Established in 1996 in Amsterdam, Booking.com has grown from a small Dutch start-up to the third largest e-commerce company in the world.
Booking.com is the largest business within Booking Holdings (NASDAQ : BKNG) and accounts for the vast majority of Booking Holdings’ total revenue.
Booking Holdings is a leading Fortune 500 e-commerce conglomerate with a market cap of approximately $80 billion.
With a mission to make it easier for everyone to experience the world, Booking.com invests in digital technology that helps take the friction out of travel.
Booking.com connects travellers with the world’s largest selection of incredible places to stay, including everything from apartments, vacation homes, and family-run B&Bs to 5-star luxury resorts and even tree houses.
The Booking.com website and mobile apps are available in over 40 languages, offer more than +28 million total reported listings, and cover +140K destinations in +200 countries worldwide.
Booking.com Transport Ltd. (BTL) is currently looking for a Senior Legal Counsel - Privacy , who will partner up with the transport business unit within Booking.
com, advising on a range of legal questions related to data protection and privacy. The successful candidate will help to make the right decisions to comply with all relevant data protection and privacy laws.
As the Senior Legal Counsel - Privacy you will :
Advise BTL on data protection and privacy compliance for all business processes, including strategy, products, policies (both internal and external), training, contractual requirements and agreements with third parties, and ensuring that the business is compliant with the applicable data protection legislation at a global jurisdictional level
Provide (ad-hoc) legal advice to the organisation to ensure their activities and business practices comply with relevant data protection and privacy laws worldwide
Provide strategic and risk-based solutions, including managing external lawyers and interpreting and applying external advice to the BTL business, in respect of changes required pursuant to global data protection and privacy requirements
Perform Data Protection Impact Assessments on operational matters to ensure the organisation complies with all relevant data protection and privacy laws
Review, improve and update standard templates to support the organisation
Keep up with new developments in data protection and privacy laws worldwide and report these new developments to the wider Privacy legal team
Advise in respect of copy approval for all data privacy copy published on the BTL platforms
Deal with any inquiries or requests for information from regulatory bodies and supervisory authorities in various jurisdictions in respect of data protection and privacy compliance matters
Perform third party risk assessments and closing the relevant legal contracts with third parties
Support on handling escalated internal and external complaints and data subject requests
Review, and improve internal privacy policies and external privacy notices
Develop training modules for data protection and privacy for employees and identifying specific risks and gaps in knowledge where additional targeted training is required
Work closely together with the senior privacy counsels in the more complex matters, and report into the BTL’s Senior Managing Counsel - Privacy
The ideal Sr Legal Counsel - Privacy will have :
5+ years’ with a reputable law firm or in-house and experience in a role involving data protection and consumer laws, privacy compliance and data security
LLB or equivalent; or Bachelor Degree; or Specialised Diploma in Privacy
CIPP / E / CIPT (or other similar) certification is desirable
Deep knowledge and understanding of the GDPR
Deep understanding of system integration concepts, platform strategies, cloud-based infrastructures and new IT technology fields
Knowledge and experience in applying risk-based decision making
Confidence in ability to provide commercial advice and guidance
Able to demonstrate commercial awareness and understanding of the business requirements
Solution oriented and results driven
Adaptable to new ideas, and ability to change direction balancing long-term view with short-term actions
Professional and collaborative approach
Proactive, solution oriented, self-starter with high energy and drive with ability to work with minimal supervision
Excellent organisational skills including the ability to prioritise effectively with the ability to quickly respond to issues at hand
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English (other language skills are a plus)
Provision of coaching and training
Excellent drafting skills, analytical skills and attention to detail
Fluent English language skills; written and verbal
Further skills we are looking for :
Aligning with Booking.com’s Values (Think Customer First, Succeed Together, Own It, Learn Forever, Do the Right Thing)
Being curious, flexible, and a creative & pragmatic problem solver
Confident yet collaborative
Ability to influence stakeholders across all levels within the organisation
Being proactive, resilient and having the drive to get things done
Having sound judgement and the ability to see the big picture and simultaneously appreciate the details necessary to operationalise the strategy
Having the courage to take positions and make tough judgment calls
Being a team player, self aware and a good listener - a diverse group will always find the best solution!
Ability to move with agility, prioritise workloads and meet deadlines
Forward thinking with an interest in emerging issues in legal and policy
Booking.com ensures equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, colour, family or medical care leave, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex, pregnancy and childbirth, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.
We aspire to have a workplace that reflects all of the diverse communities we serve and we welcome and encourage candidates from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for roles on our team.
We work to cultivate an inclusive culture in which all of our employees can be their authentic selves.
Why join the Legal & Public Affairs Team now?
Booking.com’s Legal & Public Affairs team is on a transformational journey at a transformational time for e-commerce and travel (think : growth, innovation, changes to how we operate);
you will have an opportunity to actively shape the Department’s future. The Legal & Public Affairs team is also a critical part of the enablement of Booking.
com’s strategy of the Connected Trip (a travel experience that includes not just accommodation, but also transportation, attractions, experiences, payments, flights etc).
This is a journey that requires close business and Legal & Public Affairs partnerships to redefine our business model, navigate complex regulatory environments, build new products, and negotiate increasingly elaborate commercial deals, among other important projects our teams get involved every day.
To tackle this mission, it all starts with a strong team passionate about growing Booking.com in an ethical and sustainable way!
Who we are
To match our global footprint and the array of challenges we face, we are proud to highlight the diversity that exists across this group.
We are a team of approximately 70 professionals - representing more than 20 nationalities - with lawyers qualified in many different countries, as well as non-lawyers with public policy, economics, compliance and risk backgrounds.
Our team’s previous experience spans across a multitude of industries with team members having worked for major global companies (including Uber, American Express, Airbnb, Amazon, Google, Nokia), tech and other startups, government entities (e.
g., the Dutch Competition Authority), and reputable international law firms (e.g., Hogan Lovells, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Baker Mckenzie), and Public Affairs firms (e.
g., FTI Consulting, FIPRA, Brunswick).
In addition to our day-to-day work, we actively seek opportunities for our team members to engage in the wider global legal and public affairs communities through speaking engagements, training programs, and association memberships.
Some of our lawyers are Board members of Consumer Law associations, Competition Law associations, Privacy associations, etc.
We also believe in actively engaging with stakeholders to share our insights on policies affecting the travel experience and how travel tech innovations can fuel the digital transformation of the travel industry.
For example, we recently launched Booking.com’s Public Affairs blog, where we publish our position on key policy issues (A World Worth Experiencing).
As a team, we believe in :
Integrating with the Business and Legal having a seat at the table : we are decision makers that can have a real impact on Booking.com’s future
Booking’s mission of making it easier for everyone to experience the world. Travel helps people become more open minded, curious and flexible
Allowing members of our teams to experience different areas or, if they want to be specialists, give them the tools to become more effective in their jobs
Providing holistic legal and public affairs advice; our team should not work in silos
Always looking for better ways of doing things, improving our Legal Operations function, innovating and exchanging best practices
Accepting that it's OK to make mistakes as long as we learn from them
Having a sense of humour and having fun working together; we are a team that likes to collaborate and share in joys and challenges together!