Privacy and Data Protection Lead (Hybrid working)
Are you seeking a varied and fulfilling role in a supportive organisation where you are empowered to make a real difference?
Barnet offers ample training and development opportunities, and you will be supported to thrive as part of an inclusive and collaborative team. This is a permanent role with flexibility of hybrid working.
If you share our values and you are passionate about information management, please get in touch.
About Barnet Council
Barnet is a borough with much to be proud of. Our excellent schools, vibrant town centres, vast green spaces, and diverse communities all help make it a wonderful place to live and work. As a council we want to build on these strengths as we move into the future. We are growing and developing as an organisation to meet the challenges facing our borough and we are committed to working with partner organisations and residents to make Barnet even better. As an organisation, our staff are committed to our values (Caring, Learning to Improve, Inclusive, and Collaboration).
The Assurance Group is an independent and objective department within Barnet Council. The Group is responsible for the delivery and management of all assurance functions, providing oversight and assurance on governance procedures and business processes.
About the role
The Records and Information Management Team lead on the council's compliance with information law, providing expert advice and guidance to all council departments. The work of the team broadly covers Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Records Management, and Transparency.
Working closely with the Records and Information Service Manager the role will be responsible for leading on the Privacy and Data Protection function for the council. The role will act as the Deputy Data Protection Officer (DPO), responsible for undertaking daily DPO tasks.
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our busy team. The successful applicant will have expert knowledge of data protection and privacy laws and be passionate about information management. You must have the ability to teach and guide others and be keen to influence the council’s approach to data protection.
Maintaining a pragmatic approach will be key to this role. You will be balancing the privacy rights of individuals whilst supporting the council in meeting its priorities, always ensuring the council remain compliant with data protection laws.
What we offer
- 30 days annual leave, plus public and bank holidays
- Flexible Government pension options, with contributions of over 26%
- Work-life balance options may include hybrid working, flexitime, job share, home working, part-time
- A vast range of lifestyle discounts from major retailers, supermarkets, energy suppliers and more
- Broad range of payroll benefits including cycle to work, eye care vouchers, travel and gym membership
- Excellent training and development opportunities
- Employee well- being training programs including confidential employee assistance.
If you would like any further information about the role before applying, please contact Lucy.Martin@barnet.gov.uk
Barnet Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Barnet operates stringent safer recruitment procedures.
To deliver Barnet Council’s commitment to equality of opportunity in the provision of services, all staff are expected to promote equality in the workplace and in the services the Council delivers. As such we value diversity and welcome applications from all backgrounds. For further information, please read our equality statement.
Barnet Council embraces all forms of flexible working (including part-time, compressed hours, and remote working) and is committed to offering employees a healthy work-life balance. Candidates are encouraged to talk about relevant requirements and preferences at interview. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.
Barnet Council is a Disability Confident Committed Employer. We welcome and encourage job applications of all abilities. If you require any reasonable adjustments in the application or interview, please contact the lead contact on this advert. We will make reasonable adjustments to make sure our disabled applicants and those with health conditions are supported throughout our recruitment process. We support the access to work scheme, further details are available at www.gov.uk/access-to-work/apply
All posts with the council are subject to a probationary period of six months, during which time you will be required to demonstrate to the council satisfaction your suitability for the position in which you will be employed.
Due to the high number of applications that are received for some posts we may close vacancies before the stated closing date if sufficient number of applications are received. Therefore, please apply as soon as possible.
Please ensure you regularly check the email account (including JUNK MAIL folders) that you use to submit your application, as any further communication regarding your application will be sent electronically. Should you not hear from us within four working weeks of the closing date for this post, then regretfully in this instance, you have not been shortlisted.