APAC Regional Data Protection Officer and Legal Counsel - #116281

Western Union

Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Taguig, Metro Manila
Contract type: Full time

APAC Regional Data Protection Officer and Legal Counsel

Would you like to play a critical role as lead privacy counsel for the APAC region at a truly global, evolving financial services company? A team of enthusiastic, knowledgeable privacy and data governance, information governance, and cybersecurity professionals around the globe? Are you ready to unleash your potential in a global business that is committed to providing accessible financial services around the globe?

Join Western Union’s Privacy and Data Governance (PDG) team as Privacy Counsel and Regional Data Protection Officer (DPO) for the APAC region. Western Union’s PDG team is a diverse team of individuals based across the globe and provides its services to all business units at Western Union, including all areas of the business, marketing, HR, Cybersecurity, IT, and many other key teams within the organization. We truly enjoy working together, and the great sense of camaraderie amongst us is critical to our ability to accomplish our goals.  

We are currently accepting applications from residents of India (Mumbai and Pune), Philippines and Singapore.

Western Union powers your pursuit.

Serving as APAC Privacy Counsel and Regional Data Protection Officer (DPO), you will have the opportunity to work and advise on a variety of new business initiatives throughout the APAC region as the company evolves its business. Reporting to and working with the Head of Legal, Privacy, you will collaborate on setting and executing the goals of Western Union’s Privacy and Data Governance team.  

Role Responsibilities:

  • Monitoring, analyzing, and advising on the application of existing and emerging privacy, data protection laws, AI and related laws and developments across the APAC region.

  • Partnering and developing relationships with key stakeholders across the Western Union business to advise on pragmatic ways of incorporating privacy by design principles into new projects and initiatives.

  • Advising on marketing communications and initiatives.

  • Draft and enhance the privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity clauses in contract templates, refine playbooks and guidance, and negotiate privacy clauses in contracts with our vendors and business partners.

  • Conducting privacy risk assessments and data protection impact assessments.

  • Drafting and delivering privacy training to staff and driving initiatives to promote privacy awareness throughout the APAC region and the company.

  • As DPO, serving as a point of contact for Western Union, its employees and the public for issues related to data protection and privacy policies and practices within their region.

  • Reporting on data protection matters to boards and senior management in APAC; and serving as point of contact with applicable data protection authorities.

Role Requirements:

  • To be successful in this role, you will need a law degree and 7-10+ years of experience working as a lawyer, including at least 3 years of demonstrated experience working in privacy and data protection law.

  • While not required, privacy and data protection certification are desirable.

  • Fluency in the English language as well as at least one other language in the APAC region.

We make financial services accessible to humans everywhere. Join us for what’s next.

Western Union is positioned to become the world’s most accessible financial services company —transforming lives and communities. We’re a diverse and passionate customer-centric team of over 8,000 employees serving 200 countries and territories, reaching customers and receivers around the globe. More than moving money, we design easy-to-use products and services for our digital and physical financial ecosystem that help our customers move forward.

Just as we help our global customers prosper, we support our employees in achieving their professional aspirations. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and build a career, as well as receive a great compensation package. If you’re ready to help drive the future of financial services, it’s time for Western Union. Learn more about our purpose and people at https://careers.westernunion.com/.


You will also have access to multiple health insurance options, accident and life insurance, and access to best-in-class development platforms, to name a few
(https://careers.westernunion.com/global-benefits/). Please see the location-specific benefits below and note that your Recruiter may share additional role-specific benefits during your interview process or in an offer of employment.

Your Western Union specific benefits include:

  • Paid Time- Offs

  • Employee Assistance Programs

  • Global Recognition and Rewards Programs

  • Medical Benefits

  • Employee Wellness

We are passionate about diversity. Our commitment is to provide an inclusive culture that celebrates the unique backgrounds and perspectives of our global teams while reflecting the communities we serve. We do not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, political affiliation, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, or veteran status. The company will provide accommodation to applicants, including those with disabilities, during the recruitment process, following applicable laws.


This application window is a good-faith estimate of the time that this posting will remain open. This posting will be promptly updated if the deadline is extended or the role is filled.

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