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Legal Counsel IP/IT & GDPR



IT, Legal
Paris, France
Posted on Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Founded in 2013 by Pierre Dubuc and Mathieu Nebra, OpenClassrooms is a mission-driven company with the ambition of making education and career opportunities accessible to everyone.

The school offers numerous open and free-access courses, along with accredited diploma programs for in-demand professions such as tech, IT, data, pedagogy, marketing, and more—all delivered 100% online. OpenClassrooms uniquely creates and produces all its courses and educational content, relying on a distinctive model focused on practical learning through professional projects and guidance from mentors who are experts in their respective fields.

From the beginning, OpenClassrooms' mission has been centered around impact: by incorporating it into the statutes since 2018 and subsequently obtaining B Corp certification in 2021—a recognition for companies balancing profits with social impact. OpenClassrooms is featured in the Next 40/120 ranking, but what we take the most pride in is having facilitated a renewed career trajectory for over 50,000 individuals in 2023.

Our goal: to become a leader in solutions for apprenticeships and professional retraining.

OpenClassrooms. Education that works.


OpenClassrooms is looking for an IP/IT & GDPR Legal Counsel, specialized in personal data protection and contract law. You will join a team of three people and report to the General Counsel.

Within this team, you will contribute to the management of commercial legal affairs and compliance for the company (French), its subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, the United States, and other locations within the group.


  • GDPR
    • Take charge of GDPR compliance (maintenance of records, data protection impact assessments, management of cookie policies, etc.);
    • Audit information systems to determine the level of compliance and formalize OpenClassrooms' requirements;
    • Provide assistance for tender responses from a data protection perspective;
    • Manage access rights requests in coordination with the Security teams and the DPO;
    • Propose the implementation or improvement and maintain established processes, frameworks, and tools ensuring compliance with current regulations on personal data protection;
    • Monitor changes in regulations at both the European and national levels (draft laws, jurisprudence, Article 29 Working Party opinions, CNIL recommendations, etc.);
    • Handle incidents and disputes in coordination with the DPO and internal teams;
    • Act as a liaison with relevant authorities (CNIL, etc.) if necessary.
  • Contract
    • Support and collaborate with sales, procurement, and IT teams in drafting and negotiating contracts with clients and suppliers;
    • Work in partnership with internal OpenClassrooms clients and external advisors to help ensure the company's compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks;
    • Analyze and advise stakeholders on contract law, intellectual property, education law, and other matters related to the company's activities;
    • Assist in the creation and updating of OpenClassrooms' contract templates;
    • Contribute to the development and updating of policies, procedures, and other communication materials for the legal department.

This position offers the opportunity to evolve into a Data Protection Officer (DPO) role within 12 months.


  • Proven experience in personal data law, including GDPR, CCPA, and other relevant regulations.
  • Experience in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts on both national and international levels.
  • Possessing excellent analytical and synthesis skills, you are recognized for your writing abilities.
  • Autonomous, organized, and meticulous, you excel in carrying out your responsibilities and thrive in a team environment.
  • Your sense of confidentiality, work capacity, and adaptability to the fast-paced culture of a technological company are highly valued.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen and educate your counterparts, explaining complex issues in clear language.
  • Ideally, linguistic skills at a C1 level, both written and spoken, in English and French, including the ability to draft and negotiate contracts.
  • Proactive and service-oriented attitude, accustomed to working in an international environment.
  • Practical experience in managing international cases (preferably in the United States and England), or experience abroad, would be appreciated.
  • Comfortable with technology (previous experience with our tools is a bonus: Slack, Dropbox, Google Docs, Concord).
  • Bonus: Previous experience in e-learning or the edtech industry.

At OpenClassrooms, we prioritize learning potential over a perfect alignment with every job criterion. We highly value qualities such as eagerness to learn, commitment, and the potential for growth. If you are motivated and confident in your ability to excel in the role, we enthusiastically encourage you to submit your application.


  • Remote Work: OpenClassrooms is a "remote-first" company, meaning that remote work is the norm. We provide total flexibility, allowing you to work 100% remotely from France.
  • Access to OpenClassrooms Offices: You have the option to work daily or occasionally at our offices in Paris (75004).
  • For Employees Outside Île-de-France: Possibility to access coworking spaces occasionally (Worklib partnership).
  • Work Environment and Culture: Founded on the company's four core values: we care, we dare, we persist, we tell it as it is.
  • Equity Participation: Employees receive free shares in equal numbers, subject to eligibility, company performance, shareholder approval, and board committee approval.
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance: Fully covered by OpenClassrooms
  • Gymlib subscription and access to the Teale app (mental health solution), both covered by OpenClassrooms.
  • Swile Restaurant Vouchers
  • Transportation Reimbursement for the Île-de-France region : Navigo Pass fully paid by OpenClassrooms.
  • 30 Paid Vacation Days per Year + RTT
  • 5 "Caretaker Days" per Year: Provided to allow you to take care of your loved ones.
  • Company MacBook: Provided for work purposes.
  • Access to OpenClassrooms Training Catalog:
  • Annual Seminar in France: "La Classe Verte."


  • Prequalification with an HR team member (30 minutes).
  • Interview with the position's manager (45 minutes).
  • Subsequently, you will complete a case study to validate your practical skills.
  • Interview with 2 team members (60 minutes).
  • At the end of the recruitment process, we will request professional references from you.

Join our Team !

Intrigued? Let's get to know each other! Apply today — we're looking forward to receiving your application!

Feel free to check out our online course How do we work at OpenClassrooms to better understand our mission, culture, and team composition.

👉 We believe that the diversity of teams fosters wealth and innovation. As an employer, we aim to promote a diverse and inclusive culture. That's why we encourage everyone to apply, regardless of their gender, age, orientation, origin, or disability. If you have a disability and there's anything we can do to facilitate your interview process, please let us know.

👉 OpenClassrooms is eligible for the French Tech visa, simplifying the procedure for foreign candidates, with streamlined options for family members. More information here.

👉 Working at OpenClassrooms means joining a dynamic and stimulating team, taking on new challenges, meeting amazing people every week, and being a contributor to innovation and education in France and around the world!