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The Assistant GC – Privacy / Cyber is the Company’s principal attorney and legal subject matter expert regarding privacy, data protection, cyber security, insider threats, and complex information technology (IT) services contracting matters. This position is a direct report to the Deputy General Counsel – Compliance and supports the Company’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and Marketing, E-Commerce, and IT Sourcing functions.
This position reports to the Deputy General Counsel - Compliance and is based in Newport News, VA. A competitive package, including relocation to the area.
Privacy/Data Protection – Provide advice and counsel to key stakeholders on legal issues relating to U.S. and international privacy/data protection compliance regimes (e.g., CCPA; GDPR); Promote an understanding and awareness of related risks across the businesses and functions; Support the development and implementation of the Company’s privacy/data protection compliance strategies, including appropriate document marking and records retention protocols; Respond to third party privacy/data protection compliance inquiries under applicable laws
Cyber Security/Insider Threat – Support the Company’s comprehensive cyber security and insider threat programs; Serve as the Legal Department representative on the Company’s Information Assurance Council; Work with senior management to address and mitigate cyber security incidents and comply with applicable reporting requirements; Respond to data spills of sensitive information on technology platforms
IT Services – Provide legal support in the negotiation of complex commercial transactions with key IT and cyber security service providers
Policies – Develop, coordinate with key stakeholders, and implement appropriate policies and procedures to ensure that the Company’s privacy/data protection compliance programs are effective and efficient in preventing, detecting and correcting any non-compliances with applicable laws and regulations
Compliance Plan & Monitoring – Develop an annual privacy/data protection compliance work plan that is flexibly tailored within an overarching compliance framework that balances regulatory requirements, risk mitigation and business objectives; Partner with business and legal colleagues to conduct semi-annual risk assessments and assurance activities; Prepare clear and concise data-driven compliance reports in a timely manner; Monitor and analyze relevant legal developments and government regulatory updates
Other Responsibilities - Support other compliance activities performed by the Legal Department (as needed); Support M&A/JV activities as a SME within his/her domain expertise
Awareness Training - Provide guidance, advice, and engaging training programs to improve the business' understanding of relevant legal and regulatory requirements
J.D. from a reputable U.S. law school; active Bar membership in the U.S.
At least 6 years of legal experience working in the field of privacy/data protection, Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards and/or cyber security (ISO27000 or NIST SP 800-171); Prior in-house experience is preferred
Experience advising on customer, vendor and employee privacy/data protection strategies for international commercial organizations
Experience with drafting, negotiating and advising on complex IT services contracting (e.g., software licensing, cloud services, SAAS) is a plus
Demonstrated ability to create and conduct engaging and effective live training presentations and the creation of effective interactive electronic training programs
Excellent organizational, analytical, communication, and diplomacy skills
Strong influencing skills, as well as excellent collaboration skills, to engage with high performance teams and colleagues in different functions and levels within a diverse, international organization
Excellent project and time management skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks of varied complexity, set priorities, meet deadlines, and develop process efficiencies where required
Willing and able to travel regularly (mainly in North America)
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: R-56125
Ferguson raises the bar for industry standards as the top-rated wholesale supplier of commercial and residential plumbing supplies. However, our expertise goes beyond plumbing. We are a diverse distributor that spans multiple businesses including HVAC/R, waterworks and industrial. In the past 65 years, we’ve grown from a local distributor to a $16.7 billion dollar company with more than 1,400 locations and over 27,000 associates nationwide. Our associates provide expert advice and a range of products and services our customers want to improve their construction, renovation and maintenance projects. Providing world-class customer service is a cultural belief that is demonstrated every day through our expansive product selection backed by our knowledgeable associates.
Largest U.S. distributor of plumbing supplies, PVF, waterworks and fire and fabrication products
Third largest distributor of industrial and HVAC/R products
$16.7 billion in sales
10 strategically-located distribution centers throughout the US
Serves customers in all 50 states, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Mexico
Commercial and residential plumbing supplies
Pipe, valves, and fittings (PVF)
Heating and cooling equipment (HVAC)
Industrial and mechanical products
Fire protection products
Kitchen, bath, lighting, and appliances
Tools and safety equipment
Maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products