VP, Head of Global Privacy, Fanatics Commerce

Remote - USA

Full Time Executive-level / Director
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Fanatics offers the broadest assortment of fan merchandise and memorabilia worldwide.

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Company Overview
Fanatics is building the leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans, and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Leveraging these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as the global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings across the sports ecosystem.  
The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today’s 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Trading Cards, a transformative company that is building a new model for the hobby and giving collectors an end-to-end trading cards experience; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. Additional ventures that will build out Fanatics’ footprint across the broader digital sports landscape will be rolled out soon.  Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.  As a market leader with more than 8,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives. At Fanatics, we’re a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support.  We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.     
About the Team
At Fanatics, our Business Affairs & Legal team plays an integral role into why we are the #1 licensed sports, omni-channel retailer. This team is known for negotiating and drafting long-term, exclusive deals with professional sports teams, universities, event promoters, and athletes. They are trusted advisors in counseling our business teams with day-to-day matters as well as key strategic initiatives. This division is critical to the success of the overall company strategy and our mission to become the #1 Fan Brand in the world.
We are seeking an experienced lawyer to join the Fanatics Commerce legal team as VP, Head of Global Privacy.  This role will report directly to the Fanatics Commerce General Counsel and will be responsible for leading global privacy compliance and providing legal advice with respect to global data initiatives and strategy for the Fanatics Commerce business.  The role will be based in the U.S.; remote work possible, with occasional travel to one or more office locations from time to time/as required.  Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience.  The successful candidate is one who will bring to Fanatics Commerce a passion for, and “team sport” approach to, data protection and privacy compliance.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Leading global data privacy compliance for Fanatics Commerce; liaising with other companies within the Fanatics family on data and privacy matters as necessary;
  • Owning the legal support for/advice to business partners throughout the global organization with respect to all aspects of data and privacy;
  • Work closely with the Data Protection Officer for Fanatics Commerce;
  • Establishing, leading and managing a strategic team that will work lockstep with the business teams to implement privacy-by-design strategies;
  • Working closely with business teams to establish/update and implement best practice data and privacy policies and procedures that are designed to ensure data protection and privacy compliance at all levels of the organization;
  • Overseeing third party compliance with Fanatics Commerce data protection and privacy policies;
  • Supporting M&A due diligence processes with respect to data privacy matters;
  • As necessary, partnering with relevant business teams on responses to data matters, including investigating and acting on privacy and security related requests and complaints; and
  • Collaborating with other members of the legal team on data and privacy related matters pertaining to their areas of responsibility.

Knowledge/Skills/Experience: The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, who instills confidence, thinks creatively, and is able to initiate and develop alternative approaches to complex issues, and who has:

  • 15+ years of experience advising with respect to global privacy and data protection laws, with extensive knowledge of US privacy laws (must include CCPA) and EU privacy laws (must include GDPR and the E-Privacy Directive);
  • A combination of law firm and in-house experience;
  • Significant experience with consumer data;
  • Technological fluency;
  • Ad tech experience or strong familiarity with ad tech;
  • Experience establishing and implementing a global privacy strategy and ideally has prior experience managing a global team;
  • The ability to prioritize and balance competing objectives while providing high-quality work product in a timely manner to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong business acumen, good common sense and sound judgement, particularly in time sensitive, critical situations and be able to provide practical, actionable and risk-based advice;
  • The ability to working independently, while also being a team player; and
  • A strong sense of integrity.


  • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited law school and licensed to practice in at least one of the United States.
  • IAPP Certifications a plus.
Ensure your Fanatics job offer is legitimate and don’t fall victim to fraud.  Fanatics never seeks payment from job applicants.  Fanatics recruiters will only reach out to applicants from an @fanatics.com or @fanatics.co.uk email address.  For added security, where possible, apply through our company website at www.fanaticsinc.com/careers
Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.
Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.
NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS/APPLICANTS: In connection with your application, we collect information that identifies, reasonably relates to or describes you (“Personal Information”). The categories of Personal Information that we collect include your name, government issued identification number(s), email address, mailing address, other contact information, emergency contact information, employment history, educational history, criminal record, and demographic information.  We collect and use those categories of Personal Information about you for human resources and other business management purposes, including identifying and evaluating you as a candidate for potential or future employment or future contract positions, recordkeeping in relation to recruiting and hiring, conducting criminal background checks as permitted by law, conducting analytics, and ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements and Company policies.
Job perks/benefits: Competitive pay
Job region(s): North America
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