ZestFinance was founded by a team of some of the world’s best data scientists from Google who came together with a mission – use machine learning algorithms to revolutionize how credit decisions are made to provide fair and transparent credit to everyone. The team of crazy smart data geeks, mathematicians and computer scientists have reinvented underwriting, enabling more accurate credit decisions, increased credit availability for borrowers and higher repayment rates for lenders.We have a distinct culture and we are seeking talent people who will make it even stronger. At Zest, we believe that diversity is key to winning. Zest is seeking smart people who are different from each other to create broad thinking, lots of different ideas, and --- by extension -- the best team possible. Amazing Benefits:  Including healthcare, retirement, and unlimited vacation time. We also cover continued education, gym memberships, mobile phone service, weekly spa treatments, car washes, and more. Free Lunch:  We bring in healthy, delicious lunches every day.Interesting Projects:  We are working on complex, technically difficult math and computer science. You’ll always be challenged and asked to think creatively to solve tough problems.Agile Environment:  Using short iterations, we develop and release new features every week.Work/Life Balance: Our experienced team can build market-leading systems – without working 15-hour days. Fun:  We don’t take ourselves too seriously and believe having fun goes hand in hand with thinking hard. Video games, ping pong, gigantic jigsaw puzzles, beer tasting, and movie nights are regular activities around here. 

General Counsel at ZestFinance
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About ZestFinance:

ZestFinance, Inc. applies its unique credit-decisioning technology platform — based on data science and a passion for leveraging data and technology to transform financial services as we know it. We seek to find others who share our motivations.

In this role you will:

  • Manage the company’s internal legal function and staff
  • Manage all outside counsel
  • Advise executives on contract status, legal risks, and business terms of various deals
  • Provide assistance with strategic partnerships
  • Provide continuing guidance on legal implications of all matters, and develop solutions to complex legal questions
  • Work with business development teams to negotiate and document deals of all sizes
  • Provide assistance with financing and equity deals
  • Keep abreast of legal and regulatory changes that may affect the company and its strategic goals
  • Ensure that the company operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Guide the development of corporate policies and procedures
  • Manage and ensure the protection of the company’s IP portfolio
  • Manage and supervise any litigation involving the company
  • Provide training to company employees on substantive legal topics
  • Understand the underbanked / alternative financial services market and competitive landscape

We are looking for:

  • Law degree from a top tier program
  • California Bar admission in good standing
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple projects effectively in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills that resonate with different audiences, both legal and non-legal; must communicate well without sounding like a lawyer
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships

Perks and benefits:

  • People – the best part of Zest
  • Competitive salary and equity grants
  • Robust healthcare plans, matching 401K and unlimited vacation time
  • Dog friendly office with lounge areas, video games and gigantic jigsaw puzzles
  • On-site gym with employee run fitness classes
  • Generous family leave policy (6 month maternity leave/3 month paternity leave)
  • Tuition reimbursement, conference allowance and Zest talks
  • Complimentary massages, manicures, pedicures and more
  • Daily catered lunches from LA’s best restaurants and fully stocked kitchen 

About ZestFinance:

ZestFinance, Inc. applies its unique credit-decisioning technology platform — based on data science and machine learning — to help lenders effectively predict credit risk so they can increase revenues, reduce risk and ensure compliance. ZestFinance was founded in 2009 by Douglas Merrill and a team of former Google employees with the mission of making fair and transparent credit available to everyone.

We are committed to diversity in hiring, professional development, and everyday discussion.  Zest is determined to hire crazy smart people who are different from each other to create broad thinking, lots of different ideas, and by extension, the best team possible.

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Daily Catered Lunches
Mani/Pedi/Massages
Weekly Car Wash
Dry Cleaning Service
Dog Friendly Office
Unlimited Vacation
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