Software Licensing Attorney

| Greater LA Area
About the Role:
We are seeking a Software Licensing Attorney to join our fun, fast-growing legal team in Burbank, CA. The legal team supports the general legal needs of the business from the executive team and the board, to day-to-day operations across the organization.
The Software Licensing Attorney will manage Zest AI's entire software licensing domain. This includes intellectual property, software licensing agreements, general corporate contracts, digital asset custody, digital identity, privacy, and open-source software licenses. Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of agreements, maintaining our forms, assisting with our terms of service, and maintaining strong relationships and processes with the internal stakeholders. 
You will also advise internal clients on the various legal risks, business strategies, and other issues related to software licensing. We’re looking for a diligent and strategic thinker who will be able to tackle drafting challenges while keeping in mind the objectives of the greater business.

In this role you will:

  • Help build scalable and effective processes for legal review and launch of new products
  • Participate as a proactive business partner to senior managers and build a trusted advisor relationship
  • Provide legal support to the sales, marketing, and technology teams concerning contractual obligations, intellectual property rights, and privacy rules and regulations
  • Ensure all relevant departments are educated on intellectual property protection strategies and manage the Company’s intellectual property portfolio
  • Assist in the Company’s data and privacy initiatives to comply with global data and privacy regulations
  • Regulatory Research, Analysis, and Application to OperationsTranslate company’s technology platform into technical and operational legal requirements, auditing functions, reporting, and mitigation tactics
  • Draft contracts, policies, and related documents, including privacy policies, terms of use/service, software licensing (including proficiency in open source licenses), data sharing, employment, joint ventures, partnerships and vendor agreements, intellectual property licensing, NDAs, and LOIsNegotiate and document complex corporate transactions

We are looking for:

  • Experience from startups or companies that have grown rapidly
  • Stay up-to-date, with the support of legal subject matter experts, on U.S. and international laws and regulations dealing with privacy, data security, consumer protection, financial services, and marketing
  • Work with teams across the company to negotiate contracts of all sizes
  • Collaborate with many teams across the company to help achieve company-wide goalsStrong communication skills - ability to articulate verbally and in writing, plans, processes, policies and issues to stakeholders

  • Requirements:
  • 6+ years experience at a law firm and/or corporate law department, or in-house management experience
  •  J.D. degree and a CA state bar member in good standing
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple projects effectively in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong project-management skills, with a proven ability to coordinate across departments and functions
  • Ability to build technical processes and work with product to provide compliance-related requirements
  • Experience conducting compliance monitoring and testing

Perks and benefits:

  • People – the best part of Zest
  • Robust healthcare plans, matching 401K and unlimited vacation time
  • Weekly company wide “all hands” meetings giving insight into current business agendas
  • Virtual weekly happy hours, sometimes casual and other times with a focus around topics like racial discrimination and LGBTQ+ history
  • Monthly employee care packages to make WFH more enjoyable
  • All the technology and equipment necessary to get your job done

About Zest AI:

Zest AI has been perfecting AI for consumer lending decisions since 2009. Our Model Management System helps lenders make better decisions and better loans—increasing revenue, reducing risk, and automating compliance. Our mission is to make fair and transparent credit available to everyone and our software creates some of the most inclusive risk models in the industry. Using Zest-built machine learning software, financial institutions can dramatically expand credit access to deserving people with no added risk. Learn more at Zest.ai and connect with us on Twitter @Zest_AI or our Insights blog.

Zest is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages professionals from underrepresented groups in technology and financial services to apply.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
  • Sales & Marketing
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • ReduxLibraries
    • TensorFlowFrameworks
    • KerasFrameworks
    • MySQLDatabases
    • RedisDatabases
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

The Tower at Burbank

An Insider's view of Zest AI

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

We're committed to providing value and great work. This commitment is built upon a strong foundation of communication and collaboration, shaped by one’s personal working-style preference. We're able to create a flexible work environment through this understanding and we’ve been able to accomplish great things and enjoy remarkable success to date!

Sean

VP of Data Science

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Some of the best ideas for my team have come from family style lunches with a diverse group of coworkers. Our open office space allows unfettered access to everyone in the company, and when you couple that with reasonable confidence that you’re surely not the smartest person within earshot, cross-functional collaboration at Zest is just status quo.

Jose

VP of Technology

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

Zest provides employees a lot of autonomy to explore areas that pertain to career growth. Decisions are made collectively, based on employees' preferences and company's needs. Since joining within a year, I've been able to play a key role in critical company milestones and progress my career into leadership development.

Jackie

Senior Data Scientist

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

The first step is to create a safe space where we encourage new ideas and give feedback to improve along the way. So I try to encourage transparency and I try to show my team that their input is valued. When people know that they can share their ideas, and that behavior is rewarded and reinforced, they’re more likely to be thoughtful and creative.

Jay

CTO

What are Zest AI Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
ZestFinance’s wellness program provides free yoga classes, an onsite gym, unlimited vacation plan and generous family leave to keep employees happy and healthy.
Onsite Gym
ZestFinance has a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio equipment, weights, and fitness classes.
Team workouts
Zest employees participate in weekly HIIT, cardio, and strength training group workouts.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Zest’s 401(k) retirement plan matches an employee's contributions up to 4% of their annual base salary.
Company Equity
Zest’s equity plan allows employees to share ownership and achievement in our company.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
ZestFinance offers a completely flexible schedule outside of core hours. Our experienced team can build market-leading systems – without working 15-hour days in the office.
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
ZestFinance’s unlimited vacation policy gives employees the flexibility to travel and take time off.
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
ZestFinance offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Zest offers unlimited paid sick days.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
ZestFinance’s casual dress code includes jeans, t-shirts and flip-flops every day of the week.
Commuter Benefits
To help reduce their carbon footprint, Zest reimburses employees for their monthly Metro cards.
Company Outings
Each team has quarterly offsite outings like go-kart racing, paint & sip, and museum trips. In addition, we throw company-wide holiday parties.
Free Daily Meals
Zest provides healthy, delicious catered lunches every day from some of LA’s best restaurants.
Game Room
At Zest, we’re all about starting a little friendly competition with video games, ping pong, gigantic jigsaw puzzles and game nights.
Stocked Kitchen
Zest offers a fully stocked kitchen complete with all the snacks and coffee needed to fuel your day.
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Zest hosts a company-wide happy hour every other week in our in-house bar.
Parking
Zest employees don’t have to worry about parking - we provide free parking in a secure garage.
Pet Friendly
Zest is proud to be a dog friendly office.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Zest provides onsite gym memberships for those who choose to participate.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Zest offers a wide range of programs including management and leadership development, along with an annual budget for attending conferences and tuition reimbursement.
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

People – the best part of Zest
Robust healthcare plans, matching 401K and unlimited vacation time
Dog friendly office with lounge areas, video games and board games
On-site gym with fitness classes
Daily catered lunches from LA’s top restaurants and fully stocked kitchen
Company happy hours, social events, outings and much more!

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