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Open Data and Governance Advisor - CDDO

Cabinet Office Government Digital Service -

Full-time (Permanent)
Up to £33,500 (National) - based on capability. The base salary of this grade is £32,000 (National). Offers made above this will be made up with a specialist pay allowance.
Published on
21 September 2022
23 September 2022

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. One of our areas of focus is to look at the way government manages its data and information assets more effectively. In a rapidly changing public sphere and ever evolving digital working environment it is more important than ever that HMG can be confident in the integrity of the information it relies on to conduct its business and promotes a culture that incentivises and enables the sharing of information and knowledge. 

Responsibility for open data and transparency - working  openly and collaboratively with partners across government, externally and internationally and supporting the release of good quality open data is a key aspect of this role. 

As the Open Data and Governance Advisor you’ll:

  • Contribute to the ongoing development of a strategy and underlying policies on the way that His Majesty's Government manages its data and makes it available openly for re-use.
  • support the research, analysis and interpretation of evidence to support new open data and transparency policy development.
  • contribute on the UK’s brief for the Open Government Partnership, including delivery of the current UK National Action Plan. 
  • Engage with multiple government organisations and groups in order to produce policy products that meet the needs of multiple stakeholders. 
  • Produce high quality written communications for official and ministerial submissions, responses to parliamentary questions and Freedom of Information requests, as well as writing in styles appropriate for blogs and reports. 

You will be expected to work flexibly and collaboratively on a range of projects where your expertise and skills are needed and will support a culture of agile working across your team. 

Who you'll be

This role requires:

  • policy and engagement experience, working in a complex government or corporate environment
  • excellent communication and drafting skills 
  • excellent interpersonal skills to work with a wide range of stakeholders from within CDDO and across both the public and the private sectors and with civil society organisations.
  • familiarity with or an interest in government’s use of data, especially making it available as open data 
  • an understanding of delivering public services 
  • able to deliver at pace and work in a complex environment

Additional Information

The selection process as a standard for all of our CDDO roles 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 

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. 

If we receive a high number of applications, we may decide to include an additional round (this would typically be a short telephone interview or assessment/exercise depending on the type of role).

Security level for the role; This role requires BPSS security clearance. If further clearance is required in the future, you will be expected to complete this. 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

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