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Product Counsel

at Upgrade

San Francisco, United States



Upgrade is a fintech company that provides affordable and responsible credit, mobile banking, and payment products to everyday consumers. We were the fastest growing company in the Americas last year according to the Financial Times and Upgrade Card was the fastest growing credit card in America two years in a row. We have delivered over $25 billion in affordable and responsible credit to our 2.7M customers. The company is backed by some of the most prominent technology investors and was recently valued at $6.3B.

We have built an energizing, collaborative and inclusive culture where team members help each other, learn and innovate to move the company and its customers in the right direction, and own the outcome of their efforts.

Upgrade has been named a “Best Place to Work in the Bay Area” three years in a row, “Top Companies to work for in Arizona” and one of the "Best Engineering Department" awarded annually by Comparably. We've also received recognition for being a best company for Diversity, Women, Culture, and Veterans.

We are looking for new team members who get excited about designing and delivering new and better products to join a team of 1600 talented and dedicated professionals. Come work with us if you like to tackle big problems and make a meaningful difference in people's lives.

 


About the Role:

Upgrade’s growing Legal team is seeking a Product Counsel to focus on providing legal guidance on a variety of product related initiatives. You’ll work cross-functionally as we develop new products and advise on legal risk and regulatory compliance. The legal issues you'll encounter are cutting edge and always evolving. The successful candidate will be skilled at building strong relationships, working in the unknown while balancing legal risks, and comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

This role will be based in our San Francisco office in a hybrid capacity.


What You’ll Do: 

  • Review new products and features from early stages of development through launch by assessing legal risks while providing practical legal advice
  • Counsel and coordinate across Product, Compliance, Marketing, Engineering and Risk to recognize and mitigate legal issues related to products and marketing collateral
  • Research and spot issues related to consumer protection laws and regulations, privacy, commercial and contractual issues, and other legal requirements
  • Prioritize workload to set goals and meet deadlines in a fluctuating and sometimes ambiguous business environment
  • Own your projects with a can-do attitude and a willingness to jump in where needed – no job is too big or too small – and some may not exactly fit in the four corners of this job description


What We Look For:

  • J.D. and membership in the California Bar in good standing, or eligible to register as in-house counsel with the California Bar
  • 5+ years advising financial institutions/fintech companies as a lawyer at a leading law firm or in-house legal department
  • Innate curiosity, desire and ability to learn rapidly
  • Resiliency and comfort serving as a trusted business partner
  • Quick adopter of new and evolving technology
  • A team player with a sense of humor and self awareness


Nice to have:

  • Big Law and Fintech startup experience


What We Offer You: 

  • Competitive salary and stock option plan
  • 100% paid coverage of medical, dental and vision insurance 
  • Flexible PTO 
  • Learning stipend for personal growth and development 
  • Paid parental leave
  • Health & wellness initiatives
  • Relocation expenses (if appropriate)

The compensation range of this position in San Francisco, CA is USD $200,000- $230,000 annually plus equity and benefits. Within this range, an individual's base pay will be dependent on a variety of factors, including without limitation, job-related knowledge, skills, education, and experience.

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Notice to California-based Candidates for Employment. This California Candidate Privacy Notice is intended to provide information about how Upgrade collects and uses personal information to California consumers who apply for employment with Upgrade If you are employed by Upgrade, refer to the Employee Handbook for additional information. For any questions about this notice, please contact ccpa@upgrade.com.

 

Personal Information Upgrade Collects:

Identifiers Including name, address, email, telephone number, social security number, driver license number, passport number, and other personal identifying information. Characteristics of protected classifications under California or federal law, including demographic information and other personal information obtained during the application process, such as gender, race, national origin. Professional or employment-related information, such as salary/compensation and benefits packages, other relocation or job preferences, prior background, experience, skills, and other information in support of your application, reference information, other information obtained through background checks, including employment, credit, and criminal history. Education Information. Any other information you provide as a part of  recruitment, job application, or interview process. 

 

Purposes for Collecting Personal Information:

To consider qualifications, skills, and interest for employment. To communicate with you during the recruitment and interview process. To conduct background checks and verify your information if you are offered employment. To provide compensation, including payroll, and  administer stock options and benefits, including medical, dental, vision, commuter, and retirement benefits. To provide human resources services and conduct performance evaluations. To monitor work eligibility including work-related licenses, credentials, training, and eligibility to work in the United States. To improve recruitment and interview processes and  ensure a safe and efficient working environment. To comply with applicable legal or regulatory requirements including state and federal company reporting obligations.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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