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Medtronic US Privacy Counsel in Minneapolis, Minnesota

US Privacy Counsel


Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Apr 22, 2021

Careers that Change Lives

The US Privacy Counselprovides direct support for US legal data protection and privacy matters for Medtronic as a member of Medtronics global Center of Excellence for data and privacy. This seasoned professionalprovides data protection and privacy legal expertise, guidance, and direct support for operational execution and compliance with US based legal, regulatory and business data protection and privacy requirements, such as HIPAA and state specific requirements. ThePrivacy Counselis a key resource and strategic partner for multiple data protection and privacy stakeholders and functions such as the Global Data Protection and Privacy Program (Global Program); partner functions such as the Global Security Office and IT Architecture; and business group and regional executive leaders and personnel.

ThePrivacy Counselreports to Americas Data and Privacy leader. To be successful, individuals in this position require broad legal experience coupled with deep US data protection and privacy expertise and demonstrated abilities to (1) form productive relationships across and within all levels of the organization; (2) navigate highly matrixed business operations and accountabilities; (3) influence without direct authority; (4) identify and address complex legal issues and risks relating to business and clinical operations and legal/regulatory requirements and provide recommendations and solutions to achieve business objectives; and (5) advise businesses on regulatory requirements for data protection and privacy.

We believe that when people from different cultures, genders, and points of view come together, innovation is the result and everyone wins. Medtronic walks the walk, creating an inclusive culture where you can thrive.

The preferred, but not required, location for this position is Minneapolis, MN.

A Day in the Life

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

ThePrivacy Counselprovides a broad range of legal advice, guidance and direct support for data protection and privacy compliance, analyzes complex legal issues, and identifies appropriate business and operational legal advice, solutions and strategies to limit/mitigate/remediate legal and business risks. Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading by example to model a culture of ethics and integrity; exercising sound judgment and courage as a trusted advisor to the business and to the team;

  • Providing strategic and proactive counsel to create innovative solutions to complex data and privacy issues for digital innovation, digital health, big data and artificial intelligence and become a partner in privacy by design; As health-related data is a key of Medtronic future progress, this includes actively thinking forward and developing new concepts under the legal frameworks applying to Medtronic in the US;

  • Serving as an escalation point, problem-solver, and legal expert for privacy professionals, Medtronic lawyers, and others working on day-to-day data and privacy issues in Medtronics operating units and functions, including clinical;

  • Advising on risk-based data protection and privacy operational compliance monitoring activities in collaboration and coordination with the organizations Global Program team;

  • Providing legal advice, guidance and support on the investigation and remediation of privacy breaches and other incidents; advising on notification and regulatory reporting requirements, as well as relevant communications; provide legal and risk mitigation advice including remediation and root cause determinations;

  • Drafting and as requested negotiating privacy contract terms for complex/unique needs;

  • Providing legal advice, guidance and support on a wide variety of U.S.-based privacy program legal needs, including privacy impact assessment (PIA) activities, privacy by design needs, HIPAA-specific program needs, data process and transfer issues, contracting and Business Associate issues, incident remediation, clinical support, MA support, and other programmatic needs;

  • Collaborating effectively across Medtronic operating units and functions.

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • JD from a well-regarded and accredited university, with admission to practice law in Minnesota or at least one State

  • 8+ years as a practicing lawyer with experience and knowledge of data protection/privacy requirements, laws and regulations in the US

Nice to Have

  • Knowledge of and experience providing legal advice and business solutions relating to US data protection and privacy laws and regulations with specific expertise relating to HIPAA and State requirements;

  • Experience providing legal advice, support and business solutions for a data protection, privacy, security, or equivalent function directly or indirectly for a large, regulated and matrixed organization;

  • Strong expertise to provide legal advice and lead drafting of commercial agreements, contracts, vendor agreements, data transfer agreements; etc. as applicable;

  • Experience representing highly technical companies working with advanced data business models, including use of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, edge computing, and other cutting-edge technologies;

  • Experience advising companies on direct-to-consumer programs based upon deep interconnectivity with those consumers;

  • Proven track record of successful and broad influence management;

  • Legal experience in the tech or medical device/pharma industry ;

  • Strong ability to influence across functions and businesses to negotiate and gain cooperation on operational issues and internal divergent objectives;

  • Demonstrated results orientation (driving to deadlines, financial targets, project goals, etc.);

  • Demonstrated ability to work across a matrixed or virtual organization and still meet objectives ;

  • Experience and demonstrated ability to present to a variety of audiences including the ability to translate technical information ;

  • Familiarity with HIPAA, Breach Notification laws, ISO and other standards bodies and international standards;

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing priorities simultaneously;

  • Demonstrated ability to utilize excellent decision-making skills;

  • Excellent advocacy and negotiation skills;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Adept at analyzing and interpreting laws and regulations and providing business solutions ;

  • Demonstrated experience building positive relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including with employees, clients, senior management, external parties/authorities and suppliers.

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Lets work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

Travel - 10%.

It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.