General Information

Job Advert Title: Director, Legal Counsel for Privacy & Data Security (Asia-Pacific)

Location: Nihonbashi,Tokyo

Division: Legal

Employment Class: Permanent


【募集の背景 / Purpose & Scope】

The Director, Legal Counsel for Privacy & Data Security is responsible for providing practical, timely, strategic, and high-quality legal advice and counsel on global privacy and data security-related matters across the Astellas enterprise, including Information Systems (“IS”), Data Governance (“DG”), Advanced Informatics & Analytics (“AIA”), Commercial, Clinical Sciences, Medical Affairs, and Rx+. This role also has responsibility for advising on and, in collaboration with Ethics & Compliance, ensuring Astellas’ compliance with global privacy obligations, with a primary focus on Asia-Pacific (including Japan and China).

This is a highly strategic position and is accountable for balancing commercial opportunities with associated legal and compliance risks in a complex and fast-evolving regulatory environment to minimize legal and regulatory exposure and reputational damage in an area of high potential liability. This position is also accountable for proactively identifying and mitigating risks to the Company’s ability to achieve its corporate objectives under the Corporate Strategic Plan.

【職務の内容 / Essential Job Responsibilities

The Director, Legal Counsel for Privacy & Data Security will have the following responsibilities, working with the Legal Lead for Privacy, Data Security, and RIM:

Providing practical, timely, strategic, and high-quality legal advice and counsel on global privacy and data security-related matters across the Astellas enterprise with a primary focus on Asia-Pacific (including Japan and China). This includes working closely, collaborating and coordinating with key stakeholders to advise on applicable privacy and data protection laws, regulations and guidelines affecting the Company’s business.

Advising on best practices and compliance with global privacy and data protection laws, as well as overseeing legal and regulatory aspects of data collection and use, privacy disclosures and transparency, and related issues.

Advising on potential liability and other legal aspects related to data privacy and data security incidents and supporting the Company’s privacy and cybersecurity incident response programs, including supporting the investigation of potential incidents, identifying applicable legal obligations, and supporting incident response efforts.

Providing robust legal support for the strategic reviewing, drafting and negotiating of privacy and data security terms in contracts with business partners and vendors, including data processing agreements and data transfer agreements.

Supporting the development and delivery of privacy training materials and other communications to increase employee understanding of Company privacy policies, data handling practices and procedures and legal obligations.

Providing privacy and data security-related advice and support to Affiliate lawyers in Asia-Pacific (collectively referred to as the “Divisions”). “Affiliate lawyer” means a lawyer based in an Astellas office outside of the office locations in Tokyo, London and Chicago who report to/through one of the Legal Commercial Leads for the Divisions.

Overseeing and providing updates to senior management and business clients on changes in legal developments affecting the pharmaceutical industry, especially in the area of data protection, IS security, data governance and privacy, coordinating with other leaders in the Legal function, as may be appropriate.

Helping to manage and set priorities for the Privacy, Data Security, and RIM team based on Astellas’ business goals, anticipated risks and available resources, ensuring consistent use of best practices and a high standard of professional excellence.

Helping to develop a streamlined and consistent approach to advising business teams on those matters and activities supported by the Privacy, Data Security, and RIM team (taking into account local laws and practices as may be appropriate).

Identifying key legal issues requiring attention from the Legal Lead for Privacy, Data Security, and RIM, as appropriate.

Anticipating potential legal issues within the organization with respect to functions and matters supported by the Privacy, Data Security, and RIM team and, in conjunction with the Legal Lead for Privacy, Data Security, and RIM, developing strategies to mitigate risks.

Retaining, supervising and directing outside counsel effectively and efficiently managing legal expenses consistent with global legal budget for Innovation, Governance, Technology and Data, coordinating closely with Legal & IP Operations.

Coordinating closely with global Ethics & Compliance colleagues, particularly members of the Ethics & Compliance Privacy team.

