Director, Employment Counsel
Coupang is one of the largest and fastest growing e-commerce platforms on the planet. We are on a mission to revolutionize everyday lives for our customers, employees, and partners. We solve problems no one has solved before to create a world where people ask, “How did we ever live without Coupang?” Coupang is a global company with offices in Beijing, Los Angeles, Seattle, Seoul, Shanghai, and Silicon Valley.
This position will report to the VP of Legal / Deputy General Counsel and will be responsible for providing day-to-day legal expertise on a wide range of employment law matters and proactively manage compliance with employment statutes and regulations. The person must possess strong self-starting qualities. The successful candidate will be able to handle sensitive situations tactfully yet firmly, to be assertive without being adversarial, and to take unpopular positions when necessary while maintaining trust and credibility. This position requires a team player who can thrive in a fast-moving environment.
- Be a trusted legal advisor to the organization on sensitive and wide-ranging global employment law matters including hiring and recruiting, employee relations, discipline, investigations, wage and hour compliance, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation, terminations, labor, benefits, workforce restructuring activities, M&A, and related matters
- Partner with internal stakeholders to determine strategy and approach on employment-related policies, guidelines, and processes with an approach that balances pragmatism, risk, and compliance.
- Defend employment-related claims, including managing outside counsel in litigation globally, responding to administrative claims from governmental agencies and demands from attorneys. Negotiate resolution of claims
- Collaborate with cross-functional partners and project teams to support and maintain employment compliance in the US and globally
- Draft agreements, including severance, separation, restrictive covenant, retention, and other employment-related agreements
- Monitor important developments in employment law in jurisdictions across the country, striving to spot trends in their infancy
- Consistently anticipate, identify, and provide timely evaluation of potential employment law risks
- Advise Human Resources and other business partners of risks and develop and propose mitigation strategies
- Lead or provide advice and guidance on internal investigations.
- Analytical thinking
- Team player
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
This job operates in a professional open office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and photocopiers.
This position will be performed in an office setting. While performing the duties of this job, the person will be required to sit and stand at a desk and is regularly required to talk or hear. The person will be required communicate in person and by telephone, frequently operate standard office equipment, such as telephones and computers, reach with hands and arms, and bend or lift up to 20 pounds.
This position requires travel 5% - 10% of the time.
Required education and experience:
- Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school
- At least 7 years of relevant experience
- Current member in good standing of the California or any state bar or a California Registered In-House Counsel
- Demonstrated global employment law experience, both advice and litigation
- Strong interpersonal skills, including effective verbal and written communication skills in all interactions with senior management, corporate departments and all levels of employees
- Proven ability to analyze employment law matters of all levels of complexity, and exercise sound judgment in balancing legal risks and business needs
- Developed business acumen, with ability to understand the company's business and anticipate the nature and magnitude of issues that could arise in various settings
- Demonstrated ability to provide timely, responsive advice in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to work at times of day necessary to support global operations as needed
Preferred education and experience:
- Employment law experience at a law firm
- Prior in-house work experience
- Track record of working efficiently with a client-service focus in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
*Disclaimer: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.
Coupang is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, transgender status), national origin, age, disability, medical condition, HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C status, marital status, military or veteran status, use of a trained dog guide or service animal, political activities, affiliations, citizenship, or any other characteristic or class protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation in the application or recruiting process due to a disability, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.