Privacy and Data Governance Lead

Business and Financial Operations

New York, NY

Job Overview:

The US Privacy and Data Governance Lead will play a key role in Cowen’s enterprise-wide privacy and data 
governance program. This active contributor role requires a broad skill set and contributions from the ground up 
to communicate, document, and execute policy; plan and manage projects; operationalize controls; and partner 
with colleagues in other departments across the organization. The position is suited for someone with a bias for 
action who thrives in a dynamic and fast-paced workplace and is able to shift gears and prioritize to address 
unexpected needs in a rapidly evolving regulatory environment. 

Location: New York, NY or Washington, DC


  •  Develop and maintain effective internal relationships to influence the on-going engagement with the program. Educate and partner with colleagues throughout the organization, including senior executives, on privacy and data governance initiatives.
  • Plan, project manage, contribute to operational design, and execute on various processes, controls, procedures, and initiatives to comply with domestic and international privacy, data security, and related standards, and to achieve Cowen’s data governance objectives. Collaborate with colleagues on related initiatives in the vendor management, risk management and information security areas.
  • Provide privacy advice to all constituencies throughout the organization.
  • Draft and communicate policies and guidance.
  • Monitor changes in laws and best practices to tailor Cowen’s compliance program appropriately.
  • Interact with privacy regulators and other regulatory bodies to respond to inquiries and demonstrate compliance.
  • Address ad hoc questions and needs (non-project specific) related to privacy and data governance.
  • Design and track metrics to measure the effectiveness of the program, including appropriate benchmarks to legal, regulatory, and industry standards.
  • Lead privacy breach response operations, including coordinating responses to breaches and making decisions on appropriate responses and remedial measures.
  • Contribute to design of privacy and data governance strategy. 

Job Requirements/Qualifications:

  •  8-10 years' relevant work experience in privacy, regulatory compliance, and/or operational risk and control disciplines, ideally in the financial services industry.
  • Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of training and experience; JD, Master's or professional degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage, educate, and influence colleagues up, down, and sideways in the organization, and to translate technical, regulatory, and legal requirements into a clear, understandable framework that is actionable by the business.
  • Privacy law and data protection expertise. Experience planning, managing, implementing, and contributing to ongoing processes related to privacy impact assessments, ROPAs, DSARs, data breach response, privacy notice and consent, and cross-border transfers of data.
  • Ability to balance business and risk mitigation needs.
  • Policy writing experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to complete multiple and diverse assignments with the highest level of accuracy and quality, and to develop command of evolving domestic and international privacy laws and data security best practices.
  • Bias for action; desire to roll up sleeves and dig in.
  • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate successfully up, down, and sideways in the organization.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Thrives in a busy, dynamic and fast-paced environment with frequent time-sensitive deadlines. Ability to shift gears and prioritize to address unexpected needs.
  • Excellent influencing and partnering skills. Ease in interfacing with colleagues at all levels across the organization.  

 Who We Are:

Cowen Inc. (“Cowen” or the “Company”) is a diversified financial services firm offering investment banking services, equity and credit research, sales and trading, prime brokerage, global clearing, commission management services and actively managed alternative investment products. Cowen focuses on delivering value-added capabilities to our clients in order to help them outperform. Founded in 1918, the Company is headquartered in New York and has offices worldwide.

At Cowen, inclusion and diversity are catalysts for success and innovation in everything we do. We pride ourselves on our empathetic and collaborative culture, where the power of diversity is harnessed to transform the status quo. Our focus on inclusion expands our thinking in order to generate better outcomes for clients, while striving to increase fairness and equity for our colleagues. Cowen’s vision of creating a more inclusive and equitable future is supported by our core values and is essential to our ability to outperform.

Our Values:

  • Vision: We consistently deliver differentiated and disruptive insights that help our clients outperform
  • Empathy:  We proactively consider and account for the priorities and concerns of our colleagues and clients
  • Sustainability: We endeavor to produce ideas and solutions that are ethically grounded and aim to pass the test of time
  • Tenacious Teamwork: We elevate collaboration to new levels, empowering our ability to provide the best solutions for our clients.

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