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Head of/Senior Legal Counsel - Responsible Data

City:  Slough

We are Reckitt

Home to the world's best loved and trusted hygiene, health, and nutrition brands. Our purpose defines why we exist: to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We are a global team united by this purpose.

Join us in our fight to make access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness, and nourishment a right and not a privilege.


Step into the world of our Legal and Compliance Function and prepare to be challenged and stretched with a combination of impact, innovation, and excellence. Our Legal team is at the forefront of shaping the corporate landscape and redefining the boundaries of what is possible.


We go beyond the traditional realms of a legal and compliance function. Transforming ourselves into strategic partners who help drive business growth, mitigating risks, and championing ethical and sustainable practices. Every day, our team deliver on groundbreaking transactions and navigate complex regulatory landscapes that help our organisation make a positive societal impact.


Join us, and you'll be collaborating towards shared goals, solving complex challenges, and leaving an enduring legacy.

About the role

Reckitt is seeking to create a risk-based framework to allow it to adopt AI safely, mitigating the ethical, legal and business risks, whilst unleashing the full potential of AI. Integral to our responsible adoption of AI is an effective data retention policy adoption, with a roadmap for execution. Data ethics underpins these pillars.

Your responsibilities

In summary, you'll:

  • Lead the evolution of Reckitt’s Responsible AI (“RAI”) Governance framework, evolving as the landscape matures.
  • Collaborate with the Legal community and cross-functionally across the Enterprise, enabling RAI compliance.  Work with implementing teams to ensure controls mitigate legal and business risks.  
  • Support the RAI Level 2 Defence including the RAI L2 review team.
  • Report on RAI compliance.
  • Provide tools and advisory support to Procurement Legal, IMEX and Regional Heads of DP, enabling agile execution of RAI tools, meeting relevant requirements.
  • Help build RAI capability across Legal.
  • Collaborate with IT&D in supporting the RAI strategic roadmap.
  • Design a Global Data Retention framework capable of technical implementation and partner with IT&D appropriately.
  • Map and support Reckitt’s approach to Data Ethics.
  • Support the overall strategy and execution of the Ethics and Compliance Data Governance team.  Work collaboratively with GPO, Regional Heads of DP and the wider Legal and Compliance function.
  • Stay informed about emerging trends, best practices, and legal developments in the field of RAI and Data Governance, advising senior management on potential risks and opportunities.

The experience we're looking for

  • ​​​​​​Qualified Lawyer with extensive experience (10+PQE) in corporate legal roles, within multinational corporations, preferably in the FMCG industry.
  • Demonstrable Compliance experience- developing, drafting and implementing policies, SOPs and training.  Designing risk monitoring and reporting frameworks.
  • Experience of implementing RAI governance is highly desirable.
  • Exceptional drafting skills and clear communication.
  • Experienced in managing legal risk, compliance and business opportunities in order to leverage opportunities, without materially affecting risk.
  • Demonstrable experience in managing technology contracts and solutions, including IT procurement.  Additionally, broad breadth of experience across Data Protection, IP and anti-trust. Able to identify range of legal risks in project deployment and mitigate accordingly whilst still delivering on business objectives. 
  • Strong project management skills, with demonstrated experience leading complex global projects from conception to implementation.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and stakeholder management skills, with the ability to influence and collaborate effectively across all levels of the organization.
  • High ethical standards, integrity, and a commitment to promoting a culture of compliance and accountability within the business.

The skills for success

Integrity, Corporate Governance, Leadership, Solicitor, Teamwork, Legal Counsel, Legal Services, Process Optimisation, Legal Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Responsible AI, IT Procurement, Data Governance, GDPR, Privacy and Data Protection, Legal Compliance, Data Protection, Legal Risk Management, Legal Advice, Contract Law, Contract Negotiation, Industry Knowledge, Prioritising Work, Excellent Communication Skills.

What we offer

With inclusion at the heart of everything we do, working alongside our four global Employee Resource Groups, we support our people at every step of their career journey, helping them to succeed in their own individual way.

We invest in the wellbeing of our people through parental benefits, an Employee Assistance Program to promote mental health, and life insurance for all employees globally. We have a range of other benefits in line with the local market. Through our global share plans we offer the opportunity to save and share in Reckitt's potential future successes. For eligible roles, we also offer short-term incentives to recognise, appreciate and reward your work for delivering outstanding results. You will be rewarded in line with Reckitt's pay for performance philosophy.


We recognise that in real life, great people don't always 'tick all the boxes'. That's why we hire for potential as well as experience. Even if you don't meet every point on the job description, if this role and our company feels like a good fit for you, we still want to hear from you.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability or medical condition; colour, ethnicity, race, citizenship, and national origin; religion, faith; pregnancy, family status and caring responsibilities; sexual orientation; sex, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity; protected veteran status; size or any other basis protected by appropriate law.

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