Privacy Counsel - Western European Market (WEM)

Job Title: Privacy Counsel - Western European Market (WEM)
Location: Dublin


Job Summary

This role will provide accurate, timely and commercially focused advice on Data Protection and privacy issues, ensuring that our business units in Ireland, Portugal and Spain are compliant with all existing and future Data Protection and privacy-related obligations impacting on our activities, and minimising regulatory interference on the business.

WEM Privacy Counsel will be the lead privacy counsel for our operations in Ireland, Portugal and Spain, with matrixed support from counsel in each operation. It will work closely with the Business to drive consistency in advice and process across the units and will be a critical part of the Liberty Mutual Global Privacy office based in Boston. The role offers excellent exposure to all areas of the business and the opportunity to interact with Senior Management and also great international reach.


Key Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Plays a key role in managing the data protection compliance programme for three units
  • Work collaboratively with counterparts globally and within Ireland, Portugal and Spain to achieve a cohesive approach to Data Protection Review and update the data protection strategy for the company
  • Work collaboratively with the WEM Data Protection Officer
  • Partnering with and advising business and project management teams on legal and regulatory requirements including interpreting law, identifying trends and potential impacts from a legal perspective on the business’s activities
  • Manages escalated queries from all parts of the business, taking them to resolution by developing effective solutions
  • Evaluate the data protection program and work to continuously improve and minimize risk in the same
  • Work collaboratively with the Business in conjunction with Compliance, Legal, Risk, and IT departments to develop and drive implementation across the business of best practices, procedures, tools and checklists to support our GDPR data protection programme
  • Provides legal counsel to the Business and manages internal investigations of complaints and inquiries from the Data Protection Commissioner
  • Manages the processes for privacy impact assessments, privacy by design, data retention, international data transfer management, and third party management. Provides legal guidance on issues raised in processes
  • Provides legal guidance and review of data subject access requests
  • Advising on potential liability and other legal aspects related to data privacy and data security incidents and supporting the company’s incident response program, including assisting with investigating potential incidents and identifying applicable legal obligations
  • Keep up to date on all relevant data protection, industry, best practice, case law, legislative and regulatory developments, and analyse the impact on the company. Provide advice/ guidance to the business to aid with implementation
  • Inputs to relevant industry discussions and consultations which relate to Data Protection matters and associated regulatory compliance



  • Professional Legal qualification
  • A relevant Data Protection qualification (CIPT, CDPO, CIPP etc.) would be very desirable, though not mandatory


Experience & Knowledge

  • At least 4-5 years’ experience in a data protection counsel role. Extensive experience engaging with Data Protection Authorities
  • Expert knowledge of national and European data protection law and practices, an in-depth and detailed knowledge of GDPR as well as a good knowledge of the general Irish & European legal context in which Irish & European data protection law sit
  • Knowledge of general insurance sector, products, services, classes of insurance including underlying legal principles and practices
  • Strong understanding of insurance operational processes, information systems and data security
  • Ability and experience to interpret complex regulatory requirements, and apply these in a practical and proportionate way
  • Ability to make/take calculated decisions and to think forward and act accordingly
  • Ability to act independently
  • Ability to promote a strong data protection culture
  • Excellent management skills and the ability to interface easily with staff at all levels as well as outside authorities
  • Project management and ability to solve problems with good analytical skills
  • Experience of working with senior stakeholders and ability to influence Senior, Executive Management and Board members
  • Fluency in English required; Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese preferred



  • Ability to communicate effectively and assertively, verbally and in writing, to clearly express logically reasoned ideas and also the ability to deliver public presentations
  • Consumer focused
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplined and/or cross functional teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to make sound judgments under tight deadlines
  • Results driven, forward thinking and a solution finder
  • High level of integrity and professional ethics


Please note that the Fitness & Probity Standards will apply to the successful candidate.


Liberty Insurance is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Human Resources Department on +353 (0)1 553 4060.