with the ability to mentor and develop legal team members.
    • Excellent communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across teams and influence decision-making at all levels of the organization.
    • Proactive and adaptable approach to legal problem-solving in a fast-paced environment.
    • Understanding of APAC culture is a plus.

      If you believe you have the qualifications and passion to lead our Legal Department and support AfterShip's continued success, we encourage you to apply for the role of General Counsel. Join us in shaping the future of e-commerce and protecting our company's interests!
      Why You Should Join Us:

      • We are super proud of our diverse and geeky culture, started by our software engineer turned CEO and cultivated by a group of amazing people from all over the world. You'll be part of a solutions-oriented team that puts egos aside to achieve new milestones and tackle challenges together. -
      • We're a remote-first team, meaning by default that employees work from home or on a hybrid-flexible basis in our hub locations (Toronto, Austin, Barcelona). You're empowered to choose a work setup that works best for you and your team. With flexible hours depending on your time zone, you'll be able to have a schedule that fits your working style and the requirements of your role. -
      • We have great ambition to make buying and selling easier for everyone in this world -- one of the most exciting spaces for a technology start-up to be in. There is virtually no ceiling for either what you will be doing or learning here, and we want to support you to grow exponentially, along with the company.


        • Competitive compensation
        • Remote-first/hybrid-flexible work setups
        • Career progression & professional development
        • Flexible PTO policy
        • Invest in your learning + monthly book perk
        • In-office lunch and commuter benefits for those located in our hub locations

          We are an equal opportunity employer. In addition, we are committed to providing accommodations for applicants upon request at any stage of the recruitment process in accordance with the legislative requirements of this job's location. Please let us know if you require accommodation due to a disability during any aspect of the recruitment process and we will work with you to address your needs.

Keywords: AfterShip Ltd., Austin , Legal General Counsel North America, Remote - 2 Aug 2023 North America, Remote 2 Aug 2023, Legal , Austin, Texas

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