Head of Global Regulatory Affairs at Affirm

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Affirm is reinventing credit to make it more honest and friendly, giving consumers the flexibility to buy now and pay later without any hidden fees or compounding interest.

Affirm seeks an outstanding legal leader who can manage multiple responsibilities and tasks in a fast-paced and high-growth environment.  The ideal candidate will possess an executive presence that will make them effective and persuasive in dealing with and building relationships with senior management, business executives, regulators, government officials, and customers. This person will help Affirm build scalable tools and processes to sustain a fast-growing global business and will have a proven track record of dealing with complicated policy issues and crafting effective solutions. We are seeking someone with a strong substantive background in key legal policy frameworks relevant to financial services, including lending, payments, privacy, banking, and technology.

What You Will Do

  • Lead, counsel and oversee the Affirm legal team involvement with important policy issues affecting Affirm’s lending business and technologies
  • In partnership with CEO and CLO, develop and drive Affirm’s regulatory policy agenda, including principles and policies relating to consumer protection, artificial intelligence, fintech regulation, credit and privacy
  • Actively engage with, facilitate and maintain relationships on policy issues with regulatory agencies and government officials, customers, suppliers and other policy constituencies
  • Deliver pragmatic, opportune, and business-oriented counsel to Affirm’s various clients, customers and internal stakeholders
  • Help manage Affirm’s involvement in policy-oriented trade associations, involving senior management, legal department colleagues and others, as appropriate
  • Communicate with senior management, legal department colleagues and others on public affairs initiatives and policy initiatives
  • Work cross functionally to ensure that policy initiatives are aligned with current and future corporate strategy initiatives; actively monitor and engage with relevant external resources to ensure that Affirm is informed of and well positioned to respond to policy developments
  • Help counsel business units on policy implications from business initiatives
  • Supervise outside counsel and consultants
  • Serve as member of the Chief Legal Officer’s senior leadership team and drive strategic planning and coordinate special projects for the legal department

What We Look For

  • JD from a recognized U.S. law school and licensed to practice in California, or eligible for in-house registration
  • 12+ years’ broad based experience with a leading financial services or technology company
  • Proven executive leader as Associate General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel or General Counsel
  • Excellent leadership skills in a high growth environment; a track record of driving for results and building high performing teams
  • Excellent drafting and communication skills
  • Superior business judgment and the ability to address complex opportunities and issues in creative and effective ways
  • Ability to see around corners to identify opportunities and issues in our space and participate fully with the business teams charting future directions
  • Significant experience influencing and leading teams on complex legal and policy issues is highly valued as is experience counseling global organizations on policy and compliance issues
  • Detail-orientation and ability to balance competing priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously under deadline pressure
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to create and sustain lasting relationships with customers, government officials, policy constituencies and management
  • Excellent judgment and sense of humor
  • Ability to deliver in a demanding and entrepreneurial environment in a timely manner
 
Location
 
We’re excited to announce that Affirm is now a remote-first company! This role can be located anywhere in the U.S. Remote based employees may occasionally travel to an Affirm office for meetings or team building events. Our offices in San Francisco, New York City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Salt Lake City will remain operational and accessible for anyone to use on a voluntary basis.
 
Please note that visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
 
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If you got to this point, we hope you're feeling excited about the job description you just read. Even if you don't feel that you meet every single requirement, we still encourage you to apply. We're eager to meet people that believe in Affirm's mission and can contribute to our team in a variety of ways – not just candidates who check all the boxes.
 
At Affirm, "People Come First" is a core value and that’s why diversity and inclusion are vital to our priorities as an equal opportunity employer. You can read about our D&I program here and our progress thus far in our 2019 D&I report.
 
We also believe “It’s On Us” to provide an inclusive interview experience for all, including people with disabilities. We are happy to provide reasonable accommodations to candidates in need of individualized support during the hiring process.
 
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Technology we use

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Location

Affirm's office is located in San Francisco's Financial District with close access to great coffee, restaurants, and bars.

What are Affirm Perks + Benefits

Affirm Benefits Overview

We’re excited to announce that Affirm is now a remote-first company! The majority of our roles can be accomplished anywhere in the U.S. and Canada (with the exception of Quebec). While most Affirmers will have the option to choose a remote-first accommodation, our offices in San Francisco, New York City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Salt Lake City will remain operational and accessible for anyone to use on a voluntary basis.

For this new way of working, we’re thrilled to introduce a dynamic and competitive compensation model and total rewards package that complements our remote-first work style. Affirm’s 2021 benefits will allow flexibility for Affirmers to customize their experience by selecting benefits based on their individual needs and preferences to be successful from almost anywhere -- continuing to lean into our value of “People Come First”.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Affirm Cares is a 501(C)3 employee foundation dedicated to supporting nonprofit causes in our communities.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Our Diversity and Inclusion Council is comprised of Affirmers from across all organizations and levels working together to build towards a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Affirm supports paid parental leave for periods of disability and for baby bonding.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Affirm provides leaves of absences for eligible employees under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA).
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

Check out Affirm's 2020 DEI Report here: http://bit.ly/affirmdei2020

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