Job Description

Job Summary:

The Data Privacy Counsel – Ethics & Compliance (Clients & Contracting) is a permanent and full-time manager role filled by an experienced data privacy professional. The successful candidate will have a strong legal background and be able to demonstrate strong interest and experience in digital and technology. The role is part of Accenture’s global Data Privacy Team, within Accenture’s Legal function, and reports to a Senior Legal Counsel - Ethics & Compliance, Data Privacy (Clients & Contracting).

Key Responsibilities

As part of the Clients & Contracting functional group (“tower”) within Accenture’s global Data Privacy team, the role has the following data privacy responsibility:

  • Conduct Privacy by Design reviews for Accenture’s client facing services, offerings, projects, products or initiatives, incorporating data privacy principles into those initiatives.

  • Partner and interact with key business stakeholders and senior individuals in Legal, to ensure data privacy issues are considered at the outset of new services, offerings, projects, products and initiatives.

  • Provide data privacy advice to the Accenture services, offerings, projects, products or initiatives, in support of rapid-solutioning to meet identified client needs.

  • Include related data privacy contractual provisions into agreements with clients and third party suppliers.

  • Support and negotiate client and supplier facing privacy-related documents such as data processing agreements, data transfer agreements and data protection clauses.

  • Conduct legal research, interpret and apply a risk-based assessment of how legal requirements affect Accenture’s new services, offerings, projects, products or initiatives.

  • Keep abreast of technology trends and developments and their impact, develop guidance, training and thought leadership for internal audiences.

  • Build and maintain strong and trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders, in particular with legal and business teams, and interaction with clients and suppliers, as needed.

  • Effectively work with a team of data privacy and other legal professionals and business teams in remote locations, providing advice and guidance in an engaged, business focused and pragmatic manner.


Reports to:  Senior Legal Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, Data Privacy (Clients & Contracting)

Key Relationships: 

  • Legal, including Global Services Legal, Sales & Delivery, Contracting, Geographic Compliance, Procurement and Geographic Corporate Counsel.

  • Corporate Functions and business stakeholders.            

  • Market Unit leadership.

  • Related subject matter experts (e.g., analytics, security professionals, government compliance).

  • Privacy professionals at client and peer companies.

  • Outside counsel/external law firms.

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Education:  University degree (Master or comparable level) – legal degree and an admitted lawyer. CIPP/CIPM or comparable privacy certification considered a plus.

Work Experience: 

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a global data privacy function with EU experience, a major law firm and/or multinational corporation.

  • Experience and expertise with conducting Privacy by Design reviews.

  • Data privacy contract negotiation experience.

  • Prior role in providing data privacy legal guidance to business units engaged in providing client facing services, offerings, projects, products or initiatives.

  • Prior experience in providing data privacy legal guidance to procurement functions, including due diligence, developing procurement contracting templates, guidance and negotiating data privacy terms in supplier contract negotiations would be considered a plus.

  • Experience in monitoring privacy trends and developments and translating those into actionable requirements.

  • Ability to work remotely, be self-organized and self-manage the workload and schedule.

  • Strong project management and organizational skills would be considered a plus.


Work Requirements:  

  • Limited travel required as needed (usually <10%). 

  • Must have ability to effectively work with others remotely, manage a schedule with global clients and suppliers, conduct privacy reviews and engage in contract negotiation.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Demonstrated command of data privacy and related laws and regulations with a curiosity for learning about new technology.

  • Proven ability to develop vision, operationalize and implement strategy.

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, understand and assess trends and developments in data privacy, explain issues in a practical, results focused manner.

  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to interface, and develop relationships, with all levels of management and staff, and work cross-culturally.

  • Confidence and credibility in dealing with internal management and personnel at client, supplier and peer companies.

  • 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 and prioritize.

  • Adapts nimbly to changing needs within the business.

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, 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 protected by federal, state, or local law.

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

Accenture is committed to providing veteran employment opportunities to our service men and women.

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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