Privacy & Data Protection Junior Consultant
Overview of the Privacy & Data Protection Team
The world is changing fast and the way we live, work, communicate and socialise is changing too. A lot of these changes are a result of technological advancements, mainly over the last 20 years. Along with these changes come the need to protect people's data in a way that has never been seen before. Data protection laws have always been around but became outdated and out of touch with the modern world. Advancements in technology along with recent efforts from people demanding greater protection of their personal data has led to a string of laws and requirements being introduced across the globe.
The European Union (EU) implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018 and as a result, sent organisations and businesses scrambling to align with requirements or face huge penalties for non-compliance. The regulation has significantly changed the privacy landscape at a time when technology and digital business underpin human life. It has set precedence across the globe, forcing businesses outside the EU to also align with requirements where they meet the threshold. Businesses must now meet several requirements set within privacy laws as well as understand their jurisdictional reach in order to comply with multiple laws at the same time.
Privacy laws lay down the rules as to how companies must protect the data they process. The laws are far reaching and cover a wide spectrum of areas including key principles businesses must imbed, the use of data across different countries, the management of electronic data, the security of systems and networks and call out the rights of individuals to mention a few. It is no longer good enough to say, ‘we do', companies must now demonstrate compliance.
The Privacy Team offer a host of services in order to meet the complex needs of our clients and the markets they operate in. We help our clients navigate the legislation and provide support in understanding compliance gaps and support in remediation planning and implementation. The demand for this work is growing, across Europe and beyond, and we're looking to grow and continue to deliver services to meet this demand, in a way that differentiates us from the rest of the field.
We're looking for someone who is seriously interested in the privacy arena, who wants to get first-hand experience in working in multiple industries fast with companies who need our help. We will support you every step of the way both via on the job training as well as support for attaining industry professional certifications which will enhance your career in this field. We want you to deliver cutting edge, high quality consultancy engagements in an industry that is growing fast, so an ability to adapt and develop innovatively is also required.
You will gain experience across a range of sectors including:
- Financial Services, Banking, Insurance and Investment
- Corporates/Private Sector/Large & Listed
- Central and Local Government
- Retail and Consumer products organisations
This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience and exposure in order to build a career within the privacy and data protection space.
As a Privacy & Data Protection Junior Consultant you will undertake research on developing trends and legislation across the globe and articulate this through articles and newsletters to local and the wider teams; you will be integral in helping shape our tools, working papers and frameworks which will be used to support our clients; you will independently carry out field work which includes analysing and investigating documentation provided as part of our engagements; engage with clients and develop strong working relationships; draft reports which will be presented to senior stakeholders internally and externally; and be a key player in the team and contribute to the development of the service line through various activities and initiatives.
At Mazars, you will have the unique opportunity to work on a wide range of privacy engagements and get hands on with other areas within the Technology Consulting and Assurance practice. These include:
- IT Assurance – Internal Audit; IT General Controls reviews
- Cyber Security - ethical hacking, forensics and cyber security reviews
- Data Analytics - data analysis, modelling and RPA
- IT Advisory - IT strategy development, digital strategies and system selection
A typical day will involve:
Responsibility for executing day to day tasks for our privacy engagements
Project management: keeping track of project milestones, key deadlines and supporting the team to meet these
Supporting the team in preparing deliverables i.e. reports, presentations, project tools and trackers
Undertaking research on regulatory updates and feeding relevant details to wider team
Client management: acting as a point of contact for both internal management and clients you work on, ensuring both are kept fully informed of any issues arising and the progress of the work
Delivering work to the highest technical standards including ensuring work is conducted in line with Mazars Quality standards
Ensuring all work is undertaken to budget and meets defined KPIs
Maintaining control and stability under pressure whilst recognising the deadline or urgency to be dealt with
Understanding the wider service line capabilities of Technology Consulting and Assurance and the wider firm and how these may benefit your clients
Supporting with business development activities such as drafting proposals, presentations and pitches
Identifying and transforming opportunities for new work
- A keen interest in privacy & data protection
- An appreciation of regional privacy laws
- An interest in technology an or Law
- Interpersonal skills; the ability to build client relationships with a foundation of trust and responsibility.
- Analytical skills; the ability to think critically, research and solve problems.
- Commitment to self-development & learning.
- Affinity with our values; in particular, respect for individuals, diversity and integrity.
We're looking for someone with a strong academic performance, but more than that, someone with a passion for privacy & data protection and demonstrable ability to succeed. Please let us know if you have any exceptional achievements or have experience that can support your application.
- 2.1 or above in a law or digital/tech related degree discipline
- Minimum of 112 UCAS points. This is based on the new 2017 UCAS Tariff. You can calculate your UCAS points here.
- Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Maths.
We will support you every step of the way both via on the job training as well as support for attaining industry professional certifications which will enhance your career in this field as well as training in soft skills.
You will be supported by a mentor and an appraising manager to keep your career and aspirations on track.
If you are interested in a career in professional services, we can offer you an exciting head start by joining one of our trainee schemes for school or college leavers.