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Join our growing Legal team. 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 lead corporate transactions and manage corporate governance for the Company and its global corporate structure. 

As Corporate Counsel, you’ll join a small and mighty global team and report to the General Counsel. You will partner with executives and senior business leaders to ensure the Company’s compliance with securities regulations, negotiate strategic transactions for the Company, lead integration of newly acquired businesses and business lines, and lead corporate governance for the Company and its global corporate structure.

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

You will:

Lead M&A, Strategic Transactions & Integration: 

  • Review and negotiate strategic transactions (M&A; complex commercial agreements) including negotiation and review of all definitive deal documents and diligence (SPAs, APAs, ancillaries (escrow agreements, paying agent agreements and other related transactional agreements); disclosure schedules)
  • Conduct and oversee due diligence in M&A and strategic transactions
  • Supervise outside counsel and effectively manage their costs
  • Partner with Executives and senior business leaders to explore acquisition and investment prospects and to execute transactions
  • Advise, support and coach the business on risk, negotiating points and agreement structures in strategic transactions
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and business partner across the company by providing counsel and guidance for accomplishing Flexport’s overall business objectives
  • Lead legal integration of newly acquired companies and business product lines post-closing of strategic acquisitions

Lead Corporate Governance Function: 

  • Lead the corporate governance & entity management function for all corporate entities globally (board & shareholder resolutions & actions; annual filings; management of registered agent; etc)
  • Coordinate with & manage in-house paralegals and external registered agents and reporting services in the corporate governance functions

Lead Regulatory and SEC Reporting:

  • Lead all Exchange Act matters, including SEC reporting, registration statements, proxy statements, matters relating to annual shareholder meeting
  • Lead all public listing requirements, whether FINRA, NASDAQ, NYSE listing and governance
  • Liaise with and advise Investor Relations, Public Relations and Communications teams on periodic SEC reporting and other projects
  • Manage all insider trading compliance, including Section 16 and 10b5-1 trading plans
  • Work with People team, Finance team and Stock Admin team on equity compensation matters including all SEC reporting
  • Board of Directors support (including D&O Questionnaires, reviews of conflicts of interest, etc.)
  • Support Tax team, Finance team & Controller in annual financial audits and various global business projects (including corporate restructuring, expansion, various inter-company agreements)
You should have: 
  • JD and bar admission to practice
  • Minimum 4+ years of law firm experience in corporate and securities matters, with at least 2+ years in a major US law firm
  • Public company reporting experience and knowledge of 1933 and 1934 Acts, Reg FD and SEC and NYSE rules applicable to publicly-traded companies
  • Experience in capital markets, public company counsel, public or private M&A; public company corporate governance matters; specific experience with technology transactions and IP issues is a plus
  • In-house experience is ideal but not required; in-house at a technology company is a plus
  • Impeccable written and oral communication skills, and extremely high attention to detail
  • Excellent legal and business judgment
  • A passion for closing deals
  • Ability to assess risk and provide sound, commercially-minded legal advice to Executives and senior business leaders on structure of M&A transactions
  • The ability to work on your own and prioritize multiple, often competing deliverables while managing expectations and meeting deadlines
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate effectively and gain trust and confidence with personnel at many different levels
  • The ability to work as a team player of the legal department in a scalable, autonomous and accountable manner, demonstrating flexibility across deal types and time zones
  • Excitement for interacting with both internal clients & colleagues, as well as external parties (counsel, strategic partners, auditors, regulators, investors, principals at potential targets), while addressing complex issues in an accurate, clear, and thorough manner
About Flexport:

We believe global trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global trade easier for everyone. We aim to do this by building the Operating System for Global trade - a strategic model combining advanced technology and data analytics, logistics infrastructure, and supply chain expertise. Flexport today connects almost 10,000 clients and suppliers across 116 countries, including established global brands like Georgia-Pacific as well as emerging innovators like Sonos. Started in 2013, we've raised over $1.3B in funding from SoftBank Vision Fund, Founders Fund, GV, First Round Capital and Y Combinator. We’re excited about the three big ways we’re moving forward after our $1B investment from SoftBank Vision Fund in February 2019.

Worried about not having any freight forwarding experience?

Don’t be! Many of us were once in your shoes. 

Global trade is an infinitely fascinating but highly complex industry, where purchasing decisions are made every day rather than on an annually recurring basis. Don’t worry, you won’t need to become the world’s expert on ocean freight (we already hired that guy). We’ll look to you to apply your deep understanding of our key audiences, the funnel, and how to meet a digitally connected audience where they are. 

It’s incredibly important for us to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move this industry forward. Flexport is on a mission to make global trade easier for everyone because we believe it can help connect the world and break down economic barriers.

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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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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