Supporting the Legal Lead for Privacy, Data Security, and RIM in leading a Culture of Excellence for the Privacy, Data Security, and RIM team which includes driving and fostering: (1) an agile, adaptive culture; (2) a value-based organization based on Legal’s Mission, Strategic Plan and objectives; (3) a culture of innovation, transparency and trust; (4) proactive identification/mitigation of risk in a balanced approach; (5) empowerment and engagement of the Privacy, Data Security, and RIM team members; and (6) a collaborative culture with close coordination with other members of Legal and IP as appropriate to leverage synergies and efficiencies; (7) a culture of compliance and good corporate governance; and (8) continuous expectation of high performance, where “ok” is not good enough.

Working collaboratively with a broad range of people and functions throughout the organization to develop and maintain strong working relationships across all functional areas to facilitate a partnering-based approach.

Other projects as may be requested by Legal Lead for Privacy, Data Security, and RIM or the Legal Head of Innovation, Governance, Technology and Data.

Overnight travel, including international travel, as needed.

【応募要件 / Qualifications

<必須 / Must

Law Degree, LL.M. or equivalent.

At least 7-10 years’ experience working in a law firm or pharmaceutical legal department.

In-depth knowledge of laws and regulations regarding privacy and data security in Asia-Pacific, including Japan and China.

Deep understanding of the legal issues affecting privacy and/or the pharmaceutical industry. Strong knowledge of global regulatory environment that affects decision-making across Astellas’ global business with respect to privacy and data security.

Strong ability to grasp legal issues quickly, strong analytical problem solving and decision making skills, exercise sound judgment and provide practical and constructive legal advice in a time-sensitive dynamic and fast-paced complex global environment.

Strong negotiation and communication skills (both oral and written). Ability to communicate legal issues in a clear and understandable manner. Inspires trust and confidence through effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Strong work ethic and ability to manage large workload, multi-task, focus on critical priorities, and otherwise effectively meet client needs. Ability to produce high quality work under deadline pressures.

Team player and able to build relationships, both internally and externally, on a global scale.

• Strong organization and teamwork skills. Detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to motivate others.

A strong commitment to integrity and professionalism and demonstrated passion for excellence.

• Language: Both native-level Japanese and business-level English

【応募書類 / Application Documents】
Both Japanese and English Resumes are needed

【勤務地 / Location

東京都中央区 アステラス製薬 日本橋事業所 本社

Nihonbashi, Tokyo

【勤務開始日 / Start Date


Will be decided according to the candidate's flexibility

【契約期間 / Contract Duration


Not limited to specified period

【試用期間 / Probation Period


No probation period in principle

【給与 / Salary


Will be decided by the candidate's experience, skill and capability.

【昇給 / Salary Raise


Once a year

【賞与 / Bonus


Twice a year (July, December)

【諸手当 / Allowance

住宅手当、通勤手当 等

Housing allowance, Commutation allowance, etc.

【勤務時間 / Working Hours

 管理監督者 8:4517:45(月~木)、8:4516:00(金)

 Managers and Supervisors 8:4517:45MonThu)、8:4516:00Fri

【休日 / Holidays


Weekends(Sat and Sun), holidays, May 1st, summer vacation, New Year holidays

【休暇 / Vacation Leave

年次有給休暇、育児休業制度、介護休業制度 等

Annual paid leave, childcare leave system, nursing care leave system, etc.

【福利厚生 / Welfare

雇用保険、労災保険、厚生年金、健康保険、共済会制度、社宅制度、持株会制度、財形貯蓄制度 等

Employment Insurance, Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance, Welfare Pension Insurance, Health Insurance, Mutual Aid Association System, Company Housing System, Employee Shareholder Association System, Property Accumulation Savings System

【お問い合わせ / Contact

アステラス製薬株式会社 採用担当 / Japan Recruiting team, Astellas Pharma Inc.


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