Job title: Associate Director, Privacy Counsel

Company: Illumina

Job description: Every day at Illumina, we have the chance to do once-in-a-lifetime work. As a company igniting the future of genomics in the clinical space, it’s never been more important for our technology to be precise, reliable, and transformational. Let’s change the world together.

General Summary:

Illumina is recruiting an experienced Privacy Counsel (PC) to provide legal guidance, strategic insights and practical experience to support Illumina’s compliance with global privacy and data protection laws and regulations, and to provide counsel for privacy and data-related client and contractual issues and complex data use issues under global privacy laws and regulations. The successful candidate is an experienced privacy professional with a proven track record in collaboratively and pragmatically directing privacy and data protection needs and issues for a multi-national company. The PC will have experience in presenting to senior executives and/or outside directors and is a self-starter who successfully works in “virtual” teams, cross-functional working groups, and with regulators. The PC is expected to build effective relationships with business unit leaders and other clients, and to partner with Illumina’s global Legal, Compliance and Information Security functions. This attorney will be within commutable distance to our San Diego, CA, Foster City, CA or Madison, WI location.


In this role, you will work closely with the Legal, Compliance and Information Security functions to develop and monitor policies and procedures applicable to the business and in compliance with global privacy and data privacy laws and regulations. Duties will include:

  • Implementing measures and a privacy governance framework to manage data use in compliance with the GDPR and other applicable privacy regulations, including developing templates for data collection, assisting with data mapping, and vendor management reviews.
  • Working with key internal stakeholders in the review of projects and related data to ensure compliance with local data privacy laws, and where necessary, complete and advise on privacy impact assessments.
  • Serving as a point of contact for privacy-related queries in the business.
  • Managing and conducting ongoing reviews of Illumina’s privacy governance framework.
  • Assist in driving cross-functional organizational education of privacy awareness and proactive risk identification and assessment related to privacy as well as other enterprise-wide risk.
  • Coordinating and conducting data privacy audits.
  • Collaborating with the Information Security function(s) to maintain records of all data assets and exports and maintaining a data security incident management plan to ensure timely remediation of incidents including impact assessments, security breach response, complaints, claims or notifications, and responding to data subject access requests (DSARs).

Position Description

  • Provide counsel related to advanced and cutting-edge data use as well as data mapping, classification, and related data management and governance.
  • Collaborate with Illumina’s IT, products and software teams to ensure all systems and procedures comply with all relevant data privacy law, regulation and policy, including in relation to the retention and destruction of data.
  • Draft, negotiate, and interpret privacy, security and data use and protection terms in contracts and disclosures, including Data Protection Addendums and Intra Company Agreements, consistent with Illumina’s strategy and goals.
  • Assist in maintaining onward data transfer mechanisms such as Standard Contractual Clauses and other applicable mechanisms.
  • Review issues related to Incident Response, customer security questionnaires and security certifications.
  • Develop and review Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and other internal privacy and data security assessments.
  • Review issues related to local marketing and data analytics initiatives.
  • Collaborate with other attorneys in the Legal Department as a privacy subject matter expert.
  • Stay abreast of, and communicate clearly to non-lawyers, changes to or developments in privacy and data protection laws and regulations and their impact on business operations.
  • Promote effective work practices, work as a team member, and show respect for co-workers.

Experience & Education

  • Law degree from an ABA accredited law school with exceptional academic credentials and a member of a state bar in good standing required.
  • Hold at least one Data Protection and/or Privacy certification such as, CIPP, CIPT, ISEB, etc., (preferred).
  • 10+ years or relevant legal experience
  • Experience with US and EU data privacy laws. Experience in healthcare law, particularly HIPAA, strongly preferred.
  • 7+ years’ experience within a compliance, legal, audit and/or risk function, with recent experience in privacy compliance. Global privacy experience in a multi-national company (medical device, pharmaceutical, or healthcare preferred) or a global law firm.
  • Experience in developing policy and compliance training.

Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact To learn more, visit:

Expected salary:

Location: San Diego, CA

Job date: Sun, 24 Oct 2021 04:53:19 GMT

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