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Approach Belgium - Data Protection Officer &/or GDPR Information Security Consultant

Do you want to give a boost to your career by joining one the fastest growing players in the cyber-security eco-system? Do you want to strengthen your experience by performing stimulating consulting missions and highly-secure development projects?

In 2018 we are hiring more than 30 new colleagues. You could become one of them!



About us


At Approach, we help our customers to be resilient in a dangerous cyber-space. Today's organizations are exposed to a broad spectrum of cyber threats and sophisticated attacks. They need to be well prepared to protect their critical information and assets while retaining their ability to innovate and grow.

Increasing compliance demands from regulators and legislations (eg the GDPR) put even more pressure.



Our people & practices


Our team is composed of 60+ certified professionals. We continuously invest in our talents and develop the skills of our people. Our people use the best technologies to be even more effective.

At Approach, we organize and share our expertise and knowledge per communities. Depending on your profile, you will contribute to one or several “Practices”: Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Cyber-Security and Secure Delivery.



Your Role


In the context of our fast-growing company, we are looking for  DPO &/or GDPR Consultants to integrate our GRC practice.

You will take part in stimulating consulting assignments and your main tasks will include:

  • Representing Approach and delivering high standard quality deliverables
  • As DPO : Provide high value services to customers in the light of Approach's DPO as a Service offering/business:
    • Acting as Data Privacy Officer (DPO) for our clients, reporting into their highest management level
    • Overall advise on data privacy
    • Participate in the development of Data Privacy Impact Assessments (DPIA) and supervise their implementation
    • Monitor compliance with the GDPR
    • Participate in GDPR compliance audits
    • Train employees involved in processing operations
    • Serve SPOC (Single Contact) for the Data Protection Authority (DPA)
    • Consult the Apd appropriately 



As GRC/GDPR consultant:

  • Bring high value solutions to customers in the area of GRC (Business Continuity, Information Security and Risk Mgt, Data Privacy, ...)
  • Delivering GRC solutions in the various lifecycles of the engagement (assessment, project, or as a service)
  • Actively participating in the development of a GRC solution offering 
  • Developing or improving GRC assets and contributing to the writing of resources and whitepapers
  • Sharing knowledge and actively contributing to GRC team meetings
  • Bringing a positive and “can do” attitude and energy to the team


Your Responsibilities


Your role will consist of several activities, among which:

  • Actively participating in the development of a GRC solution offering
  • Develop your competencies and level of expertise by a continuous and ongoing progression and active participation in training sessions
  • Acquire the fundamentals of the consulting role regarding analytical capacity, ability to see the overall picture, both written and oral expression
  • You are recognised by the client as being professional in your own area of expertise
  • Demonstrate your capability to work in a team and portray a positive attitude
  • Respect the confidentiality of both client and company information
  • You are recognised as being trustworthy by your project leader or client: precision of information, respect of the commitments, quality of the work, respect the deadlines, adequate reporting, ...
  • Capitalise on the experience acquired within the Practice
  • Utilise or learn the tools or methodologies of the Practice and actively contribute to the development of these tools and methodologies


Required Qualifications & Experience

  • Master's Degree or equivalent work experience
  • 5-10 Years' Professional Experience, minimum 2 demonstrable in Information Security and/or Risk Management
  • Data Privacy Officer certification at a renowned organisation such as IAPP, Solvay Brussels School, IT governance, Data Protection Institute, PECB or Kluwer
  • A pragmatic leader
  • Used to work with Senior management (strategic level)
  • Good understanding of ISO27000 standards
  • Good understanding of Information Risk Management and methods
  • Strong understanding of control standards and objectives
  • Ability to monitor security processes and control
  • Ability to implement and monitor security processes and controls
  • Knowledge of Network, Data, System and Application Security Architecture
  • Knowledge of Data Protection technologies and how they link to Data Privacy
  • Manage diverse workloads and prioritize accordingly
  • Contributed in the implementation or operation of management systems
  • Exposure to risk assessments as assessor or contributor
  • Exposure to security audit, as Auditor, auditee, remediation owner
  • Exposure to (security) incident response and crisis management



  • Leadership
  • Eager to learn, curious
  • Think Risk
  • Think out of the box, pragmatic
  • Pro-active, anticipate changes and promotes innovative ideas
  • Ability to work in team environment, including virtual
  • Analytical skills
  • Self-Starter
  • Ethical behaviour
  • Excellent communication and presentation (oral and written)
  • Uncompromising integrity 


Our Offer


To well-qualified and motivated candidates, we offer:

  • An opportunity to develop skills and expertise in an area of specialization such as DPO as a Service or GDPR consultant, secure development, software security, etc.
  • A unique chance to be a real active part in the development of a successful company (entrepreneurial mind-set)
  • A positive challenge in a professional but still human and dynamic business environment
  • An attractive and performance-rewarding compensation package, including maximum benefit possibilities
  • The advantages of a relatively small structure in terms of direct communication, flexibility, dynamism and fast decision-making, combined with the financial strength and stability of larger structures, active worldwide, thanks to our solid shareholders' base
  • Our headquarters is located in a traffic jam free zone: AXIS Parc next to Louvain-la-Neuve, in an innovative and green Business Centre with all facilities: restaurants, fitness, nursery, etc.

Beschrijving bedrijf

Founded in 2001 by successful entrepreneurs from the e-finance sector, Approach was immediately recognized by the banking industry as a very promising player in the areas of Cyber-Security and Secure Development.

Thanks to its unique spectrum of expertise, Approach can propose solutions covering the full value chain of cyber security, from strategic decision down to deep technical design and implementation.

Approach's vision is to deliver solutions across the whole LifeCycle of information security and risk management, from assessment and advise, through implementation and management, to training and coaching services.

We help our customers to secure their business from governance to infrastructure and development, in classical markets like finance, retail, etc. but also new ones based on emerging technologies like mobile applications, smart cities, IoT, etc.

Nowadays, our customer base ranges from the largest multinationals to public institutions. For some of our clients we are in charge of the full end-to-end development, operations, support and maintenance of their secure applications. We have also developed another side activity that we fully manage: ATLAS Assignment Manager (SaaS) which is a global mobility HR software.

Our team is made up of certified security experts, CISM, CRISC, CEH, ISO27001 Lead Implementers, with strong track records and successful missions in large and complex environments.

Approach is growing at a sustainable pace. In 2016 our turnover has reached 5.4M€ for around 60+ people.

The company is privately held and has access to a strong capital base. Our reference shareholder and Chairman, Michel Akkermans is a serial entrepreneur, skilled investor and the former CEO of Clear2Pay, an innovative e-finance company focused on delivering globally applicable solutions for secure, timely electronic payments.

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