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West Data Protection Officer (DPO)


JobReq ID:  51124
Type of work:  Hybrid
Type of contract:  Open-ended/permanent
Full/Part Time:  Full time

Zaventem, BE


Bridgestone in Europe, CIS, Middle East, India and Africa (BSEMIA), headquartered in Zaventem (Belgium), is a subsidiary of  Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader providing sustainable mobility and advanced solutions.

In addition to our premium tire products, we offer a growing portfolio of tire-centric and mobility solutions. Together with our partners and guided by "Serving Society with Superior Quality”, that has been our mission since Shojiro Ishibashi founded Bridgestone in 1931, we are  working to accelerate sustainable mobility innovations and solutions. Through innovative technology,  we are committed to easier, safer, smoother and seamless mobility for our society and customers improving how people move, live, work and play.

Bridgestone also benefits from a significant retail network throughout the region – in fact our retail presence in the EMIA region is the largest in the tire industry. Through 17 distinct retail partners, we have around 3,500 outlets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as around 2,500 outlets through our partner network in India. This network offers a selection of services, concepts and mobility solutions.

At Bridgestone we pride ourselves on the strong relationships we maintain with everyday drivers and this extensive retail network is one of the core reasons why.

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In line with the “Bridgestone Essence”, our work environment is based on integrity and teamwork, where everyone can learn from each other and contribute with their own ideas in achieving the coming goals.

We want to hear from people who can take the challenge, unleash their creative potential and contribute to the company success demonstrating ownership, courage and agility. We want you to develop your skills, expand your knowledge and be proud of your work.


Purpose of the role:

In delevering on our mission, we are committed to ensuring compliance with applicable data privacy laws and that our customer data is protected. To this end, we have created the role of Data Protection Office - Bridgestone West. In this role, you will be responsible for developing, overseeing, advancing and ensuring compliance with a West privacy program for the Bridgestone strategic business units (“SBU”) in the “West.”  This territory covers Bridgestone’s tyre operations (manufacturing, wholesale and retail) in the Americas (“BSAM”) as well as in Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa (“BSEMIA”) and BMS, including all their subsidiaries. In addition, you will manage a team of dedicated privacy resources in each of these SBUs to guide and oversee all data privacy activities in the territory.



you will be based in either Brussels, Belgium or Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and will liaise closely with Senior Management of the SBUs, their business leaders and their teams, as well as information security teammates as you promote a culture of data protection compliance throughout the organisation.


You will report to the [Chief Legal & Risk Officer of BSEMIA] with a strong dotted line to the [Sr Vice-President, General Counsel North & Latin America].



Your main responsibilities are a combination of strategic program development and management, as well as hands-on agile and pragmatic business support and consist primarily of the following:


  • Develop, implement and continuously improve a data privacy management program across the three SBUs and drive an integrated approach where possible.
  • Drive strategic/tactical plans, policies and procedures to ensure compliance with data protection laws in each SBU, including the development of a privacy governance framework to ensure that data is managed in compliance with relevant privacy laws.
  • Develop and implement protocols and solutions for monitoring compliance with data protection laws and policies in each SBU.
  • With the support of the data privacy team, serve as main point of contact and subject matter expert for business units and functional groups in the West for issues related to data privacy. 
  • Set up and manage an awareness-raising and training program to deliver compliance and foster a culture of data protection compliance in each SBU.
  • Monitoring changes and developments in applicable privacy laws; educating the organization on such developments and proactively adapting privacy program as needed to maintain compliance.
  • Collaborating with relevant functional groups, including Corporate Security and Information Security functions, to develop and implement data privacy & security awareness programs and incident management program including security breach response protocols, impact assessments, collection & processing of data privacy complaints, data asset record keeping, responding to subject access requests (SARs), etc. 
  • Communicate with regulatory authorities as relevant.
  • Participate in and provide reports to Global Risk Committee.



Minimum qualifications

  • Solid knowledge of the data protection legal frameworks
  • Recognized qualifications in Data Protection (CIPP/E or similar GDPR DPO certification). Additional CIPM, CIPT and CIPP/US certifications are an advantage.
  • Relevant university degree (e.g., IT or law)
  • 15 years of relevant experience of which no less than 10 in a multinational cross-cultural organisation
  • No less than 5 years experience in developing, documenting, communicating and rolling out a privacy program in multiple jurisdictions, preferably also covering North America
  • Understanding of global privacy law in relation to all business functions in manufacturing and/or services industries
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity risks and other information security standards; prior PCI DSS is a plus
  • Strong collaboration, leadership and influencing skills and ability to manage cross-functional projects
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work with peers and senior management, inspiring trust and confidence
  • Good organizing and coordinating skills
  • ability to effectively communicate to all levels of an organization.
  • Fluent professional English, both spoken and written. Knowledge of one or more main European languages is a significant plus
  • High degree of independence, with attention to detail



  • The ability to shape the privacy program of a large industrial organization that is evolving to become a leader in mobility solutions and is foraying into significant data analytics services and solutions
  • The opportunity to create a data protection function with team mates in multiple regions, spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas
  • Exposure to and involvement with senior management in our strategic business units
  • The possibility to do smart working allowing you to work remotely up to three days per week.  



All applications will be reviewed. Our Recruitment team will contact the suitable applicants for the next step of the recruitment process.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Diversity and inclusion are a central part of Bridgestone EMIA’s values at the highest level. This is key for our people to show a passion for excellence for improving society connected to the world in which we live. Our commitment to diversity, is linked to our founders mission of ‘Serving Society with Superior Quality’, which is essential in shaping and creating the organization, serving all people, respectfully, connected to our business. We recognize that everyone is different and that attracting, developing and retaining our employees will create a sustainable working environment which is essential to our success. This means that all job applicants and members of staff will receive equal treatment and that we will not discriminate in particular on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, color, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

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