Privacy and Compliance Manager at Sovrn

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About the Team

The Legal & Compliance team seeks to support Sovrn growth by directing implementation of policies and procedures to ensure adherence with regulatory and industry standards. Our goal is to assess and address business risk, working cross-functionally across teams while subscribing to Sovrn mission and values.

About the Job

As Privacy and Compliance Manager, you will be responsible for ensuring that Sovrn’s operations and business transactions align with all legal requirements and regulatory frameworks that are applicable to Sovrn’s business. In addition, this role will oversee ongoing internal and external audit and compliance obligations. You must be comfortable working in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment and acting as the main line of communication between Sovrn’s internal business teams.

What You’ll Be Doing: 

  • Advises on data, privacy, regulatory and compliance matters, advertising guidelines, consumer-facing disclaimers, website terms of use, data protection and retention, data security, data breach rules and privacy policies.
  • Develops, implements, and oversees control processes and systems to prevent violations of data and privacy laws and ensures Sovrn’s continued compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Understands the technologies that create privacy and data security challenges and keeps current on legislative, judicial and regulatory privacy and data security developments in order to understand and communicate the effect of such developments on Sovrn’s business.
  • Develops and manages company training on data privacy requirements.
  • Coordinates and project manages all internal privacy and regulatory initiatives, acting as the liaison between the Legal, Product, Engineering, Publisher Services, and AdOperations teams.
  • Oversees the investigation of potential privacy incidents, complaints or breaches, including notifications and other resolution efforts.
  • Ensures continued compliance with all applicable certifications and regulatory frameworks, such as TAG Compliance, EU U.S. Privacy Shield, DAA, and NAI, and participates in various working groups representing Sovrn's interests.
  • Point of contact for all third party compliance audits.
  • Communicates critical privacy and compliance matters to executive leadership, senior management and the rest of the organization on a regular basis; escalate issues accordingly via the appropriate channels.
  • Partners with Product Management to integrate Sovrn’s privacy compliance and risk management objectives into the Company’s product strategy.
  • Ensures accurate and timely implementation of policy rollouts, privacy reviews, privacy training, and policy enforcement.
  • Negotiates contractual obligations related to privacy and data usage and ensures internal compliance with same.
  • Maintains a strong understanding of the changing privacy regulations related to Sovrn’s business (such as GDPR, CCPA).

About You

You are driven and have proven ability to efficiently manage a variety of projects with a timely, efficient manner with strong follow through skills. You have experience and expertise in data privacy and compliance, where you proactively give guidance to the business. You’re comfortable working with a wide variety of people, and respect the perspectives of those that disagree with you. Above all, you love learning, and sharing what you know.

The successful candidate will have: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree; or equivalent experience working in Privacy and Compliance
  • Experience and expertise in implementing and managing company risk associated with data privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA and demonstrate a strong understanding of current and emerging privacy and data security laws in order to deliver relevant, proactive and actionable guidance to business partners
  • Experience independently managing third-party audits
  • The ability to efficiently identify, assess and prioritize risk, and manage risk accordingly in a fast-paced and quickly evolving business environment
  • High attention to detail and be able to process a high volume of information quickly and accurately
  • Proactively review current procedures and confidently make recommendations for improvements with consideration to stakeholders
  • Prioritize and strategically work through tasks with appropriate and dedicated urgency
  • Possess strong business acumen and the ability to collaborate cross functionally
  • Self-starter and organized with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong problem solving skills with creative approaches.
  • Clear, concise and engaging written and oral communicator
  • Dangerously curious, not afraid to ask questions, learn about our business, our technology
  • Ability to build trust-based relationships to build on a culture of compliance and serve as a dependable resource to team

Bonus Points:

  • Juris Doctor degree and membership in at least one US state bar (CO preferred)
  • CIPP/E Certification preferred
  • Familiarity with current ad tech landscape and Sovrn’s place and value proposition in the market
  • Specific knowledge/experience in ad serving and/or other advertising technology systems

Position Reports to: General Counsel

About Sovrn

Publishers create the content the world depends on for education, entertainment, and commerce. Sovrn provides products and services to tens of thousands of online publishers to help them grow, operate their business, understand their readership, and manage consumer data. Sovrn is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with offices in San Francisco, New York, and London. 

With 10,000 customers deploying one or more products across 30,000 websites, Sovrn reaches 200M consumers across more than 3.5B pageviews everyday. Sovrn has been a leader in online publisher technology since its founding, and has been recognized by IAB, JICWEBS, and TAG for its role in combating advertising fraud and promoting pro-transparency initiatives. Sovrn is dedicated to helping content creators do more of what they love, and less of what they don’t.

Sovrn is an Equal Opportunity Employer! 

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Technology we use

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We are in a brand new building, close to breweries, restaurants and coffee shops. Easy to get to, plenty of parking and the bus stops right out front.

An Insider's view of Sovrn

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Our Reliability Team works incredibly hard, however….personal life comes first. One of the reasons is that we have incredible managers that realize that we are humans. We work hard but when we are off, we are off!


Sr. Site Reliablity Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

No two days look the same, but I mean that in a good way! At Sovrn, people are given the ability to step outside the confines of their job description and engage cross-departmentally. Sovrn is a great place to work for people who love to learn and challenge themselves.


Sr. Director, Marketing

How does the company support your career growth?

I always wanted to move into management one day. When the opportunity presented itself earlier than I was ready for, the leadership supported me to ensure that we were successful. I can't imagine having grown without them.


Manager, Software Engineering

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Great ideas can come from everybody with the right support and space. To this end, we hold an Innovation Week quarterly for all engineers. We aren't afraid of trying new tech, as long as it delivers customer value. We encourage creativity with a collaborative environment, POCs during planning phases, and aggressively maintaining tech debt.



What are some things you learned at the company?

Our onboarding is phenomenal for new employees, helping educate new hires about the entire adtech industry in addition to the specifics of their role, illuminating their place within the larger ecosystem. The office has a fun, collaborative atmosphere that encourages a strong balance between work and health.


Team Lead, Quality

What are Sovrn Perks + Benefits

Sovrn Benefits Overview

We have a choice of health and wellness plans that meet your needs, including medical, dental and vision. Take advantage of an open vacation policy, flexible working hours and paid parental leave. Enjoy catered lunch every other week, along with breakfast to start your Friday mornings. Be part of a passionate and high growth culture, work with great people and make an impact on Sovrn's future and direction. Did we mention Raccoon shirt Friday's?

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Team workouts
Acme Co.'s team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, Sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Acme co. sponsors family oriented events Annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
We provide free breakfast on Friday. Employees get free lunch on Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Culture of Learning and Career Advancement. Awesome people!

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