Accenture Senior Legal Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, Data Privacy in IRELAND, Ireland

Title: Senior Legal Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, Data Privacy Location: Ireland-Ireland Job Number: 00494024

Job Title: Senior Legal Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, Data Privacy

Career Level: 6

Location: Dublin

Job Summary:

The Senior Legal Counsel – Ethics & Compliance, Data Privacy is a full time senior manager role filled by an experienced, expert data privacy professional. The role sits within Accenture’s Compliance and Ethics function in Legal and reports to the Senior Director, Global Data Privacy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the Data Privacy Compliance tower in Accenture’s Global Data Privacy Team and manage assigned employees, providing strategic oversight and leadership in close cooperation with the leads of other towers and under the direction of the Data Privacy (DP) program lead

  • Ensure compliance with a focus on personal data processed under the responsibility of Accenture, including HR, marketing, and IT initiatives, and design and implement related guidance, procedures and rules

  • Work closely with CIO and IT security functions to review new and changing tools, implement privacy by design, and help defining data handling strategy

  • Oversee and enhance the DP Team’s monitoring/auditing program and capabilities

  • Work closely with relevant stakeholders in defining and maintaining robust incident response processes, provide advice and participate in company response to data privacy and security incidents and subsequent notifications to individuals and regulators

  • Oversee registrations of processing activities with regulators; coordinate response to subject access requests and data privacy related complaints

  • Keep abreast of technology trends and developments and their impact, and develop guidance for internal and external audiences

  • In support of other functions of the DP team, provide expert consultancy and advice to Legal, business and corporate functions in respect of data privacy and data security, compliance and associated risks and opportunities relating to new business, offerings and internal projects


Reports to: Managing Director – Legal, Senior Director, Data Privacy.

Key Relationships:

  • Legal, including Government Relations, Sales & Delivery, Employment Law, Offerings, Geographic Support, and external counsel;

  • Corporate Functions including CIO, Information Security, HR and Employee Relations

  • Geographic leadership and the Data Privacy Officer network;

  • Data Privacy and Security consulting practice;

  • Related subject matter experts (e.g. security professionals, PCI, government compliance, records retention SMEs),

  • Privacy professionals at client and peer companies; and

  • Regulatory points of contact.



  • Education: J.D. or equivalent; qualified lawyer or 8 years of experience with applied data privacy law. CIPP or comparable certifications, or willingness to obtain such, required.

  • Work Experience: Minimum 5 years of experience in global data privacy function preferably in a major law firm or a multinational corporation. Experience and expertise with major national data privacy legislation and cross border issues. A network of industry and data privacy regulatory contacts. Experience in monitoring trends and developments and translating those into actionable projects.

  • Work Requirements: Travel required as needed. Must have ability to effectively work and manage resources remotely.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Demonstrated command of data privacy, data security, employment law and related laws and regulations;

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, understand and assess trends, and curiosity for new technology;

  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to interface with all levels of management and staff, work cross-culturally, and represent Accenture externally;

  • Confidence and credibility in dealing with internal management, senior personnel at client and peer companies, data privacy regulators, and industry bodies;

  • Highly motivated and proactive, with the ability to articulate company vision and policy, and to seek out areas of risk and priority;

  • Ability to consistently apply good judgment;

  • Builds and maintains a network of good working relationships both internally and externally;

  • Adapts nimbly to changing needs within the business; and

  • Able to speak for the Company’s interests to both internal and external audiences.

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network—Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With approximately 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at at .

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Please note that Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Accenture reserves the right to close the role prior to this date should a suitable applicant be found.

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