Data Manager

Permanent Data Protection Manager - Remote based
Your new company
The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is a major UK Government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment. From the food we eat and the air we breathe, to the water we drink, Defra plays a vital role in people’s everyday life. We work tirelessly to sustain a thriving rural economy and together we drive the success of our world-leading food and farming industry. Defra’s Digital Data and Technology Services (DDTS) function are currently undertaking significant change across our enterprise and embracing Digital Services as a platform for continued transformation. As such, we require a Data Protection Manager to join us in a growing team at this exciting time.

Your new role
The Data Protection Manager will be responsible for the strategic planning of data protection programmes across Defra group’s Corporate Services. You will be responsibility for overseeing all data protection and related information management activities and provide subject matter expertise on the proper handling of personal information across Defra group to comply with data protection legislation, specifically focused on Corporate Services and relevant third party suppliers. You will be responsible for ensuring that the Defra group meets its legal obligations and manages risks to privacy effectively. Across Corporate Services you will be responsible for all obligations under the UK General Data Protection Regulations and Data Protection Act (2018). This will include acting as the data protection expert and providing advice to business areas, including new laws, legislation, guidance, and standards. You will be responsible for building internal relationships, communicating and working closely with business stakeholders and technical colleagues within the group to lower the risk of data and security threats and respond quickly to any issues. You will also be responsible for liaising with external bodies, including audits & compliance checks, such as the ICO Accountability Framework, processing reports and any related issues.

What you'll need to succeed
The successful candidate will understand data protection, faced by large data-driven organisations. You will have knowledge of national and European data protection laws and practices, as well as an in-depth understanding of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and knowledge of the UK Data Protection Act 2018. This will include hands on experience of data protection including data protection impact assessments, subject access and rights requests, data sharing agreements and privacy notices and managing information and data security activities.

You will have the proven ability to promote a data protection culture of Privacy by Design or Data Protection by Design and Default, build relationships and influence key stakeholders within a complex business environment. Ideally, you will have experience of working in the public sector and a corporate services environment. You will have an ability to provide clear, concise advice and direction even when dealing with ambiguity. You will be a resilient, engaging and influential individual able to work at the heart of data privacy in the Defra group, and support deliver of key public services.

You will be assessed against these Civil Service behaviours during the selection process:

Seeing the Big Picture
Making Effective Decisions
Communicating and Influencing

Key criteria for this role are “Seeing the Big Picture” and “Leadership”

You will be assessed against these technical skills during the selection process:
A good working knowledge of Data Protection legislation including UK General Data Protection Regulations, LED and PECR, ideally in a Corporate Services’ environment; Knowledge of how to handle associated day-to-day incidents and queries for example around data breaches, data sharing and processing agreements or how to complete Data Privacy Impact Assessments; Ability to handle routine requests such as Subject Access and Rights Requests

What you'll get in return
You’ll join Defra at an exciting time within a collaborative team which is involved in all of Defra’s technical initiatives.

Our exceptional benefits package includes 25 days of annual leave (increasing to 30 after 5 years of service) + bank holidays, flexible working, a significant pension contribution of 20%+, flexi-benefits and mentoring and personal development opportunities.

What You Need To Know - Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard [] checks.

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, click 'apply now' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now.
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Job Type
Working Pattern
Flexible Working,Full-time
Government & Public Services
Data & Advanced Analytics
£47,549 - £60,188

Talk to a consultant

Talk to Nicholas Lilley, the specialist consultant managing this position, located in Reading
6th Floor, The Blade, Abbey Square

Telephone: 01189 070 323

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