Are you interested in privacy and transparency?
Do you think information about people should be protected properly?
Do you have excellent analytical and communication skills?
As an independent regulator serving the public, the Information Commissioner upholds information rights for all. The ICO does this by promoting openness in public bodies, as well as data privacy for individuals, using our powers to enforce the law where necessary.
About the role
Roles in our Policy Directorate:
- Wilmslow (near Manchester), Cheshire (7 posts)
- Belfast (1 post)
The Policy Directorate is all about making a positive difference to information rights. It plays an important role in influencing important stakeholders, writing guidance, providing training and producing clear and consistent lines and advice on the legislation regulated by the ICO. Our senior policy officers play a vital role putting all this into practice and the balance of work can depend upon the team they work in. And with information rights more important than with the strengthening of our data protection laws, our senior policy officers are never far away from the key information rights issues of the day.
The role requires excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills. We need people who can prioritise competing issues and tasks in a very varied workload and contribute effectively as part of a team often with demanding deadlines. Degree educated or equivalent, you will have a strong interest in the information rights landscape. Whilst knowledge of information rights laws would be desirable we would also welcome applications from those who can demonstrate experience of applying similarly complex legislation and the ability to adapt quickly.
Work can include leading day to day engagement with important stakeholders, developing the ICO’s policy positions, producing influential guidance and undertaking projects aimed at developing our information rights laws further. You will need to get to the heart of complex issues at pace developing practical outcomes. You will need to be a clear and confident communicator both with the written and spoken word.
Seven of the posts are based in our Wilmslow head office and one is in our Belfast office. All may require you to travel to engagements throughout the UK, sometimes further afield. Therefore, your ability travel and willingness to work outside of normal office hours is essential.
Why work for us?
- Flexible working hours, including flexi leave;
- Civil Service Pension;
- 25 days paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days;
- Extra ‘privilege’ days in addition to normal public holidays;
- Compressed working-hours options;
- Part-time working and job sharing;
- Excellent learning and development opportunities;
- Health cash plan;
- Colleague assistance scheme;
- Access to many discounted products and services;
- Welfare and family friendly policies;
- Childcare voucher scheme;
- Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing;
- Home working possible (after probationary period).