Privacy Specialist at Illumina (San Diego, CA)

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What if the work you did every day could impact the lives of people you know? Or all of humanity?

At Illumina, we are expanding access to genomic technology to realize health equity for billions of people around the world. Our efforts enable life-changing discoveries that are transforming human health through the early detection and diagnosis of diseases and new treatment options for patients.

Working at Illumina means being part of something bigger than yourself. Every person, in every role, has the opportunity to make a difference. Surrounded by extraordinary people, inspiring leaders, and world changing projects, you will do more and become more than you ever thought possible.

Illumina is looking to recruit an experienced Privacy Specialist to support Illumina's compliance with global privacy and data protection laws and regulations, ensure privacy-by-design is at the forefront of our approach, and to provide support for privacy and data-related client and contractual issues and complex data use issues under HIPAA, GDPR and other privacy regulations.

In this role, the Privacy Specialist will be a key member of the Privacy & Ethics team, while also working closely with the Legal, Product Development, Compliance and Information Security functions to provide guidance on global data privacy matters, help with review of relevant contracts, embed privacy-by-design in products and projects, and develop and monitor policies and procedures applicable to the business and in compliance with global data privacy laws and regulations. The successful candidate will be a privacy professional with a proven track record of serving as a collaborative, pragmatic, and determined privacy partner to a variety of business units.

Duties will include:
  • Conduct and review Privacy Impact Assessments, Data Protection Impact Assessments, and Transfer Impact Assessments including evaluating and assigning risk ratings.
  • Create and maintain records of processing activities for required programs and information systems.
  • Manage data subject access requests.
  • Assist with developing and administering privacy policy and privacy compliance training.
  • Work with key internal stakeholders in the review of projects and related data to assess compliance with global data privacy laws and Illumina privacy standards.
  • Draft, negotiate, and interpret privacy, security and data use and protection terms in contracts and disclosures, including Data Protection Addendums and Intra Company Agreements, consistent with Illumina's strategy and goals.
  • Develop and maintain a strong knowledge of HIPAA, GDPR, CCPA, and CPRA and a good understanding of other major privacy frameworks and evolving legislation, security laws, rules and regulations worldwide, as well as industry leading-practices and standards especially as it relates to lab services.
  • Review issues related to Incident Response, customer security questionnaires and security certifications.
  • Promote effective work practices, work as a team member, and show respect for co-workers.

Education and Experience:
  • Either a legal, privacy, business, or information technology degree/qualification or equivalent industrial experience
  • 5-10 years of directly applicable experience, preferably in the life sciences field
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills
  • Hold at least one Data Protection and/or Privacy certification such as, CIPP, CIPT, ISEB, etc., (preferred)
  • Experience with US and EU data privacy laws
  • Experience reviewing contracts and conducting Privacy Impact Assessments
  • Experience working in a regulated industry

The candidate's preferred location will be within a commutable distance to one of our locations in San Diego, CA, Foster City, CA, or Madison, WI. Illumina offers hybrid work arrangements.


Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact [email protected] To learn more, visit:
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Illumina operates in the Biotech industry. The company is located in San Diego, CA, Madison, WI, Foster City, CA and San Diego, CA. Illumina was founded in 1998. It has 7400 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 34 open jobs at Illumina, click here.
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