HSBC Senior Documentation Negotiator in New York, New York

This position provides legal advice, guidance and support to assigned departments to ensure that the assigned departments exposure to legal risk is managed.

Impact on the Business

  • Provide counsel and legal support on a variety of legal matters, or in a specialist area, including matters that may be complex or may have some material impact to assigned departments
  • Advise business by ensuring that commercially sensitive, pragmatic and practical legal support and advice is provided in a cost-effective manner to assigned departments
  • Provide support and guidance to assigned departments with regard to legal risks arising in jobholder’s area of expertise Customers / Stakeholders

  • Provide prompt, commercial, practical and sometimes complex and/or specialized legal advice (under supervision) to assigned departments

  • Be pro-active in the provision of legal support and in advising the business promptly of material legal developments and their implications
  • Ensure senior legal management is fully briefed on major issues arising in relevant business area and major legislative changes in area of expertise
  • Recommend selection of panel law firms and other appropriate external parties as needed Leadership & Teamwork

  • Maintain and develop positive and professional working relationships with all team members within Legal Team and assigned departments

  • Participate effectively as part of the Legal Team
  • Share legal knowledge and best practices with legal colleagues
  • Manage internal support staff as appropriate Operational Effectiveness & Control

  • Provide legal services in a cost-effective manner

  • Co-ordinate and manage the approach to legal risk in assigned business departments
  • Ensure that the interests of the HSBC Group are adequately protected
  • Assist the business to remain compliant with legal risk management requirements set out in the Group Standards Manual and Legal FIM
  • Maintain awareness of the operational risk scenario associated with the role and to ensure that all actions during employment with HSBC take account of the likelihood of operational risk occurring
  • Provide overall leadership over all regulatory and compliance matters and the management of operational risk for department or business area Major Challenges

  • Ability to adapt work style to meet complex and varied workloads

  • Ability to prioritize work loads in terms of legal risk and commercial consideration
  • Maintain knowledge of HSBC Group operations and policies
  • Ability to think independently being mindful of maintaining an appropriate balance between management and mitigation of legal risk and business efficacy
  • Deepening knowledge of areas of specialty with ability to take a view as to how law is developing in order to advise client and reach a solution
  • Increasing ability to handle more complex tasks with less supervision
  • Enhanced relationship with higher levels of management inspiring confidence of customers/stakeholders
  • Ability to balance the need for further analysis and the need for a timely decision given commercial pressures Role Context

  • The jobholder assists the Head of a Legal Business or Area in managing legal risk across the lines of business in accordance with established policies and procedures. The diversity of HSBC’s business, its geographic spread and the constant changes internally and externally means the diversity of matters which the jobholder is required to manage and advise on is very wide

  • The role requires an understanding of the structure of the HSBC Group and its culture and the ability to handle increasingly complex legal issues
  • The jobholder must also establish close mutually supportive working relationships with other members of the Legal team and the Global Legal Function
  • Works largely autonomously, but seeks management input on unusual situations, highly complex issues, and matters that may pose significant legal, financial and / or reputational risk to the company Management of Risk

  • Ensure compliance, operational risk controls in accordance with HSBC or regulatory standards and policies; and optimize relations with regulators by addressing any issues Observation of Internal Controls

  • Maintains HSBC internal control standards, including timely implementation of internal and external audit points together with any issues raised by external regulators

  • Minimum of eight years proven and progressive corporate legal experience, or equivalent

  • Minimum of a Juris Doctorate degree as well as admission to applicable state Bar and pertinent levels of courts in applicable states
  • Strong advocacy, negotiation, interpersonal, organizational, legal research and verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to quickly apply abstract concepts of law and make quick, innovative decisions to resolve problems
  • Ability to defend the Company and Group affiliates from claims and advocate their interests while maintaining their reputation for honesty and integrity
  • Proficiency with personal computers as well as pertinent mainframe systems and software packages


Job: *Legal & Compliance

Title: Senior Documentation Negotiator

Location: New York-New York

Requisition ID: 00009W0Z