Associate General Counsel - Product, Privacy & Compliance

San Francisco, CA Legal



Contentful provides content infrastructure for digital teams to power websites, apps, and devices. Unlike a CMS, Contentful was built to integrate with the modern software stack. It offers a central hub for structured content, powerful management and delivery APIs, and a customizable web app that enables developers and content creators to ship their products faster. Companies including Spotify, Red Bull, WeWork, Lyft, and Urban Outfitters rely on Contentful to manage content as part of their modern web stack.

Contentful is growing rapidly, backed by $80 million in funding from VC firms including Benchmark and General Catalyst, and strategic investors including Sapphire Ventures (SAP) and Salesforce Ventures.

We’re a fun team of more than 350 people from 70 nations, with offices in Berlin and San Francisco. Join us!


Contentful seeks a sophisticated and business-savvy attorney to serve as Associate General Counsel to lead product, privacy and compliance.


Job Responsibilities: 

Reporting to Contentful’s Chief Legal Officer, you will be a member of the Legal leadership team and will work with the Chief Legal Officer to build and scale a world-class legal organization. You will have primary responsibility for building and leading global product, privacy and compliance at Contentful.You will stay informed of  peer company best practices and relevant global legal developments, analyzing their applicability to the company's activities and objectives and advising the business on how to promote the company’s goals while complying with applicable regulations. Your leadership and expertise will drive creative, customer-focused, practical and proactive legal guidance. 

Contentful is a start-up company where everyone rolls up their sleeves and digs in to work, and this role is no different. You will be a working leader and manager of the team. 


Job Competencies:

This role requires a professional with 15+ years of combined law firm or government and in-house experience. We are looking for a diverse set of candidates who:


  • Have developed and lead a compliance team and program for a global technology company;
  • Have spent at least the last five years of the most recent years of their career focused primarily on product or compliance, including privacy;
  • Can demonstrate a track record of success working with Product and Engineering teams and leadership;
  • Creatively solve problems and can enable the business to take calculated and informed risks;
  • Have mastered change management;
  • Are known for being incredibly strategic;
  • Can point to a track record of building strong successful compliance programs in dynamic environments, leveraging a combination of internal and external resources;
  • Embody superior leadership, management, process, and relationship-building skills; 
  • Are able to use their skills of influence across the organization to accomplish the mission; and
  • Have additional experience gained from a background in IP or litigation, or from working in a government regulatory body.

Professional Requirements:

  • J.D. from an accredited law school and active bar membership in at least one U.S. jurisdiction, or Masters degree in law and qualification to practice law in Germany
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience managing a team of legal professionals required



  • Join an innovative, fast-growing tech company as we help drive the evolution of digital experiences to become ever-more ubiquitous and interactive
  • Shape the future of Contentful: help us establish, scale, and improve our team's processes
  • Travel to Berlin, Germany, at the heart of Europe, both for onboarding and for other visits to Contentful’s Berlin office
  • Work in our beautiful downtown space close to Embarcadero Station, complete with a fully stocked kitchen
  • Health, vision and dental insurance
  • Commuter benefits to help you get to and from work
  • An unlimited time off policy that rivals the best in Silicon Valley
  • Pick and use the tools you feel comfortable with, both hardware and software
  • A generous education budget to support your continued professional development, and extra days off to be spent on learning and development
  • Relocation budget to support your move to San Francisco and assistance to help you settle down in your new city
  • Plus, Contentful socks, oh yeah!

“Variety is the spice of life” — and a celebrated component of our culture. At Contentful, we strive to create an inclusive environment that empowers our employees. We believe that our products and services benefit from our diverse backgrounds and experiences and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer: all qualified applicants are considered for positions regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, age, religion or belief, marital status, gender identification, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We look forward to your application!


Beyond headless CMS, Contentful is the essential API-first content management infrastructure to create, manage and distribute content to any platform or device

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