Data Protection Officer

West Midlands/South West
£Attractive Package
08 Dec 2021
14 Dec 2021
Job Title
In House Counsel
PQE Level
Contract Type
Full Time

An exciting opportunity to join a niche technology/data business with massive growth plans as their first dedicated Data Protection Officer. The business has attracted significant investment and is undertaking a large recruitment drive seeking to double employee numbers in the next few months. This is a good time to join the business in a key and very important role. This position can be undertaken fully remote or with some office presence.


In this position you will oversee a protection and governance strategy maintaining legislative compliance, adherence to regulatory requirements and meeting associated codes of practice. You will:

  • Own and develop the overall DP strategy and governance processes for the business
  • Ensure compliance to regulations
  • Provide training and regular updates to the stakeholders in relation to data protection and GDPR
  • Ensure data remains up-to-date and is destroyed when necessary
  • Undertake Privacy Impact Assessments and audits, ensuring privacy weakness are identified and mitigated as appropriate
  • Liaise with the Data Protection Regulator as and when required and investigate regulatory complaints in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • Manage any DP/Privacy related incidents ensuring appropriate internal and external escalation
  • Work closely with Group Legal to ensure that all Data Protection considerations have been reflected in all contracts appropriately
  • Assist Procurement colleagues with ITT processes and due diligence, to ensure that any providers meet compliance requirements     
  • Provide Data Protection guidance to the business on key projects and initiatives to ensure compliance
  • Own, develop and update key business Policies (Data Protection / Records Retention / Clear Desk)
  • Ensure annual ICO registrations are completed
  • Liaise with regulators including FCA
  • Deliver a change program designed to meet proposed changes in legislation

We are looking for:

  • An experienced Data Protection Officer with at least 5 years* relevant experience
  • Thorough understanding of GDPR, DPA 2018, FCA compliance
  • Strong ability of statistical analysis
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Detail orientated
  • Confident and persuasive self-starter
  • A legal background would be a benefit

Package on Offer:

  • Attractive base salary
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Health & dental insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Enhanced annual leave
  • Career mentor and generous learning budget
  • Hybrid working: flexibility to base yourself from home and work round core hours


If you are interested in this Data Protection Officer position, please apply now or forward an up-to-date copy of your CV to Jacqui Douglas If the role isn’t right for you but you are interested in hearing about similar positions or some advice regarding the market, then please do get in touch.

*All candidates will be considered on merit

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