Senior Data Privacy Counsel


United States - NY, New York

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Medidata: Conquering Diseases Together

Medidata is leading the digital transformation of life sciences, creating hope for millions of patients. Medidata helps generate the evidence and insights to help pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostics companies, and academic researchers accelerate value, minimize risk, and optimize outcomes. More than one million registered users across more than 1,700 customers and partners access the world's most-used platform for clinical development, commercial, and real-world data. Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes company, is headquartered in New York City and has offices around the world to meet the needs of its customers. Medidata is also Acorn AI, one of the largest AI companies exclusively dedicated to life sciences. It’s built on Medidata’s platform, which includes the industry’s largest structured, standardized and growing clinical trial data repository consisting of 25K+ trials and 7M patients. Discover more at

Your Mission:

This is an opportunity to work on some of the most complex questions at the intersection of privacy law, technology and life sciences research as part of our tight-knit, dynamic legal department at our U.S. headquarters in Tribeca. Our Privacy team works with all groups across Medidata, especially Information Security and Global Compliance and Strategy, to incorporate privacy in everything we do in service of our mission: to advance the development of new treatments. Key details about our Privacy program are at

We are seeking a Senior Data Privacy Counsel to support our industry-leading Privacy program, focusing on ensuring compliance with global data protection laws (in particular, the GDPR), enhancing our privacy controls, and supporting negotiations with a wide range of customers, partners and vendors. The Data Privacy Counsel will report to Medidata’s SVP, DGC & Chief Privacy Counsel. You’re an experienced, practical and collaborative lawyer with the ability to influence cross-functional stakeholders across a fast-growing, global organization.


  • Manage complex privacy initiatives in coordination with involved stakeholders to ensure privacy policies are correctly implemented and that new product offerings meet our privacy and data protection requirements.

  • Manage and mature our privacy controls (privacy by design, data registries, etc.) to continuously improve our privacy and data governance programs.

  • Draft and negotiate privacy and data protection agreements with our customers, partners and vendors (e.g., SCCs and DPAs for SaaS and partnership agreements).

  • Conduct diligence of privacy laws, regulations and guidance.

  • Advise internal stakeholders on privacy and data protection, risk and risk mitigation.

Your Competencies:

  • Agility and a growth mindset; willingness to learn new things and broaden areas of expertise.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, and to adapt quickly to change.

  • A keen business sense, the skills to find creative solutions to legal issues, and the ability to effectively balance legal risk against business interests.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to collaborate with multiple teams simultaneously, and to communicate with technologists and other non-privacy practitioners about complex privacy regimes.

Your Education & Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate with 4+ years of relevant legal experience; CIPP/E or CIPP/US.

  • Member in good standing of the New York State Bar or registered as in-house counsel; other state bar membership considered.

  • Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing and/or developing a business-enabling privacy program, preferably in a control compliance framework (ISO, SOC, etc.).

  • Experience negotiating and drafting commercial privacy agreements.

  • Expertise in one or more global privacy frameworks (e.g., GDPR, HIPAA, CSL, state breach laws).

  • Understanding of SaaS technologies and/or Life Sciences business is helpful.


COVID Statement

Medidata requires all U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide documentation of full vaccination, unless qualified for an accommodation as determined by Medidata, consistent with applicable law.  Although accommodation requests will be considered (and granted where appropriate/possible), it may be determined that a candidate is unable to adequately perform the essential functions of the position without imposing an undue hardship on Medidata due to customer requirements, staffing needs, or other business reasons.

Medidata is making a real difference in the lives of patients everywhere by accelerating critical drug and medical device development, enabling life-saving drugs and medical devices to get to market faster. Our products sit at the convergence of the Technology and Life Sciences industries, one of most exciting areas for global innovation. Nine of the top 10 best-selling drugs in 2017 were developed on the Medidata platform. 

Medidata Solutions have powered over 20,000+ clinical trials giving us the largest collection of clinical trial data in the world. With this asset, we pioneer innovative, advanced applications and intelligent data analytics, bringing an unmatched level of quality and efficiency to clinical trials enabling treatments to reach waiting patients sooner.

Medidata Solutions, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Medidata Solutions provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Medidata Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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