Req ID:  5191

Shanghai, China

Date:  14 Nov 2023

Senior Manager, Legal Counsel (Based in Shanghai, China)

Job Description

Reporting to the Deputy General Counsel, you will primarily be representing the Legal & Compliance Department of DFS (“LCD”) in supporting DFS’ business within the PRC.

Your primary responsibilities will include:

-    advising senior stakeholders of DFS’ PRC business division on legal and compliance matters in the PRC;
-    representing LCD in delivering and enforcing internal DFS policies in the PRC;
-    leading a team of 2-3 lawyers based in the PRC to:

  • conduct reviews on legal documents;
  • draft contracts;
  • prepare documentation for the maintenance and/or formation (if any) of corporate entities; 
  • draft corporate resolutions and related documents;
  • prepare for board and shareholder meetings;
  • respond to request from internal auditors and/or external auditors; and handling legal billing and managing legal budget
  • manage outside counsel and corporate secretarial firms

Key Requirements


-    Be able to travel across the PRC per business requirements.
-    Spend time in Hong Kong with LCD.
-    Grasp key drivers of the business and industry and quickly become immersed in the business and legal issues facing the company.
-    Seek to understand the company’s business, policies, people, goals and risks.
-    Speak fluently in lay terms in both English and Chinese to a range of audiences about the business and legal priorities.
-    Demonstrate knowledge of PRC corporate and commercial law, including company secretarial matters.
-    Take a pro-active and detail-oriented approach.
-    Have strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize effectively and handle multiple deadlines.
-    Demonstrate a strong work ethic and a high energy level with an ability to handle a fast-paced, vigorous schedule.
-    Marshall the appropriate level and mix of legal resources (internal and external) as required by circumstances.
-    Continually raise the quality of both content and delivery of legal and compliance services to protect and promote the business.
-    Demonstrate a positive, professional, and collaborative demeanor and strong business acumen to gain the confidence, trust and reliance of colleagues.
-    Maintain established relationships with external legal resources characterized by credibility, respect, and trust.
-    Demonstrate excellent written, verbal and listening skills in Chinese and English.  French language skills are also desirable.

Your qualifications
-    Educational Requirements : Law Degree and relevant practicing certificate
-    Work Experience Minimum : 6 years PQE with experience in major national or international law firms in the PRC or in a corporate legal team of an MNC in the PRC reporting to senior executives
-    Critical knowledge & Skills, including software applications, languages etc : High Computer proficiency: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and calendar software; database experience
-    Excellent verbal, and written communication skills; able to compose and edit correspondence in a professional manner

DFS is an equal opportunity employer. It is the Company’s policy and practice to employ, promote and treat all employees and applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competency and to provide all employees with a workplace that is free of discrimination. Employment decisions are based on qualifications such as education, work experience and talent, and are made without regard to race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other basis protected by law.