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Manager & Counsel

American Express

Location: Greater London

Job Type: Full time


At American Express, we know that with the right backing, people and businesses have the power to progress in incredible ways. Whether we’re supporting our customers’ financial confidence to move ahead, taking commerce to new heights, or encouraging people to explore the world, our colleagues are constantly redefining what’s possible — and we’re proud to back each other every step of the way.

When you join Team Amex, you become part of a diverse community of over 60,000 colleagues, all with a common goal to deliver an exceptional customer experience every day. Here, you’ll learn and grow as we champion your meaningful career journey with programs, benefits, and flexibility to back you personally and professionally. Every colleague shares in the company’s success.

That’s why we have Amex Flex, our enterprise working model that provides greater flexibility to colleagues while ensuring we preserve the important aspects of our unique in-person culture. Depending on role and business needs, colleagues will either work onsite, in a hybrid model (combination of in-office and virtual days) or fully virtually.

Together, we’ll win as a team, striving to uphold our company values and powerful backing promise to our customers, communities, and each other every day. And, we’ll do it with integrity and in an environment where everyone is seen, heard and feels like they truly belong.

Join #TeamAmex and let’s lead the way together. #LI-Hybrid

We currently have a requirement for an ambitious lawyer who has proven experience in any retail financial services, payment services, consumer protection or consumer credit law to provide legal support to senior lawyers in the team who are accountable for all of American Express’ proprietary consumer card issuing business units in the UK. The position is based in our vibrant HQ in London (however, we do provide flexibility for some remote working) and reports to a Director in the UK, in the team which supports the business units mentioned above. Additionally, this position will be required to provide support on various Regional / EMEA projects or EMEA aspects of global projects.

How will you make an impact in this role?

  • Proactive role in making sure the UK American Express proprietary consumer card issuing business management and management of other business lines supported through this position understand and comply with legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Legal support for International Currency Cards, Insurance, Travel and other services, products and benefits of American Express.

  • The monitoring of relevant legislative developments at the domestic and international level (in particular EU Directives and Regulations) and proactive analysis of their impacts and thought leadership in advising on their application to the business in particular relating to consumer credit, consumer protection, payment services and travel law.

  • Working in close partnership with the Compliance Department.

  • The management of outside counsel and outside legal fees and, where used as an alternative to outside counsel, contractor lawyers and related expenses.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of applicable EU and UK law relating to some or all of: retail financial services/consumer credit, consumer protection, and/or payment services.

  • Admitted to practice law with experience in the UK.

  • Solid analytical skills and ability to work under time pressure to meet tight deadlines and client’s expectations.

  • Strong relationship skills with proven ability to adopt a commercial, business orientated approach, take charge and “get things done”.

  • Able to communicate clearly, concisely, effectively and persuasively with clients, senior business and GCO management and external parties, both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to seamlessly work in a matrix structure and the willingness to add new subject areas and areas of responsibilities to portfolio.

  • Excellent technical and business skills including contract drafting and budget management.

  • Able and willing to work both as part of a team and independently with minimal supervision.

Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

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