Data and AI Counsel - Director

  • Accenture
  • Remote (USA)
  • Jun 02, 2022
Full time Legal

Job Description

Organization: Corporate Functions/Legal

Location: US negotiable

Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 674,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities. Visit us at www.accenture.com.  

People in the Corporate Function contribute to the running of Accenture as a high- performance business through specialization within a specific functional area, and grow into internally focused roles by deepening their skills and/or developing new skills within an internal functional area.

Legal and Commercial Services professionals deliver and coordinate legal, contract and commercial advice and counsel in support of Accenture's or our clients' business, working to manage and mitigate risk and ensure ethical behavior and compliance with laws and company policies.     

Job Description

Imagine being part of team that helps transform leading organisations and communities around the world!

At Accenture we put innovation at the heart of everything we do and coupled with our core values of client value creation, one global network, respect for the individual, best people, integrity and stewardship, we offer careers that provide unparalleled opportunities for career growth and job satisfaction.

Data & AI Compliance is part of our CORE (Compliance, Operations, Regulatory and Ethics) group in Legal. Our professionals work closely with other Legal teams, corporate and business functions to ensure we do business in a responsible and compliant way, and help bring our values to life, every day, with a focus on building and maintaining trust of our people, clients, suppliers and partners. We identify and manage legal, business and commercial risks and provide high quality guidance and advice to our organization.

Job description – Associate Director, Data & AI Compliance

Key Responsibilities

As the Associate Director, Data & AI Compliance, you build and lead Accenture’s new global Data & Applied Intelligence compliance program, reporting to and in close cooperation with our Senior Director, Data, AI & Privacy Compliance. The program will ensure Accenture meets contractual obligations, legal and regulatory requirements as well as voluntary commitments made in the fields of data governance and applied (artificial) intelligence, with a strong focus on bringing Accenture’s values and culture to life.

This senior role will be at the core of our activities to design, build and maintain a strong compliance program which sits next to our mature data privacy program. The program will be established in 2022 and should very soon be operational while we will further extend it in 2023 and beyond. It works in close alignment with our other compliance programs, our Global Services Legal team, Responsible AI team and others. It is a full-time role that will be filled by an experienced senior professional able to demonstrate strong expertise and interest in the areas of digital, technology, governance and compliance.

The Associate Director, Data & AI Compliance is expected to demonstrate leadership behaviors, which include adhering to Accenture’s Core Values. The successful candidate is also expected to promote and practice all aspects of Accenture’s leadership DNA.

Your (and your team’s) key responsibilities will be to

  • Design and build, in a phased approach, a comprehensive compliance program aligned to Accenture’s framework of compliance, reflecting leading industry practice;

  • Recruit, integrate and lead a global and diverse team of dedicated experts;

  • Identify relevant current and future legal, regulatory and policy requirements as well as voluntary commitments and industry best practices, and translate them into Accenture policy, standards and controls;

  • Develop tools and concepts for, and to conduct, reviews and assessments, with a focus on high-risk ones, to ensure ongoing compliance;

  • Closely work with risk, information security and other teams to build and run the program,  supporting our risk and quality management as well as post market monitoring, each as relevant for the scope of the program;

  • Support client facing work such as client assessments and contracts;

  • Partner and interact with key business stakeholders and senior individuals across Accenture, to ensure data and AI compliance issues are considered at the outset of new services, offerings, projects, products and initiatives;

  • Represent function on steering committees, boards and other bodies;

  • Keep abreast of technology trends and developments and their impact, and develop guidance, training and thought leadership for internal audiences;

  • Build and maintain strong and trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders, in particular with legal and business teams, and interaction with clients, as needed;

  • Effectively work with a team of legal professionals and business teams in remote locations, providing advice and guidance in an engaged, business focused and pragmatic manner.

Work Requirements:

  • Travel required as needed (likely <10%); 

  • Must have ability to effectively work with others remotely, manage a schedule with global stakeholders.​

Basic Qualifications:

  • JD or equivalent law degree (based on geography) or M.Sc. or comparable degree in (business) informatics, data science, information management, or adjacent subjects;

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in a (ideally global) compliance and ethics/governance function, preferably in a major law firm and/or multinational corporation;

  • Minimum 5 years team leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Relevant certifications (such as in data privacy, data governance, audit, AI, Information Security) considered a plus;

  • Deep knowledge of data governance, data management principles, strategies and frameworks;

  • Knowledge of and experience in monitoring legal and regulatory trends and developments and translating those into actionable requirements;

  • Strong project management and organizational skills would be considered a plus.

  • Demonstrated command of data governance and artificial intelligence, and related policy, laws and regulations;

  • Long term accountability for compliance program at multinational organization, ideally in the digital, AI or technology space;

  • Proven ability to develop vision, operationalize and implement strategy;

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, understand and assess trends and developments in data governance and AI, such as the proposed EU AI and digital packages, and to explain issues in a practical, results-focused manner;

  • Ability to build a network of professional relationships with experts and regulators, and to represent Accenture externally as needed;

  • Ability to synthesize complex legal analysis into clear and consistent recommendations;

  • Ability to prioritize and make decisions, and possess a high level of common sense, including the ability to see around the corner and spot risks before they materialize;

  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills with the ability to interface, and develop relationships, with all levels of management and staff, and work cross-culturally.

Professional Skills:

  • Highly motivated and proactive, with the ability to articulate company vision and policy;

  • Curiosity for learning about new technology, industry best practices, and areas of risk, analyzing and turning new insights into concrete action;

  • Strong commitment to ethics, values and company culture;

  • Committed to building and maintaining a consistent global program;

  • Building and maintaining a network of good working relationships both internally and externally; and

  • Fluent in English.

  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting; either military or civilian

  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting; either military or civilian

As required by Colorado law under the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, Accenture provides a reasonable range of compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. For the state of Colorado only, the range of starting pay for this role is $204,660 - $367,000 and information on benefits offered is here.

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