Data Privacy Officer

Clifford Chance
South East England
17 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise. The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

The successful candidate will become a member of the global Firm's small core Risk team which is managed by the global General Counsel and based in London, taking instruction on a day to day basis from the Head of International Compliance and ultimately reporting to the global Data Protection Officer/Director of Regulatory Risk.

Job Purpose

To support the Head of International Compliance in ensuring that the Firm complies with its Data Protection obligations globally.

Complete the inventory of all the Firm's personal data processing projects processes and systems and maintain this inventory as an internal register
Carry out a global Data Protection audit and provide recommendations to the Head of International Compliance in order to make the Firm fully compliant with relevant legislation, particularly the General Data Protection Legislation
Support the Head of International Compliance in:

maintaining the Firm's global Data Protection framework;
reviewing and updating the Data Protection policies and procedures;
disseminating new guidance on Data Protection to all staff and partners

Monitoring the implementation of Data Protection standards, policies and procedures within the Firm
Carrying out Privacy Impact Assessments on all systems processing personal data from time to time
Conducting frequent audits of data for compliance purposes
Manage the 'DP Health Check' self certification process
Ensuring that the Data Protection aspects are properly covered in the governance documents of all systems processing personal data
Monitor, annually review and amend as appropriate the Firm's UK DP registrations and notification(s) and monitor and assist with such notifications outside the UK, as applicable
Provide a central point of contact and specialist advice for the London office, liaising as appropriate with London office senior management
Handle complaints and queries from Data Subjects and Subject Access Requests
Provide formal compliance reporting to the Head of International Compliance
Liaising with Data Protection experts and DP contacts in overseas offices to ensure Firm-wide compliance
Providing advice on projects and act as the main point of contact for Data Protection issues for the Global Programme Group
Providing Data Protection advice, support and regular training
Review DP clauses in Client terms and supplier contract

Key Requirements

Project management/organisational skills - able to run multiple initiatives in parallel.
Ability to research and quickly digest new and emerging Data Protection rules and provide practical and commercial advice on their implications.


Compliance and risk management exposure at a senior level for an international organisation.
Practical experience in the area of data privacy and protection in both the UK and foreign jurisdictions.


Legal and regulatory awareness.
Understanding of systems and processes involved in gathering, storing, transferring and collecting data in an international context.


Strong academic background. Post graduate certification in one or more of data privacy, legal/compliance, accounting/business, information technology desirable.
Legal qualification preferable.


The Firm's competencies are as follows :

Analytical Thought and Problem Solving

The ability to gather and analyse information and to use the results of that analysis to make effective decisions and find innovative solutions to problems.

Communicating and Influencing

The ability to communicate clearly, persuasively and with sensitivity, both orally and in writing.

Commitment and Self-motivation

Commitment to both Clifford Chance and its clients*, demonstrated in the drive to improve both quality of delivery and personal performance.

Leading and Developing Others

The ability to lead and manage others, both by contributing to the vision of the organisation and by enabling others to develop themselves.

Organising and Managing Resources

The ability to plan and organise yourself and others effectively in order to meet business priorities.

Working Relationships

The ability to form working relationships with others, both inside and outside of Clifford Chance, and to use those relationships to benefit both individuals and the organisation.

Organisational/Strategic Thinking

The ability to see the role in the broader context of the organisation as a whole and its clients, and to use that knowledge to drive action.

Equal Opportunities

It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.

The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.

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