Lead Technology Officer
Technology plays an ever increasing and important role in our lives. The amount of personal data being collected, processed and transmitted by new technologies is creating ever more complex challenges for privacy and data protection at a time when the regulatory environment is undergoing the biggest change in the last twenty years.
The Technology Policy Department is a centre of technical expertise, responsible for monitoring and evaluating current and emerging technologies, assessing their impact on information rights and developing the ICO's response. We develop technology-focussed advice and guidance for both UK organisations and citizens.
Working with colleagues from across the ICO, the department plays a vital role in the development of a technical underpinning to the ICO's regulatory activities, including data protection, freedom of information and e-privacy.
We are recruiting for a Lead Technology Officer who will work across a broad range of technology issues. The role involves undertaking technology-focussed research, contributing to the development of advice and guidance and using technical knowledge to ask the right questions and develop important topics of relevance to the ICO's regulatory functions.
The role may also involve representing the ICO, such as liaising with key technology stakeholders at national and international level and/or undertaking speaking engagements of a technology-related nature.
Skills you'll need
You'll need 2 years relevant experience and a demonstrable awareness and interest in this field and a strong desire to continually develop your technical knowledge skills and abilities in this fast evolving area.
In addition to your strong technical knowledge, you will be responsible, reliable and professional with excellent analytical skills. You must be a good communicator with the ability to write well. With your ability to communicate with colleagues and members of the public, you will be able to explain complex technical matters in a simple and appropriate manner. You will have good research skills and the ability to apply your knowledge to new and emerging technologies in order to understand their impact on information rights.
You will also need a flexible approach, as the role will involve responding to tight deadlines as well as national/international travel and some overnight stays.
The Information Commissioner's Office
As an independent regulator serving the public, the Information Commissioner upholds information rights for all. The ICO does this by promoting openness in public bodies, as well as data privacy for individuals, using our powers to enforce the law where necessary.
Why work for us?
- Flexible working hours, including flexi leave.
- Civil Service Pension.
- 25 days paid holiday a year with options to buy, sell, and bank days.
- Extra 'privilege' days in addition to normal public holidays.
- Compressed working-hours options.
- Part-time working and job sharing.
- Excellent learning and development opportunities.
- Health cash plan.
- Colleague assistance scheme.
- Access to many discounted products and services.
- Welfare and family friendly policies.
- Childcare voucher scheme.
- Staff medical scheme and eyesight testing
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Closing date: Midnight Sunday 22 October 2017
Interviews: W/c 6 November 2017
The ICO is committed to Equal Opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.