Lead Senior Legal Counsel - Data Protection & Privacy Law

SAP - Newtown Square, PA4.3

30+ days ago
Requisition ID: 191316
Work Area: Finance
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Professional
Employment Type: Regular Full Time


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The Data Protection & Privacy team’s mission is to work towards safeguarding SAP’s compliance with applicable data protection and privacy laws, and to support individuals in exercising their respective rights. It defines SAP’s data protection and privacy strategy and policy, advises the company on legal requirements and best practices and monitors its data processing activities. The Data Protection and Privacy team further supports the company in analyzing and meeting data protection and privacy related market requirements and in dealing with customers, partners, authorities and policy makers worldwide.

The Data Protection and Privacy team reports to the Executive Board. The team currently consists of 18 people (Legal, Audit, technical Experts) and is mainly based at SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf. It is supported by a network of data protection coordinators at SAP’s worldwide affiliates and subsidiaries and closely interacts with other global and local functions such as Global Legal, the Legal Compliance and Integrity Office, Corporate Audit, Global GRC and Global IT and Line of Business.


In your role you will support SAP’s Data Protection Officer in all areas of responsibility defined by law and internal policies. As a lawyer in the Data Protection and Privacy team you will be responsible for, among other things, reviewing and advising on existing and new data processing operations, revising and drafting of policies and contract templates, advising on new business models, providing qualified data protection support to internal customers of SAP, identifying and analyzing complex data protection issues with solution-oriented focus while pragmatically balancing risks, promoting awareness for data protection risks, collaborating seamlessly the wider organization and for representing SAP in administrative and court procedures. You will contribute to defining SAP’s data protection and privacy strategy and support SAP’s worldwide business, operational and development teams with respect to all aspects of data protection and privacy law, including also related areas of law such as e.g. telecommunications and tele media laws as well as other upcoming laws (e-privacy regulation).


Required skills

US-qualified lawyer with superior academic credentials.
Excellent working knowledge of contract law, US privacy laws and European data protection and privacy laws, telecommunications law. Good knowledge of other legal areas relevant to the IT industry, e.g. intellectual property laws, M&A. Desire and ability to familiarize yourself in other areas of law.
Fluency in English.
Excellent written and oral skills, the ability to present and communicate effectively.
Sense of pragmatism, can do attitude and a good sense of humor.
Assertive and convincing personality, high level of commitment and flexibility.
Focused in getting things done, well organized, structured thinking.
Good team-working skills, comfortable and effective in a hands-on, team-oriented environment.
Dealing positively with challenges, even with short notice.
Ability to work in an international environment.
Demonstrated proficiency in the areas of European and international data protection beneficial.

Preferred skills

Proficiency in other languages, German beneficial.


3+ years working experience at least in a law firm specialized in data protection and privacy law and IT law, in the legal department and/or the data protection office of an IT company, or equivalent.
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Successful candidates might be required to undergo a background verification with an external vendor.

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