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Abbott Senior Privacy Engineer and Compliance Manager in Santa Clara, California

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 114,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of .

  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO

  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution

  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save (https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/strategy-and-strength/tackling-student-debt-for-our-employees.html) student debt program and FreeU (https://www.abbott.com/corpnewsroom/strategy-and-strength/college-degree-for-free-its-possible-with-freeu.html) education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.

  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.

  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

The Senior Privacy Engineer and Compliance Manager is part of Abbott’s Office of Ethics & Compliance/Global Privacy team. This role is responsible for supporting the review and design of privacy and compliance controls, mechanisms and protocols across the organization and product line, and will support an important global digital transformation initiative. This team member will work cross-functionally with the Privacy, Legal, Compliance, Engineering, and Product Teams.

This position will work out of Abbott’s Medical Device Office locations (Santa Clara, CA; Austin, TX; Plano, TX as the preferred locations and Plymouth, MN; Abbott Park, IL as options) supporting compliance for these Medical Device divisions: Neuromodulation, Vascular, and Structural Heart.

What You’ll Work On

The ideal candidate will have a clear ability to coordinate with application and system owners to help them understand and implement privacy by design and compliance obligations and solutions for the full lifecycle of applications and systems, from proof of concept, business analysis and financial modeling, architecture design, user acceptance testing to solution deployment. This person will assist their leadership with ensuring engineering and data privacy solutions and technologies are properly supported, implemented, and sufficiently meets the needs for which they are deployed to protect confidential and proprietary data. This individual will assist in the planning, design, implementation and ongoing support of engineering privacy control systems, compliance and processes to fulfill commercial needs.

Senior Privacy Engineer and Compliance Manager Responsibilities:

• Develop and implement standards, processes and technical solutions to ensure privacy policies are correctly implemented. The implementations should advance compliance with legal and business forms of data processing.

• Inform and advise Abbott commercial teams of their obligations to comply with the U.S. and global data protection laws and requirements, including HIPAA and GDPR.

• Work to align advanced technologies and Privacy by Design principles from the first stages of development and collaborate with legal and privacy colleagues to ensure that the data processing meets established regulatory compliance needs.

• Lead privacy reviews for Generative Artificial Intelligence related matters and guide divisions with Generative AI related advising.

• Be a member and participate in divisional Data Use and Ethics Councils.

• Collaborate with product and system development teams creating new data processing that employ privacy features.

• Analyze and provide design requirements for processing for personal information with a goal of implementing technical solutions to help mitigate privacy vulnerabilities and prevent potential future privacy risks.

• Interact with users to define system requirements and/or necessary modifications to new or existing software.

• Guide the development of new privacy products and features, as well as the review of in place products and technology to ensure persistence of privacy controls.

• Identify areas of improvement in local practices relative to managing data privacy.

• Assist with regular privacy assessments of operational processes, identifying, and mitigating risks through effective tools, training, and guidance.

• Assist with tracking categories of privacy threats and vulnerabilities to proactively address potential future variances

• Communicate program progress, escalations, and issue analysis to key stakeholders.

• Increase privacy maturity in the technical and compliance teams by providing privacy education, training, and mentoring

• Closely interact with local teams in case of regulator inquiries or addressing data subject rights and drive for delivering system related / technical information and analysis needed to work up the cases and draft responses

• Advise on technical features of systems and applications for Data Protection Impact Assessments.

• Identify and recommend technical solutions to manage privacy risks.

• Conduct technical and quantitative analysis to drive scalable, efficient, and data-driven privacy decision-making.

• Design, architect, and lead implementation of privacy-enhancing solutions alongside Engineering teams including privacy design and strategy across the applicable Medical Device commercial and IT teams.

• Conduct privacy risk assessments of multiple product components, and determine how to bridge between data regulations, governance, practical engineering practices, and policy practices.

• Develop, maintain, and publish design or technical documentation to drive consistency in privacy decisions and practices.

• Drive and develop executive-level briefings on progress across major privacy control development frameworks.

• Ability to manage risk in ambiguous and complex situations.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in related field

• 5 + years of experience with privacy in an engineering and or technical implementation context.

• 7+ years of progressive privacy program management, compliance, and or program management experience (healthcare or tech preferred).

• Fluency and proficiency in privacy preserving methods and technology

• Strong verbal and presentation skills to facilitate communicating complex topics with diverse stakeholders during trainings or meetings.

• Be detail-oriented, highly organized and independent; capable of managing a wide range of diverse projects with minimal supervision.

• Experience implementing and managing applicable regulatory frameworks (e.g., GDPR, HIPAA, CPRA and other U.S. state laws).

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Privacy Engineering, Information Technology, or a related technical field

• Post-graduate degree and/or CIPP accreditation and highly preferred

• Experience driving changes across multiple business units with competing priorities.

• Experience supporting product launches or familiarity with product launch lifecycle.

• Experience scaling out privacy controls and capabilities

• Experience in program management, consulting, or internal regulatory compliance.

• Experience and understanding of compliance practices related to data security and privacy including common risks and controls.

• Professional certification in privacy (e.g., CIPP, CIPM, CIPT, CDPSE)

• OneTrust expertise.

• Familiarity with information governance standards, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Privacy and Cybersecurity Frameworks.

• Experience with privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs).

• Ability to identify stakeholders and points of view, bringing people together to agree on and execute a strategy.

• Prior exposure to regulated healthcare and life sciences companies a plus.

  • Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives: www.abbottbenefits.com (http://www.abbottbenefits.com/pages/candidate.aspx)

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

Connect with us at www.abbott.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

The base pay for this position is $125,700.00 – $251,500.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Abbot welcomes and encourages diversity in our workforce.

We provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.

To request accommodation, please call 224-667-4913 or email corpjat@abbott.com