MasterCard Senior Managing Counsel, Products & Innovation in New York City, New York

Who is Mastercard?

We are the global technology company behind the world€™s fastest payments processing network. We are a vehicle for commerce, a connection to financial systems for the previously excluded, a technology innovation lab, and the home of Priceless ®. We ensure every employee has the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and to change lives. We believe as our company grows, so should you. We believe in connecting everyone to endless, priceless possibilities.

Job Title

Senior Managing Counsel, Products & Innovation


Mastercard is a technology company in the financial services industry. We operate the world€™s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, digital wallet providers, merchant, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard€™s Products & Innovation team creates great experiences for consumers and businesses across all channels and devices, allowing our customers to enable commerce in ways that were not possible before.

Mastercard Labs is about the future of commerce. We explore new technology and trends, experiment with new concepts and deliver transformative solutions to drive growth. Through partnership with clients and industry we are supporting the Mastercard vision of a €œworld beyond cash€ and enhancing our brand purpose by:

Researching and experimenting with new and emerging technology

Embrace and understand future use cases

Determine how new technology, data advancements, and both consumer and business trends will impact the business

Experiment in a variety of ways how we can leverage changes to grow our business

Creating new products and revenue streams

Deliver value added services that go beyond the payment

Deliver revenue by partnering with our clients on innovation

Driving a culture of innovation

Support and create innovative programs used throughout Labs and Mastercard as means to enhance and fortify a culture of innovation

Differentiate Labs as a competitive advantage that motivates customers and prospects to choose Mastercard today

Push innovation programs and tools that work into the core way Mastercard develops products


The Senior Managing Counsel for Mastercard Labs will be based in either New York City or Dublin and will report to the Assistant General Counsel, Products & Innovation. This role will be a member of the Global Products & Innovation Legal Leadership Team.

The Products & Innovation legal team provides best-in-class legal counsel in connection with our solutions as they are developed, tested and brought to market with both existing and new customers. We are business relationship managers €“ actively participating in creating the future strategic direction of the global commerce industry through cross functional business teams. We demonstrate personal accountability to help lead the business forward through hands-on engagement, partnership and strategic value creation.

The ideal candidate is a technology and commerce-minded attorney with extensive product development experience who can manage day-to-day legal support for dynamic technologists. The candidate must demonstrate sound business and legal judgement, thrive in a fast-paced environment, with a diverse workload, and have a proven track record of providing pragmatic and proactive legal advice. The candidate must have extensive experience providing both tactical and strategic legal support to executive level business professionals.


Actively participating in the leadership of a team of attorneys who are responsible for global product development and strategy for Products & Innovation

Partner with technology, sales, franchise, marketing, communications and others to develop and launch innovative products and solutions that differentiate Mastercard and meet our customers€™ and cardholders€™ rapidly changing needs

Engage executive level management and assist clients in managing and mitigating legal and commercial risks

Manage tactical and strategic legal support related to products and solutions to drive convergence of physical and digital payments and advance Mastercard€™s corporate objectives

Draft and negotiate a wide range of contracts (including complex technology agreements, customer and vendor agreements) to drive issuer, merchant acceptance and consumer adoption of product solutions through collaboration with digital technology companies, global telecommunications companies, innovative payments startups, merchants, government and financial institutions

Lead the monitoring and evaluation of applicable laws and government regulations affecting the operation and product development of Mastercard€™s business

Inform policy and regulatory positions related to Mastercard€™s products and innovation with relevant internal and external stakeholders

All About You

Law degree from a top-tier university

Significant experience in product development

Professional experience in general commercial legal matters in a reputable international law firm and/or as in-house lawyer for a multinational company, preferably in the financial services, banking or technology sector

Must demonstrate strong leadership skills

Must have a strategic mindset and be able to effectively discuss with and advise executive level management regarding complex legal matters and challenging situations

Must be able to contribute and operate effectively within a diverse multicultural organization

Should have a positive €œcan-do€ attitude, be stress-resistant and ready to go the extra mile

Should be team player who is both organizationally savvy and a strong communicator able to collaborate cross-functionally and across regions

Must be able to work independently

Must be thorough, meticulous and detail-oriented, but nevertheless able to prioritize and focus on the most important matters rather than just the urgent ones

Should exercise good commercial judgement, be solutions-oriented and have a creative approach to problem-solving

Must be experienced with technology and have a strong interest in financial technology and information security issues, including blockchain and artificial intelligence

Be able to think outside the box, and thrive in an environment where we expect the unexpected

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.€‹

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Requisition ID: R-72382