VP, Legal (General Counsel) at Deputy

Legal, Full Time, Sydney sydney legal full-time
Posted 1 months ago

At Deputy we’re on a mission to change the way the world works & we are looking for fantastic people to help us do that.

Deputy is a SaaS Workforce Management Product company. HQ'd in Sydney (AU), with offices in London (UK), Atlanta and San Francisco (USA). We’ve helped hundreds of thousands of people across all industries in 70+ countries save time and money managing their hourly workforce so they can focus on what they do best, and be amazing.

This role is remote for the remainder of 2020, & until it is safe to return to the office.


The key mission of this role is to build a world-class legal team and own Deputy’s legal strategy.  As a trusted advisor to, and key member of, the leadership team, this leader will provide counsel and guidance which supports Deputy’s overall business objectives and aligns to our company values.


  • Trusted advisor: Provide high quality, strategic and commercially focused legal and governance advice to the CEO, Board Directors and the executive team to support Deputy’s overall business objectives.
  • Build world-class team: Lead, empower and grow a world-class legal team as the business scales.
  • Oversee legal strategy: Work closely with functional and regional leaders across Deputy on a wide range of legal matters including the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts, vendor agreements, compliance (including privacy and security compliance), IP protection and risk management.
  • Fundraising: Support the CEO and CFO in capital raising efforts.
  • Business partner: Partner with the CFO and VP of People in compliance, insurance and human resources matters, including the administration of Deputy’s ESOP and mobility strategy.
  • Manage external relationships: Manage outside counsel and consultants globally regarding mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, and corporate matters.
  • Monitor legal developments: Monitor legislative/regulatory changes and provide advice to proactively identify issues which may impact strategy, operational issues or business processes.
  • Risk management: Develop appropriate risk management frameworks and systems that facilitate the ability of Deputy to remain innovative.
  • Compliance: Develop policies and practices to ensure compliance with all relevant legal matters, including data privacy and security. Support attainment of ISO27001 certification.
  • Corporate governance: Lead corporate governance efforts, including maintenance of corporate records, and statutory filings. Provide support for company secretarial matters.
  • Dispute resolution: Oversee legal strategy regarding the prosecution and defence of lawsuits, arbitration and related conflict resolution matters.
  • Company representation: Represent Deputy externally, including managing relationships with investor legal departments and government and/or industry bodies.

  • You likely have 10+ years of relevant legal experience, gained either at a law firm or in house, and are qualified to practice law in Australia. USA experience and/or qualifications is highly desirable, as is experience in a SaaS or high-growth technology business. You have experience managing a global team and supporting a global business.
  • Humbitious: Humility is the number #1 value of Deputy. Yet we are still ambitious.
  • Ethically Grounded: Strong ethics and good character is a must. Advancing virtuous vision / company values.
  • Strategic thinker with a commercial mindset: You are able to put legal issues in a larger strategic and operational context. You provide stakeholders with clear, and practical advice, including laying out the potential implications of various alternatives.
  • Global Leadership: You have experience building and leading a global team(s) and experience handling complex, multi-jurisdictional projects/matters.  
  • Ability to navigate a fast growth company: You have a proven ability to proactively, efficiently, and accurately assess legal business risks in a fast-paced environment. You are highly resourceful and able to lead through influence. You are effective at sharing ideas and information with peers and business leaders globally.  
  • Intellectually Curious: Proactive personality and strong eagerness to learn about the business, the industry, and new areas of the law and applicable regulations.
  • Problem Solver: You have a track record of creative problem-solving, excellent written and oral communication skills, and creation of strong and trusted cross-functional relationships.
    - Australian Hyper-Growth Startup - Head Office in Sydney
    - Why IVP Invested in Deputy
    - Deloitte's #21 Fastest Growing Technology Startups in Aus 2018
    - Raised $111M Series B Round led by IVP, OpenView (our Series A investor), Square Peg Capital and EVP.
    - Global Growth across APAC, America and EMEA.

    - Share Options - Paternity/Maternity Leave Policies
    - Personal Learning & Development Fund
    - Flexible Work Policy
    - Company wide Development & Coaching
    - Hackathons
    - Deputy Toastmasters Club
    - Awards - "Your Time to Shine & Celebrate Success"
    - Social Events & variety of social clubs (Books, LGBT, Games, Sports)
    - Mental Health Support
    - Munch & Learns
    - Food/ Drinks/ Snacks


    At Deputy we’re on a mission to change the way the world works. Since 2008 over 200 million shifts have been rostered on Deputy, in over 90 countries, and across 245 different industries.

    We’re making it easier for businesses and teams to roster staff, manage leave, complete payroll and take the admin out of work so that our customers can focus on doing what they love. We hire amazing people to do what they’re best at, and work with some incredible businesses all around the world.

    Check out this video: Deputy Explained

    Check out why our customers love us: GetApp and G2Crowd. 

    Deputy believes in equal opportunity and that inclusiveness and diversity promotes innovation. Our global team members are from a variety of cultures. And we welcome different perspective and skills. 

    Interested? Apply now