Commercial Counsel, Marketing

| Chicago
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The opportunity:

Flexport helps more than 10,000 clients and suppliers lead all aspects of their supply chain operations. Started in 2013, we've raised over $1.3BN from investors that include Founders Fund, Google Ventures, First Round Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Y Combinator, DST & Softbank. 

With 1,500+ employees in three continents, our team is as global as our client base and we’re excited to continue building a product and service they love. Wherever you are, whichever role you play, you’re guaranteed to share your day with committed, encouraging, and resourceful team members. 

The Legal department has grown alongside the business and we're looking for the next addition to our legal team -- a great lawyer who will support our global brand, marketing and communications teams as well as be the primary legal business partner to our flexport.org team in its sustainability and international humanitarian relief efforts. 

As Commercial Counsel, you’ll join a small and mighty global team and report to the Head of the US Commercial Legal Team. You will partner with executives and senior business leaders to ensure the Company’s compliance with all applicable regulations in its marketing, brand, and outbound sales strategy, as well as all applicable legal and regulatory issues as we expand our sustainability and humanitarian efforts.

This role is a great opportunity for someone with a passion for technology, excellent problem-solving skills, and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment that requires cross-functional collaboration across the legal and business teams.

You will:
  • Support Flexport’s Marketing Team in its global marketing strategy
  • Advise on marketing and advertising compliance in the US; liaise with Europe and Asia legal team as necessary to ensure consistency of legal advice provided to brand, marketing, PR, and communications team enterprise-wide
  • Advise the global marketing team in legal and regulatory issues for advertising and promotional initiatives
  • Advise clients in structuring complex commercial transactions, including partnership agreements and a broad range of agreements in support of the marketing teams and flexport.org teams
  • Advise teams on international contests and sweepstakes
  • Advise sales teams on compliance with regulations for all outbound sales efforts, including TCPA and CASL; and liaising with the Asia and Europe legal teams as necessary to ensure compliance with applicable laws in those jurisdictions 
  • Provide legal review of marketing content for internal and external audiences, and partner with the marketing team to design and implement scalable processes for legal review of marketing content across all channels -- website, social media, press releases, product announcements, events, sales collateral and more
  • Support and coach marketing team in drafting, negotiating and review of commercial agreements entered into with third party vendors that support the Company’s marketing strategy
  • Draft, negotiate and review various types of agreements for a multitude of business teams across the Company with a focus on IT and data privacy contracts (third party vendor and service provider agreements, statements of work, and master service agreements)
  • Advise a multitude of business teams on risk, negotiating points and agreement structures
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and business partner across the company by providing counsel and guidance for accomplishing Flexport’s overall business objectives
  • Work closely with our internal product, business and compliance teams, as well as with external advisors and experts
  • Manage projects effectively with a team-oriented approach
  • Co-develop standard operating procedures, templates and policies for the Legal Department and the sales, marketing, and growth teams
  • Proactively identify opportunities for improving processes in Flexport’s legal operations, as we continue to scale through incredible growth
You should have:
  • JD and bar admission to practice
  • 3+ years of professional experience
  • In-house experience supporting sales, commercial and/or marketing teams
  • Experience managing a team is a plus
  • Practical experience and solid knowledge of commercial and contract law
  • The substantive experience and know-how of handling privacy and data protection topics in and out of the commercial contract context
  • A passion for closing deals
  • The ability to work on your own and prioritize multiple, often competing for deliverables while managing expectations meeting deadlines
  • The ability to work quickly and carefully to meet aggressive turnaround times 
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate effectively and gain trust and confidence with personnel at many different levels
  • Ability to work as a team member of the legal department in a scalable, autonomous and accountable manner, demonstrating flexibility across Company marketing strategies globally, various deal types and time zones
  • Excellent communication skills to interact with both internal departments and external business clients while addressing complex issues in an accurate, clear, and thorough manner
About Flexport:

We believe trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easy for everyone. Flexport is building the platform for global logistics, empowering buyers, sellers and their logistics partners with the technology and services to grow and innovate. Today, companies of all sizes—from emerging brands to Fortune 500s—use Flexport technology to move more than $10B of merchandise across 112 countries every year. 

Worried about not having any logistics experience? 

Don’t be! Our mission is to make global trade easy for everyone. That’s why it’s important to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the global logistics industry forward.

We know this industry is complex. That’s why we invest in education starting day one with Flexport Academy, a one week intensive onboarding program designed specifically to set every new Flexport employee up for success. 

At Flexport, our ability to fulfill our mission of making global trade easy for everyone relies on having a diverse, dedicated and engaged workforce. That is why Flexport is committed to creating and nurturing an environment where anyone can be their authentic self. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, health status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
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    • JavascriptLanguages
    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
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    • ConfluenceManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • MailChimpEmail

Location

We're located near tons of restaurants and only a 10-minute walk from 3 parks!

An Insider's view of Flexport

What’s the vibe like in the office?

The people in this office are the cream of the crop. They’re down to earth and razor-sharp. You could go up to anyone in the office, ask them a question, and they will stop whatever they were doing and help you out every time.

Victoria

SMB, Account Executive

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

We are solving the extreme complexity and opacity of trucking coordination and execution in international supply chains. We bring visibility and control to our customers while also reducing operational overhead.

Uri

Director, Engineering

What makes someone successful on your team?

Ownership. Our company is growing quickly and the surface area of our product is growing quickly as well. The strongest contributors identify important projects and see them through completely. They are proactive from the initial research and design phases to the post-launch productive monitoring. As Flexport grows, they emerge as natural leaders.

Max

Senior Staff Engineer

How does your team reward individual success?

Every team member's accomplishments are integral to their peers' success which, in turn, stimulates each of us to celebrate each others wins and nominate one another for projects and roles that facilitate unparalleled career development.

Ellen

Solutions Consultant

What are Flexport Perks + Benefits

Flexport Benefits Overview

Flexport is an employee forward company. We know that life comes first and want you to take the time you need with our flexible paid time off program. We offer 100% covered health, vision, and dental insurance, 401K, performance bonuses, stock with a 10-year tax option, commuter benefits, a generous maternity (18 weeks with a phase back program that offers reduced hours and flexible schedule during their first month back) and paternity leave (8 weeks), free lunch and snacks, dog-friendly offices, pay equity, career advancement, and more.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Flexport's flexible PTO policy allows employees to take as many days off as they need, providing they get manager approval.
Paid Volunteer Time
Flexport encourages employees to give back with paid volunteer time off up to 10 hours per year.
Paid Holidays
Flexport gives all full-time employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Flexport offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all full-time employees.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Flexport provides catered lunches Monday - Friday and stocks our kitchen with breakfast foods for employees to enjoy in the morning.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Recreational Clubs
Relocation Assistance
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program

Additional Perks + Benefits

We're proud that we collectively speak over 40 languages and live on 3 continents. We strive to create a workplace where candidates, employees, and all community members within Flexport’s ecosystem of connected organizations are encouraged to share their stories, celebrate their cultures, and learn from one another. Joining Flexport means joining a truly global community.

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