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MasterCard Senior Managing Counsel in Waterloo, Belgium

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Job Title

Senior Managing Counsel

The appointed person will be the lead of the regional legal team which currently consists of 9 colleagues. The team oversees the legal needs of the Europe Region which covers 44 countries and the appointed person will be responsible for all legal aspects of the Europe Region, and will furthermore focus on managing the team. The function reports into the Deputy General Counsel, Europe. The appointed person will be expected to make a significant contribution to the successful management and will partner growth of the business. There is some travel associated with the position. Mastercard has its Regional Headquarters in Waterloo, Belgium and its Global Headquarters in New York. The position is based in Waterloo, Belgium or London, UK.

Job responsibilities

• Generally responsible for all legal matters in the Europe Region.

• Very strong people manager.

• Support the business with achieving its commercial and strategic objectives.

• Assist the Divisional management teams in managing and mitigating legal and commercial risks.

• Member of the LFI Europe management team.

• Lead several members of the team who may be geographically disperse. Responsibilities include overseeing daily workloads and assignment of projects as well as managing the careers of others through coaching, mentoring and consistent feedback.

• Work together with the other members of the LFI team both in Europe and the rest of the world in view of delivering an outstanding service to the business in a spirit of an integrated and streamlined approach which fits both into the local/regional and global strategy.

• Manage external legal counsels in the assigned countries.

• Monitor legislative developments in the assigned countries.

• Work together with and assist other departments as required, both on a local/regional and a global level such as but not limited to Finance, Franchise, Risk Management as well as their assigned functional in-house counsels.

• Conduct local training/monitoring of global LFI team policies such as contracts policy training.

• Legal work includes drafting, review and negotiation of a wide variety of commercial contracts with clients and suppliers, as well as corporate law, employment law, consumer protection and marketing rules and regulations, government contracting, etc.

Selection Criteria


• Law degree;

• any additional qualifications including on an international level are an asset.

Essential Knowledge/Experience/Attributes

• Extensive relevant post-qualification experience in general commercial legal matters in a reputable law firm and/or as in-house lawyer, preferably in the financial services, banking or technology sector; Experience in providing legal support to US organizations and experience in IT law considered an asset.

• Fluent in English (both orally as in writing); any additional European languages will be considered an asset.

• Must have a strategic mindset and be able to effectively discuss with and advise senior management regarding complex matters or challenging situations

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

• The candidate should have a positive “can do it“ attitude, be stress resistant and ready to go the extra mile

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

• Thorough, meticulous and attention to detail but nevertheless able to prioritize, focus on the important rather than just urgent matters and get the job done.

• Good commercial judgment and creative approach to problem-solving

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.​

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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-147408