Legal Counsel

Job description

At Proton, we envision an internet where privacy is the default, and we’re building ways to help all people secure their digital lives and take control of their data. ProtonMail was founded in 2014 by a group of scientists who met at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). And since its inception, the company has grown at a fast pace and today has over 40 million users.

Our principal product, ProtonMail, is the world’s largest secure email service. Our second product, ProtonVPN, is one of the world’s most popular VPN services. Our vision is to build an internet platform for the protection of digital rights, and we are also developing additional products, including ProtonCalendar, ProtonDrive, and more to come.

Our users include New York Times journalists, some of the world’s largest corporations, and millions of ordinary citizens. The world is adopting our products at an accelerating pace. Whether it’s in New York, or at the front lines of the global struggle for freedom and democracy in Hong Kong, Belarus, and Myanmar, the work we do saves lives and is transforming the world. Our team is diverse and dynamic, representing over 30 different nationalities, with offices in Geneva, Zurich, Prague, London, Vilnius, Skopje, and Taipei, employing people around the world.

Proton is a mission-driven company. We’re deeply committed to enabling freedom online and ensuring the internet serves the interests of all people. Our technologies provide trusted ways for people to be secure online and in control of their information at all times. The world is adopting our products at an accelerating pace. Help us bring it from tens of millions of users to billions of users. We’re creating one of the world’s most impactful tech companies.

Purpose of the role
We are looking for Legal Counsel to expand the capabilities of our legal department in Geneva. With a central place in the Legal Team, you will provide advice and guidance to the management and different teams and provide support to compliance and litigation efforts to ensure the efficient operation and growth of the company.


What you will do

  • Give accurate and timely counsel to executives and collaborators in a variety of legal topics (commercial contracts, corporate law, intellectual property, immigration law, labor law, and data protection);
  • Collaborate with management to devise efficient defense strategies;
  • Specify internal governance policies and regularly monitor compliance;
  • Communicate and negotiate with external parties (regulators, external counsels, public authorities, law enforcement authorities) and help foster mutual trust relationships;
  • Draft and solidify agreements, contracts, and other legal documents to ensure the company’s rights;
  • Assist in keeping records up to dates, such as contract databases and corporate records.


Job requirements

  • Excellent understanding of Swiss commercial and corporate laws
  • Bachelor of Law from a Swiss university
  • Master in Law
  • 3 years of legal experience, as an in-house counsel in an international setting or in a law firm
  • Professional ethics and integrity
  • Fast learner, flexible and highly motivated
  • Fluent in English and French (fluency in German is a plus)
  • Available from January 1, 2022
  • Strong interest in technology and digital rights


Why you should join Proton

  • We work on interesting, challenging problems every day. There is never a dull moment.
  • Our startup culture means everyone’s opinion matters. You can have a significant impact.
  • Our rapid growth means there are many opportunities for advancement.
  • The chance to do something meaningful. Our products protect dissidents, journalists, and activists. Our work saves lives.
  • Be part of something bigger. Millions of people and businesses around the world have embraced our idea of an Internet where privacy and security are the default. Join the privacy revolution that is changing the world.


ProtonMail uses the Recruitee recruitment platform for a more effective hiring process and a better candidate experience. Your data will always be kept confidential and is not shared with any third parties. Keep in mind that you will receive emails from the email address careers@protonmail.recruitee.com or other addresses on the protonmail.recruitee.com domain.

Proton does not accept unsolicited resumes from any sources other than directly from a candidate. Proton will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited offer, even in a situation when the relevant candidate is employed by Proton.