About the Role:  

Rocket Travel, an online travel company, part of Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) and closely-connected to its affiliate brand, Agoda, is looking for a Privacy Compliance Specialist or Privacy Counsel to join our growing team. In this role, you’ll report into Agoda’s Head of Data Privacy and Global Data Protection Officer based in Bangkok, Thailand, with a dotted line to Agoda’s Head of Legal for The Americas and Managing Counsel for Rocket Travel in New York City. You’ll work closely with Rocket Travel’s GRC and IT teams to build and further mature our privacy program and provide privacy advisory support to the commercial teams and the business overall. 


As a Privacy Compliance Specialist or Privacy Counsel, you will: 

  • Report into Agoda’s Data Privacy team, which is part of the Legal team, in connection with project managing, implementing and further maturing core components of the Rocket Travel privacy program to align with Agoda’s own privacy program. Responsibilities include facilitating records of processing activities, privacy impact assessments, vendor onboarding, data subject rights processes and employing the use of relevant tooling (e.g., OneTrust). 
  • Facilitate and maintain Rocket Travel’s privacy program on an ongoing basis, offering first line support and focusing on compliance with a recognized privacy framework (e.g., NIST) 
  • Work alongside:  
    • Agoda’s Bangkok-based Privacy team to carry out appropriate compliance with any and all applicable data privacy laws, including new US State privacy laws and other relevant jurisdictions. 
    • Rocket Travel’s Commercial and US-based Legal counsel, to provide contracting support for the privacy aspects of its business negotiations (e.g., DPAs). 
    • Rocket Travel’s GRC and IT teams, as well as with Agoda IT Security teams, to effectively drive and implement privacy compliance efforts on the ground, complete due diligence assessments and questionnaires for corporate partners/deals where business partners may wish to assess Rocket Travel’s privacy posture/program, and carrying out key privacy aspects of Rocket Travel’s partnering deals.
  • Provide privacy advice and support for Rocket Travel initiatives through privacy impact assessments, audits and related projects.
  • Promote a data privacy centric culture, where data protection is top of mind for products and services. 
  • Manage deadlines across projects/efforts. Things move quickly in our industry, so there will be short turnarounds for some work, and longer engagements for others. Time management, prioritization and balance will be key.
  • Be agile. We’re a collaborative global team and often wear many hats. Some projects may not be completely defined. Resourcefulness, organization and communication will be critical to drive results. 


Rocket Travel is a place where you will: 

  • Work with a group of intrinsically motivated people with a track record for building successful new businesses and products from scratch. 
  • Embody curiosity, community, and accountability. We live and build products by these values every day.  
  • Receive a competitive compensation package, including bonus, 401(k) with match, flexible vacation time (with annual vacation stipends), maternity and paternity benefits, health, and dental insurance. Salary is based on experience, which ranges from $100K to $140K, with a bonus of up to15-20%, respectively. 
  • Have a flexible work schedule. This role will be based in the NYC area, with access to Agoda’s NYC offices in the Empire State building, and with periodic visits to Rocket Travel’s Chicago HQ in the West Loop. We have a hybrid team, and a flexible work environment.
  • Work within the largest online travel company in the world. Rocket Travel is part of Booking Holdings and uniquely connected to its affiliate brand, Agoda, with integrated operations, allowing for a truly global travel industry presence. We have many worldwide partners and a diversified business. Booking Holdings has been rated the healthiest company in travel, with Rocket already seeing travel demand surpass pre-pandemic levels. 


About you: 

  • You will have:  
    • Relevant experience with data privacy 
    • Comprehensive knowledge of current privacy laws, practices and privacy frameworks, e.g., the NIST privacy framework, privacy tools such as OneTrust and TrustArc. 
    • Relevant privacy certifications (e.g., CIPM, CIPP/US or CIPP/E or other relevant qualifications). 
  • For attorneys:  
    • A J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school in good standing, to at least one State Bar (New York preferred).
    • 3+ years of relevant privacy counsel experience at a top-tier law firm or in-house legal department. 
  • Candidates with experience in travel, hospitality or other tech industries and as in-house counsel are preferred.  
  • The ability to navigate across two different companies, varying times zones and different teams, within both Rocket Travel and Agoda. 
  • Thrives working in a fast-paced, high pressure, entrepreneurial environment.
  • A team player with the ability to work and communicate effectively, collaboratively and cross-functionally.
  • Detail oriented, solutions focus and consistently organized.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize workload.
  • Some travel may be required, including between Agoda’s NYC and Rocket Travel’s Chicago offices, and possibly to Agoda’s Bangkok offices.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to get things done 


About Rocket Travel: 

Rocket Travel, a Booking Holdings company, partners with companies around the world to provide industry-leading bespoke, white-labeled travel booking platforms, with a deep focus on earning and redeeming of loyalty currency. Rocket Travel’s dozens of partners include major airlines and financial institutions around the world, who benefit from the best of Booking Holdings’ global reach. Rocket Travel also operates www.rockettravel.com a one-stop accommodation booking solution for consumers eager to earn outsized rewards at competitive rates with over 50 loyalty programs around the world. 


About Agoda:  

Agoda, a Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) company, is an online travel booking platform for accommodation, flights, and more. We build and deploy cutting edge technology that connects travelers with more than 2.5 million accommodations globally. Based in Asia, with offices around the world, including in the United States, our 4,000+ talents coming from 90+ different nationalities foster a work environment rich in diversity, creativity, and collaboration. We innovate through a culture of experimentation and ownership, enabling our customers to experience the world. 


A diverse and global team: 

Our colleagues work across the globe, in person and remotely. We have offices in Chicago, NYC, Chicago, Bangkok, Bogota, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Cebu -- to name a few. No matter where people work, our main team-building goal is to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We do that with a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, setting DEI hiring goals, investing in employee retention, and conducting regular team training that fosters collaboration and morale. All of these efforts help ensure that we’re promoting a supportive workplace, where people are motivated to grow professionally and build rewarding travel experiences together.  


Note on general employment requirements: 

Candidates should be authorized to accept employment in the US from any employer, should be willing to start within three weeks of accepting an offer, and should be able to work the same daily working hours as our Chicago office. 


A Final Word: 

To all recruitment agencies: Rocket Travel does not accept third party resumes. Please do not send resumes to our jobs alias, employees or any other organization location. Rocket Travel is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. 


Equal Opportunity Employer: 

At both Rocket Travel and Agoda, we pride ourselves on being companies represented by people of all different backgrounds and orientations. We prioritize attracting diverse talent and cultivating an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and innovation. Employment at Rocket Travel and Agoda is based solely on a person’s merit and qualifications. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity regardless of sex, age, race, color, national origin, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, citizenship, veteran or military status, and other legally protected characteristics. We will keep your application on file so that we can consider you for future vacancies and you can always ask to have your details removed from the file. For more details, please read Agoda’s privacy policy. 

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