An independent public body serving the public, we uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. We educate organisations, promote good practice and are involved with important issues from nuisance calls/texts to the major data breaches by internet service providers. As well as this, we oversee legislation that ensures people’s data is secure, accurate and robustly managed. Data protection regulation is becoming increasingly global and as part of our regulatory role we liaise and work with other regulators overseas.
About the role
The ICO’s new International Strategy and Intelligence Department is focused on delivery of the ICO’s international objectives as part of the corporate information rights strategy. The department is also focused on providing a joined up intelligence service to support the delivery of the information rights strategy and co-ordinate the ICO’s response to high profile cases, that often have a need for international co-ordination.
You will be the Group Manager responsible for delivering the effective implementation of the ICO’s international strategy and maintaining key relationships with international stakeholders, including at EU level. The Group Manager will strategically co-ordinate the ICO’s international activities, working with other ICO departments.
You will personally represent the ICO at international meetings and also oversee briefings to support senior staff attending these meetings, including the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners.
As a Group Manager you are also responsible for ensuring that all staff in the group deliver against their objectives and that they are managed effectively to develop their personal potential.
You will have significant experience in stakeholder liaison/influencing activities, including at international level.
Alongside experience of applying complex legislation you will have excellent intellectual ability and strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate and maintain good relationships with senior officials in all areas of public life.
You will have strong communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, prioritise and to handle large workloads.