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MasterCard Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Our Purpose

We work to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. We cultivate a culture of inclusion (https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/vision/who-we-are/diversity-inclusion.html) for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results.

Job Title

Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs

Who is Mastercard?

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart, and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments, and businesses realize their greatest potential.

Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

Overview

The Global Regulatory Affairs team is looking for a Senior Counsel Regulatory Affairs to liaise with key regulators and law enforcement officials for the purpose of preventing or minimizing the impact of adverse regulations on the company’s profitability. The ideal candidate is passionate about regulatory engagaments, highly motivated, intellectually curious, analytical, and possesses an entrepreneurial mindset. This position will report to the Senior Managing Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Middle East Africa (“MEA”) based in Johannesburg. This position is part of the Global Regulatory team from a functional perspective and MEA legal team from a regional perspective

Role

The Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Middle East and Africa role will assist in managing various regulatory matters arising in the MEA region of Mastercard. This individual will:

• Support the development and execution of regulatory strategy in the region

• Proactively engage with central banks across the region to advance Mastercard’s business strategy across markets

• Engage on the timely submission of regulatory filings/submission and develop responses to requests in accordance with internal processes and procedures

• Guide the organization by providing regulatory advice on various matters arising at the individual country level as well as the region level

• Participate in multi dimensional projects across business units/regions, successfully navigating throughout the organization by partnering effectively with individuals from other departments and delivering results

• Participate in the defense of the company in proceedings or quasi- proceedings with regulators in the region

• Evaluating and identifying MEA and country level regulatory risk and support the teams with assessing and implementing controls to mitigate risks

• Work in close collaboration with the MEA Public Policy, Data Privacy and Region Counsel teams

All About You

• LLB or JD from an established and reputable law school

• Fluency in English, Arabic (written and spoken) is a requirement. French will be an added advantage

• Excellent written and oral communication skills a must.

• Experience in a regulatory position in a corporation, association or government context and/or as a regulatory attorney in a law firm (preferably in the payments industry, banking or financial services sector)

• Advanced knowledge of financial and/or payments systems and services regulations

• Experience in applying for regulatory licenses

• Proven success in navigating multi-national organizations and operating effectively within a diverse multicultural organization

• Must demonstrate a proactive, time sensitive, results driven approach in carrying out all duties, obligations and responsibilities

Corporate Security Responsibility

Every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security. All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and therefore, it is expected that the successful candidate for this position must:

• Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;

• Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;

• Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and

• Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.

Due to COVID-19, most of our employees are working from home. We’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by phone or video and are onboarding new hires remotely. We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we’re all in this together.

Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.​

If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact reasonable.accommodation@mastercard.com and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

Every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security. All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and therefore, it is expected that the successful candidate for this position must:

• Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;

• Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;

• Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and

• Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.

Requisition ID: R-141996

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