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Senior Counsel Privacy (MPT, Pharma, WWM, QA and LATAM)

Req # JR - 130375 Location Deerfield, Illinois, United States Job Category Legal Date posted 06/20/2024
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At Baxter, we are deeply connected by our mission. No matter your role at Baxter, your work makes a positive impact on people around the world. You’ll feel a sense of purpose throughout the organization, as we know our work improves outcomes for millions of patients. 

Baxter’s products and therapies are found in almost every hospital worldwide, in clinics and in the home. For over 85 years, we have pioneered significant medical innovations that transform healthcare.

Together, we create a place where we are happy, successful and inspire each other. This is where you can do your best work. 

Join us at the intersection of saving and sustaining lives— where your purpose accelerates our mission. 

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This role will lead the implementation and support of the MPT, Pharmaceuticals (Pharma), Functions (WWM and QA) on Data Privacy compliance, as well as support the day-to-day management of the privacy program in LATAM geographies in accordance with Baxter’s Global Privacy Policy, GDPR policy, as well as HIPAA, CCPA/CPRA and other state laws, GDPR, and local privacy laws in the applicable geographies. The role will have to partner as appropriate with senior functional leaders in order to: (i) mobilize resources across the organization to implement the Data Privacy program, so that Baxter employees can achieve their business goals consistent with Baxter’s values and standards and applicable data protection legal requirements, and (ii) enable the development and execution of innovative data-driven business initiatives while ensuring compliance with data privacy and data protection laws in US and LATAM geographies.

The Position will report to the Associate General Counsel, Head of Privacy HST & CPS- US.

Role and responsibilities

  • Act as the main advisor and SME for the MPT and Pharma segments and support the initiatives, projects and product assessments providing practical, timely, strategic, and high-quality legal advice on data privacy and roll out under Global Privacy Laws.
  • Provide pragmatic legal advice on data-driven projects including mobile applications, artificial intelligence, data analytics, software as a medical device.
  • Strategically assess potential privacy risks with innovative new initiatives and develop appropriate controls, training, and mentorship to ensure compliance with applicable privacy laws and Baxter’s Privacy Program.
  • Monitor developments in global data privacy laws (and related legislation and industry practices).
  • Support operationalization of compliance with regional and local laws such as HIPAA, CCPA/CPRA, state laws, GDPR, and/or local laws in the geographies, including LATAM.
  • Drive Baxter’s Privacy compliance efforts and achievements, while building a culture of privacy.
  • Attend or facilitate the Privacy Office meetings and serve as a first point of contact for the country Local Privacy Champions (LPCs).
  • Be able to act independently and provide legal advice and counsel to Baxter on privacy matters.
  • Partner and interact closely with business and/or functional leaders and/or teams in the identification of privacy related issues and support in the efficient resolution.
  • Identify areas of vulnerability and risk and undertake corrective plans to resolve the issues.
  • Build awareness and perform trainings, as needed, following the Baxter Privacy Office Curriculum and functional needs.
  • Conduct or support internal investigations of allegations of potential data breaches.
  • Lead data subject requests as per privacy laws.
  • Conduct privacy impact assessments as the need arises in the geographies under the supervision of Baxter Privacy Office.
  • Draft and negotiate Business Associate Agreements and/or Data Processing Agreements, as applicable, with Baxter’s vendors and customers.
  • Perform due diligence exercises on Baxter’s potential partners from a data protection compliance standpoint.
  • Maintain up to date privacy expertise, skills, and proficiency regarding evolving laws, regulations, mentorship, and directives impacting Baxter internationally.

Position requirements

  • Law Degree from a US jurisdiction and active bar membership.
  • 7+ years of professional experience in an international company or in an international law firm in the area of data protection. The ideal candidate will have experience gained from a mix of law firm private practice and in-house positions in companies engaged in the life-sciences sector.
  • Healthcare experience required. Medical Device and international experience strongly preferred.
  • Expert knowledge of global data privacy laws (such as HIPAA, CCPA/CPRA, including the GDPR).
  • Experience in leading data incidents and breaches.
  • Experience with counseling business clients on an international level.
  • Ability to work independently and navigate ambiguous legal issues.
  • Proven track record in working with others in addressing privacy issues in a pragmatic way and within complex organization environment.
  • High degree of accountability, professional motivation, and drive with the resulting ability to thrive in a results oriented culture while driving excellence to optimize the execution of transactions.
  • Proven history of proactively identifying and researching legal risks and issues and effectively counseling clients regarding same providing concrete risk mitigation strategies.
  • Ability to work with and coordinate activities among individuals across various functional areas and effectively communicate the impact of law and regulation on business operations in solution-focused manner
  • Proficiency in English. French or Spanish will be considered as a plus.

Baxter is committed to supporting the needs for flexibility in the workplace. We do so through our flexible workplace policy which includes a minimum of 3 days a week onsite. This policy provides the benefits of connecting and collaborating in-person in support of our Mission.

We understand compensation is an important factor as you consider the next step in your career. At Baxter, we are committed to equitable pay for all our employees, and we strive to be more transparent with our pay practices. To that end, this position has a salary range of $224,000 to $280,000 and also includes an annual incentive bonus and equity target .The above range represents the expected salary range for this position. The actual salary may vary based upon several factors including, but not limited to, relevant skills/experience, time in role, business line, and geographic/office location.


The successful candidate for this job may be required to verify that he or she has been vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for individuals with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent vaccination, and in accordance with applicable law.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Baxter is an equal opportunity employer. Baxter evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, disability/handicap status or any other legally protected characteristic.

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