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Bank of the West Privacy Sr Lead Compliance Officer in San Francisco, California

Privacy Sr Lead Compliance Officer


At Bank of the West, our people are having a positive impact on the world. We’re investing where we feel we can make the most impact, like advancing diversity and women entrepreneurship programs, financing for more small businesses, and promoting programs for sustainable energy. From our locations across the U.S., Bank of the West is taking action to help protect the planet, improve people’s lives, and strengthen communities. We are part of BNP Paribas, a global leader supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yes, we’re a bank, but as the bank for a changing world, we are continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth.

Job Description Summary

Responsible for providing second line of defense compliance expertise, oversight, guidance and advice to all areas of the company on the laws and regulations covered by the Bank’s enterprise Privacy Compliance Program. To effectively achieve compliance goals, the Sr. Lead Compliance Officer maintains current knowledge of personal date privacy regulatory compliance requirements. The role works closely with the first line of defense including the lines of business, support functions, and other internal business partners to advise on the practical application of compliance obligations.

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides leadership and direction in identifying the applicability and impact of personal data privacy laws and regulations on Enterprise lines of business.

  • Counsels, advises, challenges, and approves risk assessments completed by Enterprise first lines of defense.

  • Performs risk and controls assessments of Privacy Office-owned processes and operations.

  • Performs second line of defense monitoring check and challenge of the overall effectiveness of the Privacy Compliance Program.

  • Provides compliance advisory subject matter expertise to the first line of defense on policies, procedures, work processes, and systems to facilitate regulatory compliance.

  • Provides oversight to ensure first line of defense controls and processes are working appropriately.

  • Assists in the review and interpretation of new or changed privacy laws or regulations and assessment of the impact to the Bank.

  • Provides compliance advisory support to all areas of the Bank on implementing processes due to changing laws, regulations, or policies.

  • Analyzes applicable first line of defense policies and procedures, for alignment with compliance policies and regulations.

  • May participate in the Bank’s Compliance Committee providing reports and information to management as necessary.

Other Job Duties

  • Advises, consults and approves proposed new products, services, and initiatives with regard to privacy compliance obligations and corresponding compliance risks, and mitigating controls.

  • Oversees Enterprise Business Units’ Third Party Program monitoring, provides input on applicable personal data privacy compliance regulations

  • Advises and consults with first line of defense to determine if Third Party Provider and business unit key controls meet regulatory requirements.

  • Reviews and approves compliance content for the implementation of privacy-related training programs.

  • Provides data for the Compliance Reporting function on an ongoing basis.

  • Assists organizational leaders in partnership with the Legal Department on matters involving litigation where regulatory compliance is concerned.

  • Interacts with internal and external examiners and regulators as it relates to personal data privacy compliance matters.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Experience

  • Requires strong level knowledge of personal data privacy regulatory compliance for U.S. financial institutions typically obtained through advanced education combined with experience.


  • Bachelor's Degree


  • Strong communication, collaboration, and expert compliance skills.

  • Should be able to work effectively with others at all levels across the organization and provide authoritative guidance to management and staff within the organization.

  • Experience working within a large, complex financial service organization.

  • Strong analytical skills with detail orientation and process orientation.

  • Experience reading and interpreting regulations, laws, and statutes.

  • Strong research skills preferred.

  • Problem solving skills as well as flexibility and adaptability are of key importance.

  • Critical thinking and the ability to "connect the dots" of multiple data points across multiple business units to develop a comprehensive assessment of compliance risk.

  • Highly organized, flexible and adaptable, and able to manage multiple activities and shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Strong, effective interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal and listening).

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Bank of the West is an Equal Opportunity employer and proud to provide equal employment opportunity to all job seekers without regard to any status protected by applicable law. Bank of the West is also an Affirmative Action employer - Minority / Female / Disabled / Veteran.

Bank of the West will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance subject to the requirements of all state and federal laws and regulations.

Job: Compliance

Location: United States-California-San Ramon

Other Locations: United States-North Dakota-Fargo, United States-Arizona-Tempe, United States-California-Los Angeles, United States-California-City of Industry, United States-California-San Francisco

Requisition ID: 056344