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Head of US Commercial

| Chicago

Join Our Growing Legal TeamThe opportunity:

Due to our rapid global expansion, we're looking for the next addition to our legal team, who will negotiate commercial agreements for teams across the Company, advising and collaborating with personnel across all levels.

This role is a great opportunity for someone with a passion for technology, people management and development, creating department-level and company-level procedures, policies and ways of working together; excellent problem-solving skills; and an ability to thrive in a fast-paced, changing environment.

You will:

  • Lead and manage a diverse group of in-house commercial attorneys across the United States
  • Provide strategic direction on the U.S. commercial legal teams’ delivery model and collaboration models with business teams across the Company
  • Lead the U.S. commercial team in its development of policies and procedures for contract negotiation and review internally within the commercial legal department and in partnership with business teams across the Company
  • Draft, negotiate and review different types of agreements for a multitude of business teams across the Company (third party vendor and service provider agreements, statements of work, and master service agreements); mentor and assist your team in doing the same
  • Advise, support and coach a multitude of business teams on risk, negotiating points and agreement structures with third party vendors; mentor and assist your team in doing the same
  • Serve as a trusted advisor and business partner across the company by providing counsel and guidance for accomplishing Flexport’s overall business objectives
  • Work with finance team and procurement team to design and implement scalable internal processes and procedures to ensure maintenance of contracts repository, global commercial agreement review and approval process, authorized signatory policies, and more

You should have:

  • Experience managing a team (ideally of attorneys and paralegals)
  • JD and bar admission to practice
  • 8 + years of professional experience; in-house experience is strongly preferred
  • Practical experience and solid knowledge of commercial and contract law
  • Comfort with handling the multitude of topics that arise in the commercial contract context such as privacy, data protection, IP rights
  • Knowledge of the transportation, shipping or logistics industries is a plus. Alternatively, a desire and commitment to learning the major commercial issues in the Company’s deals with customers, vendors and third parties
  • A passion for closing deals
  • Ability to work on your own and prioritize multiple, often competing for deliverables while managing expectations meeting deadlines
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to coordinate effectively and gain trust and confidence with personnel at many different levels, especially your direct reports
  • Ability to work as a team member of the legal department in a scalable, autonomous and accountable manner, demonstrating flexibility across 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 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 109 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. Read about three big ways we’re moving forward after our recent $1B investment from SoftBank Vision Fund in February 2019.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
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    • RubyLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
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    • PeriscopeAnalytics
    • AsanaManagement
    • ConfluenceManagement
    • TrelloManagement
    • MailChimpEmail

Location

Come be a part of the founding team in our newest U.S. office! We're located near tons of restaurants and only a 10-minute walk from 3 parks!

An Insider's view of Flexport

What are some social events your company does?

We have a lot! In-house trivia nights, monthly team lunch outings, and TedTalk Tuesdays are some. Our office has good vibes all around.

JIllian

Global Operations Associate

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

Senior Engineering Manager

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

Staff Engineer

How does your team reward individual success?

The squad model makes every team member's accomplishments integral to his/her peers success which, in turn, stimulates each us to celebrate each others wins through shoutouts on slack, nominations for projects and applause at team meetings.

Ellen

Global Operations Associate

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.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
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
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity 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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