Lead Data and Privacy Counsel

AvantorRadnor, PennsylvaniaFull TimeRemote

Job Summary


Avantor is seeking an experienced privacy and data protection counsel to join our legal team. This role will be accountable and responsible for Avantor’s data privacy needs on a global basis. This will require providing data protection and privacy subject matter expertise and advice to business units across all of its global locations, as well as acting as the designated DPO for the purposes of the EU and UK privacy legislation.

This role reports directly to Avantor’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer and will work cross-functionally with IT/CISO and Legal teams and senior business executives. A successful candidate will be a self-starter, flexible, comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, and willing to work collaboratively to meet company-wide goals.


What we’re looking for

  • Education: Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, with strong academic credentials. Active bar admission.
  • Experience: Minimum of 7 years relevant experience supporting and advising businesses on information governance, global privacy and data protection, ideally with both a law firm and in-house.
    • Expertise in global privacy laws, regulations, standards and related regimes including CCPA and GDPR. Experience working in or building, privacy and data protection programs and developing compliance processes, practices and related documentation.


Who you are

  • Comfortable working in a company experiencing rapid change and evolution.
    Exceptional communication and project management skills and ability to lead and influence cross-functional teams.
  • High integrity, with a commitment to upholding Avantor’s values of innovation, customer centricity, accountability, respect, and excellence.
  • Exceptional problem-solving ability, and analytical and organizational skills to provide balanced risk assessments with attention to detail.
  • Strong and effective judgment and ability to present ideas logically.
  • Ability to resolve conflict, overcome resistance, and facilitate consensus. Collaborative team player.
  • Flexibility to adapt to new company priorities, processes, initiatives, and risk tolerance, and the ability to offer practical, compliance-based solutions.
  • Collaborative and culturally sensitive approach necessary for working in a global organization.
  • Ability to work independently and handle complex and sophisticated regulatory and legal matters with minimal supervision. 
    Ability to handle multiple priorities within tight deadlines and prioritize workload in a manner that best serves the needs of the business.


How you will create an impact

  • Work as part of a cross-functional team delivering data protection, information governance and privacy counseling, including HIPAA compliance.
  • Lead the development and refinement of internal privacy governance documentation.
  • Build and maintain efficient and effective processes and privacy standards to support the compliant facilitation of revenue-generating products and strategic corporate initiatives.
  • Provide legal advice to ensure Avantor’s internal stakeholders and operations are compliant with applicable laws, regulations, standards/controls, contractual obligations, and industry best practices.
  • Collaborate with the IT/Security on incident preparedness, investigation, communication, and remediation including acting as one of the main points of contact on incidents involving potential data disclosure.
  • Create and provide playbooks, guides and training to other legal team members and cross-functional stakeholders on areas within the privacy purview to ensure Avantor has a consistent and clear position on applicable laws, regulations, and relevant self-regulatory frameworks.
  • Track new privacy/security legislation to help analyze and communicate, both internally and externally, the implications of changing U.S. and international laws.
  • Coordinate with the Security team on annual data protection and privacy training including providing education, awareness, and expert advice to all employees regarding their obligations to comply with applicable data protection laws, including the GDPR, CCPA, GLBA, when processing personal data.
  • Train legal team colleagues on all aspects of contract negotiation regarding data privacy and act as the internal owner of applicable data privacy documentation.


Why Avantor?

Dare to go further in your career. Join our global team of 14,000+ associates whose passion for discovery and determination to overcome challenges relentlessly advances life-changing science.


The work we do changes people’s lives for the better. It brings new patient treatments and therapies to market, giving a cancer survivor the chance to walk his daughter down the aisle. It enables medical devices that help a little boy hear his mom’s voice for the first time. Outcomes such as these create unlimited opportunities for you to contribute your talents, learn new skills and grow your career at Avantor.


We are committed to helping you on this journey through our diverse, equitable and inclusive culture which includes personalized learning experiences to support your career growth and success. At Avantor, dare to go further and see how the impact of your contributions set science in motion to create a better world. Apply today!


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Avantor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


EEO Statement:

We are an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state/province, or local law.


If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by email at recruiting@avantorsciences.com and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.


For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the Equal Employment Opportunity is THE LAW Poster, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Non-Discrimination Provision.



3rd Party Non-Solicitation Policy:

By submitting candidates without having been formally assigned on and contracted for a specific job requisition by Avantor, or by failing to comply with the Avantor recruitment process, you forfeit any fee on the submitted candidates, regardless of your usual terms and conditions. Avantor works with a preferred supplier list and will take the initiative to engage with recruitment agencies based on its needs and will not be accepting any form of solicitation.

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