Senior Data Privacy Counsel

Posted 20 Aug 2019

Beijing - all, Beijing - China

Req Id 196712


A career at our company is an ongoing journey of discovery: our around 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For more than 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others.

Work Location: Beijing/Shanghai, China


Maintain and improve Group Data Privacy framework, adopted to needs in the PRC, as well as sector specific variances; design, develop, and implement business standards, policies, and procedures regarding data privacy requirements in compliance with local law and Our Company’s global procedures and templates.

Lead projects for compliance with data privacy and cyber security regulations on the local level and in cooperation with the Global Data Privacy office.

Act as a channel of communication to receive and direct Data Privacy issues appropriately for resolution and in coordination with the global office where such issues concern the entire our Group.

Coordinate Data Privacy activities across our business sectors.

Advise and interact with management in China and acts as their primary Data Privacy point of contact.

Support in Data Privacy trainings, adopt global templates provided by Group Data Privacy to local requirements and roll-out trainings.

Identify and assess the impact to Data Privacy of relevant trends, laws and regulations, like further developments in Chinese Cybersecurity Law and the Civil Code.

Maintain and improve on-going internal monitoring and auditing capabilities for Data Privacy and cyber security matters and support our Group Internal Auditing when operating in China.

Support improving the Data Privacy frameworks, adopt it to locally needed requirements and give feedback to improve the framework.

Cooperate with local IT and other functions of relevance.


Your Role:

You support our business to ensure compliance with data protection regulations. You advise and review international projects for compliance with locally applicable data protection laws in various business units. You will be the responsible local Data Privacy Counsel for all entities in China.

In particular, a strong cooperation with local authorities, business partners, and our businesses in China is needed to comply with locally applicable law and to identify opportunities for international data transfer and exchange of data between our Company’s entities worldwide.

You will interact with different functions, including Legal, HR, IT, and the business operations. The range of projects extends from medical research, e-commerce, connected products, marketing, HR and IT to the integration of business transactions (M&A).

You design and examine the necessary contracts, data protection clarifications and consent in the area of data protection in the Chinese and international environment in cooperation with the Global DPO. You report to the Group Data Privacy Officer in Germany, correspond with other Local Data Privacy Officers in the APAC region and work together with a global network.

As a member of a cross-functional organization within our company group, you have a broad insight into the business units and functions and shape new, exciting developments at a very early stage.

You enable the company to maximize its use of information without setting the reputation on risk and to implement and maintain compliant IT systems and business processes.


Who You Are:

Master’s degree in law or equivalent.

At least 10 years of working experience, of which 2-3 yrs. specialized in Data Privacy function, in a larger enterprise, international experience preferred.

Knowledge Chinese Cyber Security Law with close tracking of legislation process.

Knowledge of EU GDPR would be a plus.



Data Privacy and Cyber Security knowledge – judicial studies appreciated but not must-have; comprehensive experience in data protection and cyber security law (Chinese law and regulations, if possible, understanding of European and other Asian concepts and regulations of data privacy).

Industry experience and in-depth knowledge of relevant processes – thorough understanding of the business and changing business models

Strong affinity for technical questions of information technology and the willingness and ability to constantly follow technical trends, in particular, in digitization and artificial intelligence.

Technical knowledge of data transfer process, outsourcing, technology regulations.

Good communication capabilities in a cross-cultural environment, including the ability to adopt Our Company standards and expectations as outlined in the relevant policies, guidelines, and codes to local needs.

Strong communication capabilities in Chinese and English.

Ability to work in a cross cultural-environment with high Chinese influence.

High level of personal integrity and flexibility. Analytical thinking and results-oriented.

* Certification as data protection officer, e.g., CIPP, is a plus, but can also be done on the job. Our Company provides IAPP corporate membership, trainings and certification.


HR 95593

Functional Area: Legal

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