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Associate General Counsel

Job Amsterdam, NL
Posted 4 May 2021

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Dutch (Fluent)

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5 to 7 years

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  • Qualification as a lawyer
  • 5+ years of professional experience with one or more of a law firm, in-house legal department, or organization with a privacy and data risk management focus
  • 2+ years of practical operational experience in privacy, preferably with global or multinational experience
  • Strong background in information security and technology; Other compliance and/or legal experience in areas closely connected to privacy (e.g., technology transactions, cybersecurity, or intellectual property) or in specific regulated industries (e.g., healthcare or banking) will be considered favorably
  • Privacy and data risk management credentials are preferred (e.g., CIPP-E or equivalent) 
  • Excellent team player with a keen ability to apply business and risk judgment on tight schedules
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including clear and effective writing and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to handle high volume of work efficiently, recognize priorities, manage time effectively and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently with moderate supervision in a decentralized, challenging and fast-paced environment
  • Inspiring team player who collaborates effectively within cross-functional and fast-paced team environment and proactively builds collective knowledge and capabilities
  • Pragmatic problem solver who skillfully navigates challenging situations
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills in English 


You will be part of our Global Data Privacy Team and will be based in Brussels, Amsterdam or Düsseldorf. If you are based in other locations in EU/EEA, you will be considered if your experience, background, language skills, and fit are appropriate.

The Global Data Privacy Team plays an important role within McKinsey, and the work is diverse, interesting, and challenging. While working closely with McKinsey's Global Privacy Officer, European Data Protection Officer, other Privacy Team members, members of the Legal Department, and McKinsey’s leaders and client service teams, you will help shape McKinsey’s global approach to privacy and data risk management, including playing a key role in developing and maintaining the privacy program’s strategic, compliance, and governance activities. 

As a member of the Global Data Privacy Team, you will be expected to keep abreast of key developments in privacy law, regulation, technology, and best practices in Europe and other regions, and to provide direction as well as day-to-day operational support for McKinsey’s business activities.  


You will focus on supporting and expanding McKinsey’s global approach to privacy and data risk management. 

As a member of McKinsey’s global privacy team, you will work closely and collaboratively with other members of the Legal Department and also colleagues across McKinsey, including those in Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Recruiting, Human Resources, Finance, and Client Relationship Management. You will also actively support McKinsey’s client-facing lines of business, including consulting teams, as one of McKinsey’s privacy subject matter experts. 

You will lead or participate in complex and/or cross-functional privacy and data risk management projects for a global firm with a diverse and evolving range of business lines and internal functions. Additionally you will be contribute to leadership and guidance to McKinsey in connection with the continued maturation of McKinsey’s privacy program. You will conduct or provide advice with regard to data protection impact assessments. 

Furthermore, you will develop privacy guidance for McKinsey leadership in connection with important strategic opportunities and will liaise and coordinate with other McKinsey colleagues to ensure that privacy and data risk management considerations are appropriately identified and addressed as part of new projects and initiatives. You will assist in the creation and review of privacy program governance and operational documentation (e.g., policies, guidelines, templates, and FAQs). 

You will review McKinsey’s privacy program and performance on an ongoing basis to ensure compliance with law and continued maturation in a manner commensurate with business and strategic priorities, applicable law and industry best practices. To add, you will review and negotiate contractual arrangements with clients, collaborators and vendors, as a resource and escalation point on privacy matters for colleagues across McKinsey. Finally, you will develop privacy risk management resources and participate in training and awareness activities. 

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