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Employment counsel, Germany

Berlin, Germany · Legal & Compliance

Our passion at SumUp is championing small businesses. We believe in creating technology that is flexible, fair, affordable and easy to use. Every day millions of people around the world dream of starting their own businesses. We strive to help them to do this. Our long-term ambition is to “close the loop” by enabling businesses to turn transactions with customers into long-term relationships.

The SumUP

EU Legal Team supports  law topics in all EU jurisdictions where SumUp operates.In the role of an Employment counsel you will be an internal counsel and subject matter expert, focused on German labour law and its applications.

What you’ll do:

  • You will work closely with the People team and advise on various labour law matters on a daily basis

  • You will perform thorough reviews of German labour contracts and policies on hiring, compensation and termination of employment relations and on Work council- related legal matters.

  • You will continuously monitor the German labour legislation and practice, update labour documentation used in the German offices, incl. labour contracts and all type of internal policies

  • You will have the opportunity to represent SumUp as an in-house lawyer in labour litigation cases

  • You will manage the relations with and monitor the work of outside lawyers whenever they are needed for provision of a labour law advice

  • You will work closely with all members of the EU Legal team and support on-going requests for review of other commercial contracts

You’ll be great for this role if:

  • You have a Master’s law degree from a German university (ideally you are a qualified lawyer with 2 state examinations, who is also admitted to the bar. 

  • You possess general labour knowledge on a EU level

  • You come with 4-5 years of practical experience in the field

  • You have strong knowledge in German labour law 

  • You have knowledge or experience with Work council structures in Germany

  • Ability to work in a team and a partner mindset

  • Fluent communication in German and English

  • You have a good general understanding of other legal matters too (Corporate & Contracts), 

  • Nice to haves:  Experience in global transfers, reorganisations and mobility of employees

Why you should join SumUp:

  • We’re a global and growing team of 3500+ people from 90+ nationalities, spread across 4 continents.

  • You can truly create your own path here and help us shape the future for small businesses globally.

  • You’ll receive a budget for your individual development, attending conferences and external training.

  • We offer a competitive compensation package and 25 days of paid leave.

  • You will have access to the SumUp Sabbatical, our Employee Referral and Employee assistance programme for mental health as well as Fitness and language learning benefits.

  • We get together regularly for breakfasts, team events, and office parties.


We believe in the everyday hero. Small business owners are at the heart of all we do, so we're creating tools that help them run their businesses. With a founder’s mentality and a 'team-first' attitude, our diverse teams across Europe, South America, and the United States work together to ensure that the small business owners we partner with can be successful doing what they love.

SumUp is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. SumUp does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age or any other basis protected by applicable laws or prohibited by company policy. SumUp also strives for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibits harassment of any kind.

SumUp will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from a candidate.

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