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Manager & Counsel
American Express
Fully Remote
role reference:  wyw_#00407
Location
Fully Remote
Salary
Competitive salary
Contract Full-time
Industry Financial Services
Hours 37.5 - 37.5 Hours
Closing date 30/09/2022
  • Legal Services
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Financial Services
  • LEGAL RISK
  • COUNSEL
  • LAWYER
Description:

The Legal Services Team (LST) is part of American Express General Counsel’s Organisation (GCO). We deliver legal support to colleagues and to clients, globally, across all business lines. We are looking to add a team member in the UK, who will report to the LST Vice President & Senior Counsel also based in the EMEA region.

As a diverse and inclusive employer, we are very open to applications from people returning to the workforce and/or seeking flexible working arrangements or the option to work remotely (please talk to us about this when you apply).

Role Purpose

The LST’s mission is to provide efficient, consistent, innovative, and high-quality, legal support across business units, staff groups and jurisdictions. We are looking for a motivated, proactive, senior lawyer, experienced in commercial contracts, who will be part of this lively team. 

Interested candidates will have commercial awareness and experience of working in a commercial contract space. Candidates must be able to use their legal skills to work closely with key business clients around the globe, the LST leadership team and colleagues within the LST/GCO team on a day-to-day basis. In addition, candidates should possess a strong ability to lead partners and be able to demonstrate a track record of client care

Primary responsibilities:  

Contribute as an independent, trusted legal advisor within GCO and the wider Amex business by:

  • Identifying and effectively managing legal risk
  • Taking instructions and supporting other lawyers or legal teams in General Counsel’s Office (GCO) globally
  • Providing sound, commercial legal advice and support across all business units, including drafting, reviewing, analysing and negotiating a wide range of agreements and legal documents
  • Supporting internal governance and approval processes, including coordinating with compliance, risk, finance and other internal stakeholders as appropriate
  • Instructing and liaising with various outside counsels to obtain, challenge and finalise legal advice/opinions on various projects, legal advice and agreements 
  • Carrying out legal research on behalf of our GCO colleagues
  • Supporting company secretarial matters as required
  • Providing training workshops as required

Lead and supervise the world of the other legal workflow team members, including: 

  • Coaching, mentoring and supervising direct reports in the LST team
  • Promoting the success of direct reports by acknowledging and rewarding achievements
  • Identifying areas that need increased leadership focus
  • Implementing and improving methods for legal knowledge management
  • Contributing to LST’s training and development programme
  • Ensuring LST’s adherence to any company-wide and GCO-specific processes and procedures
  • Preparing and delivering internal training as required

Supporting budgeting and expenses control tasks; and performing other duties as assigned by the LST Vice President & Senior Counsel from time to time.  

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Amex Flex

At American Express, we know that with the right backing, people and businesses have the power to progress in incredible ways. Whether we’re supporting our customers’ financial confidence to move ahead, taking commerce to new heights, or encouraging people to explore the world, our colleagues are constantly redefining what’s possible — and we’re proud to back each other every step of the way. 

When you join #TeamAmex, you become part of a diverse community of over 60,000 colleagues, all with a common goal to deliver an exceptional customer experience every day. We back our colleagues with the support they need to thrive, professionally and personally. That’s why we have Amex Flex, our enterprise working model that provides greater flexibility to colleagues while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite, in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days).

Qualifications 

  • Qualified to practice in UK
  • Significant experience in PQE although strong candidates with less experience will also be considered
  • In-house experience in financial services is preferred but not mandatory
  • Quality experience in advising on commercial contracts
  • Solid drafting, research and negotiation/influencing skills
  • Solid analytical skills and high attention to detail
  • Solid understanding of general principles of law applicable to commercial practice
  • Intellectually strong with ability to rapidly grasp key issues
  • Ability to work under time pressure to meet tight deadlines and clients’ expectations
  • Proven track record in leading, supervising and developing other professionals
  • Fluency in an additional language other than English is preferred but not mandatory
Key skills:
  • Legal Services
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Financial Services
  • LEGAL RISK
  • COUNSEL
  • LAWYER
Competitive salary

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37.5 - 37.5 Hours
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