Head of Legal - Data Protection

London - West

Location: Hammersmith


Salary: Competitive salary + Bonus + Car Allowance + Benefits

Head of Legal - Data Protection

Hammersmith, W6 8BS

Competitive salary + Bonus + Car Allowance + Benefits

This is an exciting time to join Virgin Media as a Head of Legal - Data Protection. Working with the General Counsel and Legal Leadership Team, you will take personal ownership for pro-active business partnering in the provision of legal advice on commercial matters, including but not limited to privacy, data protection, intellectual property and information security matters across the entire company.
Assisting in setting the company-wide privacy agenda in light of the global privacy landscape, you will provide accurate and effective legal and policy advice to enable Virgin Media to function to meet and manage its objectives.
This will include advice on data protection, privacy, regulatory security (compliance with Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014) and other ISP and network related issues (e.g. data security, piracy, threats and intelligence). Your duties will be wide ranging, but ultimately you will be responsible for:

* Working closely with the Legal Director, Heads of Legal and fellow Legal Counsel on all relevant commercial issues, taking ownership of matters, as appropriate.
* Partnering with the business in the setting of data security policy and guidelines; works closely with the business, occasionally sitting within the business in order to build relationships and better understand key legal issues.
* Advising on "business as usual" data protection issues such as marketing consents, opt-outs, competitions, privacy policy and notices, data sharing agreements, international transfers of data.
* Providing the business with advice on developing product offerings, and novel use of data (e.g. customer analytics, data leveraging, insight, data profiling, use of advertising / social networking data).
* Advising on material commercial agreements (e.g. outsourcing and subcontracting arrangements): use of data and data protection clauses (including EU model clauses), assessing the risk to Virgin Media of certain contractual terms.
* Providing expertise and guidance on new legal developments such as the GDPR; experience in undertaking audits / assessments and data mapping.
* Supporting the compliance and risk team in incident management, complaints and breach reporting, including effective communication strategy with regulator, customers and other stakeholders, and directing team as to legal and regulatory requirements of data protection regulation (including Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations), ensuring the correct judgment calls are made in time sensitive matters.
* Identifying areas of risk in relation to data privacy and assisting in providing solutions to manage these risks.
* Sharing knowledge with the legal department as a whole and delivering training as required, taking an active role in departmental educational opportunities, periodic departmental meetings and other initiatives designed to promote departmental communication and cohesiveness.

* Supporting other areas when necessary, taking on responsibilities to support the legal function and business as a whole.
Everyone in our Legal team has a proactive and collaborative approach to work, with a keen eye for new legal developments and the drive to develop standards and practices. If you join us as a Head of Legal - Data Protection we would want you to be:

* A recognised legal expert in data protection/data privacy, with a proven track record of execution.
* At least 10 years PQE with complimentary experience in leading significant, high-profile matters in a consumer-facing business.
* A proven leader, with experience of managing teams.
* Experienced in working in a large consumer facing business.
* Practiced in commercial contract work, to give a wider perspective
* Experienced within the TMT sector - desirable, not essential.

* Knowledgeable on the subject of data monetarization - desirable, not essential.
So why Virgin Media? We are delivering the biggest investment in the UK’s digital infrastructure for over a decade, with a huge programme to extend our ultrafast broadband network and brilliant Virgin TV to 17 million homes and businesses. We’re challenging our competitors with the best services and the fastest speeds.
Join and you’ll be part of the Virgin Media family. We’re a great place to work - and we offer impressive benefits too! You will get a generous holiday allowance, contributory pension, performance related bonus and, of course, discounts across Virgin Media products ad Virgin brands!
Come and be a part of something special. Join us!