Director of High Priority Investigations and Intelligence

What role could you play in influencing the changing privacy and information rights landscape?

About us

Our work as the UK’s privacy and information rights regulator has never been more important.
The ICO is an independent public body; 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 intrusive technology, nuisance calls/texts to the use of surveillance cameras
Data protection is the largest area of work for us, one of 11 pieces of legislation we oversee, and we hold a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors.

The arrival of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and UK Data Protection Act, has meant huge change for the regulator and we are currently strengthening and expanding our team to meet our new obligations and provide excellent public services under our increased regulatory remit.

About the role

This is truly an exciting time to join the ICO and take up this role. The Director of High Priority Investigations and Intelligence is responsible for critically important activities such as:

• overseeing an effective investigation function covering criminal and civil investigations, ensuring proper governance, quality and ethical standards are met and value for money achieved. Many of these investigations have complex technical elements and have the potential to be high profile attracting significant media and public interest,

• utilising intelligence at the highest level to help drive forward improvements or new initiatives for ICO strategy, policy and working patterns

• managing strategic relationships, both within and external to the ICO, in particular negotiating and influencing others to achieve desired outcomes,

• making effective, confident and timely decisions, involving relevant senior management colleagues, technical experts and consulting others where needed, articulating options and making recommendations for preferred courses of action,

• using initiative, being innovative and seeking opportunities for strategic change to deliver world class services. Seeking, encouraging and recognising ideas and having the courage to take risks and change how things are done, challenging the status quo appropriately where required.

About you

You will have substantial experience relevant to the role, including experience in leading teams of investigators as well as experience of personally leading high profile investigations of national significance.

Ideally, you will have experience of interpreting and applying complex legislation and a deep familiarity with the national intelligence and investigation model (or similar) including knowledge of effective investigation governance and a familiarity with the requirements of high-tech investigations. In addition you will be demonstrate the ability to form effective relationships at the most senior level of stakeholder organisations. Experience of policy formulation, preferably in a regulatory or regulated setting, would also be helpful.

How to apply

Please upload a copy of your CV along with a covering letter which explains both why you are attracted to this post and why you are the right person for us. Please limit your covering letter to no more than two pages. For further information and to apply please visit:

For a confidential discussion contact:
Andrew Timlin on 0207 2598743 or Kelly Ridley on 0113 2003733

The closing date for applications is 9am Monday 16th March 2020.

First stage interviews are scheduled for w/c 30th March and 6th April and the final stage process w/c 27th April.
For more detailed information, or to view other vacancies with this organisation, please visit our dedicated recruitment website


Job type:
Working Pattern
Government & Public Services
Wilmslow or London
£72,879 - £94,000
Closing date
16 Mar 2020
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Talk to Andrew Timlin, the specialist consultant managing this position, located in London-City

4th Floor, 107 Cheapside

Telephone: 020 72598743

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