My client is a leading global financial services provider with over 30,000 employees worldwide based in Canary Wharf. They are rapidly growing their assets under management to become one of the biggest and well known brands! Currently, they are seeking a pro-active and motivated individual to join their team as a REGIONAL PRIVACY OFFICER - EMEA.

The Role: Regional Privacy Officer - EMEA

Department: Corporate Compliance


  • Think strategically and tactically about a range of privacy and data protection issues
  • Review and add meaningful substance to policies, guidelines, and procedures
  • Interact with senior management and Legal regarding privacy and data protection issues
  • Provide privacy leadership, oversight, and coordination across Germany, Italy, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark and Poland region, by, e.g., coordinating with country-lead Designated Privacy Officers to obtain responses to: cross-border data transfers, major organisation initiatives with privacy implications, and regulatory initiatives.
  • Liaise with other Regional Privacy Officers, Designated Privacy Officers, and privacy professionals globally
  • Own and manage local regulatory notifications and flings where applicable ; identify/analyse/escalate cross-border data transfers; analyse access to data and work with the business to limit this through application of Privacy-by-Design principles; lead annual reviews of country-specific privacy programs with moderate to minimal supervision; advise of potential changes to laws and regulations and help analyse the effect of changes to laws and regulations on the business in-country; help business units design 1st line-of-defence controls in accordance with the Compliance Oversight Program and otherwise help to implement that program in the privacy space; obtain the results of the implementation of those controls; absorb those results and draw/develop the lessons necessary to correct issues and then train on, communicate and enforce those corrections; support and conduct monitoring and surveillance and control validation and testing ; and establish/exercise similar oversight over control functions in-country.
  • Collaborate with compliance managers and Control and Testing teams to ensure privacy controls are in line with regulatory requirements.
  • Conduct high-level and high-profile training on privacy and data protection issues
  • Draft components of communication plans for program roll-outs
  • Identify, escalate, and analyse data events, lead data event investigation calls, identify facts to be determined and, at times, investigate and pin them down, identify tasks to be accomplished, follow-up re status with those responsible, and offer to help when needed, keep detailed notes and be able to provide precise status of matters, and provide and update reports and status logs of data events regularly
  • Work where necessary with call participants, particularly relative to cross-border data transfers, to help them through the organisations assessment process
  • Provide support with Customer due-diligence and customer engagement related privacy compliance matters
  • Work with other Regional Privacy Officers: on issues of mutual interest and concern, to provide coverage where necessary, to provide help where necessary, or to respond as otherwise directed by the Chief Privacy Officer
  • Provide help to other Privacy Office colleagues regarding tasks including but not limited to coordinating and embedding within the region enterprise transformation initiatives and all aspects of the Corporate Privacy Office functions including but not limited training an awareness of new policies and procedures, evaluating local regulatory requirements, designing and implementing new processes, and performing monitoring and surveillance activities all to enable seamless management of the Global Privacy Program.
  • Otherwise provide help where necessary to other Privacy Office colleagues or respond, as otherwise directed, by the Chief Privacy Officer
    Moreover the Regional Privacy Officer - EMEA will over time become a trusted advisor to the Chief Privacy Officer, SVP.


  • Experience in managing a privacy and data protection program in a large complex organization in the financial services sector
  • A demonstrable interest in privacy and data protection issues
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities while maintaining attention to detail in a dynamic, fast-paced, and at times ambiguous environment.
  • Good knowledge of the general EU directive and some laws across the continent.
  • Strong communications, project management, presentation, and organization skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong computer skills including knowledge of word processing, Share Point and Excel
  • Project management and compliance, risk management or audit experience
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Be a team player, and have a desire to learn or learn more about data protection and privacy, and be willing to help other functions within the Privacy Office such as other Regional Privacy Officers, those drafting policies, etc. or those working on enterprise transformation initiatives achieve their goals even if that means working longer or harder