Legal Counsel Data Protection

Region: Brussels
Function: In-House
Environnement: Company
Legal subjects: Data protection & privacy
Job Type: Full time
Contract Type: Permanent contract
Your ref.: LexGO18/04

 You have a Master degree in law and you have 5 years experience in a reputable international law firm or consulting firm. 

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TOYOTA is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers and a leading global corporation. Founded in 1937, Toyota employs over 300.000 people worldwide and sells its vehicles in over 170 countries.

Toyota’s European headquarters, Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME), are based in Brussels (Belgium). With a team of over 2.700 people and more than 60 nationalities, TME manages Toyota’s European R&D, manufacturing and engineering operation, as well as the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts and accessories.

The car industry is an exciting environment and is undergoing major changes related to, i.a., connected cars, mobility as a service, autonomous driving, fuel cells, electric and hybrid vehicles, etc. The management of data, including our customers‘ personal data, is a key driver to these activities and a strong data protection and privacy compliance is essential. This requires first class legal support and offers attractive opportunities for a dynamic lawyer willing to participate in these major new business developments.

The Team / Division: 

TME’s Data Protection Officeis part of the Legal and Compliance Division. The Legal Counsel Data Protection will be part of the Data Protection Office.

The Legal and Compliance Division is a dynamic and internationally diverse team, which works closely with the business. It provides high quality legal support and advice to the management and business divisions of TME, as well as to its manufacturing and sales & marketing entities in Europe. It advises on a broad range of matters, including corporate law, IP and IT law, brand protection, competition law, contract law, product liability, data protection and privacy law, environmental law and regulatory matters. 

Toyota is engaged in large scale personal data processing activities across Europe, in particular with respect to our customers. We are looking for a Legal Counselwho has expert knowledge and strong operational experience in personal data protection and privacy compliance management and support.

You will independently and pro-actively promote, manage and support the compliance of our personal data assets and processing activities with applicable data protection and privacy laws, in particular with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This includes among others:

  • Assessing and monitoring the compliance of our processing activities and following up on these assessments and checks;

  • Actively managing and supporting “privacy by design” activities, the related risks assessments and risk mitigating measures;

  • Directly and pro-actively liaising with the business and corporate divisions to support and assist them in their personal data management activities;

  • Managing risks and impact related to personal data incidents;

  • Supporting vendor management (selection / contracts / audits);

  • Managing compliance controls;

  • Embedding compliance management in business processes;

  • Providing training to employees to raise their compliance awareness;

  • Managing and improving existing policies and procedures;

  • Following up on relevant regulatory/legislative developments.

You will also collaborate directly with our affiliated distributors and manufacturing companies, as well as with our non-affiliated distributors, across Europe. 

You will report to the General Manager in the Legal and Compliance Division of TME.

  • You have a Master degree in law;

  • You have 5 years experience in a reputable international law firm or consulting firm;

  • In addition:

    • You have a deep knowledge of and expertise in data protection and privacy law;
    • You have a strong advisory and operational experience in the GDPR compliance area;
  • You have excellent analytical, drafting and negotiating skills;
  • You have strong project management and organisational skills;

  • You are solution oriented and have good business acumen;

  • You are a team player and easily build good relationships with people across the organisation;

  • You have the ability to comfortably operate in a consensus based work environment and you have the skill to grasp multiple stakeholder views and, where required, incorporate them appropriately to achieve the best conclusion for the company and stakeholders.

  • Previous experience working in the automotive / manufacturing sector is helpful but not required;

  • You have strong interpersonal communication skills;

  • You are proactive and stress resistant;

  • High level of integrity and able to handle confidential issues and data with discretion;

  • You are comfortable working in an international environment with colleagues from various backgrounds and regions;

  • You are fluent in English (TME business language); Any other European language is an asset;

  • You wish to develop and are ready to persevere in order to reach challenging targets;

  • You seek facts before making recommendations or decisions;

  • You enjoy working in a team in a very multicultural environment, respecting others.

Place of employment: Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA – European headquarters in Brussels (Belgium).

Starting date: 01 July 2019.

We offera dynamic and challenging multicultural work environment in which competence and quality play an important role. There will be ample opportunities for on the job development and training. Your efforts, dedication and initiative are rewarded by a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package (bonus scheme / extra-legal benefits / flexible working hours).


Ms. Milena Djordjevic

TME HR (Recruitment)

Tel.: +32 (0)2 745 5269

E-mail: (please mention the reference LexGO18/04)

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