Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch start-up to the third largest e-commerce company in the world. Booking.com is the largest business within Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) and accounts for the vast majority of Booking Holdings’ total revenue. Booking Holdings is a leading Fortune 500 e-commerce conglomerate with a market cap of approximately $80 billion.
With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel. Booking.com connects travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts and even tree houses. The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer more than +28 million total reported listings, and cover +140K destinations in +200 countries worldwide.
Booking.com is currently looking for a world-class lawyer to join the team as the Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation. The successful candidate in this brand new position will be pivotal in helping to grow and defend Booking.com, with tangible impact on internal and external stakeholders.
As Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation, you will be part of the LPA (Legal & Public Affairs) department liaising closely with Privacy, Commercial and Public Affairs, as well as Booking Holdings and its sister companies. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing general oversight of litigation in which Booking.com is involved, as well as monitoring developments in the field of litigation that could affect our business. The individual must be able to quickly understand the impact of potential litigation on our business, as well as be able to set a fresh, new, effective litigation strategy.
Overall, our Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation position offers a very unique opportunity for a lawyer with a strong litigation background (and interest!) who is seeking a highly visible, creative, entrepreneurial and strategic role with a platform for global impact within an international company.
As the Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation you will be responsible for:
Bringing both legal advice and strategy to the table: focusing on litigation
Working directly with the Chief Legal Officer, as well as the rest of the Leadership Team within the LPA department and other senior stakeholders across Booking.com and Booking Holdings
Acting as the go-to person for all questions related to litigation cases for Booking Holdings, Finance and Auditors
Acting as the clearing house to determine what litigious matters need to be reported internally and/or to Booking Holdings and/or auditors
Managing the company's litigation log and coordinating report-outs to external auditors and other stakeholders as appropriate; managing 3 to 4 impactful Litigation cases
Developing and implementing playbooks and templates related to alternative dispute resolution and e-discovery
Improving day-to-day activities to increase quality of processes and/or products
Monitoring and strategically advising on current on-going litigation procedures in several countries
Keeping up to date with global trends related to class actions and other litigious claims that could affect our business
Carrying out risk management assessment, including reporting duties, relationship with controllership, auditors and local financial processes (accrual related activities and financial reporting duties) relevant for litigation
Ensuring the wider team is aligned with the different on-going cases and advising the business accordingly
The ideal Sr Managing Counsel - Litigation will have:
8+ years’ hands-on experience as a Litigation Counsel/Lawyer (in-house is beneficial) with a Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree
Familiarity with complex, cross-border litigation, arbitration and class actions procedures in different jurisdictions (EU and US/Canadian experience is mandatory)
The ability, knowledge and experience to address international litigation risk proactively and reactively
Experience with how to take provisions and SEC disclosure rules (10Q); hands-on experience and knowledge of e-discovery (mandatory)
Experience in the management of the relationship with - and selection of - outside counsels and auditors
Top-class communication skills with the ability to confidently influence and persuade senior stakeholders
Ability to work cross functionally combined with the ability to push decisions: excellent Project Management skills
Ability to work to tight deadlines and prioritise based on deadlines set by external parties
Ability to work independently in combination with being a true team player who enjoys knowledge sharing
A proactive nature and entrepreneurial mindset: able to solve complex legal issues with efficiency and pragmatism
Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English - additional languages are highly appreciated
Further skills we are looking for:
Aligning with Booking.com’s Values (Think Customer First, Succeed Together, Own It, Learn Forever, Do the Right Thing)
Being curious, flexible, and a creative & pragmatic problem solver
Confident yet collaborative
Ability to influence stakeholders across all levels within the organization
Being proactive, resilient and having the drive to get things done
Having sound judgement and the ability to see the big picture and simultaneously appreciate the details necessary to operationalize the strategy
Having the courage to take positions and make tough judgment calls
Being a team player, self aware and a good listener - a diverse group will always find the best solution!
Ability to move with agility, prioritise workloads and meet deadlines
Forward thinking with an interest in emerging issues in legal and policy
Booking.com ensures equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, colour, family or medical care leave, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, pregnancy and childbirth, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations. We aspire to have a workplace that reflects all of the diverse communities we serve and we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for roles on our team. We work to cultivate an inclusive culture in which all of our employees can be their authentic selves.
Why join the Legal & Public Affairs Team now?
Booking.com’s Legal & Public Affairs team is on a transformational journey at a transformational time for e-commerce and travel (think: growth, innovation, changes to how we operate); you will have an opportunity to actively shape the Department’s future. The Legal & Public Affairs team is also a critical part of the enablement of Booking.com’s strategy of the Connected Trip (a travel experience that includes not just accommodation, but also transportation, attractions, experiences, payments, flights etc).
This is a journey that requires close business and Legal & Public Affairs partnerships to redefine our business model, navigate complex regulatory environments, build new products, and negotiate increasingly elaborate commercial deals, among other important projects our teams get involved every day. To tackle this mission, it all starts with a strong team passionate about growing Booking.com in an ethical and sustainable way!
The highly-skilled lawyers of the Booking.com Legal and Public Affairs department advise the business and drive the company's objectives. The lawyers of the LPA maintain independence in their professional practice. This independence means that the company will not in any way improperly influence the decision-making of the lawyers acting in their capacity as lawyers.
Who we are
To match our global footprint and the array of challenges we face, we are proud to highlight the diversity that exists across this group. We are a team of approximately 70 professionals - representing more than 20 nationalities - with lawyers qualified in many different countries, as well as non-lawyers with public policy, economics, compliance and risk backgrounds. Our team’s previous experience spans across a multitude of industries with team members having worked for major global companies (including Uber, American Express, Airbnb, Amazon, Google, Nokia), tech and other startups, government entities (e.g., the Dutch Competition Authority), and reputable international law firms (e.g., Hogan Lovells, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Baker Mckenzie), and Public Affairs firms (e.g., FTI Consulting, FIPRA, Brunswick).
In addition to our day-to-day work, we actively seek opportunities for our team members to engage in the wider global legal and public affairs communities through speaking engagements, training programs, and association memberships. Some of our lawyers are Board members of Consumer Law associations, Competition Law associations, Privacy associations, etc. We also believe in actively engaging with stakeholders to share our insights on policies affecting the travel experience and how travel tech innovations can fuel the digital transformation of the travel industry. For example, we recently launched Booking.com’s Public Affairs blog, where we publish our position on key policy issues (A World Worth Experiencing).
As a team, we believe in:
Integrating with the Business and Legal having a “seat at the table”: we are decision makers that can have a real impact on Booking.com’s future
Booking’s mission of making it easier for everyone to experience the world. Travel helps people become more open minded, curious and flexible
Allowing members of our teams to experience different areas or, if they want to be specialists, give them the tools to become more effective in their jobs
Providing holistic legal and public affairs advice; our team should not work in silos
Always looking for better ways of doing things, improving our Legal Operations function, innovating and exchanging best practices
Accepting that it's OK to make mistakes as long as we learn from them
Having a sense of humour and having fun working together; we are a team that likes to collaborate and share in joys and challenges together!