Data Protection Officer Jobs

Demand for cyber security staff will increase over the next year, according to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC).  As required under GDPR / DPA2018, Data Protection Officers are essential for public authorities, or if you carry out certain types of processing activities.

Data Protection Officers assist you to monitor internal compliance, inform and advise on your data protection obligations, provide advice regarding Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) and serve as the main point of contact for all enquiries into the business. 

Reporting to an appropriate member of the senior management team, the data protection specialist must be independent and adequately resourced, and report to the highest management level. 

Data breaches can now cost a company head his or her job and for any size organisation, the repercussions cause huge disruption and cost. 

The Data Protection Officer will be required to liaise with the IT project manager as businesses undergo digital transformation. 

Technical skills knowledge and experience

Working knowledge of risk assessment and audit best practise, as well as good understanding of information technology and security.

A detailed knowledge of privacy related legislation and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a pre-requisite.

  • Maintain databases in line with mandatory GDPR regulation.
  • Document GDPR processes and update company privacy policy.
  • Strong stakeholder management and interpersonal skills, including communication with senior stakeholders of a non-data background (being able to communicate technical issues in simple business terms) and excellent reporting writing skills;
  • Experience of managing people both in terms of managing delivery teams and providing coaching to individuals;
  • Data migration processes and procedures as part of major technology implementations;
  • Development of data standards and taxonomies;
  • MS Excel and Access.

Expertise in relation to interpreting and applying information assurance legislation and policies: Data Protection Act, Information Commissioner’s Office policies, Statutory Data Sharing Code of Practice, GDPR. A relevant qualification from an accredited professional body (BCS, CIPP, CIPP/E, CIPM, GDPR-P etc.)