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Chief Data Privacy Counsel

New York, NY, USA | Colgate-Palmolive

  • Industry:
    Consumer Products
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    7-10 years
Job Description:
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Responsible for the Compay’s Global Data Privacy Compliance Program, including ongoing review, revision, and implementation.This includes, but is not limited to:

Overall policy and procedure management, including, as applicable, relevant portions of the Code of Conduct and the Global Business Practices Guidelines, and development of training and guidance materials for employees andrelevant third parties, such as marketing agencies and software vendors

Ensuring compliance with all applicable data privacy and security laws, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the California Consumer Privacy Act, as well as other privacy laws in the countries in which Colgate does business

Working closely with key stakeholders such as Corporate Audit and Global Information Security, to review, update and implement an auditing and accountability process to assess and mitigate risks, and ensuring compliance with Global requirements

Serve as the primary Specialty lawyer for Global Information Technology, including:

Working closely with the Chief Information Security Officer to ensure alignment between data privacy and data security policies, practices and tools to ensure the security of the Company’s systems and data, including data provided to and housed by third parties

Providing legal support on all cybersecurity and data breach issues

Providing guidance on the applicable US and foreign laws and regulations related to information technology

Assisting in the review, development, andimplementation of policies and procedures relating to the Company’s information technology resources, including an Incident Response Plan

Remaining abreast of, and provide strategic advice on, industry, commercial and technological developments relating to information technology

Work closely with senior management, including presenting to the Board of Directors, the Enterprise Risk Management Committee, and others as needed, to apprise them of data privacy-related initiatives, project status, and ongoing developments

Provide advice and counsel to the Global Legal Organization (GLO), senior management and other business functions on all data privacy and security issues as they relate to employees, vendors, consumers and customers, including but not limited to:

Changes to privacy laws that impact the Company

Intercompany transfers of employee, vendor, consumer and customer personal data

Individual data privacy-related rights

Breach notification laws

Notification to individuals regarding Company privacy policies

Collection and uses of personal data, including childrens’ personal data

Marketing issues, with a particular focus on Digital Marketing

Third party management

Work closely with Commercial lawyers and Commercial business partners to ensure that contract templates contain adequate data privacy-related terms, and assist with contract negotiations generally

Work closely with Marketing lawyers and Marketing business partners on all aspects of marketing campaigns, with a particular focus on Digital Marketing

Work closely with SITA lawyers and SITA business partners on data privacy and security related aspects of external innovation projects, including connected health-related projects

Assist Corporate lawyers on M&A due diligence for data privacy-related matters

Manage an Associate Data Privacy Counsel and a global team of lawyers on region-specific or project-specific matters related to data privacy on a dotted line basis.

Manage outside counsel on all aspects of data privacy-related matters and oversee outside counsel budgets

Serve as the Company designee for all governmental and regulatory related inquiries and investigations related to data privacy

Requirements for the position:  

Undergraduate and JD degrees required; NY Bar Admission

Minimum of8-10 years of legal experience in a law firm or in-house with a strong focus on data privacy, cybersecurity, and digital media issues

Strong legal technical knowledge in counseling clients on all data privacy, technology and cybersecurity matters, both within the US and internationally

Strong analytical, communication and legal writing skills.

Proactively enhance technical expertise by attending external training and reading current legal materials.

Knowledge of consumer products business a plus. 

Partnership Skills  

Leadership – Building consensus among disparate stakeholders; being able to persuade effectively.

Relationship Building - Establishing trust; initiating and developing long term relationships and networks to get things done.

Business/Global Perspective - Showing understanding of issues relevant to the broad organization; keeping up to date with current practices and trends; having and using cross-functional knowledge; seeking to understand issues and perspectives of various countries and cultures.

Effective Execution – Balancing speed with quality in achieving goals; simplifying systems and processes to eliminate unnecessary work; delivering against commitments.

Promotes Ethics & Compliance – Actively seeking opportunities to educate business partners about legal and compliance issues related to data privacy; having the necessary courage to raise issues “up the ladder” either within the GLO or to other senior management as necessary and appropriate; understanding his/her special responsibility in matters of ethics and compliance.

General Comments  

Very strong people and leadership skills – the ability to influence others with tact and diplomacy

Very strong communication skills – Ability to work in large, matrixed organizations

Ability to provide practical, executable, business-focused legal and commercial advice

Process-oriented with strong organizational skills

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