Senior Policy Officer, Innovation Hub


Full-time (Temporary)
£36,851 - £47,464
Published on
5 November 2020
22 November 2020

Temporary appointment, expected to last until July 2021
Salary £36,851 - £47,464, plus pension and excellent benefits

The ICO is looking for a Senior Policy Officer to join the Innovation Hub within
our Innovation Department. The Innovation Hub works collaboratively with
businesses, regulators and other organisations to provide advice on the
development of innovative products and services. Taking a proactive approach to
privacy issues, the team offers a steer to innovating firms on good data
protection practice where the novel nature of emerging data-driven technologies
may result in uncertainty in how the legislation should be interpreted or applied.

This is an exciting opportunity to help us shape the development and use of
ground-breaking technologies and approaches, and influence information rights
practices of innovative businesses and start-ups.

About the ICO

The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in
the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for

The ICO’s work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it is of national
importance and increasingly in the public eye. We are at the forefront of
information rights policy development, providing direct advice to the public, and
enforcing the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws. We hold a
unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third

About the Innovation Department

The Innovation Department is responsible for leading the ICO’s work on the
privacy and data protection issues arising from new and innovative uses of
personal data. It deals with some of the most high profile issues of the day, from
the increasing amount of personalisation and profiling taking place in online
environments, to the assessment of risk when deploying new and novel
technology. The department plays an important role engaging with government,
regulators, industry, and leading academics. Our role is to influence stakeholders
and support innovators taking a data protection by-design approach to the
development of new products and services.

About you

Our ideal candidate will have:

1. Experience of working with complex information which could include
legislation or operational rules and procedures. Experience of applying data
protection or associated legislation will be an advantage.

2. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to
analyse complex issues and formulate clear and persuasive arguments for a
range of audiences.

3. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate and maintain
good relationships with senior officials in assigned stakeholder areas.
How to apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter (saved and uploaded as one single
document) explaining how you meet the 3 criteria detailed in the ‘About
you’ section of the advert, and also outlining your other relevant skills and

The ICO is committed to Equal Opportunities in employment and welcomes
applications from all sections of the community. Kindly also complete the equal
opportunities section only of the application form.

Closing Date

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on Sunday 22 November 2020.
Please note if you are appointed to work with the ICO you will be required to
complete security clearance processes. These include identity and qualification
checks and a Basic Disclosure level check of unspent criminal convictions.

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