Senior Privacy Counselat CDW Careers

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Job ID: 19002522
Updated: Feb 10, 2020
Location: Lincolnshire, IL, United States

CDW was founded in 1984 and is a leading multi-brand technology solutions provider to business, government, education and healthcare organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. A Fortune 500 company with multi-national capabilities, CDW employs more than 9,400 coworkers. For the year ending December 31, 2018, the company generated net sales over $16 billion.


CDW’s customers are at the center of everything they do. CDW helps their customers achieve their goals by providing them with the technology advice and products they need, when they need them.


The Company’s broad array of offerings range from discrete hardware and software products to integrated IT solutions such as mobility, security, data center optimization, cloud computing, virtualization and collaboration. They are technology “agnostic,” with a product portfolio that includes more than 100,000 products from more than 1,000 brands. They provide their products and solutions through their sales and service delivery teams, consisting of nearly 6,000 customer-facing coworkers, including more than 2,000 field sellers, highly skilled technology specialists and advanced service delivery engineers.


CDW sits between customers and vendor partners, creating unique value for both: Customers get access to a broad selection of multi-branded solutions and deeply technical resources, including highly-skilled, extensively certified specialists and engineers. CDW is an extension of its customers’ IT staffs. Partners get access to CDW’s more than 250,000 customers and augment their product offerings with a wide range of value-added IT and distribution services. CDW is an extension of its partners’ sales and marketing resources.


Role Overview


Reporting to the Director, Global Ethics and Compliance, this position has primary responsibility for international data privacy issues for a multi-national, leading technology solutions provider. The Senior Privacy Counsel provides practical, business-oriented compliance support and legal advice for regulatory and compliance topics/issues related to privacy, data protection, information security, and other regulatory and compliance issues.



Key Areas of Responsibility



  • Oversee the implementation of CDW’s global data privacy strategy, with executive direction as necessary.
  • Implement and support consistent data privacy policies and practices across CDW.
  • Formulate and disseminate enterprise-wide data privacy policies for U.S. and Global operations.
  • Ensure CDW has fully documented policies and practices in place, consistent with local laws.
  • Identify issues of highest risk facing the company; propose and drive solutions to address those risks.

Cross-functional leadership and engagement:

  • Provide leadership and foster engagement with cross-functional teammates including, but not limited to, global sales, integrated technology solutions, information technology, information security, human resources, partner and product management, finance, and audit.
  • Effectively champion a principles-based data privacy approach throughout the company.
  • Identify and resolve issues that have the potential for brand impact for business and legal consideration.
  • Conduct data privacy impact assessments for large IT and enterprise services, programs and systems.
  • Continually test and improve data privacy processes and governance.
  • Maintain knowledge of the relevant information technology systems and applications to drive systematic solutions and improvements.
  • Provide subject matter expertise regarding data privacy and data security provisions within commercial deals.

Education and Awareness:

  • Maintain knowledge of external business and legal landscape in data privacy and proactively propose new or updated business processes or practices.
  • Develop and augment internal efforts to create integrated data privacy governance by monitoring the relevant legal, regulatory and policy developments, collaborating with external stakeholders.
  • Create content and guide delivery of company-wide and roles-based education and awareness of data privacy issues and their impact to our brand and business.
  • Grounding in global laws and government activity related to data privacy.
  • Liaise with privacy professionals at peer companies and industries.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Assist with special projects and other matters as needed to support the
  • General Counsel and other members of the Legal and Ethics &
  • Compliance teams.
  • Assist in acquisition, divestiture and similar transactions.
  • Be flexible and dependable in daily work schedule as required.
  • Participate as a full member of the Compliance & Ethics team. Coordinate with Compliance & Ethics team and broader Legal Department to ensure consistency with corporate policies.
  • Proactively manage to CDW legal budget.
  • Utilize Legal Department matter management system and document management system to manage internal matters and coordinate matters with outside counsel and to maintain electronic filing system.
  • Work with paralegals and legal administrative staff in order to complete projects in an efficient manner.
  • Additional projects and duties as assigned.
  • Travel periodically to other CDW locations


Minimum Qualifications

  • JD Degree or equivalent credentials (such as LLM).
  • 10 years significant legal or advisory experience within a corporation, consulting firm, or law firm.
  • Licensed to practice law in at least one jurisdiction.
  • Multi-national privacy, data protection, or other related legal experience required.

Other Required Qualifications

  • Have provided high-quality, proactive and cost-effective legal counsel on diverse matters affecting key corporate initiatives and day-to-day business operations of a company.
  • Demonstrated superior business judgment, ability to work with cross-functional teams and leadership in driving solutions.
  • Proven ability to resolve complex legal issues in a practical manner and to grasp creative/complex business ideas and express them clearly and concisely in a written product.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, manage multiple assignments and priorities and produce high-quality work in a timely manner.
  • Proven ability to align activities to major corporate and department goals.
  • Demonstrated that he/she is detail-oriented, well-organized, and able to manage time efficiently.
  • Presented strong interpersonal skills; acted as team player with ability to deal effectively with individuals at all levels and across business units.
  • Proven ability to deliver well organized, clear presentations in groups and in one-on-one meetings.
  • Proven ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively within the legal department and across business units.
Job Category: Legal
Job Type: Full-Time
Travel Percentage: 10%

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