Legal Counsel
PayPoint
Welwyn Garden City
6d ago

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Senior Legal Counsel of PayPoint Plc and part of an in-house team of 7, this is a general commercial legal role for a qualified solicitor to provide support to the growing PayPoint Group, a leading FinTech business in the convenience retail sector.

This role offers the opportunity to join a transforming business at an exciting point in its development.

THE COMPANY

PayPoint Plc is a UK FTSE Listed company. The Group offers cutting edge and time-saving technology that empowers retail businesses to facilitate bill payment and parcel services.

This enables retailers to achieve higher footfall and increased spend so they can grow their businesses profitably.

Our network of 28,000 convenience retail stores is bigger than all banks, supermarkets and Post Offices together, putting us at the heart of communities nationwide.

Our innovative retail services platform, PayPoint One, is now live in over 16,000 stores and offers everything a modern convenience store needs, from Collect+ parcel services and contactless card payments to EPoS and bill payment services.

Our technology helps businesses to serve customers quickly, improve business efficiency and stay connected to their stores from anywhere.

Our seamlessly integrated multichannel payments solution, MultiPay, offers consumers a one-stop shop for payments to over 500 consumer service providers, making it easier for their consumers to pay online.

PayPoint is a growing and fast-moving business entering an exciting period of positive transition to offer even broader services to a wider base of clients and retail businesses.

It has recently acquired digital voucher provider i-Movo and in November 2020 PayPoint announced the acquisition of Handepay Limited and Merchant Rentals Limited, leading card payments and card terminal leasing businesses.

The acquisition is due to complete in early 2021.

MAIN PURPOSE OF ROLE

To review, negotiate and draft a range of commercial contracts, covering IT (including Saas), payments and service provision.

To provide broad raging legal advice as and when required to, the PayPoint Group. To run matters independently, or collaboratively when required, to successful conclusion and to be able influence and advise a variety of stakeholders where necessary.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Drafting, amending and negotiating commercial contracts, covering IT (including SaaS) payments and service provision.
  • Preparing legal responses to tenders, both private and public.
  • To provide expert advice and guidance on a wide range of contract related matters to lead matters and stakeholders to successful conclusion.
  • Taking ownership of stakeholder relationships, where necessary.
  • Working collaboratively with Stakeholders and others in the Legal Team as required.
  • Dealing with management of commercial contract disputes, where necessary.
  • Dealing with general commercial legal issues, including GDPR, on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Prioritising workload to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Supporting the Senior Legal Counsel and senior members of the Legal Team.
  • Assisting in the development of precendents along with related policies and process improvements. Taking ownership of precedents or process improvements.
  • Training Stakeholders where necessary on key legal issues relevant to their business areas and on adoption of best practices.
  • QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

    Essential :

  • Experience of drafting and negotiating a range of commercial, IT, including SaaS, and non-IT contract types and structures as well as a strong understanding of key contractual terminology, clauses and concepts including competition law.
  • Experience of GDPR and data protection, legal and regulatory issues.
  • Influencing and persuading stakeholders on legal advice, whilst also being prepared meld legal advice with acting in a commercially pragmatic manner.
  • Ability to appreciate strategic aims of the organisation and deliver legal advice tailored to such aims.
  • Curiosity to learn and act provactively to improve and better the functioning of a busy commercial organisation.
  • Desirable :

  • Experience in an in-house environment.
  • Experience in a financial services and / or payments and / or FinTech environment.
  • Experience of tenders and procurement.
  • Experience supporting dispute resolution within the context of a commercial in-house team.
  • Person Specification :

  • Able to absorb new work enviroments and contracting practices at pace and adapt to change in a dynamic organisation.
  • Highly motivated and organised.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to prioritise, deal with and govern stakeholder expectations around high volume work demands efficiently.
  • Takes personal responsibility for getting the job done and willing to roll sleeves up where required.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships within the Group, the Legal Team and with external contacts.
  • Good interpersonal skills with the ability to articulate legal issues to non-legal staff.
  • Strong team-working ethic.
  • Possess effective negotiating skills and a good commercial acumen.
  • A willingness to learn more about legal work and the organisation.
  • Ability to research and analyse documents and case law to ensure the accuracy of advice and procedures
  • Excellent attention to detail, balanced with a readiness to exercise pragmatism and land matters within timeframes
  • Used to working to deadlines with a calm and organised manner.
  • An approachable individual who works well in a team but is also effective at taking the initiative to look at processes and resolve issues.
  • Adaptable and happy to get on with whatever is necessary.
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