Data Protection Senior Policy Advisors - SEO


Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield


About the job


This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join one of the Government’s leading Data Policy Teams. The Home Office’s Data and Identity Directorate helps the department and wider sector make best use of data whilst maintaining the highest levels of public trust and confidence. It was at the heart of the UK’s policy development behind the Data Protection Act 2018 and was responsible for the law enforcement and intelligence services’ data protection regimes. It continues to play a key role in the UK’s future data protection policy post-Brexit. These roles therefore provide an unrivalled chance to shape data protection at a national level.

The Home Office works to keep our citizens safe and our country secure. As well as working to reduce crime, enforce the law and protect our borders, we also work to protect the most vulnerable. The Home Office is at the cutting edge of public policy and our work is some of the most challenging and rewarding in Government.

Job description

The Data Policy Unit provides high quality advice on data protection and wider data issues for the Home Office. Its functions are divided into ‘Data Strategy’ and ‘Data Protection Policy’. The successful candidates will be at the forefront of this rapidly growing area with significant read-across to the wider EU exit process.

The Unit works closely with colleagues across the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), as well as external stakeholders such law enforcement agencies and the Information Commissioner’s Office. It will therefore be important for the job holder to develop a network of professional relationships with stakeholders to extend the influence and reach of the team.

We are looking to recruit 6 high calibre Senior Policy Advisers to join the team. They will take a lead role in the development of data protection policy across Home Office interests. The roles will therefore focus particularly on law enforcement (Part 3 Data Protection Act) and intelligence services (Part 4 Data Protection Act).


As Senior Policy Advisers, you will be required to work with a high level of independence and help set the policy direction. Some of the roles will also require line management. It will be important to work flexibly to deliver the wider Government objective of maintaining free flow of personal data. You will be considered for all roles. All the roles have a law enforcement/national security focus and require close working with the data protection policy teams in DCMS.

Responsibilities may include:

Domestic Data Protection Policy (Part 4 and GDPR): The Home Office Data Protection Policy Team is responsible for Part 4 of the Data Protection Act. This is the data protection regime that governs the UK intelligence services (MI5, MI6 and GCHQ). The successful candidate will work to the Policy Lead for Part 4 and provide Whitehall policy expertise on this niche area of data protection as well as broader policy advice to the Home Office on GDPR. A strong knowledge of data protection will be important.

International Data Protection Policy: Data flows will be fundamental to the UK’s future international relationships. The successful candidate(s) will work alongside the data protection policy leads for adequacy; international negotiations; and international data transfers to ensure the department’s policy positions are reflected in the broader Whitehall policy development. The post holder(s) will provide expert advice on their policy area and will need to be comfortable with leading written briefings for ministers, senior officials and boards. It will be important to either have a strong understanding of data protection law or have an aptitude for picking up complex subjects quickly. A strong knowledge of data protection will be important.

EU Data Protection Hub: The successful candidate(s) will provide a rapid response function by coordinating and responding to official/ministerial briefing requests and other commissions relating to law enforcement data flows. The Hub is central to the effective running of the wider team. The post holder(s) will be responsible for development and maintenance of key products (briefings, lines to take, board updates, programme plans, risk logs, dependency maps). The post holder(s) will also oversee governance and programme management functions of the team, which will include the coaching, mentoring and management of others. A working knowledge of data protection will be useful; and strong organisational skills will be essential.

Person specification

Essential Criteria:

We are looking for motivated individuals who can demonstrate the following:

•A strong understanding of data protection, data protection law or experience of interpreting legislation

•Analytical thinking and the ability to interpret complex information quickly and form well thought out conclusions and recommendations

•Ability to produce high quality written work and presentations at pace

•Ability to work independently and adapt to meet new demands including prioritising immediate and longer-term competing demands

•Ability to quickly build relationships, influence, challenge and negotiate effectively with senior internal and external stakeholders

•Experience of line management or developing individuals and teams to get the best out of people to achieve delivery outcomes

•Good organisation skills and ability to work at pace

•An aptitude for grasping complex subjects quickly

Desirable Criteria:

•Understanding of policy development and delivery

•Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

•An awareness of project delivery tools and techniques such as risk management, dependencies and project planning

Jobholders may be required to carry out other duties within the scope of the grade and within the limits of their skill, competence and training.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Apply today!