Senior Legal Counsel, Innovation and Technology

  • Foster City, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity. Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind – making sure that Visa is the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone everywhere. This is our global vision and the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payments technology company, tech is at the heart of what we do: Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks. We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa’s sponsorships, including the Olympics and FIFA™ World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, and excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience and security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team and find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

Job Description

Visa is seeking a senior sourcing, commercial and technology transactions attorney to lead the Visa legal team’s support of Visa’s global sourcing function. The attorney will work on a variety of strategic sourcing transactions and work with leading information technology hardware, software, and services companies around the world. In addition, the attorney will lead process implementation and improvement, including review, update, and creation of templates and policies, working with stakeholders across Visa, including regulatory compliance, data privacy, technology, sourcing, and intellectual property.

The position will be on Visa's IP, Innovation, Technology and Strategic Partnerships legal team. You will need to work collaboratively with colleagues to integrate legal support of sourcing with legal support of other technology transactions and internal clients, including to take into account needs and requirements related to Visa’s work with emerging fintech companies. You will need to be able to juggle multiple priorities in a dynamic, challenging, and rewarding environment; be a thought leader on strategic sourcing engagements; be a strong negotiator with strong influencing skills; be open to learning Visa’s business; and be self-motivated and willing to work reasonably hard. Experience supporting sourcing for financial services companies is a plus, but prior payments experience is not necessary.

- Work with senior executives to develop programmatic approaches to relationships with Visa’s key sourcing partners

  • Work closely with business and technology teams to understand and achieve key business objectives
  • Develop one or more “playbooks” for applicable sourcing arrangements, including to achieve worldwide consistency and support within regional legal departments
  • You likely will be asked to draft, negotiate and complete other complex commercial, technology, and strategic partnership agreements
    - Provide counseling and advice to business and technology teams regarding deal structures and common approaches to addressing issues
    - Work on Efforts to insure Visa’s relationships with suppliers meet strategic and regulatory requirements
    - Some travel may be required


- Strong academic credentials, including a J.D. degree from a top law school
- 10-15 years experience, of which at least 2-3 should be at a premier law firm and at least 4 years should include legal support of a sophisticated sourcing function (whether in-house or as an outside counsel)
- Experience working independently and collaborating with executive level partners with little or no supervision
- Be a practical and can-do problem-solver, have strong business insight and be confident, mature and calm under fire
- Demonstrated ability to lead and drive complex commercial and technology transactions, including internationally
- Excellent legal analytical skills with the ability to integrate legal advice and business knowledge, while providing equitable advice regarding risks and benefits

Additional Information

Visa will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of Article 49 of the San Francisco Police Code.

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