Principal Policy Adviser


Information Commissioner's Office

2018-07-30 23:00:19

Job location Manchester, North, United Kingdom

Job type: fulltime

Job industry: Community & Sport

Job description

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? Can you make a positive difference to information rights? About us As an independent regulator serving the public, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) 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 The Policy Directorate's aim is to identify, shape and deliver key ICO objectives to achieve effective information rights outcomes. We are responsible for the ICO's information rights policy leading on how we interpret the laws we enforce. We play an important role in influencing stakeholders, producing guidance, providing internal training and making available clear and consistent advice on the legislation we regulate. We deal with some of the most high profile issues of the day from compliance issues of strategic importance to major public policy issues. We are proactive and forward-looking; analysing intelligence and undertaking research and policy development in key information rights areas. As a Principal Policy Adviser, you will act as the recognised policy expert and internal consultant in one of a number of assigned areas, representing some of the most complex issues that we deal with. You will represent the ICO where substantial knowledge of data protection and related legislation, and its application, is required. You will have substantial autonomy, and will regularly provide advice and expertise in briefings; give internal advice to other departments; assist with information rights training; write external guidance/codes of practice; undertake research projects; and conduct external liaison with important and senior level stakeholders. About you The role requires excellent analytical ability and strong communication skills. We need people who are self-starting, 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. You will likely have detailed knowledge of information rights laws though we are open to applications from those who can demonstrate relevant experience of applying similarly complex legislation and the ability to adapt quickly. In addition, you will need to be able to demonstrate 5 years relevant experience in a senior policy role, and have experience of project management. You will need to demonstrate the ability to get to the heart of some of the most complex issues we deal with at pace, developing practical outcomes, and taking significant decisions with far reaching effects. You will need to be a clear and confident communicator both in writing and in person. You will also need a flexible approach as you may be required to travel to engagements throughout the UK, and sometimes further afield. Therefore, your ability to 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). The ICO is committed to Equal Opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Closing date: Wednesday 22 August 2018 at 17:00

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