Head of Legal

Employer
Hyperexponential Ltd
Location
London
Salary
Competitive
Posted
May 16, 2024
Closes
May 20, 2024
Practice
Litigation
Position
Trademark Agent
Contract Type
Permanent
Mission

Creating an environment where all hxers can thrive and perform to the limit of their potential has always been incredibly important to our Founders; our success is built on our market– defining product instinct and vision, but also the outsize achievements of our incredible people. In addition to building a world–leading enterprise product, we want to build a world–leading company.

The shared mission of our central functions team is to be the backbone enablinghxand it's people to deliver greatness'. hyperexponential is an innovative, high–growth, data–driven company and it needs enablement functions to match.

The Central Functions at hyperexponential are:

1. Employee centric: Our policies, processes and practices empower hxers with the tools and skills they need to do their best work and support a high–performance culture of self–motivated success.

2. Commercially astute: We collaborate with all business functions ensuring our work is deeply informed by the customer & commercial implications, and contribute directly to the company's strategic goals.

3. Technology & Data driven: We adopt the latest cloud technologies and automation to ensure all our work is scalable, efficient and well controlled. We use data and insights to inform decision making and support a culture of continuous improvement.

4. Forward–Looking: We proactively anticipate future business needs, strategically preparing the groundwork on which the company can build sustainable growth.

5. Growth–Minded: We value feedback and learning and embrace challenges as opportunities for personal and organizational development, fostering a culture of resilience and curiosity.

Mission of the Legal Function:

This new function will drive growth for the company by strategically partnering with senior leaders across all functions to provide business savvy legal advice. Our work goes deeper than traditional legal, risk and compliance departments as we empower decision–makers with customer and employee centric, practical support that illuminates the path to sustainable value creation, ensuring they can navigate the future with confidence.

The Head of Legal will play a pivotal role in shaping and executing our strategy, ensuring the alignment of our policies, processes and practices with the company's mission, values, and growth aims. This position requires an experienced legal professional with a proven track record in building and scaling operations in fast–paced, high–growth environments

Your Mission as Head of Legal

In this newly created role your mission will be:

Partnering with business leaders: Engage directly with our leaders in the business and provide specialist support across the business to promote efficient and sound business processes and practices, risk–informed decision–making, effective risk mitigation, accountability and compliance with relevant regulations and policies;

Strategically managing risk to protect the business's key assets: Develop a maturity framework for the effective management of business, technology and information risks, issues and opportunities and own the roadmap to deliver results; and

Creating scalable operations that align to our culture and values: Design and build the policies, processes and practices to manage commercial contracts (customer, partner, vendor, employee etc) and cross functional programmes in your remit.

This role offers a unique chance for professional growth, providing high levels of ownership, flexibility and the opportunity to make a significant impact. You will gain a deep understanding of all aspects of a rapidly growing international technology business and work collaboratively with senior leaders across the company. This is a new speciality within Central Functions and you will work directly for our Chief Operating Officer, Emma Kelly.

This is a rare opportunity to assume responsibility for a function that is still nascent, yet generate impact across the whole company. For the right person, this is an exceptional path for personal professional development, within a business with an exceptional track–record and trajectory to becoming a world–leading business with a multi–billion dollar enterprise value.

Key Responsibilities

This is an outstanding opportunity for a strong, business–orientated legal practitioner to play a significant role as the first legal appointment at the company.

Given this is a new department, the ideal candidate will be instrumental in defining and shaping the role's responsibilities, aligning them with our evolving business needs and strategic vision. We anticipate the following areas of responsibility to be key:

Legal, risk and compliance:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive program of work that aligns with our overall business goals and risk tolerance

  • As sole legal counsel, you will oversee all legal matters, provide strategic legal advice, and ensure compliance with relevant laws and regulations

  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure the company's compliance with applicable laws and regulations across all markets we operate in

  • Partner closely with teams across the business to ensure that legal and risk considerations are integrated into all aspects of the business

  • Manage contract review for all commercial contracts (Customer, supplier, partner, employment etc)

IT and Informational Security:

  • Oversight of Information Security, including management of the Information Security Manager and our outsourced Managed Services Provider for IT

Programme management:

  • Manage expectations of key internal stakeholders and provide employee education for key programmes for which you are responsible

  • Oversee management of vendor lifecycle; from due diligence to ongoing compliance monitoring, ensuring all partners meet our requirements on compliance, data privacy, and cost–effectiveness.

  • Working with other stakeholders, support the development and roll out of ESG related programmes, with a focus on governance, including policies, procedures, KPIs and reporting frameworks, ensuring compliance with applicable regulations

Company secretarial:

  • Establish internal company secretarial support and/or manage outsource provider

  • Administer employee incentive schemes

Process Improvement and System Implementation:

  • Be an advocate of the broader Function's goal for continuous improvement using data and system automation, including the adoption of new tools to support risk and compliance.

Key Requirements:

Legal Background:

  • 6–10 years post qualification with a mix of law firm and in house experience

  • Experience as a legal professional in technology or related industries, ideally in a company experiencing significant rapid growth

  • Experience in information security, intellectual property, data protection and privacy

Leadership and Management:

  • Proven ability to provide strategic legal advice to senior executives and C–Suite

  • Ability to develop and deliver training programs to educate employees on legal and compliance matters, fostering a culture of awareness and adherence.

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) for effective team collaboration, capable of building strong relationships at all levels and conveying complex topics to diverse audiences within the organisation and proven ability to collaborate with cross–functional teams, including finance, IT, operations, and human resources.

  • Experience managing outside counsel or outside consultants

Risk Management & Regulatory Compliance:

  • Ability to develop and implement risk management frameworks.

  • In–depth knowledge of relevant laws and regulations in the technology sector.

  • Proven track record of ensuring company compliance with industry standards and managing major certification or assessment efforts

  • Familiarity with conducting internal reviews and implementing corrective actions.

Contract Negotiation and Drafting:

  • Extensive experience in negotiating and drafting various contracts, including technology agreements, licensing agreements, and data privacy contracts.

  • Ability to balance legal requirements with business aims.

Interview Process
  • Initial call with our Talent team

  • Interview with Hiring Manager

  • Case Study interview

  • Values interview

  • Offer