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Exec Dir, Global Privacy - Switzerland  

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Posted on : 11 April 2017

Project Description

About Us: 
Our company is seeking a Global Privacy Officer with the broad responsibility of building and sustaining a corporate privacy program. 

The Global Privacy Officer will: 
  • Set the strategic direction on privacy and provide leadership and oversight of data privacy issues worldwide; 
  • Establish and lead a global privacy governance committee; Become our company’s chief regulatory representative for privacy; 
  • Establish risk-based benchmarks for our company via international privacy associations, working groups and through developed relationships with Data Privacy Authorities.
  • Oversee and drive all activities relating to the development, implementation, maintenance and adherence of our company's privacy policies and procedures; 
  • Lead global privacy projects (establish corporate governance, define and maintain global requirements, training programs, monitoring, etc.); 
  • Monitor global privacy issues, developments, risks & risk mitigation plans.


Establish, build and sustain a pragmatic global privacy program. 
Set strategic direction and implement controls over a multi-year road-map tailored to company's business.    
As an executive leader of IT Risk Management with a matrix reporting relationship into the legal department, the Global Privacy Officer will establish the privacy governance model, the global privacy program and drive effective implementation.  This will include the following activities:
  • Establish and implement a company policy framework tailored to company's operating model
  • Establish and implement an international data transfer compliance plan to ensure lawful global data transfers
  • Establish and maintain privacy request / complaint handling procedures
  • Establish and implement standards and procedures in relation to third-party management, incident handling and notifications and use of new technologies with impact on data privacy
  • Establish and implement global awareness campaigns and training programs
  • Establish and implement procedures and tools to support risk and impact assessments and risk mitigation
  • Ensure and monitor adherence of company's policy framework through privacy compliance assessments, Company Level Controls and internal audits
  • Provide guidance to senior management  on data privacy issues in conjunction with the legal department
  • Define local and global organization model to ensure appropriate capabilities and compliance level and manage risks
  • Provide leadership to business units, countries and global functions and oversight of global and cross-business data protection issues, developments and trends for company. 
  • Work with these local countries and global functions to ensure that company’s standards are considering local regulations.
  • Lead review of policies and procedures to foster privacy by design and accountability
  • Identify and monitor privacy trends and legal developments and address its impact on the organization
  • Identify and monitor group risks and risk mitigation
  • Lead Privacy Program, its subordinate and follow-on projects. 
  • Oversee ongoing business unit, regional and local implementation, risks, activities and developments and provide periodic updates to an oversight committee
  • Develop Global Privacy champions to ensure all local requirements are understood, local data privacy registrations are kept up to date and that networks of experts are in place to roll-out policies and procedures.
  • Build and maintain network with regulators and industry groups worldwide and represent our company in Industry Groups and networks
  • Promote open door communication between the business and the Privacy Organization
  • Ensure strong knowledge of privacy regulations and interpretations worldwide and follow developments and trends


  • Proven track record of leading global privacy programs within the healthcare industry.  A like-sized or larger organization is preferred
  • Solid knowledge of the privacy and data protection laws in the EEA and other regions.  A candidate with a law degree is preferred
  • Over 10-years of privacy and data protection experience in a multinational organization
  • Senior leader with >15 years of relevant overall experience
  • English language fluency.  Command of German, French or Italian is also preferred
  • Results oriented, team player, and able to work well with all levels of the organization
  • Solid communication, presentation, and writing skills
  • Able to identify issues and develop business-friendly solutions 
  • Business experience, legal or compliance background and project management experience are desirable
  • A privacy certification, CIPP-E is preferred
  • Willing to travel as needed


About Us:
  • Our company is a global biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and delivering life-transforming therapies for patients with devastating and rare disorders. 
  • Our company  developed and commercializes  the first and only approved complement inhibitor to treat patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), two life-threatening ultra-rare disorders. 
  • As the global leader in complement inhibition, our company is strengthening and broadening its portfolio of complement inhibitors, including evaluating potential indications for eculizumab in additional severe and ultra-rare disorders.
  • In addition, our company is advancing the most robust rare disease pipeline in the biotech industry, with highly innovative product candidates in multiple therapeutic areas.