Tech Data - US

Data Privacy Counsel

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The Data Privacy Counsel serves as Tech Data’s legal in-house subject matter expert and primary attorney, providing legal advice regarding a broad range of global data privacy issues.  The Data Privacy Counsel will partner with senior leaders and influence cross-functionally to continue to develop and manage the global privacy program, oversee the information management program and be responsible for data use innovation and compliance with global data protection and privacy regulations.  Data Privacy Counsel will partner with the CLO, CIO, CHRO, CECO and other executives to drive Tech Data Corporation’s data stewardship vision. The Data Privacy Counsel will advise on day-to-day privacy compliance with regional privacy laws, and help manage compliance with Tech Data’s global Privacy and Information Management programs.  Reporting into the Tech Data’s General Counsel the individual filling the position will work closely with other members of Tech Data’s Legal, Ethics and Compliance, HR, and IT Security Departments. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities Required

  • Serve as lead privacy counsel to global functions in connection with business activities
  • Be a leader in the strategy and implementation of the company’s global Privacy, Data Protection and Information Management policies
  • Provide advice on international privacy laws concerning cross border personal data transfers associated with employment matters and business transactions to ensure compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements
  • Review, draft and negotiate privacy and data protection contract terms
  • Review data collection and use practices to ensure consistency and legal compliance
  • Maintain and monitor the organization’s global privacy requirement landscape and related procedures, data transfer requirements, notice and consent obligations and any other data collection requirements
  • Coordinate with the Records and Information Management Program Manager to advise on appropriate handling, storing, transfer, retention and destruction of records and data
  • Be a leader in the conduct of data privacy risk assessments and direct the development and implementation of data privacy risk mitigation activities
  • Work with management and key stakeholder groups and committees to ensure Tech Data has and maintains appropriate data privacy consents reflecting current organization practices and legal requirements
  • Provide guidance regarding notification, disclosure and other legal obligations in connection with data security/privacy incidents and data privacy incident response programs
  • Serve as Tech Data’s liaison to regulatory agencies regarding data privacy matters
  • Oversee delivery of data privacy training to facilitate and promote data privacy awareness within Tech Data and related entities
  • Perform legal research and analysis on data privacy issues related to Tech Data and its subsidiaries’ businesses; identify legal risks and develop compliant recommendations for such risks
  • Provide legal opinions and solutions for various issues or questions raised by the operational areas
  • Keep abreast of legal developments within designated subject matter and assist in the design and implementation of appropriate processes and policies
  • Provide practical and solution-oriented legal advice to business leaders
  • Analyze existing and developing Tech Data programs and solutions to ensure they comply with applicable privacy and data protection laws and industry best practices
  • Draft privacy statements, enhanced notices and other disclosures, as needed
  • Work directly with business units, advising on all privacy and related regulatory issues

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs other additional duties as assigned
  • Meets attendance and punctuality standards

Qualifications, Required Knowledge Skills & Abilities and Working Conditions

Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities Required:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Possesses strong strategic thinking and influencer skills
  • Possesses strong attention to detail
  • Possesses strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Possesses strong teaming skills 
  • Possesses strong organizational, time and project management skills, driving tasks to completion
  • Able to interact positively and effectively with others at various levels within the organization and outside parties
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Able to adjust readily to change and adapt as needed 
  • Able to analyze and resolve complex issues and problems in a sound and timely fashion 
  • Able to negotiate persuasively and effectively
  • Able to maintain and promote social, ethical, and organizational standards in conducting internal and external business activities
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of information
  • Able to conduct in-depth research into applicable laws and judicial decisions and make appropriate recommendations of actions 
  • Able to communicate clearly and concisely to others
  • Able to write clear and logical legal briefs, presentations, reports and other documents
  • Able to make sound legal decisions
  • Able to assimilate data from a variety of sources, analyze, and recommend appropriate courses of action 
  • Able to constructively work under pressure when faced with high workloads and deadlines 
  • Possesses strong leadership skills with a willingness to lead, create new ideas, and be assertive
  • Possesses strong multi-cultural interpersonal skills
  • Possesses ability to effectively manage multiple projects/priorities of varying levels of complexity

Required Educational and Language skills:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree from ABA accredited law school or similar European qualifications
  • Qualified, in good standing and admitted to the practice of law in a state, Florida preferred
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of additional languages a plus

Previous Experience (Years & Type):

  • At least 5 years of experience in a role focused on data privacy law in a multinational company, top law firm or regulator and in a matrixed environment is required
  • Knowledge and proven track record of building and maintaining data privacy compliance programs and controls is required
  • Deep substantive knowledge of US, EU and other global privacy laws, including GDPR, Privacy Shield, PIPEDA, FTC Act/Section 5


  • Certified Information Privacy Professional accreditation preferred

Working Conditions:

  • Professional, office environment
  • Location of position is Clearwater, Florida or in European Office location. Other locations considered.
  • Travel required




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