Privacy Counsel, Novo Nordisk, Inc., Plainsboro, NJ

Responsible for Privacy strategy and program for the U.S. Affiliate as well as Corporate legal support for the U.S. Affiliate.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with privacy office on enterprise-wide privacy policies and procedures, consistent with applicable U.S. and global laws
  • Act as the company’s privacy legal expert with knowledge of applicable state, federal and international laws and regulations including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Act, CAN-SPAM, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)/, CCPA and related medical information privacy laws, laws and regulations related to employee privacy, and other global laws and regulations including those implementing the GDPR
  • Collaborate with privacy office through on-going privacy risk assessments, identify areas of potential brand impact and legal consideration and propose and drive solutions
  • Liaise with privacy professionals at peer companies and industry organizations
  • Sit on privacy governance committee as legal representative
  • Keeps informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the company, and assists with development of policies and training as needed
  • May retain, manage and assist outside counsel as needed◦Reliance on outside counsel is limited to only when necessary for unusual day-to-day issues
  • Performs other duties as assigned by senior management
  • Proactively identifies risks and mitigating actions
  • Provides legal support to with minimal oversight and guidance from managing attorney
  • Upholds, acts as a role-model for, and encourages other lawyers on the team to embrace the following approach to in-house counseling:
    • Ideally, there will be one lawyer per client or meeting (others may be consulted behind the scenes, but then only when necessary for narrow expertise)
    • High levels of consistency in legal advice (actual and perceived by explaining differences to clients)
    • Seek alignment up and across Legal, in advance of client meetings as much as reasonably possible
    • High levels of ownership, accountability and pride by lawyers with respect to their work
    • Actively seeking customer feedback on a continuous basis, actively listening and clarifying feedback, and acting in response as needed
    • Legal is viewed as a business partner and not an obstacle. Legal advice against engaging in a business practice is well-understood and respected by clients
    • Legal advice is clear as to the risk types, level, likelihood
    • Business-focused advice rather than abstract legal possibilities
    • Proactive, creative value-added legal role to help the business achieve its goals
    • Upholding and modeling ethical behavior and conduct at all times

Physical Requirements:

0-10% overnight travel required


  • A Bachelor's degree is required. JD degree and state bar admission required
  • 8+ years of experience in a law firm or in-house legal or compliance department required. Experience dealing with healthcare/pharmaceutical privacy matters highly desired
  • Certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional highly desired
  • In-depth knowledge of applicable state, federal and international privacy laws
  • Demonstrated experience making sound risk assessments, and identifying and resolving legal and regulatory issues quickly and effectively and ability to make real-time decisions
  • Proven track record as a strong team player with ability to work cross-functionally in a complex organizational structure
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of an organization
  • Ability to work independently and be pragmatic and results focused
  • Strong problem-solving skills – demonstrates and exercises creativity and initiative
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills – able to effectively collaborate and communicate with client groups within the company
  • Proactive, creative, innovative problem-solving and collaborative approach to counselling clients

Novo Nordisk is an Equal Opportunity Employer /F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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