Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.
WhatsApp is the world’s fastest growing communication service with over 2 billion active users globally. We help bring friends, families, communities, sports enthusiasts, clubs, and millions of others together, and are just getting started. We are looking for the best individuals to grow and support this incredible community of users. WhatsApp is seeking a highly motivated and experienced team player to serve as Lead Counsel, Product on WhatsApp Ireland’s Product Legal team. In this role, you will provide broad legal support to our core Product teams and enable continued innovation for our community of users. We are looking for a lawyer who is flexible to adapt to changing priorities and organizational needs, able to operate independently in a fast-paced environment, and comfortable working cross-functionally with Product, Engineering, Policy, Marketing, Operations and Communications teams as well as other Legal department subgroups. In this role, you will for example, have the opportunity to advise the Business Discovery team on the launch of new global product features, work with the Regulatory Legal team on responses to queries from national regulators, counsel the WhatsApp Research team on UX research, and advise the WhatsApp Ireland board of directors on a broad range of legal issues. This role will be based in either Dublin or London. WhatsApp welcomes applications from the widest range of individuals eligible to apply and particularly encourages applications from those who would increase the diversity of the company.
Act as primary legal advisor for product and engineering teams
Review global products, features, platforms and initiatives to provide practical legal risk mitigation strategies for products across multiple jurisdictions
Provide and coordinate legal advice across complex and multifaceted legal issues such as data protection and privacy, intermediary liability, consumer protection, security, e-commerce, payments, integrity and other global legal frameworks applicable to the product you are supporting
Collaborate with subject matter experts to analyse and communicate legal risks to the business
Coordinate with public policy, communications, product management, engineering, product marketing, trust and safety, and other cross-functional teams on external communications, policy development, and product development and launches
Solicitor or barrister (qualified to practice law in Ireland, the UK or at least one European jurisdiction)
5+ years relevant post qualification legal experience, including at a law firm or prior in-house experience
Experience working independently and cross-functionally
Experience working on multiple projects at once in a fast-paced environment
Excellent problem-solving, written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
Prior in-house experience at a technology company
Experience advising clients on risk mitigation across technology product platforms
Experience in a product counselling role building and supporting products
Privacy experience, including with international data protection frameworks