Senior Employment Counsel

Checkout.comNew York, New YorkFull TimeOn Site

Company Description is one of the most exciting fintechs in the world. Our mission is to enable businesses and their communities to thrive in the digital economy. We’re the strategic payments partner for some of the best known fast-moving brands globally such as Wise, Hut Group, Sony Electronics, Homebase, Henkel, Klarna and many others. Purpose-built with performance and scalability in mind, our flexible cloud-based payments platform helps global enterprises launch new products and create experiences customers love. And it's not just what we build that makes us different. It's how.

We empower passionate problem-solvers to collaborate, innovate and do their best work. That’s why we’re on the Forbes Cloud 100 list and a Great Place to Work accredited company. And we’re just getting started. We’re building diverse and inclusive teams around the world — because that’s how we create even better experiences for our merchants and our partners. And we need your help. Join us to build the digital economy of tomorrow.

Job Description

The role is seeking a dedicated Senior Counsel, specializing in employment law, to join our Legal team in New York. Located in the same office as our General Counsel and our Chief People Officer, you'll be a key member of our Employment Legal team, partnering with the People team and colleagues across the business to solve sophisticated legal challenges globally.

To be successful in this role, you'll be able to handle a busy workload with minimal direction, demonstrating excellent critical judgment, quick thinking, and agility across multiple countries. This is a great opportunity to work on a broad range of projects across multiple jurisdictions and play a key role in supporting the company’s rapid growth!

Our mission is to be a legal team that exceeds expectations across the board, providing pragmatic and commercially focused advice, finding creative solutions to manage risk, and becoming trusted advisers to our colleagues in the business.

This is a permanent, full-time role in our New York office.

How you’ll make an impact

  • Help put in place and improve existing processes and policies across the group.
  • Together with our existing UK-based Employment Lawyers, handle a wide variety of employment matters across the globe, including contentious advice, employee share schemes, M&A and post-close integration, as well as all business-as-usual work streams such as employment documentation, policies, pensions & benefits, disciplinary, and grievance processes.
  • Advise senior leadership and C-suite on significant employment matters.
  • Support our international expansion and IPO-readiness workstreams.
  • Keep up to date on employment law developments in the countries in which we operate.


What we’re looking for

  • 8-12+ years of experience as an Employment Lawyer, including some portion of that time spent working as an Associate at a leading multinational law firm or in-house at a multinational corporation.
  • US JD or LLM and strong academic qualifications.
  • International practice expertise, including previous experience leading on global projects and translating foreign counsel advice to senior stakeholders.
  • Sufficient employment law experience with Europe, the Middle East, or APAC to be able to make judgment calls on local matters with support from local counsel.
  • Good standing in at least one US state bar.

Extra marks if you have:

  • Incentives and benefits experience, including design and operation of equity incentive compensation programs.
  • ERISA experience.
  • Experience working in tech or other fast-paced, dynamic environments.
  • Experience working in-house (this could have been gained while on secondment), ideally for a US or EU publicly listed company.

You will need:

  • Exceptional analytical and writing skills, with a business-centric focus on risk.
  • Excellent time management skills and experience managing a diverse workload and competing stakeholder demands.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to articulate and explain complex legal issues clearly and concisely.
  • Enthusiasm for new challenges and working with a range of different stakeholders.
  • Excellent level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Be a systemic thinker with proven abilities for process improvement and simplification.
  • Flexible work schedule to accommodate international time zones.

Additional Information

New York City law requires to include in job postings a reasonable estimated salary range for this position. However, final salaries may vary subject to several factors, such as a candidate’s level, relevant experience, qualifications, skills and proficiency for the role. Please note that this information is provided for those in New York City only, and this role is open to candidates outside of New York City as well.
For regular full-time employees in New York City, the estimated base salary range is from : $236,077 to $319,399.

Our competitive salaries are just one component of’s total compensation package. Additional benefits include: health, vision, dental insurance, 401k, vacation and sick and safe time, learning days and volunteer days.
To view more details of what you can look forward to, visit our careers page:

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If you don't meet all the requirements but think you might still be right for the role, please apply anyway. We're always keen to speak to people who connect with our mission and values.

We believe in equal opportunities

We work as one team. Wherever you come from. However you identify. And whichever payment method you use. 

Our clients come from all over the world — and so do we. Hiring hard-working people and giving them a community to thrive in is critical to our success.

When you join our team, we’ll empower you to unlock your potential so you can do your best work. We’d love to hear how you think you could make a difference here with us. 

We want to set you up for success and make our process as accessible as possible. So let us know in your application, or tell your recruiter directly, if you need anything to make your experience or working environment more comfortable. We’ll be happy to support you.

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