skip navigation
skip mega-menu

Data Sharing Legislation Advisor - CDDO

Cabinet Office Government Digital Service -

Full-time (Permanent)
Up to £40,635(National) or £44,700 (London) - based on capability.
Published on
20 March 2023
10 April 2023

What you'll do

You will be part of CDDO and the Data Strategy and Standards (DS&S) Directorate at an exciting time as we build a new data governance and policy function and establish a Data Architecture Design Authority to sit alongside the established Data Standards Authority. 

Our team has some big ambitions. We want to improve services for end users and improve how new policies are developed through the effective use and reuse of data. A key part of that will be to establish data governance that is appropriate for system-wide and cross-government adoption, underpinned by agreed principles, policies and standards. We need great people to make that happen. 

One of areas of focus is supporting responsible, trusted and timely data sharing across government through the right legal gateways.  

The Data Sharing Legislation Advisor role sits in the Data Governance stream of the Data Strategy and Standards directorate, primarily working as part of a small team to enhance and expand data sharing legislation to make use of data across departments and the wider public sector faster and easier. This role also provides ad hoc support to the rest of the directorate where policy skills and support are needed.  

The postholder will report to the G7 Data Sharing Legislation lead, and will work closely with the Deputy Director Data Governance on the boards, steering and working groups related to the Digital Economy Act 2017. They will play a key role in developing the secondary legislation to deliver cross government policy objectives,  support its implementation, and work closely with our stakeholders and partners, both internal and external. They will be responsible for maintaining a statutory register of data shares. 

Key responsibilities:

  • working with colleagues internally and across government on a wide-range of topical, and high-impact data policy and legislation workstreams
  • playing a key role in CDDO’s coordination of government data policy, standards & guidance work across Whitehall. The postholder will be required to build positive working relationships with a wide range of teams, other government departments (OGDs) and devolved administrations
  • providing effective support to the Public Service Delivery Review Board, Digital Economy Act 2017 Policy Leads and other cross-government data sharing networks
  • providing advice, organising stakeholder events, producing regular written policy and communications updates and briefing papers and raising the profile of data sharing across HMG
  • working across HMG to identify areas of opportunity and good practice to inform the development of data sharing policy and programme plans
  • owning the development of data sharing policy and legislative programme plans to support HMG’s priorities for the better use of data
  • maintaining engagement with external stakeholders to ensure knowledge and ideas are brought into data policy making
  • maintaining the statutory public register of data shares (lead responsibility)

Who you'll be

This role is focused on policy formation and the implementation of legislation, including a sound understanding of data protection legislation and how it can support effective data sharing. It will entail future development work, as required. A blend of data and policy knowledge is needed. This role requires:

  • Understanding of data policy including policy development and implementation within government
  • An understanding of government and parliamentary processes
  • An interest in technology and how the government can use digital technology and innovation to enhance the lives of citizens
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills and the ability to  draft a variety of policy documents and present complex information to a range of audiences
  • Analytical skills and using data to reach sound business decisions including identifying issues and seeking mitigation or solutions
  • High standard of interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and with stakeholders at various levels across the organisation and within OGDs
  • Ability to work in a flexible and agile way to support the development of, and to make use of current technology

Additional Information

The standard selection process for roles at CDDO consists of:

  • An application screening process - Simply, hit apply.  We only ask for a Cover Letter (up to 750 words) and a CV. Important tip - please ensure that your cover letter includes how you meet the skills and experience listed in the “who you’ll be” section above.
  • An interview - We will asses you against the behaviours listed and your experience

Depending on the volume of applications we may also include an additional stage, which you will be invited to should you pass the application screening stage.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability status.

CDDO offers hybrid working for all employees. This means that everyone does some working from home/remote working and also spends some time in their local office. You will agree to your hybrid working arrangement with your line manager in line with your preferences and business needs. 

A reserve list will be held for a period of 12 months, from which further appointments can be made.

Candidates that do not pass the interview, however, have demonstrated an acceptable standard will be considered for similar roles at a lower grade. 

Security Clearance: The level of clearance required for this role is CTC. Further details are outlined in Security vetting for employees

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction. For further information see

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up here