Abbott Counsel, Information Governance in Abbott Park, Illinois

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Primary Job Function:

The Counsel, Information Governance (“IG”) reports directly to the Director, Information Governance (“Director”) and will provide oversight and direction for the activities within the IG and records management function for Abbott globally. The Counsel is responsible for assisting the Director in developing numerous IG initiatives, including, but not limited to formulating IG and records policy and best practices and managing company’s information and data systems. This entails working with key stakeholders across organizational levels, divisions and countries to ensure critical practices are properly implemented, including:

Acting as a primary liaison and subject matter expert on IG and records management matters

Reviewing and identifying potential legal issues in connection with performance of the IG function, including regulatory, litigation, and privacy / cybersecurity issues

Promoting compliance with legal, regulatory, financial, and operational record keeping requirements (e.g., appropriate retention, defensible destruction)

Formulating strategy and developing plans to increase the value and visibility of information, records retention and data management and governance (e.g., analytics)

Communicating with other stakeholders within the organization re: IG initiatives, and projects

Providing management of key personnel and oversight of cost and risk reduction efforts (e.g., storage costs, eDiscovery processing, regeneration of information).

Core Job Responsibilities:

Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies and procedures. Some of the Counsel’s responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with the Director to ensure that the IG programs govern multiple information assets, including hard-copy and electronic formats

  • Providing guidance to ensure that the IG and RIM programs are in full compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements in relevant jurisdictions

  • Helping to develop a company-wide comprehensive IG framework, accounting for various multijurisdictional laws, rules, and regulations

  • Working collaboratively with the IG and IT teams to develop strategies and procedures to ensure timely and accurate classification, confidentiality, privacy, security, retention and disposition of company information

  • Developing and overseeing the implementation of a strategic program applying industry leading practices and methodologies to support the achievement of short, medium and long-term goals

  • Developing and implementing the policies and guidelines for the management of all Abbott information

  • Building a systematic, methodical, and legally defensible practice to discard unneeded information

  • Selecting and leveraging technology to achieve efficiencies (e.g., auto-classification, analytics, deletion)

  • Providing IG and records management oversight during acquisition and divestiture activities

  • Managing the annual departmental budget and capital requirements

Position Accountability / Scope:

This position reports to the Director, Information Governance. It will manage 1-3 direct reports. It will interact with senior leadership across the company. Information governance is critical to satisfy information compliance requirements, manage information risks, increase IT efficiency, optimize information value, protect business assets and increase business profitability.

Minimum Education


Experience/ Training Required

  • Generally 3+ years of relevant experience

  • Developing proficiency in practice area


Operations & Business Support


GENC General Counsel


United States > Abbott Park : AP06A Floor-2





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Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day), Keyboard use (greater or equal to 50% of the workday)

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