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MasterCard Senior Counsel, Employment Law in Johannesburg, South Africa

Our Purpose

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Job Title

Senior Counsel, Employment Law

Job Posting Title Senior Counsel, Employment Law

Job Description Summary


As Senior Counsel, Employment Law for Mastercard, you will be part of a dynamic and fast-moving culture that has decency at its core and is highly motivated to connect and power an inclusive digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart, and accessible. You will join an experienced and collaborative legal team that provides best-in-class, strategic employment law support on a wide range of issues for our Eastern Europe Middle East and Africa and global businesses that are fueled by 24,000 employees who sit in close to 90 countries. Your solid employment law knowledge, strong counseling experience, willingness to dive into new and emerging issues, and ability to effectively collaborate with your Region Counsel colleagues will be key.

This challenging role, where you will learn new things every day, is based in Johannesburg, South Africa and offers hybrid (in-office/remote) work location options. The position reports into the General Counsel EEMEA and Global Employment Law group in Mastercard’s Law Department and provides direct support to EEMEA Mastercard’s People & Capability (P&C) team.


• Serve as a trusted employment law expert with a global mindset who provides sound, timely, compliant, and practical legal advice that is tailored for Mastercard.

• Ability to offer thoughtful legal advice and counsel on individual employee matters and cross-functional, company-wide programs, projects, and initiatives.

• Counsel on an array of people matters such as: recruiting & hiring, talent acquisition and development; diversity & inclusion; reasonable accommodations; leave management; contingent workforce; global mobility; immigration; performance/discipline management; wage-hour; benefits and compensation; terminations; separation negotiations and agreements; restrictive covenants; job restructurings/reductions in force; employment equity and affirmative action compliance.

• Defend the company and provide strategic direction on attorney demand letters, internal legal investigations, agency charges/complaints, litigation, regulatory inquiries and proceedings; partner closely with and manage outside counsel.

• Negotiate and draft complex employment contracts, offers of employment, agreements, and other employment documents.

• Ability to actively advise (or willingness to learn) on the regional employment and benefits aspects of corporate M&A transactions such as acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures through the due diligence, contract negotiations/signing, deal closing, and integration phases.

• Review, revise, and draft P&C policies and procedures for alignment with local law and company philosophies and objectives.

• Monitor relevant employment law and regulatory developments in order to help P&C develop responsive strategies for the company’s compliance obligations.

• Support and advance the Global Employment Law team’s ability to scale and efficiently deliver high-quality legal advice, learnings, and solutions and global audiences through user-friendly tools, templates, and other resources.

• Assist P&C with developing employee training.

• Benefits and compensation and government contractor experience are a plus.

• Commercial contract negotiation experience or a willingness to learn is helpful.

All About You

• Law degree from accredited law school; member in good standing of the Law Society of South Africa or other recognised bar association.

• Solid employment law experience. Corporate in-house experience and some global exposure preferred.

• Flexible, proactive, team-oriented player who will identify, take on, and champion new and unfamiliar subject matters with an eye toward making lasting positive impact.

• Strong ability to view and analyze issues through a multi-dimensional lens, think proactively and strategically with a solution-oriented mindset, and prioritize what things get done and how.

• Ability to effectively partner with a variety of internal P&C and other stakeholders at multiple levels and across a highly-matrixed global organization.

• Must be able to distinguish and articulate the risks and rewards and help the business move forward and resolve matters thoughtfully, expeditiously, and efficiently.

• Has to be able and motivated to independently handle employment law matters and understand which issues warrant collaboration and escalation.

• Ability to simultaneously manage a heavy workload, pivot to address change, and execute with excellence in a fast-paced team environment.

• Excellent legal and business judgment; top notch analytical, problem-solving and end-to-end execution abilities; highly organized; strong verbal and written communication skills.

COVID-19 Considerations

We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we’re all in this together. In many locations, which may change over time, we’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by video or phone. In addition, in some locations, only individuals who have been fully vaccinated will be permitted inside Mastercard offices until further notice.

In the US, Mastercard is a government contractor, which may legally require most Mastercard employees to be vaccinated unless a verified approved medical or religious exemption is granted. Further, we are currently making every effort towards having employees return to work in the office 2 days per week, if that makes sense for their team. Everyone must be vaccinated to enter Mastercard offices at this time. Therefore, we expect all candidates to be vaccinated or to be approved for a medical or religious accommodation prior to commencing work at Mastercard.

Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and 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-160277