Head of Data Privacy Advisory and Governance

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Employment: Full Time

Data Privacy Programme includes policies, procedures, and tools to ensure compliance with data privacy laws, with plans to evolve towards a decentralised model. This transition involves sector-specific strategies, expert support, reporting mechanisms, and risk analysis to adapt to changing privacy requirements and accommodate the company's global expansion.

Client Details

Ambitious development initiative located in the North of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is designed to create a technologically advanced and sustainable city with a strong focus on innovation and economic diversification. This project encompasses various sectors, including technology, renewable energy, biotechnology, tourism, and entertainment. It is expected to play a pivotal role in the country's long-term economic and strategic goals.


* Develop and maintain Data Privacy Policy, procedures, and guidance for implementing data privacy practices, including templates and tooling support.
* Continuously review and update the Data Privacy Programme in response to changes in data privacy laws and shifts in operational model.
* Plan and execute the transition of Data Privacy Strategy from a centralised to a decentralised model over a 5-year period.
* Create customised data privacy strategies for specific target sectors to facilitate the transition to a decentralised privacy framework.
* Provide expertise and support to the Privacy Data Protection Officer (PDPO) and functional entities within the organisation to ensure compliance with data privacy obligations.
* Develop, implement, and operate procedures for reporting key information to the Board of Directors and relevant data privacy regulatory authorities.
* Respond to information requests and inquiries from stakeholders, including regulatory bodies.
* Conduct risk assessments, identifying potential threats and opportunities, and formulate risk mitigation measures, with a focus on compliance with global privacy laws due to the expanding international presence.
* Play a crucial role in devolving operational responsibility for data privacy from the Data Privacy Office as per the evolving operational model.

Job Offer

A promising career track with a renowned organisation and an attractive compensation package with best in class benefits


* A successful candidate for this role should have over a decade of data privacy, data protection, or compliance experience, along with in-depth knowledge of data privacy laws across various regimes.
* They should possess leadership experience as a Data Protection/Privacy Officer, proficiency in designing Data Privacy Frameworks, and a track record of interacting with regulatory authorities. Additionally, the candidate should demonstrate a strong understanding of effective Data Privacy Program requirements, the ability to assess regulatory risks and align them with business needs, offer strategic guidance, adapt to diverse industries, communicate effectively with C-Suite stakeholders, and possess excellent analytical, problem-solving, and report writing skills.
* Fluency in written and verbal English is essential.


Michael Page is one of the world's leading professional recruitment consultancies, specializing in the placement of candidates in permanent, contract, temporary and interim positions with clients around the world.

The Group has operations in the UK, Continental Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. In the Middle East we focus on the areas of:

Finance & Accounting Banking & Financial Services Procurement Property & Construction Engineering & Supply Chain Oil & Gas Technical and Engineering Human Resources Sales Marketing Technology Secretarial Executive Search Legal

The Group operates through 161 offices in 33 countries and employs over 5,000 employees worldwide.

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