Data Protection and Privacy Counsel

Auto req ID: 6969BR

Category: Legal

Employee type: Fixed Term Contractor - Full Time



Job Profile

Job Title:Data Protection and Privacy CounselDate:2 August 2019
Supervisor:VP Legal and Data Protection OfficerPrepared By:Neil Skennerton
Level 1 (Division):LegalJob Band:B6
Level 2 (Department):Oracle Job Code(s):
Level 3 (Section/Team):Variable Plan Type:
City Location(s):LangleyVariable Plan Name:
Job Category:  ( H / HF / F / S / E )
  1. Purpose Statement:  (A brief outline/description of the role)

This role requires the provision of legal advice and project management on a variety of data protection issues/projects as they relate to Travelport, including drafting and negotiating of contractual provisions relating to data protection. This person must be a results-oriented lawyer with a good understanding of the data privacy legislative framework. The role of Data Protection and Privacy Counsel will report into VP Legal and Data Protection Officer, located in the Langley office.

  1. Main Accountabilities: (Outline a list of the main accountabilities for the role)
  • Provide legal advice and support to management and staff on a wide range of data protection legal issues.
  • Assisting with data protection matters in a contractual/transactional context for customer, supplier and technology providers.
  • Working with key internal stakeholders (including HR) to ensure compliance with data privacy laws, and where necessary, advising on and monitoring data protection privacy impact assessments.
  • Reviewing vendor contracts (including EU model clauses) and consents needed to implement projects in partnership with the the technology legal team, procurement and cyber security functions.
  • Working with Compliance in the management of Travelport’s privacy governance framework with regular and ad hoc reporting on data privacy compliance within the organisation.
  • Delivery of data projects, such as compliance programs, GDPR implementation support, binding corporate rules project as well as other advisory work.
  • Support the work of the Data Protection Officer, participating in the Privacy & Compliance Team and Privacy Steering Committee meetings.
  • Advising the business on how data can be used in a compliant way both in the product and technology lifecycles.
  • Maintaining an (i) in-depth knowledge of the contracts, legislation, guidance and policy that regulate the use of data assets by the Travelport group; and (ii) expert level understanding of how these impact the business.
  • Creating and maintaining a knowledge management system in tandem with other team members.
  • Provide legal support on data protection queries and complaints (including ICO matters) from commercial, product, technology, HR or marketing teams.
  • Providing training and support to the business in respect of the use of the Travelport group's data assets, products and services in compliance with data protection legislation.
  • Prioritize workload and adhere to timeframes for completing tasks.
  • Provide clear, accurate guidance to internal stakeholders on contracts, legal risks and other legal authorities.
  • Support company purpose, vision and values.
  1. Knowledge, Skills,  Experience, Training, Education:
  • Trained in top or mid-tier commercial law firm in a common law jurisdiction.
  • 3-5 years of relevant post-qualification experience in data protection/privacy matters.
  • In-house experience (on secondment or otherwise) preferable.
  • Previous hands-on experience advising on data protection projects is a key requirement, including experience of advising on GDPR, on international data transfers, drafting privacy notices, negotiating and drafting data processor agreements, advising on website/marketing issues and report drafting to update internal stakeholders.
  • Strong knowledge of EU data privacy and data protection regulation, and a good understanding of other major privacy frameworks and evolving legislation worldwide and an understanding of cyber security measures.
  • Appetite to obtain expert level knowledge of the Travelport group’s wider regulatory universe relevant to data protection.
  • Works well with minimal supervision but with an emphasis on being a team player.
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal and written communication skills, with contractual clause drafting and negotiation experience.
  • Able to work on a wide range of projects with frequent interruptions but progress projects in a timely manner.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, detail-oriented, flexible, and innovative.
  • Experience handling IT/IP matters and technology transactions is helpful.
  • Strong sense of business and legal ethics.
  • Robust character with the ability to influence and to work under pressure.
  • Ability to disseminate technical legal advice to non-lawyers.
  1. Context/Environment:
  • Travelport is a leading travel commerce platform providing distribution, technology, payment and other solutions for the $7.6 trillion global travel and tourism industry. 
  • Travelport comprises a travel commerce platform, through which it facilitates travel commerce by connecting the world's leading travel providers with online and offline travel buyers in a travel commerce marketplace; and its technology services, through which it provides critical IT services such as shopping, ticketing, and departure control solutions, to airlines and other customers, enabling them to focus on their core business competencies and reduce costs. 
  • With a presence in over 180 countries, approximately 3,000 employees, and net 2018 revenue of over $2.5 billion, Travelport is headquartered in Langley, U.K.
  • The position is based in Langley, Berkshire.
  1. Working Relationship  (e.g., external customers, suppliers; internal customers, staff managed):
The role will interact with commercial, functional, technology, product and legal colleagues worldwide.  Interface with external counsel management of legal costs required.


Posted: August 12, 2019