Product Counsel - Square

  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Company Description

Since we first opened our doors in 2009, the world of commerce has evolved immensely – and so has Square. After enabling anyone to take a payment and never miss a sale, we saw sellers stymied by disparate, outmoded products and tools that wouldn’t work together. So we expanded into software and started building integrated, omnichannel solutions – to help sellers sell online, manage inventory, run a busy kitchen, book appointments, engage loyal buyers, and hire and pay staff. And across it all, we’ve embedded financial services tools at the point of sale, so merchants can access a business loan and manage their cash flow all in one place.

Today, we’re a partner to sellers of all sizes – large, enterprise-scale businesses with complex commerce operations, sellers just starting out, as well as merchants who began selling with Square and have grown larger over time. As our sellers scale, so do our solutions. We all grow together.

There is a massive opportunity in front of us. We’re building a business that is big, meaningful, and lasting. And we are helping sellers around the world do the same.

Job Description

As Product Counsel at Square, you’ll have a broad and diverse range of responsibilities, providing legal guidance to support product development and cutting-edge initiatives. You will report to Square’s Head of Product Counsel and partner with our innovators to develop new technologies while managing legal risk and ensuring regulatory compliance. As we expand our offerings, your ideas and contributions will make an immediate impact. 

You are self-motivated, organized, and creative. You are curious, with a desire to understand the motivations and goals of the teams you support. You are able to research and master complex legal topics, communicate them to non-lawyers in clear, easy to understand language, and find creative solutions to unblock legal challenges. When advising your business partners, you can separate the practical from the academic and provide clear, accurate, and actionable advice to the business team. You are good-humored and patient, respectful to your teammates, and bring a positive attitude to your work.  

You Will:

  • Provide guidance to product, engineering, design, and go-to-market  teams on issues related to new and existing products and features throughout the entire product development lifecycle

  • Develop trusted relationships with business partners and stay informed on key product developments

  • Draft terms of use, product policies, and disclosures, and implement related processes to support compliance

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams (compliance, tax, accounting) to drive stakeholder alignment and provide seamless support to business partners

  • Advise on commercial and intellectual property agreements affecting the company’s products and services

  • Remain up-to-date on relevant payments, consumer protection, advertising, IP, and privacy laws and regulations to ensure an ongoing ability to provide sound compliance advice

  • Actively cultivate creative ideas and insights into how legal frameworks can support new product developments and customer experiences.

Qualifications

 

  • At least 7 years experience with 2-3 years relevant experience in law firms, government agencies and 4 years in-house legal departments, preferably working with internet, mobile, software, or other technology companies

  • Familiarity with launching products and advising on the legal and regulatory aspects of product development in the technology space 

  • Excellent commercial negotiation and drafting skills

  • Fluency translating legal advice into actionable guidance for innovative product and business teams

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage projects effectively 

  • Sound and practical business judgment, intellectual creativity, and problem-solving skills

  • A JD and active membership in at least one state bar

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, pregnancy, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other legally protected class. 

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page

Additionally, we consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment on our team, assessing candidates in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Perks

We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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