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Senior Managing Counsel, Global Employment Law

Senior Managing Counsel, Global Employment Law
Organization: Mastercard
Location: Purchase, NY
Date Posted: 04/01/2024

Our Purpose

We work to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. We cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results.

Title and Summary

Senior Managing Counsel, Global Employment Law
As Senior Managing Counsel, Employment Law for Mastercard, you will be part of a dynamic and fast-moving culture that has decency at its core and is highly motivated to connect and power an inclusive digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart, and accessible. You will join an experienced and collaborative legal team that provides best-in-class, strategic employment law support on a wide range of issues for our U.S. and global businesses that are fueled by 24,000 employees who sit in close to 90 countries. Your solid employment law knowledge, strong counseling experience, willingness to dive into new and emerging issues, and ability to effectively collaborate with your U.S. and Region Counsel colleagues will be key.

This challenging role, where you will learn new things every day, is based in Purchase, NY. The position reports into the Executive Vice President Employment Law, who provides direct support to Mastercard’s People & Capability (P&C) team, will be an experienced employment lawyer, and coordinates global employment law issues with Region Counsel.


  • Serve as a trusted U.S. employment law expert with a global mindset who provides sound, timely, compliant, and practical legal advice that is tailored for Mastercard.
  • Ability to offer thoughtful legal advice and counsel on individual employee matters and cross-functional, company-wide programs, projects, and initiatives.
  • Coordinate with Region Counsels to develop global approach with local compliance.
  • Assess needs of employment law support across the company.
  • Serve as a trusted advisor to Region Counsel.
  • Counsel on an array of people matters such as: recruiting & hiring, talent acquisition and development; EEO matters; diversity & inclusion; reasonable accommodations; leave management; contingent workforce; global mobility; immigration; performance/discipline management; wage-hour; benefits and compensation; terminations; separation negotiations and agreements; restrictive covenants; job restructurings/reductions in force; OFCCP/affirmative action compliance; and EEO-1 reporting.
  • Defend the company and provide strategic direction on attorney demand letters, internal legal investigations, agency charges/complaints, litigation, regulatory inquiries and proceedings; partner closely with and manage outside counsel.
  • Negotiate and draft complex employment contracts, offers of employment, agreements, and other employment documents.
  • Ability to actively advise on the U.S. employment and benefits aspects of corporate M&A transactions such as acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures through the due diligence, contract negotiations/signing, deal closing, and integration phases.
  • Review, revise, and draft P&C policies and procedures for alignment with local law and company philosophies and objectives.
  • Monitor relevant employment law and regulatory developments in order to help P&C develop responsive strategies for the company’s compliance obligations.
  • Support and advance the Global Employment Law team’s ability to scale and efficiently deliver high-quality legal advice, learnings, and solutions for U.S. and global audiences through user-friendly tools, templates, and other resources.
  • Assist P&C with developing employee training.
  • Benefits and compensation and government contractor experience are a plus.
  • Commercial contract negotiation experience or a willingness to learn is helpful.

All About You

  • J.D. from accredited law school; member in good standing of the New York Bar.
  • Solid employment law experience. Corporate in-house experience and global exposure preferred.
  • Experience managing lawyers is a plus.
  • Flexible, proactive, team-oriented player who will identify, take on, and champion new and unfamiliar subject matters with an eye toward making lasting positive impact.
  • Strong ability to view and analyze issues through a multi-dimensional lens, think proactively and strategically with a solution-oriented mindset, and prioritize what things get done and how.
  • Ability to effectively partner with a variety of internal P&C and other stakeholders at multiple levels and across a highly-matrixed global organization.
  • Must be able to distinguish and articulate the risks and rewards and help the business move forward and resolve matters thoughtfully, expeditiously, and efficiently.
  • Has to be able and motivated to independently handle employment law matters and understand which issues warrant collaboration and escalation.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage a heavy workload, pivot to address change, and execute with excellence in a fast-paced team environment.
  • Excellent legal and business judgment; top notch analytical, problem-solving and end-to-end execution abilities; highly organized; strong verbal and written communication skills.

In the US, Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact [email protected] and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

  • Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;
  • Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;
  • Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and
  • Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.

In line with Mastercard’s total compensation philosophy and assuming that the job will be performed in the US, the successful candidate will be offered a competitive base salary based on location, experience and other qualifications for the role and may be eligible for an annual bonus or commissions depending on the role. Mastercard benefits for full time (and certain part time) employees generally include: insurance (including medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, disability, life insurance), flexible spending account and health savings account, paid leaves (including 16 weeks new parent leave, up to 20 paid days bereavement leave), 10 annual paid sick days, 10 or more annual paid vacation days based on level, 5 personal days, 10 annual paid U.S. observed holidays, 401k with a best-in-class company match, deferred compensation for eligible roles, fitness reimbursement or on-site fitness facilities, eligibility for tuition reimbursement, gender-inclusive benefits and many more.

Pay Ranges

Purchase, New York: $221,000 – $353,000 USD

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