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MasterCard Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection in Purchase, New York

Our Purpose

We work to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. We cultivate a culture of inclusion ( for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences enable us to be a better team – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation and delivers better business results.

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Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection

Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection


• Mastercard is committed to balancing innovation while ensuring legal compliance and has embraced privacy and data protection as core to the successful execution of its business strategy. As part of that commitment Mastercard has established a world-class privacy program and is currently adding talent to its global team.

• The Senior Managing Counsel will lead the organization in its journey towards a vision for expanding value-added services beyond payments from a privacy and data protection perspective. He/She will identify privacy and data-driven requirements, provide strategic advice to ensure compliance of a network of value-added service in light of new and evolving privacy and data-related laws and drive alignment across business functions.

• The position will support the Cyber & Intelligence (C&I) Access business, will report to the Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection, C&I, and will be a member of the Global Privacy & Data Protection team.

• The ideal candidate will have the ability to think and act both strategically and tactically with respect to the needs of cross-functional business clients and their objectives while ensuring that the corporation remains compliant with privacy, and data-related laws and regulations.

• The Senior Managing Counsel must be abreast of new technologies related to payments and emerging technologies.


• Develop a framework establishing data-driven legal, compliance, organizational and technical requirements to expand a vision for value-added services beyond payments

• Provide privacy and data protection advice on technical infrastructure controls based on a solid Privacy-by-Design approach (e.g. Privacy Enhancing Technologies, data ringfencing) and support various products and functions in their implementation

• Serve as the primary point of contact and drive alignment across business functions on all privacy and data protection matters

• Perform privacy impact assessments in line with Mastercard’s privacy and data protection policies and processes.

• Partner with C&I to strategically position its vision to expand value-added services towards customers and partners from a privacy and data law perspective

• Identify business requirements stemming from new and evolving privacy laws and regulations and provide thought leadership in engaging with key policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders on those developments

• Lead the creation of data-driven contractual structures to support robust and effective data management between customers, partners and vendors; work with C&I, Franchise, legal to ensure smooth customer onboarding

• Increase awareness among all product and other functions regarding privacy and data protection requirements relating to a network of value-added services through company-wide trainings and other initiatives.

All About You

• Law degree from an accredited law school and admitted to and in good standing with at least one bar (as appropriate/required). Any additional qualifications (e.g. Master of Laws degree) considered an asset

• Solid expertise in and track record dealing with global privacy and data protection legal frameworks (e.g. GDPR, CCPA)

• Former experience in dealing with competition law matters pertaining to the use of data

• Experience in financial services industry and technology solutions

• Strong analytic capabilities and written and oral communication skills.

• Strategic mindset, business acumen and ‘can do’ attitude is a must.

• Exceptional interpersonal skills with proven experience in relationship building, partnering and coaching

• Ability to motivate and influence highly skilled professionals to achieve major organizational goals

COVID-19 Considerations

We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we’re all in this together. In many locations, which may change over time, we’ve implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview candidates by video or phone. In addition, in some locations, only individuals who have been fully vaccinated will be permitted inside Mastercard offices until further notice.

In the US, Mastercard is a government contractor, which may legally require most Mastercard employees to be vaccinated unless a verified approved medical or religious exemption is granted. Further, we are currently making every effort towards having employees return to work in the office 2 days per week, if that makes sense for their team. Everyone must be vaccinated to enter Mastercard offices at this time. Therefore, we expect all candidates to be vaccinated or to be approved for a medical or religious accommodation prior to commencing work at Mastercard.

In the US, Mastercard is an inclusive Equal Employment Opportunity employer that considers applicants without regard to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disabled or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you require accommodations or assistance to complete the online application process, please contact and identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting. Do not include any medical or health information in this email. The Reasonable Accommodations team will respond to your email promptly.

Corporate Security Responsibility

All activities involving access to Mastercard assets, information, and networks comes with an inherent risk to the organization and, therefore, it is expected that every person working for, or on behalf of, Mastercard is responsible for information security and must:

  • Abide by Mastercard’s security policies and practices;

  • Ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the information being accessed;

  • Report any suspected information security violation or breach, and

  • Complete all periodic mandatory security trainings in accordance with Mastercard’s guidelines.

Requisition ID: R-168609