Information Commissioner’s Office seeks Director of Strategic Policy

Information Commissioner’s Office 5<y Senior Level  London, England, United Kingdom 28 Mar 2018

Job Description

Director of Strategic Policy

(Parliament and Government Affairs)

Location: London, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh or Wilmslow, Cheshire

Starting salary: Expected to be in the range of Β£66k to Β£85k

As the UK prepares for new data protection legislation and to leave the European Union, what role could you play in influencing the changing privacy and information rights landscape, whilst helping people understand and exercise their rights?

About us

Our work as the UK’s privacy and information rights regulator has never been more important.

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 new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and UK Data Protection Act, means 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 Β 

This is truly an exciting time to join the ICO and take up this role. The Director of Strategic Policy (Parliament and Government Affairs) is responsible for critically important activities such as:

  • providing strategic policy leadership to the departments which develop and advise upon information rights policy issues, engaging with key stakeholders including parliaments and government bodies across Westminster, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales,
  • working with department heads of ICO Regions and Parliament and Government Affairs (Westminster) to create long and short term strategic business plans and budgets, ensuring that they are joined up across the directorate and contribute to the achievement of the ICO’s goals by making the relevant connections to other operational areas,
  • promoting team working, knowledge sharing and resource co-ordination across all Policy Executive Directorate functions, working with other senior leaders to achieve these outcomes more widely across the ICO,
  • representing the ICO and its values effectively at senior level in engagements and presentations nationally and internationally for the Commissioner.

About you

  • You will have substantial experience relevant to the role, including experience of leading people managers and delivery of services in a policy discipline.
  • It is essential that you have experience of engaging and negotiating with senior and working in a heavily regulated sector with the ability to interpret and apply complex legislation.
  • Ideally you will have knowledge of the regulatory environment and the public sector generally, the democratic, political and organisational framework of the UK, including Westminster, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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 one page.


The closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 16 April, 2018

For a confidential discussion contact

Jamie Houlders T 0113 2003733

Sam FirthΒ  T 0113 2003733

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