Director of Data Privacy EMEA & APAC

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About the team

Pearson’s Data Privacy Office is on a mission to foster a culture of privacy across the business by taking a proactive approach to managing risk, empowering the workforce to understand their role in delivering privacy by design and by ensuring that we are transparent in our use of, and facilitate the exercise of individual rights over, the personal information we are entrusted with.

About the role

Reporting to Pearson’s Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), the Director of Data Privacy (EMEA & APAC) is responsible for guiding and supporting Pearson’s businesses on their efforts to comply with data protection legislation and best practice and in implementing Pearson’s global privacy programme.

This role will act as Pearson’s Data Protection Officer for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). As a privacy professional and leader the role will support/coach junior privacy lawyers and professionals in their day-to-day activities and in furthering their careers.

This role can be fully remote, hybrid or office based. If the successful candidate does work from home full time there will be some expected travel on business if that is required to perform any tasks associated with the role, and they may be asked to attend Pearson offices for team meetings or other work events from time to time.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Being the primary ‘go-to’ person for business teams, functional clients and other members of the global legal function for legal and regulatory questions involving data privacy throughout EMEA and APAC. In that capacity, they will be expected to provide proactive, strategic legal input and will work closely with Pearson’s Chief Privacy Officer, outside legal counsel, and employees of all levels.

  • supervisory responsibility for a number of junior lawyers and privacy professionals in the Data Privacy Office, who they will be expected to mentor, develop and support in collaboration with the CPO.

  • Developing an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Pearson’s business, its markets, products, customers, competitors and regulatory environment.

  • Assessing the impact of new regulations or laws on Pearson’s existing operations and offerings and work with divisional product development teams to ensure that systems and products are aligned with corporate data protection policy and that development roadmaps foster privacy by design.

  • Collaborate with the CPO and other members of the legal and data protection teams to ensure that Pearson’s data protection programme, policies and processes are kept up to date and relevant and establish appropriate protocols for the implementation of such policies.

  • Coordinate closely with the CISO and other relevant stakeholders to implement and track compliance with a global privacy and data protection program across the Pearson Group of companies.

  • Conduct and oversee risk assessments and support business teams in the implementation of any remediations needed to address risks and ensure privacy by design in the delivery of Pearson’s products and services.

  • Managing any local data protection registration requirements throughout EMEA and APAC and help the CPO to coordinate any responses to regulatory inquiries or investigations.

  • Provide data protection advice on M&A transactions and related ventures

  • Work with colleagues in the Data Privacy Office, wider legal team and Pearson’s compliance and security functions to ensure the use of appropriate data protection terms for vendor, customer and employee agreements, RFP’s, bids, and strategic business partnership.

  • Ensure processes for handling subject access requests and responding to other user rights requests are appropriate and guide colleagues and business teams to ensure that those rights are respected.

  • Provide training and education to employees relating to data privacy and protection.

About you

Here at Pearson we are looking for the best Privacy talent! As such we are open to backgrounds of individuals from Tech start-ups (we are on our Technology journey in case you weren’t aware!), practice or innovative businesses !

Additional key requirements of the role include:

  • Strong background and solid experience in Data Privacy matters, preferably with both a well-regarded law firm and/or a corporation/business. You do not need to hold a CIPP/E or other IAPP qualification but must be able to demonstrate practical experience in the implementation of privacy compliance programmes.

  • If the candidate is a UK qualified lawyer, they should be admitted to practice as a solicitor or be called to the Bar in England & Wales

  • If you are not a practicing lawyer, you will need to show a strong track record of advising and leading businesses on their obligations under data protection laws and an understanding of when and where to involve legal counsel.

  • Strong leadership experience with the ability to coach and mentor team members

  • Good understanding of cloud computing, internet technologies and technological data protection measures, as well as a knowledge of Direct-to-Consumer privacy issues, marketing rules and other relevant industry practices

  • Ability to communicate and Build strong networks with, and gain the trust of, colleagues across local and global business by bringing a confident, commercial and solutions focused approach to their work

  • Ability to Work under pressure, handle deadlines, manage complex projects and multiple tasks in a fast-paced and complex business environment.

Your rewards & benefits

We know you’ll do great work, so we give a lot back with some of the best benefits in the business. We know that one size doesn’t fit all, so our workplace programs meet the different needs of our diverse teams, and their families too. There is a range of options, see some of them shared here:

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