Job Description

Job Title:                    Senior Legal Counsel – Data Privacy Policy & Governance


Career Level:            Senior Manager 

Career Track:           Corporate Function

Skill Track:               Legal

Job Summary:

The Senior Legal Counsel –Data Privacy Policy & Governance is a full-time senior manager role filled by a seasoned data privacy professional. The role sits within Accenture’s Compliance and Ethics function in Legal, reports to the Senior Director, Global Data Privacy (who oversees privacy for Accenture globally) 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, privacy related external relations and international transfers including our Binding Corporate Rules.
  • Work closely with the Data Privacy (DP) program global 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. 
  • Maintain and enhance Accenture’s data privacy management system and associated governance tasks in alignment with DP program global lead; develop, align and implement strategy and policies for data privacy, including Accenture’s core Data Privacy policy, and maintain our enterprise wide ISO 27701 certification
  • 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 implementation of Binding Corporate Rules for Processors, and development of 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, including in relation to transfer impact assessments
  • 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.
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Education:  University degree (Master or comparable level) – legal degree preferred but not a must. FIP/CIPP/CIPM or comparable certifications required.

Work Experience:  Minimum 7 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:  Occasional 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;
  • Highly motivated and proactive, with the ability to articulate company vision and policy, operationalize and implement strategy, and to seek out areas of risk and priority;
  • Familiarity with ISO 27001/27701 certification;
  • 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;
  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment.

About Accenture

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. We combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries — powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. With 509,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture brings continuous innovation to help clients improve their performance and create lasting value across their enterprises. Visit us at

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Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as applicable by law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

COVID-19 update:  The safety and well-being of our candidates, our people and their families continues to be a top priority. Until travel restrictions change, interviews will continue to be conducted virtually. 

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