GM, Legal and Business Advisory

| Greater Denver Area

Our purpose
Small business makes the world go around – it's the heart of the global economy. At Xero we want millions of small businesses to thrive through beautiful software, advice and connections. We aim to make being a small business more efficient and profitable, and more enjoyable too.

How you'll make an impact

Working closely with the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel as a key member of the legal leadership team and the regional leadership team (with dotted-line reporting to the regional managing director), the GM Legal & Commercial Advisory is responsible for providing legal and commercial leadership and strategic oversight across their local region. 

 Leading a team of in-house Legal Counsels, this role will ensure the Legal team is partnering effectively with the business and providing robust legal advice in relation to legal matters affecting the organisation. Where appropriate this role will represent the organisation as well as ensuring that all operations of the organisation are compliant with relevant legislation. Depending on the audience, the title of Associate General Counsel may also be used.

 This role will work closely with the wider global legal team, external advisors, and strategic partners to support and own Xero's legal and regulatory functions in the region, with potential to support Xero's regional policy and government relations function.

What you'll do

  • Lead a strong, high performing, legal team
  • Be a trusted strategic adviser to the regional leadership team on all legal related matters
  • Work with the regional leadership team and Xero's global legal team to identify and proactively manage Xero's legal and regulatory function in your local region
  • Lead your team to work as an integrated part of the global legal team to provide legal services on global or platform matters including procurement, product support, customer support and security
  • Drive proactively, or help manage, within the global legal team, projects to manage workflow, improve operational efficiency, achieve global and regional education and training, and enable compliance
  • Liaise and collaborate with legal team peers in all areas and regions, including regulatory, IP and government relations, to deliver holistic legal function outcomes in all relevant regions
  • Coach and lead you regional legal team to be a high performing, highly engaged and cohesive function
  • Work closely with Xero's commercial team in your region to help drive strategic relationships and initiatives for Xero both locally and globally;
  • Providing advice to management on legal aspects of their defined areas
  • Manage regional, non-intellectual property disputes and litigation
  • Interpreting legal documentation and advising management on the most appropriate course of action
  • Review, negotiate, and draft key legal documents, such as accounting channel partner agreements, agreements with financial institutions, and supply agreements
  • Ensuring the business is informed of and compliant with relevant existing or proposed legislation
  • Leading or delivering legal M&A activity in region
  • Liaising with and managing Xero's external legal advisors as required.

 Success looks like

  • Regional legal team seen as trusted advisors/partners within the organization
  • Highly engaged and performing team
  • Organizational operations are compliant with relevant legislation
  • Regional legal team closely aligned to the global legal team
  • Delivery of key projects and commercially-focussed legal outcomes

What you'll bring with you

Critical competencies

  • Strong analysis and interpretation skills
  • Strong commercial acumen and pragmatic approach
  • 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

Experience 

  • 10-15+ years PQE (3+ years in-house legal experience)
  • Experience leading commercial/legal high performing teams
  • Experience providing legal advice to companies in the technology sector
  • Experience negotiating & drafting agreements in a commercial context

It's time to introduce yourself
Now that we've caught your attention, it's time to catch ours. Please send us your resume if you:
Are passionate about selling into the emerging online accounting market and creating a #beautiful accounting experience to current and future Accounting Partners.
Show your passion for the #human side of sales through cultivating a deep understanding of the needs of your customers and how Xero can best improve their business.
Seek the #challenge of complex problems, crazy-smart collaborators and a fast-paced/high growth work environment.
#Champion sales thinking by bringing a unique point of view while inspiring impeccable quality from others.
Take #ownership by driving meaningful change and deliver results with passion and purpose.
Xero is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Location

Just a quick walk from Union Station, our US HQ is located in the heart of Denver's LoHi neighborhood surrounded by local shops and restaurants.

An Insider's view of Xero

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The vibe is that of a coffee driven, people centric, work-hard-stay-true tech business. The humans I interact with daily are passionate and kind, and the leaders are strong and clear. Slap a few dad jokes and a bit of kiwi humor in there, and there you have it.

Ryan

US Customer Experience Team Leader

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

At Xero we work tightly with our cross functional teams so that the people closest to the the problem have the freedom to do what they know best. I always look forward to working collaboratively with all the Xero teams because they make work fun while we accomplish things every day.

Kristen

Integration Management Office Program Coordinator

What makes someone successful on your team?

If you’re hungry to learn more, have a brilliant idea, or are passionate about a particular project, just dive in head first. Xero values people who are do-ers, who want to roll up their sleeves and #champion an initiative through from beginning to end.

Becky

Business Manager

What is your vision for the company?

Xero is on a mission to support our communities by helping small businesses succeed. To do that well - we hire passionate people who engage directly with our customers every day. Leveraging innovative technology to simplify accounting isn't enough – we want to build beautiful experiences that solve the most pressing needs of our customers.

Keri

President, Americas

What are Xero Perks + Benefits

Xero Benefits Overview

Xero offers a variety of benefits aimed at helping our employees maintain their physical, financial and mental wellbeing, allowing them to bring their best selves to work each day

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Xero allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars for medical and dependent care expenses. $2,650 annual limit for healthcare FSA
Disability Insurance
Xero's long and short term disability plans provide income protection at 60% of annual base salary
Dental Benefits
Cigna dental PPO plan
Vision Benefits
VSP vision plan
Health Insurance Benefits
Xero offers a variety of health plans including Cigna HSA, Cigna PPO, and Kaiser HMO for Colorado and California employees
Life Insurance
Provided to Xero employees at no cost. Coverage for each employee of 2x annual base salary up to $500,000
Wellness Programs
Xero will fund up to $300 annually in employee health reimbursement account to be used toward a health improvement activity including gym membership, mental, physical or financial health
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Xero will match 100% on the first 3% contributions plus 50% match on next 2% of contributions
Company Equity
All Xero employees are granted Restricted Stock Units at a certain percentage of their base salary which vests over a 3 year period
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Eight weeks paid leave for primary caregiver. Two weeks of paid leave for secondary caregiver
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Xero offers 21 days of paid time off, 5 wellness days, as well as 11 paid holidays per calendar year. We also participate in a company wide shut down between Christmas and New Years Day
Paid Volunteer Time
Xero encourages employees to give back to our communities by providing 8 hours of paid volunteer time per year
Paid Holidays
11 paid holidays per calendar year
Paid Sick Days
Each employee is granted 5 wellness days per year in addition to our generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
You'll typically catch our employees rocking jeans and a Xero t-shirt!
Commuter Benefits
Set aside pre and/or post tax dollars for commute related transit, parking and bike expenses
Company Outings
Annual holiday party, as well as a summer celebration!
Game Room
Video games and ping pong table in lounge
Stocked Kitchen
You find a variety of fruit, chips, nuts, snack bars, sodas and iced tea in the Xero kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Breakfast each Tuesday and lunch every Thursday from a variety of local vendors
Happy Hours
Happy hour starts every Friday at 4!
Fitness Subsidies
Our monthly health reimbursement plan can be used towards your fitness membership or a variety of other health related wellness programs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
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