Legal Counsel Data Protection – Any Galapagos location

Pleased to meet you, we are Galapagos, a dynamic growing Biotech company with offices across Europe and in US, headquartered in Mechelen, Belgium.

We’re in the business of changing lives. In our quest to discover and develop life-improving medicines we go where no one has ever gone before. In every challenge we face, we see new opportunities. We pioneer for patients. We need thought leaders and rapid thinkers, entrepreneurs in spirit and status quo-fighters. Collaborative innovators and perseverant idealists. We need the best-in-class. In other words, we need you : The ‘make-it-happener’.

Within our Legal department, we are looking for a Legal Counsel Data Protection.

This is a permanent role and can be located in any of the EU countries where we have a Galapagos entity (see hereunder).


Your role

  • Proactively participate and contribute to Galapagos’ global data protection program and data protection initiatives
  • Independently monitor that Galapagos is executing operations in compliance with European regulatory laws related to the processing of personal data such as the GDPR, e-Privacy Directive, Clinical Trials Regulation and associated local laws
  • Be responsible for and oversee the on-the-job data protection activities
  • Contribute to awareness-raising on data protection throughout Galapagos, educate the business on important data protection compliance requirements and ensure alignment globally on data protection matters
  • Draft, monitor, review and update policies and standards, review agreements and contribute to the development of template agreements
  • Provide strategic advice to internal and external stakeholders on specific data protection business questions
  • Maintain the records of data processing activities for the headquarters
  • Engage with and autonomously advise other focus areas (research, development, commercial & medical affairs, shared services, including the ITS team) and builds strong, collaborative relationships
  • Report to and work closely with the Data Protection Officer


Job requirements

Who are you ?

  • Master’s degree in law
  • With an additional degree in data protection (e.g., LLM or Postgraduate education) or data protection certification (e.g., CIPP, or CIPT from IAPP or a similar accredited body) is preferable
  • At least 3 years of relevant professional experience in data protection, preferably in an international law firm or in an in-house counsel role
  • Knowledge of personal data processing operations in life sciences is an asset
  • Pragmatic and able to think in terms of possibilities and opportunities
  • Ability to work independently, well organized, independent and innovative
  • Excellent and confident presentational skills, both written and oral
  • Good communicator, has persuasive power and is a true team player
  • Able to work under time pressure
  • Excellent command (both oral and written) of English – a good command of French and/or Dutch is an asset but not mandatory.
  • Living in one of the EU countries where we have a Galapagos entityBenelux / France / UK / IRE / Germany / Italy / Spain / Nordics / Austria / Switzerland.

What’s in it for you ?

You will be part of a fast growing and amazing company. As ‘make-it-happener’ you will get all the support you need to make your job successful. At Galapagos we aim to recruit the best people, who stand out among their peers, with integrity and excellent interpersonal and organizational skills. Our employees are the strength behind Galapagos, a highly motivated team, eager to maintain Galapagos’ leading position and achieve breakthroughs in pharmaceutical research. Galapagos offers a competitive remuneration package and a dynamic work environment.

We are Galapagos : together we can make it happen…!


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