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Senior Legal Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, Data Privacy

Job Location: Location Negotiable

Regional Description: Belgium

Job Number: 00610230


- Job description

The Senior Legal Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, Data Privacy is a full time senior manager role filled by an experienced, expert data privacy professional. The role sits within Accenture’s Compliance and Ethics function in Legal, reports to the Senior Director, Global Data Privacy and is a member of the Data Privacy leadership team.

Key Responsibilities

Lead the Data Privacy (DP) Policy & Governance functional group (“tower”) within Accenture’s Global Data Privacy Team.  This tower is responsible, in particular, for Accenture’s DP management system, core privacy policies, international transfers, Binding Corporate Rules, managing legal change, training and communication.

Work closely with the Data Privacy (DP) program lead and other tower leads to set strategic direction, provide oversight and leadership to the DP function, and drive execution of the team’s priorities,   

Effectively lead a team of DP professionals in remote locations, ensuring engagement, business focus and pragmatic advice.  

Manage the DP team’s day-to-day operations including leadership reporting and planning activities, the implementation and use of tools and technology, with a strong focus on coordination of its five towers,

Maintain and enhance Accenture’s data privacy management system and associated governance tasks in alignment with DP program lead; develop, align and implement strategy and policies for data privacy, including Accenture’s core Data Privacy policy

Maintain, further develop and execute strategy for external relations in data privacy (by region), in alignment with Government Relations team; work with selected regulators and industry bodies representing Accenture at meetings; keeping abreast of technology trends and developments and their impact, develop guidance for internal and external audiences

Oversee and enhance Accenture’s international data transfers approach, including our Binding Corporate Rules and Inter Company Agreements; lead development and implementation of Binding Corporate Rules for Processors, APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules

Manage and oversee process for the identification and assessment of new laws, regulatory guidance and select case law and their impact on our and our clients’ business, and support implementation.

In support of other towers of the DP team, provide expert consultancy and advice to Legal, business and corporate functions in respect of data privacy, compliance and associated risks and opportunities


Reports to:  Managing Director – Legal, Senior Director, Data Privacy.

Key Relationships:  

Legal, including Government Relations, Sales & Delivery, Employment Law, Offerings, Geographic Support;

Corporate Functions; 

Geographic leadership and the Data Privacy Officer network;

Related subject matter experts (e.g. security professionals, PCI, government compliance, certification SMEs); 

Industry bodies including business/trade associations, external counsel; 

Privacy professionals at client and peer companies; and

Regulatory and select legislative points of contact.

 Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


Education:  University degree (Master or comparable level) – legal degree preferred but not a must. FIP/CIPP/CIPM or comparable certifications required.

Work Experience:  Minimum 5 years of experience in global data privacy function preferably in a major law firm and/or multinational corporation. Prior role in regulatory environment or trade association and roles documenting strong project management and organizational skills would be considered a plus. Experience and expertise with major national data privacy legislation, in particular in the European Union, and cross border issues. Experience in monitoring trends and developments and translating those into actionable projects. 

Work Requirements: Travel required as needed.  Must have ability to effectively work and manage resources remotely.


Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

Demonstrated command of data privacy, data security, and related laws and regulations, including cross border aspects;

Proven ability to develop vision, operationalize and implement strategy;

A network of industry and data privacy regulatory contacts;

Strong organizational and project management skills and ability to deliver results;

Demonstrated ability to identify, understand and assess trends, and curiosity for learning about new technology;

Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with all levels of management and staff, work cross-culturally, and represent Accenture externally;

Confidence and credibility in dealing with internal management, senior personnel at client and peer companies, data privacy regulators, and industry bodies;

Highly motivated and proactive, with the ability to articulate company vision and policy, and to seek out areas of risk and priority;

Ability to consistently apply good judgment;

Builds and maintains a network of good working relationships both internally and externally; and

Adapts nimbly to changing needs within the business.

About Accenture

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