Associate General Counsel, EMEA

(Dublin, Ireland)

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 matters and projects involving privacy and other regulatory areas. 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 be based in Dublin, Ireland to fulfill this role.


  • Represent company before regulators and other relevant parties across EMEA
  • Implement compliance strategy with applicable law and regulations across EMEA relating to privacy, security, consumer protection, marketing, competition, and telecom, among other areas
  • Potentially serve as a corporate data protection lead in the EU
  • Support regulatory compliance and other counseling matters across EMEA
  • Support other areas as necessary across EMEA
  • Review and advise on pending and developing applicable law and regulation across EMEA, working with the policy team
  • Collaborate with other members of the WhatsApp and Facebook legal and policy teams on the above as appropriate

Minimum Qualifications

  • Solicitor or barrister (qualified to practice law in a European member state)
  • Significant in-depth and related experience (8+ years) supporting and/or litigating complex regulatory and compliance matters and representing companies in significant regulatory inquiries
  • Significant privacy, security, consumer protection, marketing, competition, and telecom experience, including engagement experiences and relationships with applicable regulatory bodies across EMEA
  • Experience serving as a data protection lead
  • Experience learning and mastering new areas of law and regulation in a variety of jurisdictions
  • Experience developing innovative and pragmatic approaches to complex legal challenges with a proven track record providing concise and business-focused legal advice
  • Experience working with mobile and other Internet and technology companies
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and provide advice under tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and advance large, complex projects in matrixed environments with cross functional stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an absolute commitment to teamwork, professionalism, collegiality, and communication
  • Outstanding leadership and team management skills
  • Knowledge of, or fluency in, other European languages (German, French, Spanish, Italian, etc.)
  • Must be flexible and willing to work on projects in other areas, including areas involving unfamiliar subject matters
  • Ability to live in Dublin, Ireland
  • Ability to travel throughout EMEA, to the US, and globally
  • Strong communication skills
  • Sense of humility and good sense of humor

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