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MasterCard Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection, Operations & Technologies in St. Louis, Missouri

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.

Job Title

Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection, Operations & Technologies


Mastercard is committed to driving innovation by prioritizing individual privacy, data protection and Corporate Data Responsibility. We embrace privacy and data protection as core to the successful execution of our business strategy. As part of that commitment, Mastercard has established a world-class international privacy program and is currently adding talent to its Global Privacy & Data Protection team.

The Senior Managing Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection, Operations & Technologies (O&T), will provide strategic legal advice and support to embed privacy requirements and data controls into the design of our evolving network, technologies and data platforms. The position will report into the SVP, Global Privacy and Data Protection. This position will be based preferably in the US (Purchase or St Louis).

The ideal candidate will have the ability to think and act both strategically and tactically with respect to the needs of our operations and technology (O&T) organization, and their objectives while also having deep experience in and understanding of the application and potential evolution of law in the context of new technologies.


• Provide strategic advice to senior O&T executives on new privacy and data laws/trends, including on cloud computing, cybersecurity, cross-border data transfer restrictions and requirements

• Monitor and analyse emerging privacy and data laws and prepare regular executive updates identifying potential impacts for Mastercard’s network, technologies, and platforms

• Lead efforts to implement Privacy by Design across O&T, to incorporate robust privacy and data controls into the network, technologies and products to ensure compliance with legal requirements

• Engage with key policymakers and stakeholders on new privacy and data-related laws that may impact Mastercard’s use of technology

• Negotiate complex contract negotiations from a data perspective with technology suppliers and cloud service providers

• Support initiatives including cloud computing, and new technology development and implementation

• Support incident management and response efforts

• Educate technical teams on privacy and data protection requirements, and raise awareness of developments in the data regulatory landscape

All About You

• Admitted as a lawyer in relevant jurisdiction, engineering background a plus.

• Demonstrated interest in privacy and/or corporate security (completion of IAPP courses, CIPM/CIPT/CISSP certifications. Any other additional post-graduate qualifications or certifications considered an asset

• Expertise in and track record dealing with global privacy and data regulatory frameworks, in particular as related to cloud computing, cybersecurity and data localization

• Knowledge and experience in advising on cloud computing, privacy enhancing technology, and cybersecurity

• Excellent leadership skills

• Keen sense of urgency with a results-driven orientation and excellent organizational skills. Strong analytic capabilities, and written and oral communication skills. Attention to detail is a must.

• Exceptional interpersonal skills with proven experience in relationship building and partnering. Must work well in both team and individual settings

• A risk-based mindset able to succinctly identify critical areas of concern and construct legally-compliant, commercially-viable solutions

• Experienced with financial services industry and emerging payment technologies

• Exposure to C-suites in global organisations and ability to motivate and drive internal and external stakeholders globally 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-157716