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Office for Communications Data Authorisations - Chief Operating Officer

Contract Type
Public Sector
£59,093 - £68,547
Expiry Date
We are recruiting for a Chief Operating Officer to join the Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA).

Job Description


Communications data (CD) is the 'who', 'where', 'when', 'how' and 'with whom' of a communication, but not what was written or said, and includes information such as the person subscribing to a telephone service. 

Having access to CD is an essential tool for public authorities to investigate crime, protect vulnerable people and safeguard the public. CD is used in 95% of serious and organised crime prosecutions, and has been used in every major counter-terrorism investigation over the past decade. 

The new Office for Communications Data Authorisations (OCDA) will be responsible for ensuring that applications for access to communications data by authorities in the UK are assessed independently, rigorously and in line with newly strengthened legislation. OCDA will begin operations in 2019 and we are now recruiting for a Chief Operating Officer to join the team. 

What are we looking for? 

We are looking for a strategic, professional leader who will be responsible for the overall operational performance of OCDA across a number of locations. With significant experience of leading operational delivery in a challenging environment, you will be skilled in developing and maintaining strong relationships with senior stakeholders and have a high degree of personal resilience. 

You will manage operational teams making vital decisions on the necessity and proportionality of communications data requests from public authorities and you will develop a thorough understanding of the relevant legislation and policy. 

This is an opportunity to help shape a brand new organisation and to run a large operation that enables a key law enforcement capability. 

What are my responsibilities? 

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) you will be responsible for ensuring that OCDA’s operations perform to the highest standards of efficiency and compliance. You will drive performance measures across OCDA operational teams, ensuring that appropriate management, assurance and performance arrangements are in place. You will have direct line management responsibility for 6 Chief Authorising Officers and indirect responsibility for up to a further 83 staff members. You will provide strategic direction and look to develop organisational policy in accordance with legislation, engaging with a range of internal and external stakeholders to ensure a consistent, high-quality service is provided by OCDA to its stakeholders. 

OCDA will operate over a number of offices in the UK, so the COO will be expected to travel between sites. 

Please note the role has the potential to change slightly over time as the organisation evolves. 

For full information on job description and person specification please refer to the Candidate Information Pack. 

Qualifications and Experience 


• Managing large operational teams in complex and/or sensitive environments; 
• Work within relevant legislation (such as the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act or the Investigatory Powers Act) in a public authority or law enforcement environment; 
• Managing and driving significant change programmes, establishing processes and procedures in light of such change; 
• Engaging senior stakeholders, senior management teams and external organisations using excellent interpersonal and influencing skills. 

Closing date: 24th June 2018.