Senior Legal Counsel – Regulatory (Global)

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Senior Legal Counsel – Regulatory (Global)

Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. 

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

Location: New Zealand or Australia

Reporting to Xero’s Head of Regulatory in Wellingon, NZ you will be part of Xero’s agile global Legal Team. You will work closely with external advisors and key stakeholders on all matters relating to Xero’s regulatory risk and ongoing compliance.

You will be responsible for partnering with the business to provide legal advice and expertise on a broad range of regulatory matters affecting Xero globally, delivering the Legal Team’s regulatory programme of work, as well as helping ensure that the business stays compliant with the various regulatory regimes it is subject to. This is a global role, requiring a global mindset towards the management of Xero’s regulatory risk.

What you’ll do…

  • Work closely with the Head of Regulatory and Global Privacy Counsel, and as an integrated part of the Legal Team, to help deliver Xero’s regulatory programme of work and to provide legal services on regulatory matters affecting Xero globally.
  • Take a proactive approach to, and support the Head of Regulatory with, the identification and management of all regulatory risk and potential impacts to Xero across the global business.
  • Undertake research and provide proactive legal and regulatory advice, analyses and risk assessments.
  •  Prepare internal policies in relation to regulatory compliance.
  • Monitor changes to law and proactively inform Xero’s Head of Regulatory, particularly where projects and resources will be required to implement regulatory requirements.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with applicable business units and key stakeholders across the globe.
  • Support relevant policy and government affairs roles by assisting with: (a) the formulation of Xero’s response to regulatory enquiries and frameworks; (b) influencing government bodies for change; and (c) submissions on proposed law changes relevant to Xero’s business.
  • Participate in special projects and assignments of strategic importance to Xero.
  • Monitor Xero’s regulatory reporting obligations and assist with preparing and submitting required reports.
  • Assist the Legal Team with day-to-day regulatory queries in contracts.
  • Assist with relevant training and awareness programmes for Xero staff regarding regulatory matters.
  • Assist with the management of relationships with regulators.

What you’ll bring with you…

  • Strong drafting, analytical, and interpretation skills.
  • Commercial acumen and a pragmatic approach to problem solving.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work autonomously.
  • Ability to take a proactive and creative approach to managing/solving legal issues.
  • Collaborative, growth and innovation mindset.
  • Ability to convey complex legal matters in a digestible, plain-English format.

Critical to the role…

  • Experience with financial services (essential) and data protection (desirable) regulations.
  • Experience providing regulatory advice to global, growth focused businesses (ideally with a technology focus).
  • Experience liaising with regulators and statutory/law enforcement bodies.
  • Current AU or NZ practising certificate (essential).
  • Relevant law degree with 7+ years’ PQE in non-contentious regulatory roles.

In order to be successful in this role you will be a natural collaborator with a keenness and natural curiosity to develop meaningful relationships across the business through personable stakeholder engagements. You will also have a demonstrated ability to drive execution in a team environment, integrating legal advice and business knowledge while providing balanced advice regarding risks and benefits.

Why Xero?

At Xero we support many types of flexible working arrangements that allow you to balance your work, your life and your passions. We offer a great remuneration package including shares plus a range of leave options to suit your well-being. Our work environment encourages continuous improvement and career development and you’ll get to work with the latest technology.

Our collaborative and inclusive culture is one we’re immensely proud of. We know that a diverse workforce is a strength that enables businesses, including ours, to better understand and serve customers, attract top talent and innovate successfully. We are a member of Pride in Diversity, in recognition of our inclusive workplace. So, from the moment you step through our doors, you’ll feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life.