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Legal Advisor, Office of the General Counsel of KPMG

Date: Nov 16, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

This is an outstanding opportunity to join an expanding legal team of high calibre in a global organisation. We expect this opportunity will allow you to broaden your range of legal skills and experience and to make a deep impact on the business.

KPMG International Limited (KPMG International) is the entity with which all member firms of the KPMG global organisation are affiliated. KPMG International and its related entities (KPMGI) carry on business activities for the overall benefit of the KPMG global organisation, but do not themselves provide professional services to clients. One of the main purposes of KPMGI is to facilitate the provision by member firms of quality Audit, Tax and Advisory services to their clients, including through the use of technology.

The International Office of the General Counsel (IOGC) is a growing and high-performing in- house legal team with personnel based in five countries. The team provides legal advice and support to KPMGI’s senior leadership and the various groups that support them. This includes advice and support in connection with critical strategic projects, and key brand and legal risks that have the potential to significantly impact the KPMG global organisation. IOGC is also regularly consulted on legal issues relating to member firms that may have a significant impact on the KPMG global organisation. IOGC does not, however, provide member firms with legal advice.

Role Summary
The increasing importance of technology in KPMG’s business has resulted in a need to continually assess how we manage risk across the Global Organisation in pursuit of our Collective Strategy, including our ability to operate within our risk profile in the areas of information privacy, confidentiality and information security. This role will play an important part in addressing information protection risks in KPMGI and the global organisation (including, by way of example, in supplier, network, and alliance relationships).

The role will report into the head of IOGC’s information protection and privacy practice or another senior lawyer in such group. The role will provide legal advice on a broad range of privacy and data protection issues, including (i) negotiating, drafting, reviewing, interpreting, amending and updating a range of data protection and privacy terms in procurement contracts, network agreements, and alliance agreements, (ii) addressing privacy and information security issues in procurement contracts and alliance agreements, (iii) supporting privacy reviews of third party technology solutions, and (iv) supporting others in IOGC on work relating to privacy and data security laws and regulations.

We anticipate that the successful candidate will spend approximately 50% of their time focused on contract related efforts although this may vary. In addition to the above, the successful candidate will have an opportunity to work on other privacy related areas including: (i) staying updated on the latest legal and regulatory developments in the data privacy and information protection landscape, and supporting others in IOGC advising on the impact of these laws and regulations, (ii) implementing required data privacy and information protection changes in creative and business-centric ways that address risk and allow our business flexibility, (iii) working with other teams in KPMGI to ensure KPMG’s ongoing compliance with data protection laws, including GDPR and the Data Protection Act (UK) 2018, and (iv) training and educating KPMG professionals on legal risks related to non-compliance with data privacy and information protection laws and regulations, including with respect to technology solutions.
Technical Skills

A candidate should have the following technical skills:
- Substantive negotiating and drafting skills, focused on data privacy and information security, across a variety of commercial technology and alliance agreements.
- Demonstrable technical legal skills in the areas of data privacy and information protection, with a focus on providing legal advice on a range of global privacy laws, regulatory guidance and enforcement actions.
- Must be able to translate legal and regulatory issues, within the context of technical and business issues, into easily understandable, pragmatic and commercial advice.
Qualifications & Licenses
A candidate must be a qualified lawyer with approximately 2+ years PQE (or equivalent, if not qualified in the UK), although all candidates with demonstrable ability to fulfil the role will be considered.

A certification from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and/or International Information Systems Security Certifications Consortium (or similar equivalent) will be considered a positive.

Experience & Knowledge
A candidate should have the following experience and knowledge:
- Minimum 2 years PQE (i) negotiating, drafting, interpreting, and reviewing data privacy and security related documents, and (ii) in the areas of data privacy and information protection law, with experience advising on laws and regulations across multiple jurisdictions (e.g., GDPR).
- Substantive understanding of the types of data privacy and protection issues and challenges faced by a large global organisation, along with an understanding as to how to balance the needs, demands and requirements of a global business with legal risks and protections.
- Knowledge of the core concepts of information security and the ability to quickly understand how these relate to the data privacy aspects of KPMG’s services and business.
- Experience working as part of a legal team (either at a reputable law firm or at an equivalent position in-house) on cross-border commercial privacy and information security matters.
- Ability to advise on, and drive forward the implementation of, template revisions with an international/cross-border dimension preferred.
- Ability to work flexibly and collaboratively as part of a supportive legal team while taking responsibility for their own work.
- Must be self-motivated and able to thrive in a fast-paced, high-volume legal department with many different stakeholders worldwide.
- Understands how to foster a collaborative and inclusive environment amongst other KPMG professionals.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with business stakeholders.
- Cultural sensitivity required to engage with people at all levels and with diverse backgrounds.
- An affinity for technology and privacy issues related thereto, with a natural interest in cloud-based technology solutions and enthusiasm for technical innovation.
- Awareness of own strengths and areas for development
Additional Notes
- This role offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.
- Some domestic and international travel may be required (once countries open their borders and it is safer to do so).

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