Legal & Governance Counsel at Waddle

Legal, Permanent, Melbourne, AU melbourne legal full-time
Posted 15 days ago

Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform that helps small businesses and their accounting and bookkeeping advisors grow and thrive. 

At Xero, our purpose is to make life better for people in small business, their advisors, and communities around the world. This purpose sits at the centre of everything we do. We support our people to do the best work of their lives so that they can help small businesses succeed through better tools, information and connections. Because when they succeed they make a difference, and when millions of small businesses are making a difference, the world is a more beautiful place.

As a key member of the company secretarial function within Xero’s Legal team, you’ll provide high quality, timely and effective legal and company secretarial support and corporate governance advice to the Xero group. 

What you'll do...

  • Advise and support the implementation and administration of Xero's equity based remuneration plans, including our employee share plan and senior executive incentive and equity plans.
  • In partnership with the Finance and Corporate Communications teams, assist with preparation and filing of annual and interim financial reports and related documents, including ensuring compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
  • In partnership with the Investor Relations and Corporate Communications teams, manage Xero’s Annual General Meeting.
  • Manage Xero’s relationship and liaise with Xero’s external share registry including overseeing share issues and updating the New Zealand Companies Office.
  • Manage all routine lodgements and notifications in relation to Xero’s ASX listing and the SGX listing of convertible notes issued by a subsidiary of Xero.
  • Assist with the management of employee share trading restrictions, requests and queries.
  • Manage the appointment of non-executive directors.
  • Keep up to date with key governance developments and provide relevant advice and insights to the business and/or Board.
  • Manage the periodic review of Xero’s key governance policies and Board and committee charters.
  • Proactively understand and manage risks as they relate to your role
  • Critical competencies/experience...

  • 5+ years experience in company secretarial/governance in-house or in private practice
  • Strong understanding of corporate law, ASX Listing Rules and corporate governance practices including the operation of employee equity plans.
  • A tertiary qualification and practising certificate in law.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the ASX Listing rules and ASX Corporate Governance Principles, and a willingness to learn about the New Zealand regulatory landscape and global corporate governance trends
  • You will also bring with you a strong commercial acumen and a practical approach to company secretarial and in-house legal practice, excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with key stakeholders in a globally dispersed business. In return we will provide a great working environment, exciting growth and amazing colleagues. Our benefits are pretty cool too!

    Why Xero? 
    Offering very generous paid leave to use however you’d like (plus statutory holidays!), dedicated paid leave to care for your physical and mental wellbeing as well as an Employee Assistance Program to access mental health care for you and your family, health insurance, life insurance, and income protection, wellbeing and sports programmes, employee resource groups, 26 weeks of paid parental leave for primary caregivers, an Employee Share Plan, beautiful offices, flexible working, career development, and many other benefits that reflect our human value, you’ll do the best work of your life at Xero.

    Our collaborative and inclusive culture is one we’re immensely proud of. We know that a diverse workforce is a strength that enables businesses, including ours, to better understand and serve customers, attract top talent and innovate successfully. We are a member of Pride in Diversity, in recognition of our inclusive workplace. Our goal is to make sure you feel welcome and supported to do the best work of your life. 

    At Xero we embrace diversity and inclusion and value a #challenge mindset. Research has shown that women and underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single competency or experience . If you are excited about this role, but your past experience doesn't align perfectly, we encourage you to apply anyway. You could be just the right person for this role and Xero. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application and throughout the interview process.