Senior Legal Counsel - Data Protection and Privacy

Senior Legal Counsel - Data Protection and Privacy


Hamburg, Germany

We are looking for an excellent and highly motivated candidate in the SAP Data Protection and Privacy Legal team to assist SAP in complying with applicable data protection and privacy laws within the scope of SAP’s business objectives. You will find an exciting and future-oriented range of tasks in an international environment.


We expect the candidate to already have a deep knowledge of European data protection laws and best practices, be solution-oriented and able to assess potential risks. In your role as Senior Legal Counsel, you will be part of the Data Protection and Privacy legal team directly reporting to the SAP Group Data Protection Officer in all areas of responsibility defined by law and internal policies.

You will deal with complex data protection and privacy issues and provide legal advice to internal stakeholders to ensure that risk and governance issues are aligned with SAP's strategic objectives to drive AI-based business.

Your main responsibilities will include the provision of legal advice regarding the following tasks:

  • use of new technologies in SAP's cloud services and products (e.g. machine learning, artificial intelligence);
  • implementation of new or amended data protection requirements based on applicable laws and regulations (e.g. international data transfers);
  • support of strategic data protection programs;
  • support with data subject rights requests and related requests/communication with supervisory authorities;
  • execution of data protection impact assessments for high-risk cases;
  • support the day-to-day operations and assist in the design and implementation of internal data protection controls to drive compliance monitoring through the Data Protection Control Framework;
  • collaboration with different internal business partners to drive awareness, including risks assessments and drive enablement to help them implement potential mitigating actions or requirements to meet data protection compliance;
  • Drafting and execution of Data Protection and Privacy guidelines and best practices;
  • Support investigations on data protection and privacy compliance and related communication.


  • Graduation from accredited law school, further graduation advantageous;
  • licensed to practice law in Germany, or another jurisdiction within the EU.


  • You have relevant professional experience and sound knowledge of data protection law and best practices as well as related areas of law, ideally within an international group;
  • Proficiency in English and German (written and verbal);
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills;
  • Assertive and convincing personality, high level of commitment and flexibility;
  • Strong team-working skills;
  • Ability to work in an international environment.


  • Proficiency in other languages advantageous;
  • business/technical background advantageous.


  • General knowledge of company processes and collaboration with global/cross-functional teams (5 years working experience and more).

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