Associate General Counsel, Global Regulatory Compliance & Privacy

Menlo Park, California, US

WhatsApp is a fast, simple, and reliable way to talk to anyone in the world. More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries use WhatsApp to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere. WhatsApp is not only free but also available on multiple mobile devices and in low connectivity areas — making it accessible and reliable wherever you are. It's a simple and secure way to share your favorite moments, send important information or catch up with a friend. WhatsApp helps people connect and share no matter where they are in the world.
This role involves leading and handling cutting-edge and complex legal projects and matters involving global regulatory compliance. You must have flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and organizational needs. In addition, you must have the ability to operate independently in a fast-paced, small but growing environment and work collaboratively and proactively with the legal teams well as other internal and external stakeholders. This is a full-time position, and you will need to relocate to Menlo Park, CA to fulfill this role.


  • Represent company before regulators and other relevant parties across the world
  • Lead global compliance strategy with applicable law and regulations relating to privacy, security, consumer protection, marketing, competition, and telecom, among other areas
  • Lead design of and implement process and documentation to support compliance function
  • Manage a growing team of attorneys
  • Advise leadership on strategic global compliance frameworks and support regulatory compliance and other counseling matters globally
  • Review and advise on pending and developing applicable law and regulation relating to privacy, consumer protection, and telecom, among other areas globally, working with the policy team
  • Collaborate with other members of the WhatsApp and Facebook legal and policy teams on the above as appropriate
  • Must be flexible and willing to work on projects in other areas, including areas involving unfamiliar subject matters
  • Travel globally

Minimum Qualification

  • J.D. degree and membership in at least one U.S. state bar
  • 12+ years’ experience as a practicing attorney
  • 12+ years’ experience doing regulatory compliance work and supporting and/or litigating regulatory and compliance matters and representing companies in regulatory inquiries
  • Regulatory experience, including engagement experiences and relationships with applicable privacy, consumer protection, and telecom regulatory bodies
  • Experience learning new areas of law and regulation in a variety of jurisdictions
  • Experience developing approaches to legal challenges while providing business-focused legal advice
  • Experience leading projects with cross-functional stakeholders

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience managing teams of attorneys
  • Experience working with mobile and other Internet and technology companies
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment and providing advice under deadlines

WhatsApp is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.

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