Data Protection Officer

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Data Protection Officer

Are you enthusiastic about privacy and eager to work in a young and dynamic scale-up environment? Are you an experienced professional, eager to create a safe environment for Lightyear going into the future, taking all the aspects of GDPR, and other legal areas into account? Then our legal team is looking for you, join us on our mission!

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond (part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation) or remote from the comfort of your own home office or in one of our hubs.
Domain: Legal
Experience: Minimum of 6 years’ experience in a law firm and/or as an in-house DPO or legal counsel. Previous working experience in the automotive industry is preferred, but not essential.
Degree: Master degree in Law (LL.M.), preferably private and/or data privacy laws.

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations. 

What will you do as a Data Protection Officer?
Let's start by saying Lightyear is very flexible in terms of your working hours, we offer near-full remote working with any office equipment we need to work ergonomically (and a work-at-home budget to upgrade your internet). If needed, or desired, you can spend your working time at our modern office at the Automotive Campus close to Helmond (travel allowance included). Here you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate, fresh fruit and experience the buzz of the office and the labs/workshops.

Lightyear is looking for an all-round, proactive, solution-oriented Data Protection Officer who will be responsible for a diverse set of tasks. You will ensure Lightyear's products are brought to market with our customers' privacy as a top priority. In addition, together with the General Counsel, you will be expected to support in providing legal advice (both solicited and unsolicited) to all departments of the organization. You continuously find the right balance between what the business requests, the interests of the organization and any legal obligations that must be met. Your ability to provide strategic and proactive advice is of great importance. In order to be the right fit, you need to be able to quickly change gears and to process large portions of information in a short period of time. As a Data Protection Officer you will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Ensuring GDPR compliance of our organization and our products.
  • Draft and negotiate all sorts of commercial contracts.
  • Maintain (internal) guidelines, policies and objectives.
  • Provide legal advice and support to all units within the company.
  • Identify and analyze possible regulatory and policy issues and provide practical solutions to the business.
  • Manage partnerships with outside counsel (select, manage, evaluate and control).
  • Assist in dispute settlement and litigation.
What do we expect from a Data Protection Officer?
To succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear, pro-activity, professionalism, communication and adaptability are crucial. You are also someone with a high sense of responsibility and a cooperative attitude. You have excellent communication skills, you are a self starter with a ‘can do’ mentality. You are solution-oriented, hardworking, self-confident and good at listener. Of course, you confirm to rules and legislation but you are also willing to take some calculated risk. You are able to inspire other on legal matters. Having a sense of humor also goes a long way :).

You work closely together with the General Counsel, focussed on GDPR related topics but you also do not shy away from stepping in where you can contribute to requests from other departments of the organization. Furthermore you'll bring:
  • Master degree in Law (LL.M.), preferably private and/or data privacy laws.
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in a law firm and/or as an in-house DPO or legal counsel.
  • Previous working experience in the automotive industry is preferred, but not essential.
  • Fluent in both Dutch and English, including legal drafting in both languages.
  • Excellent understanding of applicable laws and regulations, including the ability to translate these to a layman.
  • Ability to make sound business decisions, even in times of ambiguity or uncertainty.
  • Solution-oriented and pragmatic, while adhering to legal standards.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams, in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment.
  • High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
  • As a person you focus on quality and you have a broad view on the different businesses within Lightyear. You are sensitive to the costs, you strive for efficiency and productivity. You are flexible, versatile and you do this with speed and agility.

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive, and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks

About Lightyear
Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first, and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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