Associate Legal Counsel, Senior Director, Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc., Boston, MA

We are looking for a Privacy Lawyer to join our Legal and Compliance Department. The Department is committed to a culture of trust and collaboration where we value growth and development. We proactively engage with our co-workers to truly understand them and deliver results for our business and for patients. This position will report to the Director, Senior Privacy Advisor, Global and North America and will be based in the Boston office, with a requirement of 3 days onsite (2 days remote) on a weekly basis. As a Senior Manager/Associate Legal Counsel in Privacy, you will provide strategic and solution-oriented legal advice to a wide range of internal clients on business initiatives involving the processing of personal data. You will also advise our legal colleagues on data protection and data security issues and considerations, including in relation to contracts. As a member of the Privacy Office, you will participate in cross-functional projects and mitigate risk across the organization.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Perform regular privacy assessments of new and existing business processes, provide practical and timely advice to internal clients to design business processes that comply with applicable data protection requirements, while addressing legal risks and protecting the integrity and reputation of the company;
  • Act as subject matter expert and internal escalation point for data protection issues in contracts, including data processing agreements, research collaborations and transactional agreements; continue to develop model documents for contracts and advise/train members of the legal department on the management of language relating to confidentiality in contracts;
  • Work closely with our procurement teams to improve and streamline procurement processes and procedures related to data protection and security;
  • Assist the Privacy Office in assessing and executing a compliance strategy for international data transfers, including conducting data transfer impact assessments;
  • Review data inventories and data protection impact assessments for certain high-risk business processes and work with the business, as well as the Global Data Protection Officer, to mitigate any residual risk;
  • Write privacy notices and consents for business processes across the organization, and maintain the organization’s privacy and cookie notices on company websites;
  • Develop and revise content for privacy training materials and other communications to increase employee understanding of company privacy policies, data handling practices and procedures, and legal obligations, as well as to ensure awareness of “best practices” on privacy and data security issues;
  • Work with colleagues from our data, technology, and engineering team to develop and refine security practices, mature business procedures, and questionnaires for vendor verification and auditing for privacy-related requirements and data security, and review system-related information security plans;
  • Assess and respond to data subject requests (e.g. request for information, clarifications, rectification or deletion of personal data) and reports of potential data incidents.

Basic Requirements Technical Qualifications:

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school and member of a state bar.
  • 3-5 years of experience providing privacy advice, preferably to pharmaceutical, biotechnology or medical device companies, either in-house or in a law firm;
  • Specific expertise required in laws, regulations and directives concerning data protection in Europe and the United States. Familiarity with data protection laws and regulations in other parts of the world an asset;
  • CIPM, CIPP/US or CIPP/EU certification(s) preferred but not required.

Skills and abilities:

  • Accomplished team player with excellent judgment and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to constructively advise and influence clients to make the right decisions and make difficult calls;
  • Ability to balance risks in ambiguous and complex situations;
  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration skills, particularly in leading or contributing to global and cross-functional teams;
  • Highly motivated to contribute and grow in a complex area of ​​emerging importance;
  • Excellent written, oral and presentation skills.

Application submission information:—Associate-Legal-Counsel—Privacy_REQ-14638?q=privacy

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