Abbott Privacy Counsel in Abbott Park, Illinois

At Abbott, we're committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we've brought new products and technologies to the world -- in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals -- that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 94,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve. Please note that candidates need to be eligible to work in the U.S. without Abbott sponsorship.


This attorney will interface with Abbott Laboratories colleagues internationally and domestically on in-country and cross-border privacy and data protection-related legal issues, as well as work collaboratively to support internal business clients. Negotiating third party agreements with regards to privacy and cyber security will be one of the key focus areas of this role.

Candidate will be a self-starter and shall successfully work in “virtual” teams and cross-functional working groups. She/he is expected to build effective relationships with the functional business clients and shall partner with the other Abbott attorneys present in the region and globally.

A successful candidate will be localized in Abbott Park, and should be prepared to travel across the region. Occasional travel outside the region is also envisioned.

Further responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the legal “subject matter expert” in the US region on a full range of data protection and privacy/information security matters and other applicable laws affecting the company, prospects, customers and employees.

  • Develop, manage and assist in the implementation and maintenance of the Company's information privacy policies and procedures to ensure that business activities are consistent with them.

  • Scoping out the privacy related needs and emerging trends for the region.

  • Periodically revise the privacy program to reflect changes in laws, regulatory or Company policy and accreditation standards, and monitor advancements in information privacy technologies to ensure organizational adaptation and compliance, as needed.

  • Advising on issues around collecting, sharing and accessing personal information, marketing to customers, opt-out choices, online privacy notices, policies and practices.

  • Providing privacy-related legal advice concerning business transactions, including reviewing contracts with 3rd parties, performing privacy-related legal due diligence and drafting and negotiating applicable privacy-related provisions.

  • Providing privacy-related legal advice regarding online and social media activities, and emerging technology.

  • Providing privacy-related legal advice with regards to the launch of new medical devices, connected devices, mobile apps or any other technology platforms and products.

  • Reviewing and negotiating data protection and information security terms in vendor agreements, confidentiality agreements, etc.

  • Providing legal advice on data incidents as well as internal investigations and making determinations as to whether any notification is required to regulatory authorities.

  • Monitoring and providing strategic legal advice concerning legislative and regulatory developments in the emerging areas of data protection and information security.

  • Supporting the global privacy legal team in designing and delivering continuing legal education programs on privacy-related issues.

  • Work closely with Abbott product development and technology teams to anticipate potential privacy problems embedded in the use of emerging technologies (e.g. cloud, artificial intelligence, machine learning).

  • Collaborate with and assist the Abbott businesses and functions to develop corrective action plans for identified privacy compliance issues. Serve as an internal advisor to the BTS department to interpret privacy policy related questions.

  • Work with third-party service providers and other third party stakeholders to ensure that they understand and comply with Abbot’s basic privacy requirements.

  • Being an issue spotter, establishing connections and acting as a practical problem solver.

Required skills:

  • Law degree, obtained with excellent results. Supplementary degree is considered an asset

  • Strong knowledge of data protection and info security laws, rules and regulations specific to the US region, as well as industry leading-practices and standards

  • 5-7 years of privacy experience in a law firm and/or in-house corporate legal environment (in-house experience strongly preferred) with a track record of providing practical business-friendly advice

  • Strong and effective communications and client relationship/management skills.

  • Experience managing outside counsel and junior lawyers and comfort in working as part of virtual teams.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and teamwork and ability to influence through collaboration.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks (including those out of one’s comfort zone) and prioritize work in a deadline-intensive environment while continuing to provide highly responsive service.

  • Willingness and flexibility to take on new responsibilities and challenges as the businesses continue to evolve.

  • CIPP accreditations preferred but not essential.


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United States > Abbott Park : AP06A Floor-2





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