Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy

Embedded in a worldwide network Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America continuously strives to remain at the forefront of successful automotive research and development. MBRDNA is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with key areas of Autonomous Driving, Advanced Interaction Design, Digital User Experience, Machine Learning, Customer Research, and Open Innovation. In Redford, Michigan, the focus is on Powertrain and eDrive technology as well as in Long Beach, where the teams test durability of the latest driver assistant and telematic systems. The Digital Hub in Seattle focusses on developing a cloud architecture and building out the cloud platform for the next generation of connected car services. The Testing and Regulatory Affairs Division in Ann Arbor and the Advanced Vehicle Design in Carlsbad complete the competence center.

The Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) legal department is seeking an experienced attorney who will focus on our U.S. data privacy program. This is an exciting opportunity to work for a premium global brand on emerging automotive technologies. You will serve as a key privacy advisor to technical teams throughout the product life cycle, among other initiatives. You will also work cross-functionally with internal stakeholders to ensure that our company privacy policies and practices align with the rapidly evolving legal landscape.

Job title depends on experience. Remote arrangements possible but prefer applicants who are based in Michigan (Metro Detroit or Ann Arbor) or Southern California.


Job Responsibilities:


  • Act as the lead privacy lawyer for MBRDNA, providing guidance on domestic and international privacy and data protection laws (e.g., CCPA, CPRA, CPA, VCDPA, GDPR, BIPA)
  • Enhance MBRDNA’s U.S. privacy program, with a focus on facilitating software development and novel third-party technology engagements
  • Partner with engineers, IT, legal team members, and other stakeholders to ensure company’s compliance with applicable privacy laws and regulations, and industry best practices
  • Collaborate with counterparts at affiliates as needed to align on privacy policies and procedures
  • Maintain and update MBRDNA’s privacy policies and contractual templates
  • Draft, review, and negotiate privacy-related contractual terms in commercial agreements
  • Design and conduct privacy assessments
  • Create and deliver trainings to employees on privacy policies and procedures
  • Refine and oversee implementation of security breach response plans
  • Collaborate with and provide feedback to external affairs team on U.S. privacy legislation and regulations
  • Stay current on U.S. and global data privacy and security legislation, enforcement actions, and industry trends, and adjust internal policies accordingly
  • Resolve internal and external privacy-related inquiries, and manage outside counsel and privacy vendors

    Minimum Qualifications:


  • At least 10 years combined data privacy experience in law firm and in-house settings
  • 10-12 years of experience
  • Significant privacy counseling experience at a technology company
  • Undergraduate degree and J.D. from an accredited law school
  • Demonstrated mastery of U.S. privacy laws and regulations relevant to our industry, and deep knowledge of GDPR
  • Proven ability to independently manage complex, cross-functional projects from ideation to implementation in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience analyzing products to determine compliance with applicable privacy laws, and leading any necessary remediation efforts
  • Commercial drafting and negotiation experience with privacy and data protection provisions
  • Ability to provide clear and concise business-minded legal advice
  • Self-starter, proactive, responsive, and customer-oriented
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • A strong desire to solve problems, with a balanced focus on both legal and business concerns
  • Enthusiasm for positive and respectful relationships internally and externally
  • Capacity to work independently, as well as part of a team
  • Member of a State bar in good standing (California or New York preferred)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP)/U.S. credential

    Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience in the automotive or autonomous driving industry
  • CIPP/E credential
  • Technical background
  • Experience working at a global technology company



    Why should you apply?
    Here at MBRDNA, you create digital ecosystems around cars, you design a language between humans and machines, you make a car even more intelligent – you make the new reality for cars. Our benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k savings plan, tuition and fitness reimbursement programs and much more.  We have an open and flexible environment to allow you to push boundaries, join MBRDNA and design your future.
    MBRDNA is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workforce.
    MBRDNA only accepts resumes from approved agencies who have a valid Agency Agreement on file. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, MBRDNA employees, or send to any MBRDNA location.  MBRDNA is not responsible for any fees or claims related to receipt of unsolicited resumes.
    Thank you for your interest in Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. Please be aware the impact of COVID-19 could increase the amount of time it takes our HR and Hiring Team to process your application. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are dedicated to the health and safety of our employees and candidates. We appreciate your patience during this time.
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