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(NY) New York, Associate Counsel, Global Corporate Payments - American Express


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Our mission is to protect and strengthen American Express through legal expertise and strategic advice that helps our business partners manage risk, identify opportunities, and deliver on the company’s promise of exceptional products and services. Given the dynamic nature of the global payments industry and the valued partnership between our team and the business, we see it as imperative to attract and develop talented people by: 
  • Providing rich work experiences and opportunities for professional development
  • Recognizing and rewarding those who drive and deliver results
  • Respecting and valuing diversity, integrity, and personal accountability
 Role & Responsibilities:
This Associate Counsel/Legal Manager position provides legal support to the Global Corporate Payments (GCP) business. GCP builds and maintains relationships with companies by providing a broad range of card programs, expense management tools, and cross-border payment solutions to help customers around the world manage their business spending. The position will support the client sales, account management and risk management teams at all levels in drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements with large and sophisticated companies. The position requires a skilled attorney or paralegal with demonstrated experience in contract and commercial law.
Job responsibilities:
  • Working with legal and business partners to support the drafting of client agreements with mid-size and large companies, including advising on compliance, contract interpretation, and other issues relating to client programs
  • Providing support and guidance to the Global Dollar Card portfolio within GCP, which are USD denominated card products offered in 150 markets outside the U.S., in the negotiation of agreements, maintenance of referral agreements, card remittance agreements, review of marketing material and cross-border product alignment, and legal assessment of local legal and regulatory requirements
  • Interacting, liaising, and coordinating with global business teams and clients in various regions
  • Partnering with GCP Credit Risk Management Team in implementation of various initiatives related to underwriting, credit monitoring, prospecting and corporate bankruptcies
  • Providing support and guidance to GCP Privacy Team and participate with the Enterprise Incident Response Program and Chief Information Security Office in handling matters related to security incidents and remediation actions for GCP
Minimum qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3+ years of work experience involving contract and commercial law, contract drafting and negotiation in a corporate setting or a private transactional legal practice 
Preferred qualifications: 
  • J.D. and qualified to practice law in relevant jurisdiction (Candidates with this qualification will be given the title of Associate Counsel; those without it will be given the title of Legal Manager.)
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize competing demands while maintaining high attention to detail and meeting deadlines
  • Ability to communicate complex issues clearly and persuasively, in both oral and written format
  • Ability to build relationships and partner with others to drive results 
  • Capacity to be agile and pivot appropriately when challenged with new information or evolving circumstances
  • Proficiency in speaking and reading Spanish