Managing Counsel



Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023

✨ One platform, a whole world of opportunity

Right now, the best jobs are limited to people in a handful of the world’s wealthiest cities, yet brilliant people are everywhere. Driven to overturn the status quo and distribute opportunities equally around the world, Oyster launched its global employment platform to help companies hire, pay, and care for talent anywhere.

When it comes to global employment, we walk the walk. We’re proof that companies don't need an office to create a highly-engaged culture. Since the company’s inception in January 2020, Oyster has:

🌏 Created a fully-distributed, vibrant team of 500+ employees across 60+ countries
🌈 Established a diverse leadership team and an employee base that’s 60% female
🏆 Achieved one of the highest employee engagement scores in its class
🦄 Raised $150 million in Series C funding at a valuation of over $1 billion!

Our momentum speaks to the power of global employment—and we’re just getting started! If you want to change the world with Oyster and be empowered to work remotely while doing so, we’d love for you to apply!

The Role 👩‍💻

Location: While this position is posted in a specific location, all of Oyster’s positions are fully remote and you can work from home. Forever.

To create the best experience for our new hire (you?!) this role does require that you are based within -6 / +3 UTC.

What you'll do…

Oyster is looking for a Managing Counsel to contribute to Oyster's growth to become the world leader in global distributed working. Reporting to the Sr. Managing Counsel, your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing advice and counsel to support Sales, Finance and other internal teams regarding commercial contracts and a variety of legal issues;
  • Managing a team of attorneys and legal specialists;
  • Reviewing contracts to ensure compliance with Oyster policies;
  • Preparing and supporting the legal terms that underpin our new and existing products, creating easy-to-digest collateral;
  • Participating in company quarterly planning process, including stack-ranking requests from cross-functional partners, and department and team-wide goal setting;
  • Managing commercial disputes and providing sound practical guidance to the business;
  • Working with external partners, including vendors, law firms, insurance brokers and the like; and
  • Supporting our Platform and Products teams in building a scalable, marketable, and successful technology platform.

The role will require that you bring a balanced, practical and commercial lens to everything you do. You will need to be flexible, think on your feet and outside-the-box. We are looking for someone who is a strong communicator and who is willing to work as a true collaborator with a team that is focused on succeeding together to deliver a common goal.

What we're looking for 📜

  • Juris Doctorate or other qualified lawyer with at least 7 years experience as a fully licenced, practicing attorney
  • Experience in corporate advisory and in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements
  • Experience managing commercial disputes and litigation - bonus if you have done so in a corporate legal department.
  • 2-3 years of managing people
  • Capable of explaining complex legal theory, terminology, and issues in easy-to-understand language for digestion by Oyster Team Members and Customer Companies
  • A passion for and experience in tackling and solving difficult and varied legal issues
  • Excellent analytical, communication, and research skills
  • Understands Oyster’s goals and is able to apply a practical and commercial lens to legal problems in order to solve issues and achieve results.
  • Proficient in Google Suite of products (Gmail, Google Doc, Google Sheets)
  • A strong communicator who works for not only their own success, but the success of the team.
  • Can do a lot with minimal resources and supervision
  • Positive attitude and ability to work in a fast-paced, high-output, team-oriented, practical environment
  • Demonstrates the ability to learn new things, work on a variety of issues and work under pressure in order to add value to the company
  • Courteous, flexible, highly organized, competent, reliable, proactive, and uses independent judgment
  • Understands the goals of Oyster and is willing to apply a practical and commercial lens to legal problems in order to solve issues and achieve results.
  • A good sense of humor and willingness to assist others no matter how small the task
  • Be competent. Be unquestionably ethical. Have humility. Work hard. Celebrate wins.
  • Experience with remote work
  • [BONUS] Prior experience supporting a growing sales function
  • [BONUS] Prior experience working with tech or SaaS companies
  • [BONUS] Work in commercial disputes or M&A
  • [BONUS] Experience with a Contract Lifecycle Management system preferred (e.g., Ironclad, SAP CLM, Avvoka, Conga, or the like)
  • [BONUS] Familiarity with Notion and Asana
  • [BONUS] Electronic signature software experience preferred (e.g., HelloSign, DocuSign)

You'll also need...

  • A reliable home internet connection (or be able to get one)
  • Fluent English language

🦪 How we work together at Oyster

Our values guide the work we do, the decisions we make, and the culture that makes us special. We elevate talent. 🙌 We build trust. 🤝 We thrive together. 🌍

Our mission is to create a more equal world—one global hire at a time. Everything we do ladders up to our mission—and that doesn’t just mean building software. We develop programs, participate in workshops, and create dedicated teams to ensure we successfully support companies and knowledge workers in this new world of work.

We embrace asynchronous communication and collaborative work—and we share how we work in the Oyster Public HQ —to help other global teams learn from our experiences.

💌 How YOU work

Different countries have different statutory benefits, different cultures have different norms, and different people have different needs! In order to best support and encourage our diverse team, we’ve created How YOU Work; a program of policies, practices, and perks to support your whole human experience as an employee at Oyster.

  • Work from anywhere: Oyster is a borderless, HQ-less company. As long as your work gets done on time, your team has the support they need, and you're authorized to work where you live, the world is truly your Oyster.
  • Paid time off: We’re all about taking breaks—we all need it. Oyster provides employees with 40 days off each year, which includes public/bank holidays and vacation/holiday leave (unless your country mandates more).
  • Mental health support: We consider your mental health a top priority. We offer access to Plumm, a mental well-being service, to support your mental health.
  • Wellbeing allowance: Each month, Oyster will top up your Juno wallet with a wellbeing allowance. Juno Points can be applied to anything that helps you show up to work as your best self, whether that’s your internet bill, a class, gym membership, or houseplants. The choices are endless!
  • Flexible parental leave: Families are created in lots of different ways. Our parental leave policy applies to all employees who are becoming parents, regardless of how they become a parent. Oysters are eligible for a minimum of three months of paid parental leave and your job will be held for 12 months (or longer if required by local jurisdiction).
  • WFH stipend: $3000 stipend to spend on your laptop and any other equipment you need for your home office; we'll get you up and running in no time!

✨ The best jobs should be available to everyone

At Oyster, we celebrate a variety of perspectives and experiences and we’ve intentionally built our product and our company with an inclusive, global mindset. We know from experience that people from underrepresented groups often don’t apply for roles they don’t feel they meet all the criteria for. We’re committed to elevating talent by creating a trust-based environment where we can all thrive together. So if you think you have what it takes, but don’t necessarily check every single box, please consider applying. We’d love to hear how you might contribute to our mission and our team.

Our available positions are published on our careers page and should you be invited to interview with us, our recruitment team will only ever contact you directly from an @oysterhr.com email address. If you receive a suspicious email relating to opportunities at Oyster from any other email domain, where someone is claiming to be a part of our recruitment team, we encourage you to submit a report through our Compliance and Ethics Helpline.