Head of Legal, AMER

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What Vercel is looking for in applicants

About Vercel: 

At Vercel, we are building an open-source developer tools platform that enables developers to build and iterate on the web without sinking time and money into DevOps. We are a remote-first and globally distributed team and we want to shape the future of the web by making cloud computing accessible to everyone. Our philosophy is based on the principles of learning, collaboration, transparency, experimentation, and passion.

  • We are goal-driven and dedicated
  • We use our own tools every day
  • We thrive together with our community
  • We are customer-obsessed
  • We believe in people's ability to grow

We are looking for a Head of Legal to be the “backbone” of our business and ensure we continue our rapid growth in a way that is smart and well-advised. You will be responsible for advising members of the executive team on critical legal and business matters, including corporate initiatives, expansion efforts, and M&A activities. The successful candidate will report to the VP of Finance and Business Operations

The ideal candidate would have substantial experience in both law firm and in-house roles (tech preferred) and is looking to continue developing in these spaces at a rapidly growing SaaS organization. This is a hands-on role that requires both a legal and business mind, often juggling multiple projects that demand this individual to be resourceful, action-orientation, and technically savvy. They’ll need to be able to be able to work across levels and teams, adeptly managing competing priorities and rapid change. Your impeccable organization and communication skills make you an effective leader who enjoys the challenges of helping to build a great organization of talented individuals.  Individuals who want to function solely as attorneys will not be successful in this role.

What You Will Do:  

  • Support sales, product, engineering, privacy compliance, marketing, IT operations, general procurement, and other corporate functions
  • Own Commercial Agreements, including but not limited to: drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial agreements, including enterprise SaaS subscription agreements, strategic partnership agreements, data licensing agreements, online terms and conditions, non-disclosure agreements, and other agreements as needed
  • Manage outside counsel, always seeking to find the best balance regarding cost and expertise and associated risks
  • Responsible for building and maintaining legal operations and ad hoc business operations
  • Provide advice and counsel on a wide range of legal topics, including compliance, risk management, sales and use tax, and global data protection and privacy issues
  • Experience with cross border employment and transactions
  • Partner with the finance and people team on managing the Company's equity portfolio, Carta experience a plus
  • Experience in executing acquisitions & acquihires 
  • Partner with the finance to strengthen internal controls, establish a comprehensive risk management framework, and improve the company's operational velocity (scalability)
  • Provide guidance to the People Operations team on employment matters and collaborate on various employment agreements
  • Attract, develop, direct, motivate and drive performance from team
  • Development of policies, procedures and training as needed
  • Anticipate issues and estimate risks strategically
  • Deal with external parties (regulators, external counsel, clients)

About You:

  • Proven in-house experience advising technology companies (SaaS experience a plus) with business acumen
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience practicing law with a combination of law firm and in-house experience
  • Overall broad legal knowledge (corporate law, litigations, employment law, data privacy, etc)
  • Clear communicator, who can land messages across a wide variety of audiences as well as communicating clearly in a written manner. You are able to facilitate meaningful discussions and feedback gathering from others eloquently and with confidence.
  • Well-versed in how businesses operate with financial acumen, ability to strike a sensible and practical balance between legal risks and business objectives
  • Previous experience at a public tech company a plus
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity
  • Excellent judgement and analytical skills
  • Admission to bar of good standing

Bonus If You: 

  • Experience at a SaaS software company
  • Experience at a venture-backed company
  • Experience with any of the following technologies: Carta, Contract management system, Salesforce, Zoom, Google Drive, Slack


  • Competitive compensation and stock options
  • Inclusive Healthcare Package
  • Flexible working style - 100% remote, with teammates located throughout the globe 
  • Learn and Grow - we provide mentorship and send you to events that help you build your network and skills 
  • Unlimited PTO - 4 weeks recommended per year. Take time when you need it. 
  • Generous Gear Credit

Vercel is committed to fostering and empowering an inclusive community within our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Vercel encourages everyone to apply for our available positions, even if they don't necessarily check every box on the job description. 

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