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Head of Legal, Risk & Compliance

BeZero Carbon

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Join the frontline of climate response with BeZero Carbon as our Head of Legal, Risk and Compliance and shape the future of the Voluntary Carbon Market

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Hybrid; London

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Organisation Summary

BeZero Carbon is a pioneering ratings agency in the Voluntary Carbon Market, committed to accelerating the Net-Zero transition with our innovative SaaS product, BeZero Carbon Markets. Our diverse team of over 170 professionals from various disciplines operates globally, leveraging our expertise to inform and shape the market. Having secured significant Series B funding, we're poised for rapid growth, making this a thrilling time to join us on our mission.

Role Summary

  • Lead the legal, risk, and compliance function as a business partner across the organization.
  • Design and implement legal frameworks, structures, processes, and reporting mechanisms.
  • Balance risk management with commercial needs in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to support business objectives and growth.
  • Possibility of team management and development as the company expands.

Role Requirements

  • Significant experience managing in-house legal, risk, and compliance activities.
  • Expertise in data privacy regulations and issues.
  • Proven ability to communicate complex legal matters effectively.
  • Adaptability to work with multi-faceted legal and compliance challenges.
  • Experience in SaaS, SMEs, or high-growth environments is desirable.
  • Track record of implementing new compliance processes and frameworks.
  • Capability in intellectual property and risk and insurance portfolio management.

About us:

BeZero Carbon is a global ratings agency for the Voluntary Carbon Market. We distribute our ratings via our SaaS Product, BeZero Carbon Markets, informing all market participants on how to price and manage risk. Our ratings and research tools support buyers, intermediaries, investors and carbon project developers.

Founded in April 2020, our 170+ strong team combines climatic and earth sciences, sell-side financial research, earth observation, machine learning, data and technology, engineering, and public policy expertise. We work from five continents.

We raised a significant Series B funding round in late 2022, and are growing rapidly as a company, accelerating the Net-Zero transition through ratings.

www.bezerocarbon.com

Job Description:

The Head of Legal, Risk and Compliance will be responsible for leading a key function at BeZero. They will work closely, as a true business partner, with senior leadership, commercial, product, HR and other business functions. Their responsibility covers all areas of legal impact, risk management and compliance policies, processes and reporting.

This is an exciting role for someone interested in working in a fast paced industry at the cutting edge of the climate response. You will not be a mere passenger or caretaker! From day 1, you will have the opportunity to be involved with designing and establishing new frameworks, structures, processes and reporting, as part of the relaunch of this function. You will then maintain, with continuous improvement, this function in the best ways to serve our business through an exciting period of growth ahead. Your day to day will be very hands on and require balancing risk with commercial needs, addressing a dynamic and varied set of questions across our rapidly growing company.

You will be strategic thinking and creative, helping the business build commercial solutions whilst mitigating and managing risks at suitable levels. You will be both internal and external client facing and able to build strong, effective, influential, relationships.As the business expands and grows, there may be opportunity to build, and therefore also manage, a team.

Our ideal candidate will have experience working in scaling organisations managing legal functions and working with both commercial agreements and data protection in technology; you will be comfortable advising on and handling a wide range of legal and compliance issues and ready to research areas and issues where there is knowledge gap, or use external counsel where needed, to ultimately advise the business in a competent way.

Responsibilities:

‚óŹResponsibility for all areas of legal impact at BeZero, from commercial contracts to employment agreements to data compliance, working closely with the Sales team, the People team, the operations team and the senior leadership team

‚óŹResponsibility for managing and maintaining compliance frameworks, processes and reporting and audit trails

‚óŹResponsibility for managing all commercial contract templates and review of non standard contractual terms, as well as terms with vendors and suppliers.

‚óŹProviding proactive legal opinions and advising on legal matters affecting the business

‚óŹOffering pragmatic solutions to addresslegal risks and protect the business, whilst enabling and empowering the business to pursue commercial activities

‚óŹManaging the end-to-end legal activities, leveraging retained legal counsel and other sources of research for expert advice where required

‚óŹRunning effective and efficient legal processes to complete contract negotiations in a timely manner, including updating and adjusting commercial contracts

‚óŹEffectively researching any relevant areas of law which are new to industry, new to our business or simply new to you.

‚óŹEnsuring and maintaining relevant policies and procedures in place that address compliance with relevant laws and regulations for the jurisdictions we operate

‚óŹSupporting and managing the way in which we meet the regulations and compliance needs, including around GDPR, data privacy and data processing as we scale

‚óŹMonitoring legislative developments to identify impacts on the business

‚óŹOwning and managing legal paperwork for the business, from employment contracts and share agreements to commercial agreements and supplier contracts

‚óŹIdentifying and implementing improvements to existing process; implementing new process where there are gaps

‚óŹIdentifying and implementing improvements to contracts and other documents

‚óŹManaging relationships with external legal counsel

You will be our ideal candidate if:

‚óŹYou have appropriate legal qualificationsand have strong experience managing in-house legal, risk and compliance activities

‚óŹYou have strong knowledge and understanding of data privacy regulations and issues

‚óŹYou have great communication and relationship management skills, and are able to simplify complex legal issues to suit the relevant non-legal audience

‚óŹYou have a strong eye for detail but combined and balanced by a sense of pragmatism and commercial priorities

‚óŹYou‚Äôre comfortable with the idea of lending your advice and experience across multiple aspects of law and legal compliance

‚óŹYou are able to operate at pace and in ambiguous environments, as well as being able to operate across competing and changing priorities

‚óŹYou‚Äôre comfortable and experienced at providing opinions on options and risks around a wide range of legal and compliance issues

Additional Preferences:

‚óŹIn house experience in SME and/or B2B SaaS and/or high growth, rapid scaling environments

‚óŹProven track record of designing and implementing new compliance processes and frameworks

‚óŹExperienced in managing matters with external counsel

‚óŹExperienced in hiring and managing (small) teams

‚óŹExperience of risk and insurance portfolio management

‚óŹStrong intellectual property knowledge/capability

Please know that even if you don’t have experience in all the areas above but think you could do a great job and are excited about building a great company culture, bringing transparency to the voluntary carbon market, and being part of a fast-growing team, we would love to hear from you!

What we’ll offer:

‚óŹCompetitive salary and equity in a rapidly growing VC-backed start-up through share options

‚óŹ25 days leave (with additional time off between Christmas and New Year, and for your birthday)

‚óŹBenefits package covering private medical insurance, dental, critical illness cover, income protection, life assurance, medical cash plan and cycle to work scheme

‚óŹHealth and wellness cash allowance

‚óŹEnhanced parental leave

‚óŹRegular social events

‚óŹFlexibility to split your time between working from home and our East London office space (Liverpool Street)

‚óŹNomad working over the summer, allowing you to work from another country

Our interview process:

‚óŹInitial screening interview

‚óŹManager interview

‚óŹTechnical interview

‚óŹFinal stage interview

‚óŹReference checks + offer

We value diversity at BeZero Carbon. We need a team that brings different perspectives and backgrounds together to build the tools needed to make the voluntary carbon market transparent. We are therefore committed to not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, age, or disability.

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