Legal Counsel - Data Privacy



Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We help clients synchronize strategy and talent to drive superior performance. We work with organizations to design their structures, roles, and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people to bring their strategy to life. And we advise them on how to reward, develop, and motivate their people.

Our 10,000 colleagues serve clients in more than 50 countries. We offer five core solutions:

  • Organizational Strategy
  • Assessment and Succession
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Leadership Development
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The Privacy Attorney APAC/China will be an integral member of the privacy & legal teams as Korn Ferry works to comply with applicable laws for its client and vendor agreements and engagements. This role will report to the global Associate General Counsel, Co-Chief of Privacy and can expect a close working relationship with other lawyers and privacy professionals in APAC and across the globe. The successful candidate will conduct Privacy Impact Assessments, evaluate personal data transfer processing and export requirements and mechanisms, , conduct Data Transfer Impact Assessments, prepare and implement Standard Contractual Clauses, review Data Protection Agreements, and as necessary negotiating/discussion with clients, vendors or Korn Ferry consultants.   


The Privacy Attorney APAC/China will work with other internal teams, including Legal, Products, and Technology, as well as third parties, and engagement teams.


This is a hybrid position, and the successful candidate is encouraged to be in office 2-3 days a week.




·       Drive data privacy projects and initiatives in China and APAC

·       Coordinate requirements from clients in relation to data privacy with internal Privacy, Security and Technology Operations teams

·       Interface with internal clients and other attorneys to ensure client contracts reflect agreed business terms and are consistent with company policies and approved legal terms and conditions

·       Advise Korn Ferry and its stakeholders on data privacy-related matters including compliance with data protection frameworks such as PIPL and other applicable laws and regulations in the APAC countries

·       Review and negotiate data protection agreements and/or SCCs with clients and vendors

·       Perform privacy impact assessments and develop a deep understanding of how data is processed by Korn Ferry’s products and technology

·       Perform Data Transfer Impact Assessments

·       Implement and manage compliance with China’s PIPL privacy laws, including data localization and export requirements and filings

·       Develop and deliver guidance and training in support of Korn Ferry’s products and services

·       Review and negotiate client questionnaires

·       Help to continuously improve the firm’s global privacy program

·       Responsibilities may include other duties, as needed



The ideal candidate will have 3-8 years of Privacy experience including drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts and providing privacy guidance. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Privacy contract drafting, reviewing, and negotiation skills and experience
  • Strong current knowledge of China privacy laws including PIPL, DSL, Measures and regulations
  • Familiarity with other privacy laws in APAC countries and globally is a plus
  • Ability to identify privacy and legal risks, effectively communicate critical issues, and work toward solutions
  • Bilingual Mandarin/English -- Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and simultaneously handle multiple tasks
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team as well as function well with independent responsibilities
  • Self-motivated team player with strong work ethic and the ability to “get things done”
  • Independent thinker with high level of integrity
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical skills
  • Resourceful, good listener with good problem solving skills
  • A strong drive to improve functional results, strong decision-making abilities and a desire to execute flawlessly
  • Strong follow-through skills
  • Licensed to practice law in China
  • Fluency in Mandarin Chinese (written and spoken)
  • Resourceful, good listener with good problem solving skills
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines
  • Excellent legal and/or business judgment
  • Excellent organization and prioritization skills
  • Genuine interest in learning about technology and desire to tackle complex problems with creative solutions


  • Licensed to practice law in China
  • Desirable: privacy certification is a plus (e.g., CIPP or equivalent)

Internal Mobility at Korn Ferry

If you currently work for Korn Ferry or one of our affiliates, you must be eligible to apply for a different position within Korn Ferry to use the Careers Site. If you accept such a position, your benefits programs and Human Resources policies may change. Please consult with your HR contact for the new position concerning application eligibility, including any immigration/visa needs, benefit programs, and HR policies applicable to that position.

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Action Employer - Minority/Female/Disability/ Veteran.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.