Commercial Legal Counsel

New York City or Columbus, OH, United States /
Legal /
About Klarna

Klarna was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2005. Since then we've changed the banking industry forever. And now we're creating the world's smoothest shopping experience. We serve over 90 million consumers worldwide, and partner with 250,000 merchants – with a new merchant joining us every 8 minutes. Including some of the world's leading brands, such as H&M, ASOS, IKEA, Adidas, Samsung and Lufthansa. Our offices are spread over 17 different markets, hosted by 4000+ employees from 100+ nationalities.

Klarna is growing fast and constantly in need of brilliant legal minds for various open challenges. We are looking for swiss army knife legal problem-solvers who feel that their best zone is out of their comfort zone. As our recruitment need is continuously high, we are recruiting in parallel for several roles. We will work together with you to find one that will navigate you to uncharted waters. If you are the one, then we urge you to continue reading. 👇

Who are you? 
To be a good fit as a Klarna legal problem solver, you’ve frequently found yourself thinking three steps ahead and reading the thoughts of people sitting across the table. First, you always ask yourself, “What’s best for the company? Couldn’t we do it this other way instead?” Second, you are obsessed with engaging with your customers and work hard to develop personal relationships with key business partners. Third, you pay attention to the smallest detail without losing the bird’s-eye, overall business perspective. You have likely thought long and hard about what makes people trust you and your judgment and spent time thinking about how to simplify legal concepts and communicate them plainly. Fourth, you see problems as opportunities and take the initiative to make changes and improvements. Finally, you are passionate about your job and enjoy a fast-paced international working environment.

What will you do?
As a dedicated lawyer for the commercial and procurement teams in the US, you will handle all legal matters arising in the teams' day-to-day work. Your main task is to be the best problem solver in the world and drive legal innovation forward! You will be expected to merge stakeholders' expectations and legal requirements into a simple and innovative product, process or contract. We are looking for someone that has in-house experience, and loves closing deals and working closely with sales and procurement! Teamwork and a business mindset will be part of your daily routine. In essence, your job will be to:Support Klarna’s growth in the US by helping contract owners and the Procurement Team with contract negotiations in the U.S. with Klarna’s suppliers. Support the procurement teams in reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts. Advise the procurement teams on general day-to-day legal matters, including vendor due diligence and risk assessments. Provide contract training and other relevant legal training to members of the global procurement teams. Take part in maintaining a global standard of documentation, drafting and modifying existing standard commercial contract templates together with the global procurement legal team.

Although located in the U.S., you will serve as the team’s first and global point-of-contact and source of truth for any legal matter arising in its problem space.

To be successful in these roles, you must have extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in Commercial contract negotiations, Privacy & Data protection, and Outsourcing. 

You Should Have

    • Previous professional experience as a lawyer, preferably from a well-renowned law firm, the financial sector, telecom or the IT industry.
    • A natural business and problem-solving mindset with an urge to think like the business and not just as a lawyer.
    • Solid interest in the disruptive payment industry and a willingness to learn rather than focus on a specific area of law.
    • Working proficiency and communication skills in verbal and written English.
    • Excellent people skills and a true star when it comes to stakeholder management.
    • A passion for problem-solving and driving change by using innovative solutions.
    • The capability of prioritizing conflicting demands and handling multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.

Other Requirements

    • 5+ years of relevant legal experience
    • J.D degree from accredited law school required
    • Admission to a state bar.
    • Able to be present at least 2 days a week either in the office in Columbus or New York City
Your journey to becoming a Klarnaut
We take pride in hiring the best. Your journey to become a Klarnaut starts with a pre-screening chat with one of our outstanding talent acquisition professionals, followed by a set of assessments and interviews with members of the legal competence. This will allow us to get to know you better and for you to learn more about us and the way we do things at Klarna.

Klarna is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and candidates. Please refrain from including your picture and age with your application.