EU Data Protection Officer

Dublin, IE

Job Description / Skills Required

Groupon seeks an experienced and highly motivated privacy and data protection professional to fill the role of EU Data Protection Officer (“DPO”) for Groupon. Groupon is committed to the data protection and privacy of the customers and merchants that use its services globally. This position will play a crucial role in ensuring compliance with European and national data protection legislation, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that becomes applicable in May of 2018.


The DPO will be involved in all issues relating to the protection of personal data at Groupon. In particular, the DPO will, in accordance with Article 39 of the GDPR, be responsible for:

Monitoring and reporting on compliance with the GDPR, with other European and national data protection legislation, and Groupon’s data protection policies and procedures related to the same, including by conducting related audits and assigning monitoring responsibilities.
Serving as Groupon’s point of contact with the relevant Data Protection Authorities.
Advising Groupon, where requested, regarding data protection impact assessments.
Coordinating with HR in the development of policies, procedures, and practices for job applicants and staff.
Risk-based analysis, taking into account the nature, scope, context, and purpose of Groupon’s processing.
Responding to communications from Groupon’s customers and employees regarding the processing of their personal data and the exercise of their individual data protection rights under the GDPR.
Participating in relevant working groups dealing with data processing activities, including participating regularly in meetings of middle and senior management.
Conducting awareness raising activities and training Groupon employees on data protection and privacy.
Preparing annual reports of DPO activities.
Creating inventories and maintaining up-to-date records of processing operations.
Monitoring data protection and privacy enforcement actions and guidance, including from the Article 29 Working Party and member countries.
Preferred Qualifications:

5+ years relevant working experience and proven record working in house with privacy and data protection issues for multinational organizations
Proven experience of proactive management of global compliance frameworks and of providing training on compliance frameworks
Expert knowledge of data protection law and privacy practices, including familiarity with national and European data protection laws and practices as well as in-depth knowledge of the GDPR
Proven record of successfully engaging with Data Protection Authorities and other regulators on matters concerning data protection compliance
Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritizing conflicting demands from multiple business clients, and to make sound decisions on tight deadlines
Demonstrated ability to find practical, creative, and cost-effective solutions to data protection and privacy issues
Demonstrated leadership across multiple business functions to deliver strategic results and experienced at presenting to executive management at the highest levels
Demonstrated knowledge of information technology, data security, and incident response
Experience with customer-facing e-commerce
Strong background in drafting and negotiating appropriate privacy and security provisions in vendor contracts
Excellent academic credentials, advanced degree or law degree preferred but not required
FIP, CIPP/E, and/or CIPM certifications
English fluency required; fluency in other languages, such as German and/or French preferred

Groupon provides a global marketplace where people can buy just about anything, anywhere, anytime. We’re enabling real-time commerce across an expanding range of categories including local businesses, travel destinations, consumer products, and live or lively events. At the same time, we are providing advertising options and tools that merchants can use to grow and manage their businesses. Culturally, we believe that great people make great companies and that starting with the customer and working backward moves us forward. Community matters to us on an internal, local and global scale—it’s fundamental to our company’s growth and to the well-being of the world at large. We also value self-awareness, candor, lunch and WiFi. If we match with you, please apply to join us.