Senior Director - Privacy, Pfizer Inc., New York, NY

The Senior Director will oversee and manage Pfizer’s network of business aligned Privacy Stewards, related operational activities for their markets or business areas and implementation and operation of technologies that support such activities, including platforms for GDPR compliance purposes. This is a newly created role in Pfizer’s Global Privacy Office within the Legal Division.  This position will report to the global Chief Privacy Officer and will be located at Pfizer’s New York City Headquarters.

Role Responsibilities

Lead and drive privacy program operations across the Pfizer organization globally including matrix management of the network of over 30 business-aligned “Privacy Stewards,” keeping pace with the rapidly evolving privacy regulatory landscape including the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Assume program management responsibilities for privacy program (with initial emphasis on GDPR related operational activities), including management of strategic road map and further rollout globally of scalable GDPR solutions and innovative technologies to support privacy compliance.

Accountable for management of Privacy Steward network in order to facilitate implementation of data privacy policies and procedures, proactive interaction, strategic collaboration, communication and harmonization and consistency of approaches across the network, including establishment of systems to share knowledge across divisions.

Plan strategy to and operationalize the roll out of GDPR driven data privacy solutions outside of Europe, including gaining support for compliance initiatives from decision makers at all levels. 

Anticipate, oversee and influence change necessary to achieve privacy compliance objectives and maintain a data privacy culture across the organization taking into account different market cultures and legal requirements.

Manage privacy program enabling-technologies including coordination with Business Technology to ensure effective privacy controls, such as data processing inventories and  privacy impact assessments.

Leverage technical and functional expertise to institute and oversee effective data privacy reporting processes, standards and metrics and audit readiness.

Manage and support the development of direct reports filling privacy professional roles in the Global Privacy Office.  Manage, partner with and evaluate the work of external consultants to implement solutions to complex and emerging privacy requirements. 

Develop and execute privacy operational compliance monitoring activities including identifying trends and patterns that can be used to improve existing processes and effectively report status of privacy initiatives to Pfizer’s senior leaders, Enterprise Risk Management Program and Board of Directors.

Contribute to the development and execution of long-term strategy including data privacy governance activities related to the formation and management of an executive level data privacy governance committee.

Collaborate and work closely with lawyers in Global Privacy Office and other parts of Legal Division.


Basic Qualifications

At least 15 years of relevant work experience including experience in a data privacy, compliance or equivalent function for a large and matrixed organization.  

Strong knowledge of and experience in program and project management desired.

Candidate must have a high level of comfort with technology and information management tools, including experience assessing and defining business requirements for and implementing systems preferably in relation to compliance with data privacy or compliance programs.

Leaderships or management experience with cross functional teams and ability to work collaboratively. 

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and build effective relationships with internal stakeholders and business leaders.

Bachelor’s Degree required; Project Manager Certification (PMP) or equivalent work experience required. 

Preferred Qualifications

Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) or Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) preferred.  Master’s Degree in management or related area preferred. 

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.   Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

Sunshine Act

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