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Philips Privacy Counsel in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Philips is a global leader in health technology, committed to improving billions of lives worldwide and striving to make the world healthier and more sustainable through innovation. Driven by the vision of a better tomorrow.

But it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. We are 80,000, wonderfully unique individuals, with two things in common. An unwavering sense of purpose and a relentless determination to deliver on our customers’ needs. It’s what inspires us to create meaningful solutions – the kind that make a real difference – when it matters most.

The world and our customers’ needs are changing faster than ever before and while we are proud of what we do already, we know we can do more. That’s why we need you, to help us tackle increasingly complex challenges posed by ever evolving health and well-being needs.

In this role, you have the opportunity to make life better

The Privacy Counsel as a member of Philips Central Legal Privacy Function is responsible for participating in the development of Group-wide privacy and data protection principles, policies and practices as well as their implementation within a business group or function. The Privacy Counsel is responsible for advising business group or function on legal and strategical matters surrounding privacy/data protection as well as for monitoring all relevant products, services, processes, solutions, systems and architecture to assure compliance with privacy and data protection laws. The Privacy Counsel will apply knowledge of international privacy laws and regulations to act as privacy legal consultant to the business or functional group. This position requires great judgment, very strong written and verbal communication skills, and great attention to detail.

You are responsible for

  • Act as privacy legal point of contact for the appropriate business and functional leaders and their teams and inform them of their privacy compliance obligations pursuant to Philips privacy policies and applicable data protection law.

  • Support the implementation of the Central Privacy Compliance Program to facilitate compliance of the relevant business or function assigned to you with Philips Privacy policy/standards and applicable data protection laws. Provide expert support and consultancy to promote and facilitate privacy compliance.

  • Implement, oversee and monitor Central Privacy Compliance Program activities such as policies and procedures; standards; guidelines; and tools within the relevant business or function assigned to you. This also includes drafting and supporting the implementation of privacy notices, consent statements, data retention standards and other privacy compliance controls within your relevant business or function.

  • Identify personal data processing activities carried out by the relevant business or function assigned to you and execute privacy compliance assessments (when required). Maintain up to date processing registry (Controller and Processor) of the relevant business or function. Drive and embed privacy by design controls into the business processes, quality management systems, products and propositions of your relevant business or function.

  • Identify specific training needs - create (tailor) and deliver privacy training to the Responsible Executives (or their delegates) and to personnel of the relevant business or function with permanent or regular access to personal data or who is anyhow involved in the processing of personal data.

  • When required by internal standards/procedures, provide privacy legal support in the due diligence of third parties (such as when selecting third party Processors or during M&A transactions).

  • Act as Privacy Investigation Lead in response to potential personal data breaches per established protocol and documentation requirements.

  • Upon request, provide privacy compliance support for the fulfilment of data subject requests (or privacy-related complaints) related to the relevant business or function assigned to you.

  • Work effectively with any internal stakeholders necessary to fulfill the above tasks.

  • When needed, participate in the improvement of the Central Privacy Compliance Program by actively leading or working within a team project (e.g. for the implementation of a new privacy law in the relevant business or function assigned to you), providing feedback and/or recommending enhancements.

You are a part of

You will be part of the legal department, and will closely collaborate with other privacy legal counsels, privacy champions, our businesses and functions.

To succeed in this role, you’ll need a customer-first attitude and the following

  • Philips is looking for a qualified lawyer who has a minimum of 5 years’ experience within a legal or compliance role in the field of privacy and data protection.

  • Legal background required U.S. JD, EU LLB and/or LLM (bachelors/masters).

  • Certified International Privacy Professional Certification or equivalent preferred.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of EU and U.S. data protection regulatory requirements.

  • Ability to perform high-level work on a wide variety of data privacy matters and values teamwork and commitment. We expect you to be a team player who is determined to achieve high quality oriented results.

  • You are able and willing to take rational but bold decisions under time pressure.

  • You are comfortable with complicated matters and able to work independently.

  • As you will be working closely together with colleagues from all parts of Philips, as well as with Philips in-house lawyers, external counsel, economists and regulators, excellent client management and communication skills in English is necessary. Ability to communicate in Dutch is a plus.

  • Results and customer oriented, organized, and able to prioritize, continuous improvement mindset.

  • Knowledge and understanding of technology-related law and clinical research.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Practical business judgment and ability to qualify actual practical risk.

  • Occasional travel to consult with internal or external customers.

In return, we offer you

A path towards your most rewarding career. Philips is growing its capability enterprise wide. Succeeding in this role in a complex environment will open many doors for your long term career, in other areas in Philips or otherwise. We also believe that we are at our best as a company when you are at yours as a person. Thus, we offer competitive health benefits, a flexible work schedule and access to local well-being focused activities.

How we work at Philips

Our newly-adopted hybrid work concept fuses flexibility with collaboration to deliver great outcomes for our people and our customers. We are embracing an approach wherein we spend more time together than apart – which for full-time employees translates to an average of at least 3 days working from the office and up to 2 days from home – for our hybrid roles.

Hybrid work flexibility means people can meet the changing demands of work and home in the most balanced, productive, and healthy way.

Our hybrid working model is defined in 3 ways:

We believe in the importance of impactful collaboration: There's a certain energy when everyone’s in the same room that can heighten idea generation and creative friction needed for problem-solving.

We embrace flexibility: Choosing where, when and how to work can vary according to task and team schedules. Flexibility isn’t office or online, it means choosing the space that works best for you, your teams and our customers on a case-by-case basis.

We want to be at our best: The way we work and our workspaces are designed to support our well-being, offer career advancement opportunities, and enable us to be at our best.

Why should you join Philips?

Working at Philips is more than a job. It’s a calling to create a healthier society through meaningful work, focused on innovative, customer-first health technology solutions. Help us improve the health and well-being of billions of people, every year. Ultimately creating a career that no one could have planned for. Even you.